Get yourself a drink, some yummy snacks and your favorite blankie because it’s once again time for the  Winter Games! Yeah, I’ve run out of ways to start these things off.

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time for some educament

If I follow the trend in my comments in the past few weeks, I’m guessing this is Cactus Matt’s favorite episode so far. It wasn’t mine. In fact this may have been my least favorite. As usual there’s nothing offensively wrong with it, but for me, there just wasn’t anything of interest at all. I’ve been straining to find a way to review it.

First we got all the secondary characters together (I believe I called this one at some point) and spent the first half of the episode on skillet and wooden tableware maintenance.

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don’t move, there’s a fly on your head

I have never done this personally but apparently you should *season* your pans:

I wouldn’t recommend using extra virgin olive oil, simply because you are paying a premium for the extra virgin part.  That said, pretty much any cooking oil can be used to season frying pans.  I use regular olive oil  to season my cast iron pans, but you have to be careful with it, since too thick a layer of olive oil can result in a sticky surface, instead of a hard glossy one.

Soy, corn, sunflower and flaxseed oil are especially good for seasoning pans.  Heat and oxygen cause the fatty acids in the oil to undergo a chemical change which causes them to bind together to make a tough durable surface through the process of polymerization.  This reaction appears to work best with highly unsaturated oils like the above.

To season a pan, preheat your oven to 300°F (150°C).  Preheat the pan on the stove top.  When warm, coat the inside surfaces of the pan with oil.  Continue to heat just until you see ripples appear on the surface of the oil.  At this point, pour off any excess oil, give it a quick wipe with a folded paper towel held in a pair of kitchen tongs, and then put the pan into the oven for 45 to 60 minutes.  Remove the pan from the oven and allow it to cool to room temperature.  You may want to repeat this process a second time on new pans.  Already seasoned pans benefit from an occasional re-seasoning.

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if it doesn’t sparkle, you did it wrong

Seasoned pans should not be washed in the dishwasher or scoured with abrasive cleaners or pads, as this will remove the coating.  Wash in warm water with a small amount of dish soap and dry immediately.  via Kitchen Savvy

The girls also seemed to cook orange peels in there for some reason.

As for wooden dishes, which are coated with lacquer. You shouldn’t eat hot foods in them because the lacquer can melt into your dish. A bit like you shouldn’t put plastic containers in the microwave but we all do. To avoid this and remove the lacquer:

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I also have deep emotional attachments to my dishes

Step 1: Start by sanding your bowls down with the steel wool. Start with the coarse wool, then the medium and finally the fine before all of your old varnish is gone.

Step 2: Using a clean cotton cloth wipe off all of the dust and steel wool remnants from the bowls. Using a new clean cotton cloth dip it into your bowl of walnut oil and coat your entire bowl inside and out. Leave the bowls upside-down on a trash bag to dry for 2 hours or until dry to the touch. 

Step 3: Re-coat your bowls again with the walnut oil and leave to dry for 24 hours. Re-coat one final time and allow to dry 24-48 hours until oil has hardened and bowls are dry to touch. The walnut oil will dry and harden into a natural varnish all on it’s own– once it’s dry feel free to use them as normal. via Confessions of an new old homeowner

Drunk teacher also made an immediate return as the new history teacher. That was quick!

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your time to shine!

So after teaching us these neat tips, club girls traded in nice brunette for nice pinkette and went to a camping supply store. Brunette and Nadeshiko similarly traded off last time we saw the two of them. Is there a reason they can’t stay in the same room??? Instead of scifi they’re the same person explanation, I bet the answer is much simpler. I think they can’t stand each other because brunette stole Pinkie’s man. That’s why Nadeshiko is trying to get close to Rin. As a revenge on brunette, she is now going to take away her friend. Devious!

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last week’s kitty lamp was way cuter

Anyways the club girls went to one of those huge outdoorsman stores. The store is actually called the Caribou. My Canadian took over last week and it never even occurred to me it could be anything besides the animal despite that fact that there are no less than 3 camping equipment stores named caribou in my town!!!! It’s a pretty big stretch but I would like to point out that despite it not being the animal, Pinky was in a constant state of amazement over everything, including fire and the girls from the outdoor club did pick out stuff they wanted to buy (cough, COUGH).

At some point Rin put in a cameo to change her clothes…

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she looks great with her hair down

So um… tune back in next week to find out if Pinky will successfully poison Chiaki with a wooden bowl *accidentally* seasonned with cyanide! Find out what Rin changed into!!! See what else that old man has been feeding high school girls! Those cold winter camp nights are heating up!!!


I’m really wondering if it’s worth losing just to make ridiculous predictions. They are way more fun, but I don’t think I can survive another season like this…

Plot: All the high school girls we actually know will end up camping together.

Character: Pinky will hug someone? I dunno guys – I may have stopped caring….

Hopefully AstralGeminiLeap and TPAB, are faring better than me with this. I stared at my screen trying to muster up a potential storyline beyond – they will go camping and talk about things – for about 30 minutes before giving up.

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21 thoughts

  1. I realised this episode that I like episodes with more Rin involvement in them, although I keep an eye on Nadeshiko simply because Pinecone-chan (and other inanimate objects with cute voices) always seem to appear when Nadeshiko’s around.

    It’s been foreshadowed from the beginning that these 5 girls will go camping together (possibly as a club), but the state that they’re in now, I don’t think it’ll happen next episode. I think Saito will go with the Outclub next episode because they seem to be hinting that though.

  2. Wow….This really is beginning to almost sound like a small form of torture watching this. Oh well, at least your posts for it are still fun to read (erm yeah I could not think of anything more postindustrial to say about this anime erm…yeah…🙈🙈) I have found a new addiction……it has something to do with heroes and an academy………..🙈🙈

    1. ho HO!!!!! I have a small deku in front of my computer cheering me on everytime I si down to write. We get along well!!!! I’m very much looking forward to hearing your thoughts on the subject!

      1. And of course inadvertently I have let you know now which is one of the series I’m going to be reviewing in anime month. Oh wel…I suck at keeping secrets anyway 😂😂
        Oh man…just so you know: this name is awesoooooommmmeeeee.. (But I will reserve the rest of my thoughts of the review….). Haha: Deku is just such a fun character. Okay gotta stop now: was almost about to go into a full monologue why I think he is awesome…gotta leave something for the review lol 😂😂

  3. Haha, you know me so well! As I do all the cooking at home I did appreciate the tips on seasoning pans, even if it has always seemed like way too much effort even if it does make your food taste better! But seriously this was my favourite episode so far, I love the random asides and can totally relate to Nadeshiko’s enthusiasm for the camping shop, I was that starry-eyed in every anime shop I went into in Akihabara!

  4. This collaboration is slowly devolving into “We picked the wrong shows to do episodic reviews on–A competition to see who suffers the least”.
    I want to laugh but at the same time I can’t help but feel sad…

    1. Nah… I think we’re al suffering equally!!! If anything it’s made me in awe of reviewers that go through half a dozen shows each season. That’s amazing!

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