Kotori’s Cookbook: Recipes from the Anime Sweetness and Lightning (Amaama to Inazuma)

Kohei, Tsumugi and Kotori saying "Let's eat" before their meals in Sweetness and Lightning

Sweetness and Lightning, or Amaama to Inazuma, is a heartwarming anime about a single father learning to cook for his young daughter. The show features mouthwatering dishes that go beyond their visual appeal, highlighting the love and care poured into each meal.

Sweetness and Lightning: Top 5 Anime-Inspired Recipes

Let’s embark on a culinary adventure with Kotori’s cookbook, recreating 5 delightful recipes from the anime. Sign up for our newsletter and get exclusive access to secret recipes, and cooking tips straight from Inazuma. 

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1. Gratin: A Hearty Vegetable Bake (Serves 4)

A rectangular dish of Gratin from Sweetness and Lightning
Gratin in Sweetness and Lightning | Image via IMDB

This comforting casserole bursts with flavors and textures. Preheat your oven to 200℃.

Ingredients:

  • A: 1 potato, 1/16 kabocha squash, 1 zucchini, 150 g chicken thighs, 4-5 stalks asparagus, 1/2 carrot (parboiled)
  • B: 2 bell peppers (julienned), 1 onion, cherry tomatoes, 50 g grated cheese
  • Bechamel Sauce: 40 g butter, 40 g weak flour, 600 cc milk, 1 bouillon cube (dissolved)
  • Seasoning: scant 1 tbsp salt, a dash of pepper

Steps:

  1. Chop A ingredients into 1-2 cm chunks. Julienne B ingredients.
  2. In a pan, melt butter and saute A ingredients over low heat.
  3. Add flour to the mixture and cook briefly. Gradually whisk in milk and bouillon mixture until smooth.
  4. Season with salt and pepper, add carrots and pour into an oven-safe dish.
  5. Arrange tomatoes and top with cheese. Bake for 15 minutes.

2. Chawanmushi (Serves 3-4):

A bowl of Chawanmushi in Sweetness and Lightning
Chawanmushi from Sweetness and Lightning | Image via IMDB

This silky-smooth egg custard is a delight for the senses.

Ingredients:

  • 3 eggs
  • Kamaboko (thinly sliced)
  • Mitsuba (for garnish)
  • Dashi Stock: 450 cc, 1 tsp soy sauce, 1 scant tsp salt, 1 tsp sake

Steps:

  1. Beat eggs gently, avoiding bubbles. Combine with dashi stock, soy sauce, salt, and sake—strain mixture.
  2. Place kamaboko slices in individual cups. Pour in strained egg mixture. Cover with foil.
  3. Steam in a pot of water for 15-20 minutes. Garnish with Mitsuba and steam briefly again.

3. The Promised Salisbury Steak (Serves 3-4):

Tsumugi eating a Salisbury Steak in Sweetness and Lightning
Salisbury Steak in Sweetness and Lightning | Image via IMDB

This classic dish gets a delightful upgrade with a runny egg on top.

Ingredients:

  • Meatloaf: 300 g ground pork and beef, 1 onion, 1/2 egg, 4 tbsp breadcrumbs, 2 tbsp milk, 1/2 tsp salt, pepper, 1 tbsp olive oil
  • Sauce: 1 clove garlic (minced), 2 bay leaves, 1 can diced tomatoes, 1/2 tsp salt, pepper
  • Topping: Sunny-side-up eggs (per serving)

Steps:

  1. Saute onion in olive oil until translucent. Soak breadcrumbs in milk. Beat egg.
  2. Combine meat, salt, pepper, onion, milk-soaked breadcrumbs, and beaten egg. Shape into patties.
  3. Sear patties in olive oil. Remove and set aside.
  4. Saute garlic and bay leaves in the same pan. Add tomatoes, salt, pepper, and simmer for 5 minutes.
  5. Return patties to pan, cover, and simmer for 7 minutes. Remove bay leaves.
  6. Top with sunny-side-up eggs and enjoy!

4. Gyoza (Makes around 24):

a table full of gyoza's on three plates in Sweetness and Lightning
Gyoza in Sweetness and Lightning | Image via IMDB

These pan-fried or boiled dumplings are flavorful and fun to make.

Ingredients:

  • Dough: 100g each of strong and weak flour, 2g salt, 100cc water, flour for dusting
  • Filling: 150g each cabbage and napa cabbage (salted, drained, minced), 20g onion (minced), 40g garlic chives (minced), 5g ginger (minced), 1/3 tsp salt, 1 tbsp each soy sauce, sake, and water, 150g ground pork, 2 tsp sesame seed oil
  • Cooking: Vegetable oil, water

Steps:

  1. Make the dough and let it rest. Prepare to fill by combining ingredients.
  2. Roll out the dough and cut into circles. Fill each circle with filling and seal the edges.
  3. Pan-fried: Heat oil, add gyoza, add water and cover, and cook until water evaporates.

5. Yeast Donuts(Makes 8):

Tsumugi being happy with the donuts while sitting with her father and Kotori in Sweetness and Lightning
Yeast Donuts in Sweetness and Lightning | Image via IMDB

These fluffy delights are perfect for satisfying your sweet tooth.

Ingredients:

  • A: 100 g each weak and strong flour, 4 g dry yeast, 30 g superfine sugar, 2 g salt
  • B: 1 egg, 70 cc milk, 20 g butter (room temperature), vegetable oil, a pinch of flour
  • Glaze: Powdered sugar and water (optional)

Steps:

  1. Combine A ingredients in a bowl.
  2. Heat B ingredients in a hot water bath until lukewarm. Mix with A until a dough forms. Knead on a floured surface for 8 minutes.
  3. Place dough in an oiled bowl, cover, and let rise in warm water for 1 hour.
  4. Divide dough and shape into balls. Cover and let rise for 15 minutes.
  5. Shape balls into doughnuts. Arrange on parchment paper and let rise for 1 hour.
  6. Fry doughnuts in oil at 170-180℃ for 1.5 minutes per side.
  7. Glaze or dust with powdered sugar (optional).

Conclusion

Tsumugi looking up in Sweetness and Lightning
Sweetness and Lightning | Image via IMDB

By recreating these dishes from Sweetness and Lightning, you can bring the warmth and charm of the anime into your home. Share these delicious meals with loved ones and savor the happiness they bring, just like Kotori and Tsumugi.

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