Mercury Soda Bubbles Blast & Chicken Katsu Study Sandwich

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Sailor Mercury is my favorite Sailor Scout; she’s smart, and sweet, good with computers, gets good grades, and is a loyal member of the team! She loves sandwiches, and in the 90s series fights with bubbles (bubbles!).

So I made a nice little meal for her so she can recharge, read some books and fight some more baddies.

Chicken Katsu Sandwich

Adapted from Food & Wine

  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken thighs
  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten with 3 tablespoons of water
  • 1 1/2 cups panko bread crumbs
  • 1/2 inch oil for frying
  • 8 slices white bread (Japanese milk bread if you can get it), crusts sliced off
    lettuce or sliced cabbage
  • tonkatsu sauce (recipe follows)

Between two sheets of saran wrap, pound the chicken thighs flat (I use a rolling pin).

Heat oil over medium high heat until shimmering. Assemble flour, eggs, and panko bread crumbs on three plates. Dredge each chicken thigh into the flour, shaking off excess, then into the egg, letting the excess drip off, then cover with panko. Fry about 3 minutes per side, until outside is golden brown and chicken is cooked through. Drain on a paper towel.

Serve on the white bread with lettuce or cabbage and tonkatsu sauce.

Tonkatsu Sauce

Adapted from Saveur

  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 1⁄4 cup Worcestershire
  • 4 teaspoons soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 teaspoon dry mustard powder

Thoroughly whisk together all ingredients

Mercury Soda Bubbles Blast

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 4 teabags white tea (I used Tazo White Tea Berryblossom)
  • 1 cup blueberries, mashed and strained
  • seltzer

Heat sugar with 1 cup water to a boil, then simmer until sugar is dissolved, swirling to combine. Cool slightly then add teabags to steep for 30 minutes.

Remove tea bags and allow syrup to cool completely. Stir in blueberries.

To serve, spoon about 3 tablespoons of the syrup into a tall glass, add ice and about 10 ounces of seltzer. Stir gently.

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Sailor Moon

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Diana and Carrie discuss the sparkly magical anime series, as well as bento, study snacks, parfaits that never were, after school cafe goodies, homemade sprinkles, chicken katsu sandwiches, fruit curry, and more! Note: the episode is nostalgia-laden and inner sensei (inner planet sailor scouts) centric.

Recipes

Referenced

Tasty Time

Main Episode

Intro music clip: “Moonlight Densetsu” (90s Sailor Moon opening) tribute version by Momoiro Clover Z. Available for purchase here.
Outro music clip: “Moon Pride” (Sailor Moon Crystal opening) by Momoiro Clover Z. Available for purchase here.

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Donut Gems

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Because Steven Universe lives next to a donut shop with his three aunts, Garnet, Amethyst and Pearl, jewel toned donut holes seemed like a fun thing to make! I’m a fan of the cake donuts rather than the traditional yeast type, so that’s the road I went, but what makes these special are the completely simple 2-ingredient glazes. I love mashing berries to mix with powdered sugar, because you get such a lovely color without having to use artificial food coloring.

Donut Gems

For the sour cream donuts – from Hummingbird High

  • 2 1/4 cups cake flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable shortening
  • 2 large egg yolks
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • vegetable oil for frying

Whisk together cake flour, baking powder, and salt. In another bowl, beat sugar and shortening together until sandy, then add the egg yolks and beat until light and fluffy. Add the sour cream and mix, then add the flour mixture and mix until just combined. Transfer to a clean bowl and chill for an hour.

Heat several inches of vegetable oil. Roll the dough into balls, and fry for several minutes, rolling until browned on all sides. Drain on a paper towel and move to a rack. Glaze while still warm

For the glazes

  • 1/2 cup raspberries, mashed and strained
  • 1/2 cup blueberries, mashed and strained
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons cream
  • powdered sugar

Mix each of the liquids (raspberries, blueberries, cream) in separate bowls with enough powdered sugar to make a glaze (should be thick but still liquid, about 1 cup to 1 1/2 cups per mixture).

Dip warm donut holes in the glaze, turn to coat, and leave to cool on the rack.

We’ve been swirling leftover glaze into plain yogurt 🙂

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Secret Garden Oatcakes

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You can trifle with your breakfast and seem to disdain your dinner if you are full to the brim with roasted eggs and potatoes and richly frothed new milk and oatcakes and buns and heather honey and clotted cream.

The oatcakes of Yorkshire, where the Secret Garden takes place, are a pancake made from oats and leavened with yeast, and are the type of thing that Mary, Colin, and Dickon were able to make on their little oven in the hollow. They can be eaten savory, such as wrapped around sausages, or sweet, as they are here, topped with peaches, honey, and whipped cream.

Secret Garden Oatcakes

Adapted from Stafforshire Oatcakes

  • 150 grams oats, blitzed fine in a food processor
  • 50 grams wholewheat flour
  • 100 grams all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 300 milliliters milk
  • 300 milliliters water
  • 1 packet quick-rising yeast
  • butter for frying

Whisk together flours, salt, sugar, and yeast. Gently heat the milk and water until warm (but not hot), and mix into the flour mixture. Cover with plastic wrap and set aside for one hour.

On a pan or skillet, heat butter, and fry the batter as you would pancakes, flipping after a few minutes on each side.

Serve as a savory flatbread, or topped with fruit, honey, and whipped cream.

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Pippi’s Meatball Sandwich

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On scrubbing vacation day (sounds fun), Pippi packs a lovely picnic for Tommy and Annika, including meatball sandwiches. I’m a huge meatball fan in all forms, and like playing around with different ingredients and techniques from different regions. Swedish meatballs are made with milk-soaked bread which keeps them nice and tender, and are mixed thoroughly so that they’re almost silky. They’re mostly made with a mixture of beef and pork, but as we don’t eat pork and had had beef earlier in the week, I decided to try them with ground chicken – and they turned out great!

Also, rather than cooking them in gravy, I made some Swedishy sandwich fixings – quick pickled cucumbers and a bright magenta beet spread.

Pippi’s Meatball Sandwich

Loooooosely based on Alton Brown’s Swedish Meatballs

For the meatballs:

  • 1 pound ground chicken
  • 1/2 an onion
  • 2 slices bread
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 2 tablespoons melted butter
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 1 teaspoon (plus a pinch) salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg

In a food processor, combine onion, bread, milk, butter, egg yolks, salt and nutmeg. Mix well with the ground chicken, and form into meatballs (about one heaping tablespoon in size). The mixture will be fairly wet, to make it easier you can form balls, then put them in the freezer for a few minutes, then reform as you put them in the pan to fry.

On medium high, heat a couple tablespoons oil with a tablespoon of butter. In batches, brown the meatballs on all sides, turning with spoons, then remove to a plate. When the last batch is browned, put all the meatballs back into the pot and cook, covered, 10-15 minutes until cooked through.

For the cucumbers

  • 1 large cucumber, peeled and sliced
  • 1/2 teaspoon coarse salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar
  • small palmful chopped dill

Toss cucumber slices, salt, sugar, and dill, let sit at least 15 minutes.

For the beet spread

  • 1 cup pickled beets, diced
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • good pinch salt

Combine beets, mayonnaise and salt.

Serve meatballs on a toasted sub roll with cucumbers and beet spread. Enjoy!

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Steven Universe

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Diana and Carrie discuss the animated series and many munchies, including dognuts, fry bits, cookie cats, transfats, chaps, free napkins, and together breakfasts.

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Referenced

Tasty Time

Main Episode

Intro music clip: Diana & her daughter singing “We Are the Crystal Gems”, plus the instrumental version of the opening composed by Jeff Liu.
Outro music clip: “Cookie Cat” sung by Zach Callison, composed by Jeff Liu

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