Elle Jauffret

Writer & Fork Handler

Joan's War: Bitter Sweet Lemon Custard (short-order original fiction)

Joan brought her sword down with all her remaining might, inflicting a deathblow on her opponent, and watched the last of her country’s foes collapse. 

Exhaustion made her knees wobble. She stumbled toward her nation’s flag, fighting hard not to collapse, and rose from the field of corpses, holding onto its flagpole.

An eerie silence hung in the air.

She was the last soldier standing.

She waited for victory’s sweetness to reach her soul, but all she experienced was the acridity of battle and the metallic taste of the blood that ran from her forehead to the curl of her split upper lip. She shook her hand free from its gauntlet and wiped her face, caked with mud and blood.

She expected feelings of relief and euphoria, not grief and sorrow. Triumph was supposed to be…

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A meal from MALICE by Keigo Higashino

The book: Police Detective Kyochiro Kaga and teacher-turned-children’s-book-author Osamu Nonoguchi investigate the murder of a famous writer, but have a very different take on what the true facts really are.

"I was eating some instant udon noodles and watching TV when I saw a close-up of my face on the screen. I choked on my noodles." (MALICE by Keigo Higashino - Paperback, Minotaur Books, p. 32)

Udon Noodle Recipe (for 2):

Cook Udon noodles according to directions. Set aside.

Bring to boil 2 tablespoons of soy sauce + 4 cups of Dashi + 3 tablespoons of Mirin (rice wine). Add noodles to liquid. Simmer for 2 minutes. Pour into bowls.

Add 3 green onions (thinly sliced) on top. Serve.

Optional: add cubed tofu, hardboiled eggs, or meat of your choice.

Coffee Jelly

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