Moon Cooking!

A few weeks ago, I ran into an article about a high school in Japan that was having their yearly symposium, an event for the graduating class to show off their culinary skills. This took place at Ogaki Sakura Senior High School, in Gifu, Japan. This is not your conventional high school, here students can enroll in one of four programs: fashion design, welfare, food creation, and lifestyle and culture. This year’s theme was “Moon”! Students prepared dishes to reflect this theme from a wide variety of different cuisines. Japanese culinary treats included dumplings and other desserts that were round like the moon and arranged in the same way. The moon’s shape also reminded the chefs of the different seasons, so round spring and summer gardens were also created to complement the theme. The western cuisine used different variations on the Moon Princess, and Sailor Moon was one of them! Chinese cuisine was particularly difficult, one student remarked that it was very difficult to make carvings that would fit the theme on the meats and the vegetables. Mango pudding finished off the Chinese meal’s dessert. There are a few pictures of the event here, and fans can read the article (in Japanese) after the jump – it has since been removed and I had to work off of a cache to bring you this story.

料理のテーマは月 大垣桜高校食物科生が卒業作品展

2008年1月17日

{[Photo]「月」をテーマにした生徒たちの多彩な料理が並んだ会場=大垣市の大垣桜高校で
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 大垣市墨俣町の大垣桜高校で16日、昨年の歌会始の儀の題「月」にちなんだ料理の発表会があった。食物科3年生による卒業作品で、器や盛りつけにも工夫を凝らした多彩な創作料理が並んだ。

 同科の生徒たちは2年生の12月、京都市で同じテーマで開かれる京料理展示大会を見学。プロの料理人による作品を参考に約1年間をかけ、自分なりの試作や研究を重ね、卒業作品を完成させる。

 発表会では、40人の生徒の作品を和、洋、中華のジャンルごとに展示。日本料理では、団子やしんじょう、デザートなどを月の丸い形にそろえたり、春夏秋冬の日本庭園をイメージして盛りつけたりと、見た目の美しさにこだわった作品が目立った。西洋料理では、「かぐや姫をもてなす」、アニメの「セーラームーンをイメージ」などユニークな着眼の作品も。

 唯一の中華料理で、肉、卵、野菜とマンゴープリンなどを色彩鮮やかに盛り付けて「鳳凰(ほうおう)と月」と名付けた氏原美沙子さんは「月という限定されたテーマを、どう表現するかでみんな悩みました。私は食材探しや細かな切り方に苦心しました」と話していた。

 会場では、グループごとに取り組んだ旬の食材を生かした集団給食のメニュー、生徒たちが出品した料理コンテストの入賞作品、コメを着色した「ライスアート」なども紹介され、訪れた関係者らを楽しませていた。

 (中西康)

Cooking with the Outer Senshi!

This one gave us a good laugh when we saw it! Poor Jamie Van Eaton loves Wendy’s Baconator, but if he is to stick on his diet, he has to find a low-carb solution to the bun. By accident, he made a mistake when he was making his Atkins’ Revolution Rolls… however this mistake proved to better the recipe, making the buns strong enough to hold the burger and less eggy in flavor! And what, you may ask is the Sailor Moon connection to this story? Simple! He thought he would share the recipe with all his readers, and have the Outer Senshi demonstrate how to make these rolls! To see the image in the article, click the next link above the picture of the burger. We have posted the image here to make the fans’ life a little easier. Who knew the Outer Senshi liked cooking in their spare time?