If there was a handbook that you must follow preceding every exam or assignment, I would have a handbook sized hole though my wall. I'm the kind of person that is unproductively productive. Cleaning my room? Watch me put that off for a year until I'm practically wading knee deep in clothes only to do it the night before an assignment is due. And I don't mean simply put things away. I will mop the floor, reorganise my entire wardrobe .. then whittle the hours away on tumblr. I low key panic for better or for worse. It's a habit that I'm determined to exterminate. So why is this context necessary? It isn't. But it does give a more clearer insight into my psyche, namely the fact that I just binge watched and read Shokugeki no Soma in just 2 days. Yep, I'm now twiddling my thumbs, hanging on to every weekly update .. just when I thought I was released from the sweet mercy of tv shows, curses.
The great thing about this anime is that it's stupendously animated and despite the intense ecchi and serious literal definition of foodporn (what more can you expect from a shounen genre eh?) the food that they showcase are innovatively unique yet simplistic in their conception and process... for the most part anyway. I adore Soma, the main protagonist as he places extreme insistence that premium ingredients that would make Sydney's property prices look like a joke don't automatically result in flawless dishes. It helps, sure, but he himself, uses supermarket ingredients that a food snob would turn their noses at, and it's perfect budget cooking! It doesn't hurt that he is more kinder and less arrogant, and politer than your typical protagonist, really, it makes him all the more endearing. And I'm totally in love with Nakiri Erina but that's neither here or there haha.
Right! This Roast Pork - Just Kidding! (or Nanchatte Roast Pork) consists of very basic ingredients and utilises the umami that is released from the bacon. Paired with mushrooms and potatoes which act as flavour sponges (very attractive description I know), you'll be amazed at the metamorphosis that it undergoes. Textually, the juxtaposition of the creamy potatoes and crispy bacon will leave you in awe at how such simple ingredients lent itself in such a mindbogglingly complex manner.Not only that, it will be perfect for those sticking closely to a budget as it uses mainly staples. Let's begin!
Preheat oven to 190 degrees Celsius. Steam potatoes until soft. Approximately 30-40 minutes.
Meanwhile, caramelise onions, mushrooms and garlic.
Cool potatoes slightly before mashing with a bit of butter, the onion mixture and rosemary (which I forgot). Season to taste.
Shape mixture into a loaf shape.
Wrap in bacon! (Whilst the anime demonstrated that it was wrapped in twine, I found that nearly impossible since the mashed potatoes don't hold their shape that firmly)
Bake for 30 minutes or until crispy (as you can see here, I didn't account for how much the bacon would shrink! So be generous!)
Prepare a sauce by deglazing pan that sauteed mushrooms with butter, red wine, sake and mirin. Reduce until alcohol evaporates (should be less than a few minutes!) and serve with 'roast'. Enjoy!
Roast Pork - Just Kidding! (Nanchatte Roast Pork)
5 small potatoes
Handful of mushrooms
1 small onion
1 clove garlic
Sprigs of rosemary
2 Tblsp butter
1 Tblsp mirin
1 Tblesp sake
- Preheat oven to 180 degrees celcius.
- Peel and cut potatoes into equal sizes. Steam until soft, let cool slightly before mashing.
- Finely chop and dice mushrooms, garlic and onions. Saute in 1 tblsp butter until caramelised.
- Mix potato, mushroom mixture and sprigs of rosemary together.
- Shape ingredients into log.
- Wrap in bacon and bake for 30 minutes or until bacon is crispy.
- In the last 5 minutes of cooking, prepare sauce. Deglaze saute pan with butter, red wine, mirin and sake. Season to taste. Serve with 'roast pork'
- Garnish with another sprig of rosemary and enjoy!