「オムライス/豆腐ステーキ」 (Omuraisu/Tofu Suteki)
“Omelette Rice/Tofu Steak”
Parsing through some David Attenborough clips, one of which involved hedgehogs mating, I realised that it’s difficult to bring descriptions of nature into the context of sentient interactions. Especially when it came to the behaviour of animals. Thus, I will make do by improvising some excerpts carrying trademarks of my written style too.
Lizardmen & Omurice
If you happen to be passing by a riverside settlement, you may be lucky to witness an astonishing sight. Hundreds of lizardmen thumping their tails on the ground in great excitement. An alpha male, chosen through a systematic selection involving combat, is granted the right to carry out a peculiar but most important ritual. This accolade is carried by the current hero of the tribe, Gaganpo. He is tasked with travelling to the door’s other side in order to obtain omelettes for the entire tribe. These omelettes hold significant value because the lizardmen cannot replicate its production using crocodile eggs. As a result, the weekly ritual conducted is met with extraordinary anticipation.
After privately enjoying a meal of two omurice in the restaurant, Gaganpo pays his due in stacks of coins the lizardmen presumably use for the specific purpose of obtaining food from Nekoya. He returns triumphantly to the resounding cheers of salivating lizardmen, who cannot wait to devour their delicious meal.
Elf & Tofu Steak
Here, we can observe Fardania healing a wounded fawn while foraging for mushrooms in the forest. The Elves are a species that have a high affinity with the natural world. As such, their bodies are conditioned in a way that prevents meat and other animal products from being enjoyed upon consumption. ‘Vegan’ is a human term that can be used to describe this particular lifestyle. For Fardania, this poses an issue when stumbling across the restaurant Nekoya, since the menu mainly comprises of animal products.
However, Tenshu is a fine specimen of human well-versed in the culinary arts. As you can see, he has no qualms whipping up a treat for his troublesome customer. Invigorated by her sumptuous meal of Tofu Steak but prideful as an elf, our young elf girl sets out, determined to hone her vegan craft to the point where it surpasses Nekoya.
I personally found it very interesting to learn about the lizardmen and their way of life. While I enjoy the usual format of a random person stumbling across the wonders of Nekoya, these other kind of stories help keep the series refreshing. As for the elf, she helped keep that aspect of things going, while adding in the nuance of specific dietary requirements. I will need help deciphering this random breastfeeding picture that shows up towards the end of the episode. So strange and completely out of context, but presumably relevant to Fardania and the meal she ate.
To be honest, I also couldn’t find the unifying theme in this episode, so I’m hoping that one of you readers can point it out to me in the comments below. My hunch tells me it may have something to do with individuals representing their respective species in different ways. In that case, the nature segment formatting should do a good job of showcasing the theme apparent. Nevertheless, some minor explanations would really help going the whole way. Here’s hoping for some insight on these matters!
Eating Profiteroles in Paris
Chocolate Profiteroles from ‘Le Vache et Le Cuisinier‘
Close enough. For the past few days I was in Paris, and the restaurants I happened to visit did not seem to serve chocolate parfait. So I will have to make do with the homemade chocolate profiteroles I shared with my friend at a restaurant called ‘Le Vache et Le Cuisinier‘. In fact, the same friend who made this spaghetti bolognese with me last week!
The presentation was absolutely impeccable and I will let this picture speak for itself. Moving on to taste, the dark chocolate sauce was delightfully rich, contrasting the vanilla ice cream to find an exquisite balance. All the while, the cream offered a light yet sweet addition without overpowering the dessert. The choux pastry acted as a magnificent centrepiece, bringing everything together under a smooth and buttery ensemble. In terms of texture, it was slightly chewy and provided a delicate bed for the melange of cream, chocolate sauce, ice cream.
Final Rating: 9.2/10 – If you put this into a dessert glass, the chocolate profiteroles could easily pass for a chocolate parfait. I believe better profiteroles must exist out there, but so far, these may as well be the best I’ve eaten in my life.