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We're going Italian today with dinner and dessert from one of my favorite anime, JoJo's Bizarre Adventure. The show follows the Joestar family throughout the generations and today's meal comes from Part 4: Diamond Is Unbreakable.
In Diamond Is Unbreakable, characters have superpowers called "Stands" that are unique to each individual. An Italian Stand user moves to Josuke's hometown of Morioh in Japan and uses his power to serve up food that can cure people of all their ailments. He serves up a few dishes to Josuke's friend, including "Harlot Spaghetti" aka Pasta Puttanesca and purin, a Japanese pudding with caramel. We'll be making both today and I'm super excited to try these!
The Pasta Puttanesca recipe I'm deriving from the anime, but for the purin, I'm using this recipe from CookFiction. If you're looking to reduce the amount of sugar in your purin for dietary needs, you can use Stevia and a sugar-free caramel instead like I did and it'll turn out just fine.
pasta Ingredients (serves four)
TO make Reduced sugar purin...
The purin was amazing and surprisingly easy to make, so I'd give that a 10/10 for ease of replication. Since all you need is some sugar (or Stevia), caramel (I used Choc Zero sugar free), milk, vanilla, and eggs, it was really easy to get everything and recreate.
I had ramekins already, so while my presentation was a bit shorter than the one in the anime, that was expected due to my ramekins' size/shape. The flavor was delicious: a nice creme caramel that reminded me in taste of a creme brulee, but in a Jell-O like pudding form, so that also gets a 10/10.
The Pasta Puttanesca - or Harlot Spaghetti as they call it in the show - was fairly simple to make, so the ease of replication does get a 10/10, but the overall score is an 8/10 since I'm rating it a 6/10 for taste. When fresh, it was a great pasta dish, but it didn't reheat super well the next day - the fishiness from the anchovies took over when reheating, despite being really mild when served fresh. I probably won't be making this again.
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Jessica is a huge Disney and Star Wars nerd who channeled that love into motivation to lose 75 lbs.