Where The Lost Ones Go – Chinese Drama Review

Where The Lost Ones Go, Chinese Drama

Where The Lost Ones Go – Chinese Drama Review

Just started watching this Chinese drama which is comprised of 24 episodes.

The story started in 2007 when Ye Zi (Boey Cecilia) was a college freshman, studying traditional Chinese Art.

One day she was taking a rest on a bench on the school ground when she saw someone painting in a nearby ground floor studio/classroom. She was so intrigued by the painting that she moved nearer to see it better.  She overheard a girl telling the painter that she had waited for him until the end of the movie but he never showed.

The painter said that he was not interested and he has a girlfriend already.  He then saw a Ye Zi looking in from the window, watching them. 

He jumped into the window and run off with Ye Zi.  They ended up near a pond.  With some innocent flirting and long staring at one another, as dramas like this are, then ended up tumbling into the water; both of them ended up soaking wet including Ye Zi’s bag. 

She then run off and mistakenly picked up the boy’s iPod.

The boy painter was Xiang Ze Yi (Fan Kris) who majors in oil painting and who happens to be the handsomest boy of the Art Department.

So far the drama is sweet but you can feel there is a coming doom and gloom in the background as moments from present day showing Ye Zi looking forlorn. And an older Ze Yi looking more like a graffiti artist rather than an oil painter.

TBC

Fennel (Foeniculum vulgare)

Fennel Bulb, photo by PH Morton

Fennel (Foeniculum vulgare)

Fennel is related to the carrot family and indigenous to the Mediterranean but they are now grown in many parts of the world.

It is a perennial herb with yellow flowers. It is very aromatic.

Fennel is very versatile.  The bulbs, see above, foliage (leaves) and seeds are widely used in culinary around the world.

The bulb is delicious drizzled in olive oil and balsamic vinegar and then baked in the oven.  It is sweet tasting, perfect starter or as a side dish with roast meat or even baked fish dishes.

Click here for the baked fennel bulb.

Pork Leg Asado With Pineapple

Pork Leg Asado, Photo by Ruben Ortega

Pork Leg Asado With Pineapple

This recipe is as good tasting as the photo shows.  The secret to this is marinating the meat in order for the sauce to get into all the crevices of the meat sinews.

Ingredients

 

  • 2 lbs pork leg, chopped to the bone into manageable pieces
  • 1½ cup water
  • 1/2 tsp whole blackpeppers
  • 3 bay leaves
  • 1/2 tbsp oil
  • 1 inch cube butter
  •  1 large white onion, peeled chopped finely
  • 1 lemon or 1½ tbsp of fresh calamansi juice
  • 3/4 cup soy sauce
  • 1 small can of pineapple

 Method of Preparation:

 

  1. Using a large bowl, mix together the soy sauce, blackpeppers and lemon juice (or calamansi juice)
  2. Stir in the sliced pork leg and leave to marinate for an hour (or overnight in the fridge).
  3. Drain the meat but keep the marinade.
  4. Heat a large lidded frying pan or a casserole pan.
  5. Add the oil and then the butter.
  6. Fry the meat and cook until golden brown on both sides.
  7. Pour in the marinade and also the water.
  8. Drop in the bay leaves.
  9. Cover the pan and leave the meat to simmer until the meat is tender.
  10. Add the can of pineapple, including the juice, and cook for another 7 minutes.
  11. Serve immediately with a freshly boiled rice or green salad.

Enjoy

 

 

A Tale of Samurai Cooking A True Love Story 2013 (Review & Recap)

A Samurai Wedding

A Tale of Samurai Cooking A True Love Story 2013 (Review & Recap)

I have just watched this 2 hours Japanese film this cold Sunday afternoon/early evening here in London.  I must admit it is a perfect movie for a lazy end of the week.

There are lots of food, some samurai fighting, intrigues in the Edo period and of course a BIT of romance.  I have to point out that it was really tiny, small, minute romance.  Even the ending when they had sorted out their misunderstanding the hug was so sedate.  It was not even a full hug.  It was just a one shoulder hug between Haru and Yasonobu.

The story is that Haru ended up reluctantly marrying Yasonobu who is 4 years younger that her on the behest (pleading of Yasonabu’s father, the master cook from the Funaki Family who serves in the Kaga Domain)

Haru, played by Aya Ueto, is an excellent cook, who was orphaned  at a very early age of 12.  She was then taken in to cook for the concubine of the House of Signoria (whatever?) 🙂  She became a great favourite of the concubine and treated her more like a daughter.

During a gastronomy festival, Funaki Sensei presented the upper class with a mystery dish.  He then asked each of the diners to guess what the dish was,  Only the concubine was able to guess it correctly and she then confessed that Haru told her.

Funaki Sensei was impressed that he beg Haru to marry his son.  Haru said that she was already married though in a process of divorce.  Her husband’s family had to send her back because she was noisy and too assertive.

Funaki Sensei beg and beg and assured Haru that he will sort out the divorce. She had to marry Yasonobu to save the Funaki family.

Yasonobu, played by Kengo Kora, is a second son.  Being not the heir initially, he was more or less free to do what he wanted and he wanted to become a samurai warrior and marry the only daughter, Sayo, of the dojo.

He fell in love at first sight with Saya and hoped of marrying her and be the master of the Samurai dojo.

Unfortunately his elder brother, the heir to the Funaki culinary dynasty died in the plague.  He, therefore, had to forget Saya and continue his father’s legacy.

Saya ended up marrying Yasonobu’s best friend.

Though Yasonobu is now the heir, he was a terrible cook and rather a spoiled brat.

He was also cold to Haru.

Haru was patient and was caring and supportive to her husband.  She taught him the basics of cooking and for all it’s worth Yasonobu was quite an able apprentice.  So much so that he got promoted from the samurai school of cookery, eh???? 🙂

It was quite fraught during that time, uprisings were everywhere.

Yosonobu would have died if Haru did not take it upon herself to sabotage his mission to join a small band of men intent on assassinating the Lord of Kaga.

Yosonobu was so frustrated when he found that his bestfriend died during the failed assassination.  He blamed Haru for preventing him from joining the dead.  He was on the act of beheading Haru when his mother came up and slapped him; telling him that he was a thoughtless idiot.  He was self-centred not thinking that he was her only remaining child.

When everything has quietened a little bit, Haru packed her clothes and went. She left a letter saying that she is releasing Yosonobu from their marriage and now free to marry the woman, who he truly loves.

Haru has opened a little beach cafe (without the coffee – being the Edo period hahaha) and was contented until her next customer happened to be Yosonobu, who said that he had been looking for her and that his father advised him not to come back without her and that his mother wanted a grand-child but only if Haru was the mother.  And that he had no feelings whatsoever for Saya and likes being married to Haru.  Ahhhhhh

Haru run to his right shoulder for half a body hug.  Ahhhhh

And they happily trod on together back to the family house.

It was a cute drama.  The costumes are so lovely.  Aya Ueto was stunning with her geisha like make-up.  Kengo would have been drop-dead gorgeous if did not have that Samurai part shaved head. 🙂

Kwon Sang Woo – Korean actor

Kwon Sang Woo

Kwon Sang-Woo

Kwon Sang-Woo is a South Korean actor and entrepreneur.  He is gorgeous and charming.  He made a few tear-jerker dramas opposite Choi Ji-woo.

Here is the gorgeous Kwon Sang-woo singing

BioData:

DoB: 5 August 1976 (41)

Civil Status: Married to Son Tae-Young (former Miss Korea)

2 Children

Educational Background: BA in Education Hanman University

 

Kwon Sang-Woo Films & Dramas

 

Doctor X (Japanese Drama Review)

You might have noticed that all I have been posting these last few days are Japanese dramas and Japanese actors and actresses.

Well I am currently obsessed with dorama.  There are plenty of good dramas from China, Taiwan, Thailand and not to mention, South Korea but there is something about Japanese dramas that is cut above the rest.  Their stories are usually never hackneyed.  There is always a surprise here and there.

Well, scrolling through various Japanese dramas on offer, I always see this Doctor X and continued on looking for other dramas.  I mistakenly thought that it was a porn/adult movie and I am not interested.

Well as you can see on the poster there is a vivid X and a sexy woman.  I thought this would be a doctor and nurses kind of kinky drama.  LOL

However I read in a profile of one of my favourite Japanese actors that he had appeared in Doctor X.  What?!!!  And before you know it, more and more actors and actresses with wholesome image seemed to have appeared in the drama as well.

Time to investigate for myself.

I am glad to report after reading the synopsis that Doctor X is a real medical drama and quite a popular one as well as it has now grown into 5 series!

For my real review watch this space for a blow by blow 🙂 🙂 🙂 account.  I shall start watching.

Here is the first of the blow by blow:

In the first 5 minutes, the leading lady pulled down the trousers of the man who was having an attack in the middle of the dance floor of a club.  The testicle was shown briefly!  Woah!

What are the 6 Ks of Surgeons?

  1. Kitsui (hardwork)
  2. Kitani (dirty)
  3. Kiken (hazardous)
  4. Koshi warui (bad back)
  5. Kakko warui (not cool)
  6. Kyurou yasui (low pay)

Just finished episode one and I must say I was very impressed,  Daimon Sensei has the best legs in dramaworld.  She makes me want to wear high heels all the time as well.

I was like her.  I finished work at 5:00pm exactly not even a minute extra.  Love this drama.

 

Hotaru No Hikari – JDoroma Review

Hotaru No Hikari

Hotaru No Hikari

Hotaru No Hikari is a comedy drama.

There are two series and a movie made for this drama.

It is about a late 20 something woman who has quite contentedly given up on social life.  She is perfectly presentable during the day at work but she’d much rather be lazing at home in her sweat pants and t-shirt, drinking beers.

This Hotaru series account the romance of a Himono Onna (Dried fish woman, who has given up dating or looking for a life partner) with her boss who is recently divorced and much older.

The romance started as they ended up unexpectedly living together in the same house.

It is really hilarious in parts.  I love it.  I have to admit that I have not seen the movie yet.

The leads Ayase Haruka and Fujiki Naohito have a good chemistry.  

 

Boukyaku no Sachiko (2018) – Japanese Drama Review

Boukyaku no Sachiko (2018)

Boukyaku no Sachiko (2018) – Japanese Drama Review

I just watched this drama today and was absolutely enchanted by Mitsuki Takahata all over again.

For such a young actress, she is showing so much versatility.  She was perfect as the pure and innocent overprotected Kahoko.

In Boukyaku no Sachicko, Mitsuki plays Sasaki Sachiko, who is a literary agent and very punctilious with her work.  She is much lauded for her hard work and perfectionism.  She was almost robotic with her attention to details.

Her boss and co-workers were absolutely flabbergasted when she one day announced that she was getting married.  They did not even know that she was dating.

On the day of the wedding, everything seems to run smoothly.  The groom, Shungo, is tall and slim, but his face was never shown fully and frontally.

When Sachiko went to change her western-style wedding dress for a traditional Japanese attire for the reception, she was informed by her mother that the groom was missing.

She was later handed a little note saying, “Sachiko, sorry”.

The next day, she went back to work as if nothing had happened and everything seemed normal but she was breaking down.

She was given a few days to think things through and calm down.

On her way home she happened to stop by in a ramen house where she had the most delicious miso soup and mackerel in miso sauce.  She was surprised that the delicious food made her forget about Shungo.

Good food can make one happy, even if momentarily.

This drama, which is based on a manga by Abe Jun is very enjoyable.  Hoping for the next part soonest!

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