Halloween(万圣节)

Ok! hurry up and look cute. This’ll be one for the cameras!

So, while all of you are out and about having fun, remember to eat candy responsibly! Even though today is the one day where no one will look at you funny for eating entire jars of candied corn, you should still think to yourself: is this a good idea?

Halloween’s one of these days where you can dress up in costume without anyone looking at you funny. I like that.

They say that trick or treating have historical or mythological origins. Personally, I don’t think I’ve ever needed to actually perform a trick. Nowadays it’s pretty much you show up at the door and get candy handed out.

I’m cute! Yay! Actually, I’ll probably head back in a bit. It sounds like some of the other girl’ll be on shore helping to hand out candy. See, when you get older, you can’t just take candy. You’re supposed to give them out too.

*munch munch*

Trick or treating’s an art. Seriously. In order to optimize your candy haul it is ABSOLUTELY necessary that the proper planning be put in the place. What is the neighborhood like? Which houses have decorations? Is the concentration of other trick-or-treaters high (and thus, necessitating a different attack plan)? Do we have enough manpower to cover all of the houses? Are there houses known to hand out less than optimally desirable goodies? How does the post trick-or-treating loot get distributed?

Think about all this and more, and you’ll have a good haul. Guarantee!

Happy Halloween!

[Mail Call] 9/12/2017 K9’s Fireside Chat

Morgane’s pretty darn busy, so I’m going to have to try to Morgane today. Bear with me.

I really have no idea how Morgane can go and write basically an essay a day. I guess I’ll make up my lack of quality with quantity. Here goes!

“Why use Tautog to explain everything?”

I think you’ve all noticed that whenever I post something, it’s generally in the format of a dialogue between characters, or a 4th wall break-y dialogue between a character and various members of the team. Very rarely do I flat out speak to you guys.

I do this since I think it allows for characterization. In having them talk to you, we’re able to show you exactly what they’re like, what their interests are, and how they like to do things. It makes them “come alive” better than if I just told you what their personality is. “Show not tell”.

Plus, it’s more fun to write (and to read, I hope). If I wanted to just tell you how submarines worked I would have just linked some manuals.

“Why is the Soviet Union here? What’d they do?”

At risk of sounding like a Tankie:

For me, reading some of the memoirs and accounts of soviet submariners, there was just something different than the accounts of other nations. It’s like, there’s some “special sauce” that I just can’t quite put my finger on. It’s not quite motivation, but a lot of the stories are plenty moving. It’s not quite nostalgia, though a lot of the stories are quite nostalgic in tone. It’s not quite the tales of heroism – there are tales of heroism from all sides of the war.

The Soviets fought a much different war than, say, the Americans. In all respects it was a war for survival. There’s a reason they call it the “Great Patriotic War”. The war in the East was brutal – the Soviets took the most casualties by a large margin. They were fighting for Mom and Dad, Their brothers and sisters, and fellow comrades at the front. It’s something I feel like we just don’t get today, and something that as Americans we don’t quite get. America was fighting to defend their ally’s people and lands. The Soviets were fighting to defend their people and their lands. I think that maybe this “special sauce” stems from that.

Go find a recording of Farewell of Slavianka listen to it. The Red Army Choir version is excellent. Here’s a stanza.

Прощай, отчий край, – Farewell, fatherland,
Ты нас вспоминай, – Remember us,
Прощай, милый взгляд, – Farewell, sweet glance,
Не все из нас придут назад. – Not all of us will return.

See what I mean?

When I showed this song to Morgane, she said “Why doesn’t America have this kind of song?”

It’s the “special sauce”. It’s this sort of thing I’d like to capture in Pacific.

“OKAY DOGBOY. WHERE SHIPGIRL!?”

Alright. So, there are a few subgirls we have finished up but we still haven’t revealed yet. Here’s a draft of one of them:

Since I spent a while talking about the Soviet Union up there, I think it’s fitting to show you guys the other soviet subgirl appearing in Silent Service.

Don’t worry, it’s not all subgirls either.

This is a little ship that I think kinda gets a bit of a bad rep from most other shipgirl works. She’ll make her appearance soon.

【1941年美国海军食谱】粗玉米粥

【1941年美国海军食谱】粗玉米粥

看到这里,有的提督可能要问了:为什么跳过了晚餐菜式?原因很简单,美国镇守府刚刚欢庆了劳动节。自从我们那奇萌无比的州长上任,各种蛋疼逗逼的游行活动就没停过。本空母昨晚被各种活动闹了一整夜,当然没睡好(呃,我说过自己打字慢,昨天开始码这篇,今天才勉勉强强写完)。今早用来养胃的就是后文的粗玉米粥。

炸粥和粗玉米粥的区别也是美国饮食中南方菜和北方菜区别的缩影。身为北方舰娘,我更喜欢南方菜一些。不过我还是要先吐槽一下现在粗玉米粥的做法:如果这东西是按我家祖传配方烹制的,应该怎么都不会把人吃胖。但怎么说呢,来美国南部逛一圈,看看有多少人的体重是我的N倍(N>1),你就能理解为什么这东西现在经常跟“胖子”联系在一起了。不过,这东西物美价廉。在南部,不论种族,不论贵贱,它都是家中早餐餐桌上的常驻食品,是南方饮食的三M(meal——玉米碜,meat——肉,molasses——黑糖蜜)之一。

不过,说句实话,粗玉米粥真心是南方菜。现在美国南部二十几个州吃的粗玉米粉占全国的75%到90%。在北方,除了文艺青年几个月用一次的厨房之外,你很少能在别处看到这东西。有人说培根煎蛋卷香肠炸蛋咖啡糕点什么的统统都是从欧洲老祖宗那里继承下来的传统早餐。这我不反对,毕竟基本所有现有菜式都由原有菜式改良而来。而早年美国地区到处都是荒山野地,肯定要以高能量高脂肪食品为主。但粗玉米粉是地地道道的美国物产。且不说玉米本身就原产于新大陆,hominy(发音为好-民-你)这个词其实也是当年波瓦坦印第安语词汇的音译,意思就是“处理过的玉米”。

(可惜,令我这种喜欢还原历史的奇萌物失望的是,这些印第安人早在1790年就已经完全被美国文化同化(北美镇守府的败笔?),连语言都改成英语了。我无法复活会说波瓦坦语的印第安人,但我在这里提一下他们的名字,也算是我为祖先干的烂事做的忏悔吧……)

Hominy与grits的区别在于:前者是经碱法烹制的“精髓”,是食材。而后者则是任何以碎玉米粒为主的菜名,两者然在实际用处上基本上是大同小异的。

这时博学的提督会问了:赫姐(妹?即,莫根),这不就是玉米面嘛?答案:差不多,但玉米面(cornmeal)打得非常细,熬出的粥的口感太细腻,用法也完全不同。Grits要的就是爽快的粗粮口感。当然,现在你去任何一家南方菜餐馆,你所点到的grits应该都是一样的。南方人十分重视这个细节。

不过,先加碱处理,再去芯去壳的玉米粥跟自家碱法烹制后再打碎的玉米粥的口感还是有些区别的。等等,加碱?对,印第安人早就开始用低浓度的木灰或者木炭来处理他们的玉米。没经过碱法烹制处理的玉米面所含的维生素B3和色氨酸很难被人吸收,以这种玉米面为主食的人容易得糙皮病。大概下次我会加入我自己家里打粗玉米面的配方,但在市场上选购粗玉米面时,还是经过碱法烹制处理的更好。

但这东西跟海军有什么关系?

美国海军早在一战时就发现大兵们的饮食是个大问题。说实在的,让这帮家伙吃菜的难度,不亚于给他们拔牙。海军部绞尽脑汁,想尽一切办法让他们多吃含有维生素和矿物质的食物,但问题是你做出来人家不喜欢吃,你也没办法。

那时候,萌萌的海军部科学家天天拿耗子做实验,知道不能只喂白面(只吃白面的耗子死的很惨),需要喂玉米面、大麦面、燕麦面等等耗子才能存活。后来发现维生素等微量营养成分后,整个海军部都脑子发热了:这些化学品能让我们的士兵个个都是超人!(原话)

然后呢,二十世纪20年代初杂交出了高产玉米,30年代初海军部发明了喷射性附加技术。这种技术可以很容易的把营养物质,比如维生素,喷在各种食品上。因此,粗玉米面等各种早餐食品作为第一批“强化过”的食材上了海军菜单。所幸的是,这东西便宜,可以量产,技术含量低,还受到大兵们的普遍欢迎。而当时最重要的隐藏因素是:玉米成了爱国的标志。大西洋那边的红毛熊,元首,同盟的狮子国少爷兵,舰娘国等等没有一个是以玉米为荣的。粗玉米粥莫名其妙的成了国家性的标志。而这种观念一直流传至今。昨天,我住的地方南边的另一位萌萌的州长刚刚在电视上演讲:玉米粥是最爱国的食品,没有之一——

好了好了好了,上配方。去舰上的储藏室给我拎两袋子二十磅的碎玉米上来,一罐三百三十号罐头浓缩奶油汤,扔锅里热了,完事。

【1941年美国海军食谱】粗玉米粥(暂定)

海军版粗玉米粥,粗玉米粥【改】和粗玉米粥【改二】

注:美国海军改善伙食一号秘籍:往里面砸培根或肉。不过一般是虾而不是鱼。当时虾的供应量远大于鱼,而虾解冻后的味道也还可以。更何况,这道菜的原本就可以加自己在河里海里钓的小鱼小虾甚至小龙虾什么的,所以粗玉米粥也是一种”系列菜”吧,哈哈。反正这东西做好之后加什么都能成一道菜。

时间:

5分钟到25分钟,主要取决于粗玉米面的种类,区别在于颗粒的大小,所以从包装上就能看出来。速溶grits大概5分钟,我自己磨出来的大粒grits大概要20分钟甚至更久。这道菜的难度无限接近零,你只要会做煎蛋,就肯定没问题。

原料:(四人份,或一个海军陆战队队员的分量)

  1. 主料:
    • 4杯粗糙碎玉米
    • 16杯开水,可用浓鸡汤或者浓蔬菜汤代替。
  2. 辅料:
    • 【改·正宗早餐】鸡蛋,奶酪看个人喜好,葱少许。
    • 【改二·晚餐或配菜】除早餐部分外,另加一磅虾或香肠,两条培根,蒜一头。啥?绿叶菜?绿叶菜??你还是男人吗???
  3. 调料:
    • 黄油少许。差不多一大勺。喜欢奶味的可以多加一些,也可用牛奶或淡奶油代替,但不要用浓奶油!之后我会解释原因。
    • 盐少许。

制作:

  1. 用大火把水烧开,加点盐。为啥先加盐后加玉米呢?我也不知道科不科学,反正我姑姑说碎玉米煮熟了就吸不进调料了,所以一定要先加盐。
    (在我家这一窝锻炼美食钓鱼打猎种菜狂人的训练下,我有时会非常注意细节……)
  2. 慢慢把碎玉米加入水中。一次不能加太多,否则会粘得到处都是。时不时要搅拌搅拌,否则锅底的玉米会烧糊或变硬,碎玉米也会粘到一起。做得好的粗玉米粥跟白米粥差不多,否则里面会有大小不一的不明物体。又难看又难吃。这一步大概需要5-20分钟,与锅的大小形状也有关。
    (如果提督你懒得搅拌,用高压锅也可以达到相同的效果。不过我只能说,如果你用高压锅蒸煮粗玉米粥被我奶奶那辈人看到的话,你肯定会被当成异端的。)
  3. 关火,让玉米粥在锅里再待3-5分钟,拌入黄油或奶油。如果你在加热时就加入奶油或黄油,整个粥就会显得油乎乎的,因为快速加热的黄油很容易散开。而如果加浓奶油,就会过于粘稠。
    加入的多少看个人喜好,某些人可能会加两杯甚至三杯。我家是加一勺,正好合适。

【改·正宗早餐】可加荷包蛋或煎蛋、奶酪等。我家喜欢帕马森奶酪,但我看基本上所有美国常见奶酪都应该没问题。这里需要知道的是,正宗南方菜的做法是这种把半液化的蛋黄切开,盖到粥上,然后……呃,味道确实不错,不过还是要看个人喜好。

【改二·晚餐或配菜】就可以直接上各种肉类和海鲜了。(笑)

举个例子,

大虾粗玉米粥
青椒香肠粗玉米粥
:左边是正常玉米粒。右面是碱化处理过的玉米粒。


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Our Spot in Anime Boston

Pacific’ll see you at AnimeBoston★Y157

AnimeBoston·Y157

We will see you in【AnimeBoston★Y157】

So, in lieu of the usual mail-call updates, I got home today and I saw that Zero already put this one up.

Like all of our book releases, here’s what to expect.

Name: -Pacific- Vol.01
Publisher: AURA遗迹
Artist: November☆
Editor: 零火(Zeroblaze)
Writer: Morgane
Language: English
Pages: 64P Full Color
Size: A4(297×210mm)

I’ll hound Zero for some pictures soon enough. 🙂

Pacific vol. 1’s physical release is at AnimeBoston (March 31, 2017).
A limited number will be available for 20$ each at the convention.
Purchases will also be available online beginning April 1, 2017 (not a joke!) for 19.41$ plus shipping & handling.

For a copy of this book, you can find it freely released on our site.

Pacific vol. 1 English Version

If you would like to support us by purchasing the physical version of this book, you can order it online here:

-Pacific-: USN Fleet Collection Vol.01

Hope to see you soon. 🙂