Where do I get my Japanese Recipes?

The Manga Cookbook: Japanese Bento Boxes, Main Dishes and More!

I would love to tell you that the recipes are all ancestral secrets, but I’m not oriental. I would tell you that I had a dream that involved two dragons. The white dragon gave me the recipes and the black dragon gave me ninja-like cooking skills. Nope. No dream. No Dragons.

What I do have is a book. The book is fun and VERY simple. It is targeted in such a way that a child, with appropriate adult supervision, could pull off most of the recipes. I got this book from Manga University, which has some interesting products. Along with a couple of simple manga cookbooks, they also have a fun manga kanji book series and a “Kana de Manga” book which teaches both Katakana and the Hiragana characters. They also have manga drawing tutorials and supplies.

While checking out the website to make sure it was around before publishing this article, I found out that they now have a second cook book! Before finishing this article, I have already ordered it!

Language geek note: I used the “Kana de Manga” to learn the basics of Katakana and Hiragana characters. For learning the more challenging Kanji, I chose to go with “Remembering the Kani 1” by Heisig. Note, the Heisig approach also means that one learns the meaning of the character without learning how to pronounce it. That means one can hold off determining whether Chinese or Japanese is more in line with their goals until they already have the meanings down.

Die grosse grenze (#13)

Valerian und Veronique Number 13

Zwei zeitlines. Valerian und Veronique hilfe ein andere agent von Galaxity to reisen zuruck. Irgendwie Russland und Tschernobyl sind in dieses geschicht.

Die serie hat kein benzin. Halb von die Geschichte ist nicht brauche.

Two timelines. Valerian and Veronique help a fellow Galaxity agent to journey home. Somehow Russia and Chernobyl are in the story.

The series is running out of gas. Half of the story could go away and nothing would be missed.

Valerian und Veronique die Insel der Kinder (#10)

Valerian und Veronique Number 10

Valeren vertrat die Erde zu Simlan. Bei Simlan besuchen sie die Hauptstaat.

Helden von vier Planeten müssen konkurrieren drei Tage lang.

Tag eins, kräften der materie trotzen.
Tag zwei, Monstern aus dem Tierreich trotzen.
Tag drei, den fallen des geistes trotzen.

In der Vergangenheit, Helden nicht zurück kommen….

Drei Tage später gewonnen Valeren. Jetzt ist er mit der “Großmutter” von filena, der neuen Gruppe von Kindern fertig.

Ein Problem. Er ist jetzt geschrumpft! Veronique und Valeren gehe zu Erde.

The comic was all that hard to read, but there were some issues trying to describe what I read. Producing the vocab necessary was TOUGH. I had to go with a few words from Google, rather than providing all of them on my own… This story, unlike the past couple, made sense and was something I could understand.

Valerian und Veronique Trügerische Welten (#9)

“Deceptive Worlds”

Wir sehen Valerian en Uniform aus der ostindischen Gesellschaft, mit einer Armee gruppe, die eine Schloss angreift. Wir lernen, dass es ein Programm ist, wenn ein Offizier sagt: “Aber … das ist nicht programmiert!”

Valerian sendet Veronique eine Botschaft mit Koordinaten.

Wie Schande! Als nächstes ein Club vor Gentlemen, London neben der gleichen Zeit. Ausbruch mit einem Fahrrad fahren

Wie Schande! Weiter, San Francisco, Chinatown 1895. Aber da ist ein Mann mit einem Motorrad!

Es gibt viele springt, viele Zeiten, viele Geschicte.

Mit Zeit ist Valerian gerettet. Alles gut, glück ende.

Valerian und Veronique Number 9

We finally establish that Valerian has been in a stasis chamber in a computer holodeck-like environment.

He jumps from scenario to scenario while his partner, Veronique, along with a specialist, Jadna, searches for him. Jadna is a pain and an idiot.

Eventually, Jadna contacts the brain behind the simulation. In the end, she stays with that entity and Valerian and Veronique end up vacationing on Earth.

Orphelins Tome 1 Petits soldats and misc French stuff

Understand that I am learning some French and I find comics to be a simple way to start reading a foreign language. What I will usually do is learn a basic vocabulary. Then start trying to find a few comics. Later, hopefully, start reading a few simple books. With Spanish, I skipped the comics and went straight to the books. It was painful, but it did work. With German, I am still hitting the comics, and it is helping. With French, this is my first foray.

On the technical side, I tend to read comics on the full sized computer screen or my Amazon Fire.

I was looking for free French books for my Kindle on Amazon yesterday. I found quite the treasure trove with some unexpected gems. I found some interesting comics.

I ran into Valérian et Laureline, la cité des eaux mouvantes – Edition Definitive. I have read the German version, Die Stadt der tosenden Wasser, “the city of the roaring water”. This will be an excellent opportunity to dip my toe into reading French with simple known material.

I also ran into Orphelins – Tome 1 – Petits soldats. It is a comic of 192 pages. I tackled it immediately! I spent the afternoon yesterday going through it page by page. I somehow managed to get through it and I believe get more than just a “jist” version of the story! The illustrations were well done and the plot was fun. I can now say that I have gotten through my first French comic! A hundred and ninety two pages was a bit more than I planned to start with, but I made it! Well worth reading, if you get the chance! I liked it so much, I left a very positive review on Amazon. I left the review in English because I didn’t think butchered French would help…

I found Thorgal – tome 01 – La magicienne trahie. It is a 48 page comic that looks approachable. We will see.

I also ran into a few volumes of Sande BD, “Le magazine du crowdfunding BD”. Those magazines are above my level right now, but they look VERY interesting. I took a peek at their website. They have some very interesting projects in the works. There is a youtube channel that has some wild stuff! It looks like some of the French folks are leveraging crowdfunding to a whole new level. Take a look at the channel.

I found a few books as well. Lune de sang – La meute de Riverside Creek, Les Immortels (novella), La Reine du Chaos, La Figeuse du temps, Chassé-Croisé Paris SXM, Le Réveil des Dragons, Le Sceau, La Prisonnier de la planète Mars, and Esclave, Guerrière, Reine. When I get some serious confidence, which is going to take a while, I will tackle one of these.

All in all, a VERY happy weekend!

Valerian und Veronique Endstation Brooklyn (#8)

Veronique ist aus planeten Rubanis bis auf planeten Zomuk landet.

Veronique gesucht Valerian seit zwei erdtagen. Valerian ist in Paris auf der Jahre 1980.

Ich bin ganz verfluckt. Diese gesichte ist über zeitreise? Ich weisß nicht.
Es ist Paris 1980 mit auslander. monsteren das sind hologramme aus der zukunft?

Valerian und Veronique Number 8

I got lost somewhere in this one. I’m sure my lack of ability with German helped create the train-wreck, but the story itself seems disjointed.

Suddenly, Vallerian is travelling through time? Veronique is wacking monsters in the future so that they can’t be holograms in 1980 Paris? Vallerian is not sure who he is? Voronique is suddenly interested in Vallerian in a boy/girl kind of way?

Maybe the next issue will be more coherent?