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Not quite dead, Jim.
Didn't want this to be *too* lengthy so I cut some parts short. Now with this out of the way, things should get back on track~
[x] Let's focus on cooking the Tenderloin first. We'll find the sweet potaotes while the meat's in the oven.
[x] Is there a Pantry? If so, let's check there.
While you know you'll need the sweet potatoes to complete the meal, the tenderloin should be tended to first for right now, as it was the main course, after all.
You seach the cabinents for something to put the tenderloin in, since you're going to be putting this in the oven, you'll need a pan of some sort, something that is well suited for cooking meats like this, and something wide enough for 2 cuts of tenderloin, after all you want a piece of this too. With a little time, you pull out a rather large, rectangular pan that looks to be just big enough for both slabs of pork to be placed within. It looks rather new, almost as if Luize may have bought recently...ah, but there's no time to worry about that, we should focus on cooking these versatile cuts of meat.
To start you would have washed the tenderloin off, but it looks like that has already been done for you. The water locked inside the plastic bag the meat was sealed in, clear evidence of this. Oh well, that was one less thing you had to do, so you don't waste any time and go about placing the two cuts of Tenderloin in the pan you pulled out earlier on. Even though the meat looks to have been washed off already, you still go about putting the pan under the faucet of the sink you add a small amount of water to the meats, not so much as to fill the pan, but enough so that the meat won't stick to it while it cooks.
With that done you rummage rummage through the cabinets and pull out a container of black pepper and another of salt. You then add just a dash of each over the tenderloin, just enough to give it that extra flavor so is to make it all the more enjoyable to eat. As you put away the salt and pepper, you glance over to the fresh zucchini and then back to the tenderloin. Adding zucchini to the tenderloin sounds strange at first, but hey, you were trying something new here and you're sure that Luize would like it (given her odd taste in foods anyhow). So, with that in mind, you pull out a kitchen knife from one the drawers and go about cutting the green vegetable up into smaller slices, before placing them on the meat itself.
Next you'll need to focus on the pearl onions you took out earlier and add them to the mix of things. Which meant you had to pull them of their skin before you go around adding any of them to the Tenderloin. Only, how do you go about peeling onions that are no bigger than a button? A regular knife would pretty much destroy them, rather than peel them. In a situation like this, any demon of your type wouldn't have the slightest clue on how to begin, but you do manage to recall a easy method for peeling these small onions from a Chef back in the Netherworld (which one you're not sure of).
To begin, we'll need to place the onions in pot of boiling water for about 2-3 minutes tops. So with that in mind, you reach back into the cabinent that held the pots and pans and pulled loose small pot that was about the size of your head. You didn't want the pot to be too big, for these onions are pretty small and a large pot would be rather excessive for something that would only take 2 or 3 minutes (tops) to complete. You're also going to need a strainer for when the onions are done boiling, but you'll get to that when the onions actually finish later...
You place the pot in the sink and fill it with water, taking care not to put in too much. Once you have enough water, you then stick the pot onto the stove and crank it up, the blue flame igniting beneath the pot and slowly coating it in it's heat. The water is going to take a few moments to boil, so you look around for a few moments and take the time to throw the orange peels in the trash can and placing the Olive Oil back where it belonged.
As you close the cabinent door, you pause for a moment as your ears pick up a faint bubbling sound emanating from atop the stove. Turning around, you came to see that the water you put on has now come to a boil, which meant it was time to add those onions. You walk to over to the boiling pot of water, grabbing the bag of pearl onions along the way, and go about dumping the lot of the miniscule vegetables into the boiling hot water the moment you pulled the bag open. As you watch the onions settle in the water, you recall that the onions will only need about 2 or 3 minutes in the pot, so you use this idle time to search for that elusive strainer.
Trouble is, you don't know where exactly Luize keeps it, but a little cabinent rummaging will easily fix this. Sure enough, you manage to locate a steel strainer in a cabinent that was adjacent to the drawer that held the cooking utensils. With the holey bowl-like object in hand, you place it in the sink and gaze out of the kitchen window, the light from the inside making it difficult to see out into Luize's darkened back yard. The pitch blackness, as well as the lack of lights from the neighboring houses, makes you wonder as to what time it is. You look around for a clock, and come to find one in the shape of hen located over the entrance to the kitchen.
Hm, it looks to be about 10:09, if not a little bit passed that...well, you did have something planned for tomorrow, but that's at Noon and you doubt you can sleep in that late. You hardly every do, come to think of it, being a demon who's spent his entire life in a hellish land where killing is almost an everyday thing, you had no other choice but to make yourself a light sleeper. Otherwise...well, let's just say you wouldn't be in Makai right now...or alive for that matter. Even so, you do wonder as to what you're going to do tomorrow until the time came to head back to Shinki' castle, maybe you could go back to Pandemonium-1 and continue looking around there for a bit. You didn't really see too much of it last time, now that you thought about it.
Those onions should be about done boiling for now, so you bring your wandering mind back into the kitchen and focus on cooking this meal up, you're just about done matter of fact, all you needed to do is prepare the sweet potatos and you would be finished. You turn off the stove, grabbing the pot by it's handle, ignoring the heat that enveloped your hand and picked up over the sink before dumping the waterlogged onions into the strainer. Thick steam comes rising up from the sink as the water gurgles down the drain and ultimately leaves the onions to dry out. You stand by a wait for the onions to drip dry for a few moments before grabbing the cutting board and placing it along side the pan that held the awaiting tenderloin.
Since the onions have been boiled, peeling them should be alot easier now, although you had to get rid of the stem first if you are to peel them. You take one of the small onions out from the strainer, the heat from it's exterior warming your fingers to the touch, and grab the knife that was used on the zucchini. It shouldn't do too much harm in using the same knife over again, since it wasn't all that dirty after you used it, besides all you really needed it for was to cut off the onion's stem. You pin the tiny onion down on the cutting board with your finger and carefully chop the stem off, before you began squeezing the onion from the bottom, the slightest amount of pressure applied to the tiny wet onion causes it to slip from out of it's 'skin' and roll on the cutting board, exposed and ready to add to the tenderloin. Normally, you would cut the onion once more, this time in slices, but since this type of onions was just too small to cut again, you grab another paper towel and place the peeled onion there. Since you're now certain this method works (and quite well at that), 'peeling' the rest of the pearl onions doesn't take long, despite there being more than you first thought. In a matter of mere minutes, the lot of the tiny onions are peeled and added to the tenderloin.
Now that the onions were dealt with, that pretty much wraps things up for the tenderloin for now, so you chuck the pan in the oven and close the door and let the sweltering heat do it's job in cooking the cuts of tender meat.
Now that the meat is in the oven this gives you ample time to look for those sweet potatoes that you needed to complete the meal. Although, you still didn't have any real idea as to where they could be, perhaps you should check the pantry first...provided there is one. You turn away from the oven for a moment and began looking around the kitchen, coming to find a lone door on the other side of the room. Well, if there was ever a pantry, then you're positive that this door would lead to it.
You make your way over to the door and open it to find that you were indeed correct, this was the pantry and it was filled with all sorts of snacks and various other foodstuffs, many of which you're sure aren't sold here in Makai. You look around on the floor of the small closet space and come to see a small box that was labled 'Potatoes' and another that was labled 'Sweet Potatoes'. Opening the box that (supposedly) held the sweet potatoes, you pull out two; one for you and one for Luize, and head on out of the pantry to prepare these alongside the tenderloin.
A good 75 minutes have passed since you had put the sweet potates in the oven to bake alongside the Tenderloin, although you had already pulled out the meat when you smelled that it was ready, so you had to wait a little long for the spuds to bake all the way through. Even so, it doesn't take them all that long to finish, and when they do, you pull them out from the oven and cut both down the middle allowing the hot steam to billow from the golden interior of the throughly baked vegatable. You've only had baked potatoes once in your lifetime
With everything cooked and ready to be eaten, you take down a set of two plates (one for you and one for Luize) and go about fixing each of your meals before setting them down on the table for a, rather late, dinner. While you were going to indulge yourself in both the tenderloin and the sweet potatoes...you weren't going to touch the salad. You just...can't find it in you to eat any of it, so you decide to set the salad down in the center of the table being you weren't sure where Luize would sit at, but if she liked salad (most girls do actually) then it wouldn't be a problem to have it sitting in the table's center where it was easy for her to get to.
And that's it, we're officially done cooking with tonight's dinner! It took a while, but you're sure this will be worth the wait. The decadent and mouth watering scent of the throughly cooked tenderloin fills the kitchen as you pull it from the oven and place it on the table along side the salad. Wiping a bead of sweat from your brow, you step back and take in the full glory of your masterpiece that sat atop the table. You didn't think you could do it, but here you were staring down at a meal only fit for a resturant. Hmm, perhaps you could pursue a career in the culinary arts, rather than be a demonic soldier of hell? Well...let's not get ahead of ourselves. In anycase, it's best not to keep Luize waiting, so you set off to inform Luize that dinner is (finally) served.
As you make your way down the hallway to Luize's room, you remember that this will be your first time ever going into Luize's room, since you've arrived in Makai about half a day ago. Needless to say, you wonder just what it's like inside her bedroom...given her love for tourism and travel, perhaps it's a room filled with exotic souveiners and trinkets from her many travels across different lands, or maybe it was something far more different than that? Who knows, but you were about to find out either way....
"Hey Luize, dinner's ready." You call to the tourist as you open the, half closed, door to her bedroom and take in the full visage of her room in the process. Luize's room looks...relatively normal, in all honesty, it was decently sized, but not large or spacious by any margin. There was a shelf next to the door which housed a cornicopia of reading material, most appeared to be novels like the one she was reading before at Shinki's castle. The wall above her cozy, western-styled bed was adorned with various posters that appeared to be from different places she's been too. On the right side of her bed, there stood a nightstand that held some various other trinkets and figurines plus that of a photo picturing her and some other woman that had short pink hair and a red dress. The two of them seemed happy together...you wonder who that woman is and if she was a friend to Luize.
Luize herself was laying down on her bed, a large fluffy pillow held securely to her body as she gazed up at a television set that appeared to be showing a game show of somekind that involved bidding. Luize laying on her back, so you could only guess that her view of the television was upside down, given her position...
Wait...how can Luize watch TV when her eyes are always closed...?
"Ah, dinner's ready, you say?" Luize perked up, as she rolled over onto her belly, her pillow still in arms, and glanced up to you with a grateful smile. That is, until she noticed something off about your appearance. "Aww, you didn't wear the apron I gave you..." The tourist pouted, as she poked her bottom lip out.
You give her a blank look and scratch behind your ear for a moment. After all, you didn't know she actually wanted you to wear that. "Well...I didn't think it was all that...'nessacary' for cooking. No offense." Wearing that apron wasn't really all that useful to be honest. But, the real reason you didn't wear it, was because it made you look (and feel) a little...feminine. Luize didn't have to know that though~
Luize simply giggles to your stammering and hoists herself up into a sitting position at the foot of the bed, that amused smile she wore not disappearing in the slightest. "It's okay, I'm sure a gruff demon like yourself doesn't like wearing frilly aprons~" Ah, it would appear that she was already aware on the matter...well, at least she didn't poke too much fun at you. Then again, let's not forget that Luize is a polite demon to begin with.
"Right," You mutter before gesturing outside her bedroom door. "C'mon, we should go get some chow before it gets cold on us."
The walk back is short and quiet at best, but you can tell that Luize will enjoy what she'll see given how she comments on the delightful aroma that wafts down from the kitchen and to her nose. Sure enough, once you guide her to the kitchen, Luize is surprised by what she sees; her hand meeting her mouth as a slight gasp escapes her lips. Even more surprising for you is that her eyes...actually open this time, revealing to you her deep golden orbs that shined just as brightly as the lights above.
"Oh my..." Luize says, fixating those golden eyes upon you, a shade of pink puffing on her cheeks as she tries to form her next question to you. "You...you fixed all of this?"
"That's right." You nod in confirmation to her words. "I guess, I really do have a talent for cooking." There's really no trouble in showing a little ego here, yes you did wing it several times, but hell look what came out of it. If anything you deserve to be a little cocky at this point.
"Yes, you most certainly do~!" Luize agreed as she stepped inside and headed toward the table to start on this lushcious spread you prepared tonight, all the while taking in the delicious smell of what she was about to dig into before coming to take her seat at the front end of the table. "Come sit down, you deserve to enjoy this as much as I do, Mr.Ghost~" Luize called over to you, gesturing towards the seat in front of her, while her free hand picked up a fork.
You shrug a bit and take your seat on the opposite side of the table, where you see, a now closed eyed, Luize has paused for a moment her hand on her chin as if she were thinking on something. You don't say anything in response to this and simply wait for her to start moving again. To which, the tourist eventually resumes normal motion after about a few more seconds of silence before giving you a friendly smile and beginning on her meal. That was...sorta weird, wasn't it? Well she could have just been thinking on something...or maybe it was something else?
Thinking nothing more of it, you simply shrug and begin eating just as Luize did, the tourist giving you compliments on how well the tenderloin tasted and how good the baked sweet potatoes smelled. However, other than these find words of ego stroking, little else is said between the two of you as you both seem to carry on with dinner in silence. Maybe now would be a good time to ask Luize something and, you know, strike up some healthy conversation while the two of you had such a nice dinner to share.
[ ] Remain quiet, let Luize start talking.
[ ] Ask Luize if she could tell you more about Makai.
[ ] Ask Luize about that pink haired girl in the photo.
[ ] Ask Luize about Shinki and perhaps Alice as well.
[ ] Ask Luize if she could tell you more about her travels.
[ ] Ask Luize if she could tell you about herself.
[ ] Start a conversation about something else. (What should you say?)