Piacevole 01 – Iberico Ham

I’m thinking that my episodic posts for this show will generally be late in the week as the show airs mid-week, but I was waiting to check out all the shows I was interested in to see what I was excited about and would like to write about. So my episode 2 post will probably out later this week! Or it might not, there is a major heat wave where I live at present and it makes it quite hard for me to blog. If my posts disappear, they’ve probably evaporated into some kind of weird heat haze.

In this episode, we meet Nanase Morina a high school student who is looking for a summer job when she stumbles across the help wanted sign at the Trattoria Festa. She’s taken with the restaurant as it’s cute and close to home so she decides to apply.

It would be great to just be able to walk into a workplace like this and be offered work! I don’t know about Japan but it’s certainly rarely that straightforward here. Morina meets the acting manager and chef Kitahara Maro who is upset that she’s applying to work in an Italian restaurant without understanding Italian, but the assistant manager Fujiki Ruri is much more friendly and understanding and offers her a job.

I am by no means an expert on Italian cooking (I’m not even a pasta expert, how shameful), but I’m going to do my best to talk about the food served up in the show each week, by doing a bit of research into the dishes and techniques. I’m hoping there is food each week, otherwise these posts will be really short (but still with great faces).

Morina gets to try Iberico ham, roasted poele style with sage. Iberico ham (or Iberian ham, or jamon iberico) is a kind of cured ham which is made from Iberian pigs. The best quality Iberico ham is made from pure-bred Iberian pigs who are able to wander freely and feed on acorns.

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Image of Jamon Iberico by Evan from Paris, France taken from Wikimedia commons under a CC2.0 License

There are also lesser grades of Iberico ham available, which are apparently still good, but not nearly as tasty as the top-quality product. To roast meat poele style means it’s cooked in a heavy covered dish and basted with butter and its own juices throughout the cooking process. The name poele is a bit unusual in that whilst the name is French, in French it merely describes a kind of pot and not the cooking technique, it’s only in English that the French word is used to describe this cooking technique. It definitely sounds like the ham would be tender and tasty!

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Apparently ham has shoujo sparkles even in real life

The ending theme Honjitsu no Tobikiri Buono! (本日のとびきりBuono(ボーノ)!) is cute and features a photograph of the Iberico ham dish. It’s a real shame that we don’t get karaoke subs, as it sounds like the lyrics may possibly discuss cooking techniques but my Japanese language skills are inadequate to actually tell what is going on.

There’s lots of lovely shoujo flowers and sparkles included in the visuals and a simple watercolour style. The animation isn’t super detailed, but it’s effective and looks pretty nice for a short! I especially love all the excellent expressive reaction faces and hope that these continue throughout the series.

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5 thoughts on “Piacevole 01 – Iberico Ham

  1. Unfortunately the photo of the iberico ham doesn’t look quite as good as the one seen in the show.

    I laughed when she struggled to read side B of the menu, oops. I guess Italian -> Japanese is a tricky business!

    A massive heat wave huh? That sucks. ;__;

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    • A lot of fancy restaurants describe the ingredients and the cooking techniques used, but if you didn’t know about the techniques, you wouldn’t really know about the dish. I’m expecting to have to do a bit of supplementary reading myself, so I wouldn’t expect a high school girl to really understand what the dishes are super well from the menu even in her native language. You could take orders, but you wouldn’t be able to answer customer questions about the dishes, which I think is important in a restaurant.

      It doesn’t look as fancy as the one in the show, but I certainly wouldn’t say no to it! That ham sounds amazing. 😀

      It’s been high 30s or low 40s C most days for the past 2 weeks (with a few oddly cooler ones). The predicted temperature for Tuesday of next week is currently 45C where I live. Normally summer days around here are primarily high 20s or low 30s and you’ll get the odd high 30s day, so it’s pretty hot for everyone. 😦

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  2. That’s true. Sometimes you ask the waitresses about dishes and they don’t really know what they’re taliing about..
    Good point. I probably wouldn’t know fine cuisine even if it bit me.

    Yikes, Australia sounds so intense. Hang in there ;_;

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    • We’ll get there! Australia is known for its crazy extreme weather, so while this is unpleasant, it’s certainly not unheard of.

      It’s definitely helpful when the staff can tell you about the menu when you’re eating out! Even at a regular restaurant, if there’s something that they think is extra nice or a lot of people have, it can be worth giving it a go.

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