Reika-sama – 187

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I decided to just completely rely on Wakaba-chan for Valentine’s Day.

We were going to make fondant au chocolat on the day.

Normally I only had Oniisama and Otousama to give chocolates.

I just followed recipes on my own.

Learning from somebody was a completely different experience.

This year, Valentine’s would be in Wakaba-chan’s hands.

Still, this wasn’t anything serious, since it was basically between family.

If I couldn’t make something delicious for Imari-sama then I could just buy him something.

Yukino-kun’s party food was an entirely different story.

For one thing it wasn’t my family doing the eating.

For another it was going to be the Enjou family of all things.

Bringing something weird over was unacceptable.

After some discussion with Akimi-san, we decided to make chirashizushi.

Literally toppings on sushi rice.

For one thing I could distract them with pretty colours, and for another the vinegar in the sushi rice could ward off any chance of food poisoning.

Yukino-kun’s birthday was on a Saturday this year so Akimi-san could come over in the morning to help with the food.

After that the plan was for me to head straight to the party.

Before that day I had been reading over her recipe every day, and practised making kinshitamago egg strips by myself.

It was burnt.

I couldn’t cut it thinly.

Mmn. I’d leave this part to Akimi-san.

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*

“Kisshouin-san, I’m sorry for my brother’s wilfulness. If it’s too hard to make the food you can just refuse, you know?” Enjou said.

Perhaps he noticed that I was reading cooking books at the salon too.

“It is no trouble. I hope I will not disappoint when I say that I am only bringing something simple. I was only reading the book because I had some interest in it.”

And I was telling the truth.

After all the cooking lessons with Akimi-san and the vegetable cutting practice I did at home, I was really starting to gain an interest in cooking.

The house chef had been throwing the vegetables I used for practice into a blender to make soups and dressings and stuff.

Apparently none of the vegetables I practised with were good for main dishes.

The potage they made from the potato the other day was really good.

I was feeling pretty bad about always getting them to clean up after me so these days I had been looking up recipes I could use them in myself.

Curry was probably the best choice in the end.

Next chance I had, maybe I could try making curry with pre-made curry sauce.

The family cook never used store-bought sauce. All of it was made from scratch.

I did kind of miss the flavour of supermarket curry though.

Like the curry I had at Wakaba-chan’s house.

In my old life, Mum used to blend two different brands together.

It was tastier like that.

Plus, I knew the trick to making it perfect.

You had to add chocolate or yoghurt to it.

…Chocolate or yoghurt though.

Basically anything sweet would do, right?

In that case, what if I added flan?

If I used milk pudding instead, wouldn’t that dissolve easier?

Then again I wasn’t really into the really sweet curries.

In that case maybe I could use spicier curry sauce to balance it out?

It would be nice if I could bring out an original flavour even after using store-bought sauce.

Maybe I could add some miracle fruits.

I decided to ask Akimi-san what she thought.

“Kisshouin-san? Still here with me?”

“Eh? Ah, my apologies. I am listening.”

Oops.

I was so lost with the thought of curry that I hadn’t noticed what he said.

“I just hope that the cooking won’t trouble you too much. There aren’t even twenty guests, so don’t worry about it too hard.”

“I understand.”

Mao-chan and Yuuri-kun would probably be there too.

There was the pressure of her mother’s cooking now.

But I had Akimi-san with me!

She’d make it work somehow, so there was no problem!

*

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*

On the day, Akimi-san came over in the morning, as promised.

“Gokigen’yoh, Akimi-san. I feel bad taking up your weekend like this.”

“Don’t be. Let’s do our best together.”

“Yes.”

The ingredients were already prepared in the kitchen.

All I had to do now was have Akimi-san work her magic.

I thought of having her take a break in the living room first but my family knew about her visit and waited for her at the entrance.

“Welcome, Akimi-san. Thank you for helping my sister today.”

“Apparently Reika has been learning cooking from you,” said Otousama. “My daughter will be in your care, Akimi-san.”

“Please take care of my daughter, Akimi-san,” said Okaasama.

“Apparently the son of the Enjou family requested Reika’s cooking,” continued Otousama.

“After all, all of the Enjou family will be eating this,” continued Okaasama.

“Dad, Mum, just leave it at that,” Oniisama stopped them. “Akimi-san, I’ll send you home, so just let me know when you’re done.”

“Y-Yes…”

Since Akimi-san seemed visibly overwhelmed I shooed my family off and then brought her to the kitchen.

Thank goodness for Oniisama.

“What should I do. There’s so much pressure now…”

“Sorry about them, Akimi-san. Originally I wanted to have tea with you in the living room first, but what would you prefer? I have no doubts my family will be waiting there.”

“It’s fine. I’m okay. I want to start as soon as possible. We need time in case we mess up.”

Even though she was so happy just a moment ago, Akimi-san’s expression was all business now.

I’m sorry…

I mentioned learning cooking from her earlier, but I only recently slipped up about the party.

As soon as they heard that they kicked up a huge fuss and kept trying to convince me to let our cook do it, or to hire some restaurant to make the food instead.

I couldn’t lie to Yukino-kun about it so I refused them each time.

I told them that it would be fine with Akimi-san’s help, but they were still nervous about it.

Especially Okaasama. She was really something else.

She even said that if I brought bad food this time it would affect my prospects of marriage in the future.

I knew it would end up like this so I hadn’t really been planning on telling them.

Then again it affected them too so I couldn’t just keep mum about it.

“Shall we begin then, Reika-san?”

“Yes.”

At first we had planned to do equal shares but in the end Akimi-san basically made it herself.

Especially the seasoning. That was all her.

As for what I did, it was mostly fanning the sushi rice with a fan…

But I did beat the eggs, and I put the rice into the bucket too. I also passed her ingredients, moved the utensils out of the way, and made sure to assist her.

I mean, this counted as making it together, right?

The finished chirashizushi went into stacked boxes, and the rest was left for my parents and Oniisama to try first.

They seemed to be worrying about it the whole time after all.

“This is delicious!” exclaimed my mother.

“The Enjou family can eat this without issue!” exclaimed my father.

“It’s delicious, Reika. Thank you, Akimi-san,” Oniisama thanked her.

“Thank you so much, Akimi-san!”

After seeing the exaggerated response, Akimi-san finally seemed to relax.

“Thank goodness…”

Since I had the party to get to, I left my seat first while Akimi-san rested in the living room.

I came back after changing and found her chatting amiably with Oniisama.

“Are you ready, Reika? In that case I’ll take you as well while I send Akimi-san home.”

“Please do, Oniisama. I have a lot to carry, so could you help with that?”

“You’re carrying quite a lot already, Reika-san. Are you okay?”

“Huhuhu!”

In the end I was bringing quite a bit. We had the chirashizushi too, after all.

“Shall we go?”

Wait for me, Yukino-kun!

Ah-, I forgot to talk to Akimi-san about the curry.


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103 thoughts on “Reika-sama – 187”

  1. Holy banana crap, that curry sounds awful reika-sama. It’s like saying a cookie recipe needs a bit of salt and you decide to put fish sauce in there instead because both of them are salty.

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  2. Flan?! Pudding?!!
    /(>o<)\Nooooo!!!!

    Kali-sama is creating a doomed recipe!!!
    Onii-sama, Akemi-sama, Wakaba-sama, anyone, please stop the curry holocaust!!

    Now, then. Thank for the excellent translation!! ^^

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    1. We reach ever closer to that call to the UN.
      “Please help stop my sister! Her curry calamity will soon hit Tokyo! The consequences are too terrible to contemplate!”

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  3. “In the end in was bringing quite a bit. We had the chirashizushi too, after all.”

    The “too” here feel quite dangerous… Might be the harbringer of a culinary disaster..?

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  4. Store roux Japanese Curry is one of those that you can add almost anything in and it would just enhance the flavour. If you add chocolate to it, it makes it richer. If you add yoghurt, it makes it sour. If you add coffee, it makes it bitter.

    Of course knowing Reika, she would probably add more than would be required to but she’s not entirely wrong there.

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      1. Doesn’t seem too different than throwing Coconut Milk into it, and I know people who do that.
        I don’t get why. The basic Golden Curry roux she is probably talking about is pretty good as is. The only change I make from the recipe on the box is that I use vegetable stock instead of water.
        Almost everything else I cook, I make from scratch (not to the level of foodies who make their own ketchups and mayo, but you know what I mean.) But I’ve never been able to make a curry that I like better than store-bought Japanese curry. There is just something I find really special about the flavor.

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  5. I want to be cry, her curry sound like sh*t. How can someone be so bad cooking? No, flan will not dissolve easier.… Just stick to chocolate. It’s like your intentionally trying to fail at making the dishes. How can someone lack so much common sense?

    A easy way to figure out if something is okay is look it up online. You live in the age of technology for God’s sake.!!!!

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    1. She has traded common sense for her past life’memories…Maybe XD

      The title should really be “I Will Live with Humility, Sensibility (+Common Sense) and Dependability as My Motto!”

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      1. It’s very in-character. She’s a rote learner, which is why she’s so bad at academics. She doesn’t know how to use old information to synthesize new conclusions. So she just relies on brute-force memorization.

        And that works okay until she decides she doesn’t need to follow it by-the-book.

        I actually rather like how consistent the characterization is.

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  6. Continuing on with the awful, awful decisions I have made while “cooking”. Once my father (who is the one who like cooking the most back home) told me that “you can ate pretty much anything inside bread!” and my stupid, stupid 9 years old mind interpreted that as “if you put it in bread it wil taste good!”. Well, have you ever heard of something called ‘ceviche’? And of these little sweet treats that are mellow and mashable?…..T_T

    Thanks for the chapter~

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      1. ceviche is seafood marinated in lemon, onions, herbs and is fanastic, so, no soup but more like salad I suppose. And it was mashmallows by the way. It was no the worst things I have eaten, or at least for my stupid brat mind it was not.

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  7. This cooking chapters are making me worried *sweat*
    Follow. The. Recipe!!! I worry for your family!
    And in what world does that curry sound good!?

    Akimi-san is my new god.

    “This is delicious!” exclaimed my mother.
    Mother: *shook*

    “The Enjou family can eat this without issue!” exclaimed my father.
    Father: They won’t die by our hands~!

    “It’s delicious, Reika. Thank you, Akimi-san,” Oniisama thanked her.
    Oniisama: I’ts a miracle. Thank you, Akimi-san.

    Thanks for the chapter!

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  8. (T_T) she is just planning to bring the dish akimi and her made right? She isn’t going to create curry at the party right? I can rest easy the sweet yuki-kun, in his poor health, won’t end up in a hospital due to indigestion right?

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  9. Hehe. Are we heading to Enjou’s house next chapter?

    Ships were built
    And rested on shallow water since legacies ago
    Will my jolly sailor bold
    Cometh and set sail now
    Finally
    Finally
    Set sail now?

    After the Storm of Centuries called Wakaba Route
    Tried to steal Empress’ Valentine
    ReiNjou cruise shall be The Savior
    And defend the universe!
    All hail ReiNjou!!!

    Please let there be no food poisoning in the next chapter, or at very least, please let there be family doctor in their household.

    Someone needs to keep extra watch over Reika…Her culinary sense is atrocious. Understandable actually, but still horrifying…As expected of our Kali-sama!

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      1. Enjou perfectly captures the spirit of this novel. He’s the audience made manifest into a character.

        Firstly, he likes affectionately laughing at Reika’s antics.
        Secondly, Enjou would love one of the novel’s POV chapters. He has a great grasp of situational irony. He finds it funny that Suiran’s myths fail to describe the private lives of the three Pivoine elite and of Reika in particular. And he has fun with it, as you can see from the towel and latte art incident.

        A Renjou ship is the best thing because you know you’ll at least get a great POV chapter out of it — the public will completely get the wrong idea of how the relationship actually functions. And Enjou is a great minor antagonist that keeps Reika off balance and on her toes.

        Finally, a Reika is basically an appliance that takes a supply of food and turns in into entertainment. Reika likes sly men who’ll spoil her. Really, it’s the perfect ecosystem.

        Detractors call Enjou sly, as if it were a bad thing. But that’s how you know he’s a good provider. For this means he can deploy treachery on Reika’s behalf.

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        1. “Finally, a Reika is basically an appliance that takes a supply of food and turns in into entertainment. Reika likes sly men who’ll spoil her. Really, it’s the perfect ecosystem.

          Detractors call Enjou sly, as if it were a bad thing. But that’s how you know he’s a good provider. For this means he can deploy treachery on Reika’s behalf.”

          Perfect eco-system. I repeat: Perfect eco-system!

          I tell you now, people: we have Shiva in Enjou Shuusuke!

          Sign up for Renjou ASAP, or at the very least, for Reikino’s frigate 😆

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  10. Meatbun Delivery~
    Thank you for the chapter ( ●w●)

    Oh no.. the curry of death is about to be born!! Nuuuu!! Akimi, you’re the only one that can stop the curry apocalypse from happening!!

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  11. “But what if I added pudding to the curry” ReiKA NO

    Reika needs to get scolded more by Wakaba-chan and her family, to finally break those awful cooking habits of hers. Experimenting is only ok once you’ve got some minimum cooking skill and sense of how things would work together. Didn’t Sakura-chan scold her about not following the recipe already way back? Bless you Wakaba-chan for sparing Reika’s dad and brother another awful valentine’s day gift!

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    1. Banana curry? Sounds great with some whipped cream in lieu of yogurt. Sour chutney to add back in the tartness of the missing probiotic blend. Not innovative enough. Waffles instead if naan, and waffles beg for fried chicken!

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  12. Thank you for the chapter!
    “The house chef had been throwing the vegetables I used for practice into a blender to make soups and dressings and stuff.” That bad is Reika-sama at cutting vegetables uh.
    “Basically anything sweet would do, right?” Reika-sama you have not learned your lesson about following the recipe.

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  13. I can already see how the whole Kisshouin family will forever be indebted with Akimi….forever and ever~ for preventing a mass food poisoning to the Enjou household 🌚😂😂😂😂

    But well can’t blame Reika-sama…this past few days I started learning how to make Norimaki but srsly…the prep work is no joke 😂 what more to the chirashizushi.

    Thanks for the chapter!!! 😊

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  14. What is this madness? Am I seeing things or our Santa this year is suuuuper generous? Thank you for the amazing chapter! Reika definitely needs a partner who could rein in her wild imagination or else the weapon of mass destruction shall be born! ( ・ั﹏・ั)

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  15. I had missed the “too”. Oh god Reika. Why.
    Poor Akimi-chan. She’s tasked with saving the world from Reika’s cooking.
    Maybe she actually reincarnated from a future where the monster curry has ended all of human civilization, and approached The Entity so as to avert the calamity… Godspeed, hero of humanity!

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  16. Thanks 4 the chapter!

    At least she’s not adding chemical compounds like a certain smart girl. That was a deadly chef if I ever saw one.

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  17. — Thanks for the chapter~ ^^.

    And really now, Reika-sama is getting derailed again even though the Wakaba family just talked to her about it xD!

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        1. But of course, I’m only suggesting a hierarchy of beauty. Where internal beauty is ranked higher than external.

          As we all know. Cushion. Pushing.

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  18. R-R-RUN YUKINO-KUUUN!!! RUN LIKE THE WIND AND DON’T LOOK BACK!!

    REIKAAA!! PLEASE NOTICE THAT YOU’RE A BEGINNER AT COOKING!! THE LAST THING A BEGINNER SHOULD DO IS IMPROVISING!!

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  19. What I’m wrestling with here is that Akimi thought that kinshitamago would be a good place to start for a beginner. It’s about as easy as learning how to make crepes. Practically the same process, actually, except where you julienne the ‘crepe’ at the end.

    Akimi-san? Did you check to see if she can even make scrambled eggs yet?

    Then you can work your way up to tamagomaki.

    Once she can do that, THEN you try to teach her kinshitamago.

    Seriously, teach her the basics first.

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  20. I was so surprised when I found this site, this story just keeps pulling you in. Before I knew it, I’m waiting for the next post and checking for updates. I’ve even been so move by parts about Reika where I have been in tears, and other times I’ve laughed myself into tears too. I can’t wait to see what happens Reika and the Enjou family at Yukino’s party

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  21. Holy no. NO. No nope noppee! Someone stop Reika before she kills someone with that curry ;; 7 ;; ))). Thanks for the chapter! As much as the food pics make me cry in anguish and joy, the descriptions of Reika’s culinary plans make me blanch and fear ahahaha >>));;

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  22. Doom-Curry
    Doomsday Curry
    Curry of Doom
    lol my imagination for the name of the deadly curry is overflowing… Time to retreat!

    Thank you for your translation!!!

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  23. thnx for the chapter

    and reika really has grow up to be rather carefree lol, she just worry when she need too

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  24. I missed a chapter 😮

    I wouldn’t mind seeing Akimi with oni-san. I mean, someone is going to have to watch over Reika’s cooking for the rest of her life, probably, so it might as well be family, right? 😋 Plus she seems like a sweetheart.

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