Monday, April 28, 2014

Original Drama ~Haruka & Makoto~

Original Drama ~Haruka & Makoto~
Free! Character Song Duet Series 001
Nanase Haruka, 七瀬遙 (Shimazaki Nobunaga)
Tachibana Makoto, 橘真琴 (Suzuki Tatsuhisa)

HarukaAre you ready, Makoto?
MakotoYeah. I’m ready for anything, Haru.
HarukaThen… let’s begin.
MakotoAh, wait! I forgot to put on an apron! [scrambles] I’m really sorry about this, Haru. I’ve never even attempted to cook anything before now.
HarukaIt’s fine. But why the sudden request to teach you how to cook? Are you making food for someone?
Makoto[laughs] Ran and Ren. Tomorrow is my parents’ marriage anniversary, so they’re going to spend the day at the hot springs. I have to watch over Ran and Ren while they’re away, and I can’t feed them takeout pizza for both lunch and dinner.
HarukaThen mackerel cooked in miso would be perfect for you. It’s so easy that even a beginner can do it.
MakotoI put myself under your tutelage, Haru.
HarukaSure. Then let’s begin. Do it the way I tell you to. First, we have to prep the fish. Put the mackerel fillets on top of the bamboo drainer.
MakotoLike this?
HarukaThen put a paper towel on top. We’re going to douse them in hot water. The hot water is in the kettle.
Makoto[takes kettle and pours] Like this?
HarukaYeah. By simmering them in hot water first, it removes their fishy smell and prevents them from breaking apart while they’re cooking.
MakotoWow… this is all so professional!
HarukaIt’s normal to know this much.
Makoto[laughs] This reminds me of what we all talked about that one time, about who we’d choose for a boyfriend. You’d make a good husband when you get married, Haru.
HarukaI’m not interested in getting married.
MakotoYeah, if you got married, you won’t be able to say “I only swim freestyle” anymore.
HarukaLeave me alone. Quit talking and keep moving with the preparations. Next is the ginger root. Cut it in thin slices.
MakotoUhm… ginger root, ginger root… Like this? [starts cutting] Wah!
HarukaNo, be careful! When you’re using the cutting knife, you’re supposed to curl your fingers on your support hand, remember?
Haruka…We took home-ec classes in school together, don’t you remember learning that? You’re supposed to curl your finger like this…
MakotoOh! Right!
HarukaMakoto… Don’t tell me you’ve never touched a knife since then.
MakotoEh? Uhm… well… I guess…?
Haruka[sighs] Try cutting it the way I just showed you. Go as slow as you need to.
MakotoOkay. [slicing]
HarukaYeah, that’s it.
Makoto…I did it!
HarukaOkay then. Next, put soy sauce, mirin, cooking sake, sugar, and water in the frying pan, and bring it to a boil.
MakotoWait, hang on! Let’s see now… soy sauce, mirin… sake… sugar… and… [turns on the stove] Ack! It’s hot!
HarukaNo, dummy! You’re too close to the flames!
HarukaYou didn’t burn yourself, did you?
MakotoYeah, I’m okay. Thanks.
HarukaThen next, line up the mackerel fillets without overlapping them in the frying pan so they cook evenly.
MakotoLike this?
HarukaYeah. That’s the only thing you did well.
MakotoBe quiet.
HarukaPut the ginger root you sliced earlier into the frying pan too, and cover the pan with the lid. We’ll let it simmer for 5-10 minutes on medium heat.
MakotoIf this were a cooking show, they’d bring out the completed dish they’d made beforehand at this point.
HarukaWhy is it you know that, and yet you don’t know how to use a cutting knife?
MakotoOh, be quiet.
HarukaLet’s move on. Once it’s done simmering, ladle some of the broth with miso, then distribute that around the mackerel back into the frying pan. This is when I also add in this as my secret ingredient.
HarukaPutting in a tiny amount of it helps to bring out the flavor. You can use cheese or yogurt too, but I always use this.
MakotoWow… that part about you is really amazing. I never would have thought up something like that.
Haruka…If you cooked, you would…

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HarukaOkay, it’s all done.
MakotoSmells great! I hope it turned out well.
HarukaMakoto, open your mouth.
[Haruka feeds Makoto]
HarukaIs it good?
HarukaWhat’s wrong?
MakotoHaru, it’s kind of salty!
HarukaEh? Could it be…? Where did you get the sugar from?
MakotoEh, from this container with the blue lid.
HarukaThat’s salt.
MakotoWhat now? We can’t eat this… I guess we’ll have to throw it out…
HarukaNo. This mackerel isn’t dead yet.
MakotoEh? What are you going to do, Haru?
HarukaFirst, break up the mackerel fillet into small pieces. Then we’ll fry them with eggs in the frying pan. Makoto, take out the eggs.
[Haruka whisks the eggs]
HarukaAfter that, we’ll add in a serving of cold cooked rice and stir-fry it altogether.
MakotoSuch skilled movements…
HarukaNo need for any more seasonings. With this, you now have mackerel-miso fried rice.
MakotoWow! Can I have a bite?
Makoto…It’s so good! It’s really good, Haru!
HarukaThat’s great.
MakotoThis is going to make them so happy!
HarukaOnly if you manage to pull it off properly tomorrow.
MakotoThat’s true. Haru.
MakotoHey, the frying pan! The food’s burning!
HarukaThe crispy parts of the rice still taste good.
MakotoBut it’s turning black! Ah! Now the fried rice is on fire!
HarukaCalm down. You can use mayonnaise to extinguish the flames.
MakotoYou can’t do that, Haru! Just use the lid! The lid! Put the lid on the frying pan– [Makoto's cell phone goes off] Who’s calling me at a time like this?! Hello? Rei? What? Tomorrow’s training menu? Sorry, now’s not the time– No, I don’t mean that, the fried rice–

Translation by: onkeikun

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