Since we bought the house, Haruka, Natsuki, and Yuki have basically been in charge of preparing the meals on a rotating basis.
There was some discussion about whether Toya and I should do it too, but once we had cooked and eaten, we were unanimously assigned to clean up.
There's nothing ...... I can't figure out. Literally, it was a unanimous decision, including me, ・・・・.
It's not that I can't cook at all, but that's only in Japan.
A spoonful of soup stock is enough to make a delicious soup, and mixing ingredients with seasonings and stir-frying is enough to make a real dish. This was in such an environment.
If I had at least curry roux or yakiniku sauce, I could have been in charge sometimes.
Incidentally, these are two of the most versatile seasonings that I personally rank high.
Haruka and her friends are also lacking in seasonings, but their cooking skills are different.
They have made up bouillon and consommé, dried fish to make dashi (soup stock), and are fed delicious food every day.
Today, after such a delicious breakfast, we were having a cup of tea during our break.
"Hmm... It was delicious again today. Thank you, Natsuki.
Thank you, Natsuki.
When I thanked Natsuki for making breakfast, she put the teacup in her hand on the table and smiled at me.
She smiled as she placed the teacup in her hand on the table. "But isn't it hard to cook all this every day? It takes a long time, right?
Today's breakfast consisted of vegetable soup, freshly baked bread, thick-cut bacon-like meat and fruit.
In Japan, this breakfast would be a bit skimpy. In Japan, it would be a bit trivial, but here, it would be quite difficult to make it.
It's not that hard. I made a lot of bouillon and consommé with Haruka and the others and stored them in my magic bag.
The bacon is homemade, too. The bacon is also homemade. It's good that we can prepare it in large quantities without worrying about it going bad.
Yuki got some wood chips from Simon, a carpenter, and smoked some salted oak meat.
It's okay, but there's room for improvement in the amount of salt and herbs.
No, it's pretty good. You know, Toya?
Yeah. It's smokier and juicier than any bacon I've ever had. It's kind of expensive.
Yeah? I think it's because the meat itself is good. ....... But it was good.
Yuki's cheeks relaxed as if she was relieved to hear what Toya and I thought.
It's really great that you can make it for the first time and it tastes like that. Is it because of your skills?
"Hey, can you make sausage?
Hmmm, that would be difficult without a mincing machine and tools for stuffing the intestines. ......
Yuki shook her head in annoyance at Toya's request.
Like bacon, he knew how to make wieners, but it was difficult to make them without special tools.
It's been a while since I've had a wiener, but I haven't seen any since I came here, so there's a possibility that they don't exist. I've been wanting to eat wieners for a long time, but I haven't seen them since I came here, so they may not exist.
By the way, I've got a couple of days' worth of bread in my magic bag, so all I have to do is bake it. I don't have an oven, so it's a little tricky.
Oh, so that's what the magic bag was for.
A little while ago, Haruka asked me to make a magic bag using a wooden box instead of a cloth bag, but this is a special bag that does not include any space-expanding or weight-saving functions, but only does its best to delay time.
I've heard of "storing food in the kitchen," but that magic bag would be able to keep bread in its original state for several months after the second fermentation.
I mean, don't you think it would be better to store freshly baked bread in it?
"That's ...... what you said, isn't it?
I'm not sure what to say, but I'm sure you'll understand what I mean.
It's a good idea to have a good idea of what you're doing.
Why did you decide to leave it in the second stage of fermentation in the first place?
I'm not sure if you've heard of it, but I'm sure you've heard of it. Then you can just take it out of the freezer and put it in the oven and have fresh bread. ...... That's what drew me to the idea.
It's boxy and looks like a refrigerator.
"It's boxy and looks like a refrigerator.
In Japan, freezing is also used for long-term storage at home, so Haruka's idea is understandable.
"When I think about it, this magic bag-or should I say box-shaped storage? With this, I don't have to cook every day, I can eat freshly prepared meals.
It's a bit tricky, but it saves firewood, so it's not a bad idea, right?
That's good. If you stock a large amount, we can easily eat it when we get hungry, right?
In this world where there is no instant food that can be prepared in three minutes, it takes a lot of effort to prepare a hot meal.
But with the (Natsuki-named) storage unit, all that trouble is solved. You don't even have to worry about the expiration date.
Of course, this is only possible if you have someone to cook for you.
It's even more convenient than a refrigerator. ...... Do we need to make one?
Oh, Haruka, you were going to build a refrigerator?
Yes. You had one at Aella's place, right? I thought that would be useful. ......
The refrigerator at Aella's place.
It's a good idea to take a look at the actual products and services that are available.
They are very expensive, and even the small ones are not affordable for the average person.
It's not that we can't afford it, but Haruka, who can use alchemy, was planning to make it herself.
I'm sure you'll be able to find something that will help you.
That's right. Even if you want something cold, Haruka is the only one who can cool it with magic, right? Nao might be able to manage it if she tries hard enough, but ...... she can't right now, can she?
"Oh. I don't even have level 1 water magic.
I'm not sure if I'm going to be able to do that, but I'm going to be able to do that.
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You're right, it's better to have a refrigerator and freezer for easy access. Yeah. So, I think I'll go set up the lab facilities today, what do you think?
Haruka wanted to take this opportunity to buy some alchemy-related tools that were difficult to collect while living at the inn, and make some magic tools.
One of them is a refrigerator, and she is also thinking of some other things that will make life more convenient, such as a clock or a magical tool for boiling a bath.
Incidentally, Haruka is capable of producing warm water with her magic, but if she relies only on it, she will not be able to keep the water hot, and since the magic power consumption is much greater than that of simply producing water, it will probably be difficult to fill a full bath tub, even with all of her magic power.
I don't see any reason to disagree when you say bath.
"Oh. I'll support you in any way I can.
Naturally, Toya and I are suddenly very motivated.
It's not necessary, thanks to the Purify, the innkeeper did not even wipe the body with hot water to save money.
This keeps the room clean, but it's getting a little chilly and I'm feeling the need to take a long soak in the warm water.
Yuki and the others seemed to agree with me and nodded deeply.
I have no reason to disagree with you.
I have no reason to object either. I'm sure that the potions made with alchemy are more functional, but if you also improve your pharmacy, it might be useful in some way.
Generally speaking, if you use magic to make a potion, it is classified as alchemy, and if you don't use magic, it is classified as pharmacy.
Although medicines made by alchemy are more effective, the field of alchemy includes not only medicines but also magical tools, so there are fewer kinds of medicines being researched compared to pharmacy.
In addition, medicines made by alchemy are expensive, so unless there is a serious problem, the medicines used by the common people are those made by pharmacy.
In our case, it doesn't matter because we can have our relatives make it for us, but if you have a disease for which alchemical medicine doesn't exist, it would be worthwhile to ask Natsuki to raise the level of [pharmacy].
Then, let's set up the lab with alchemy and pharmacy for now. Is there anything else you need?
Toya's comment was dismissed out of hand by Haruka.
I can't do that. It's not built to hold a furnace, so give it up. If you insist, we'll have to build a separate room. ......?
I don't know what to do. There's no soundproofing.
Hmm, you're right. It's kind of a hobby, maybe I'll do some blacksmithing?
Toya nodded his head, a little disappointed, but I guess he agreed with my words.
However, it would be too noisy to do wild smithing in the garden, so I would like you to enclose it with a sturdy wall before you do it. It won't be too difficult if we use earth magic.
I think one of the rooms should be used for sewing, what do you think?
That's a good idea. All you need is a big table.
Yuki's suggestion was immediately met with a nod from Natsuki.
We've been relying on the women's sewing skills for our clothing lately, so we have no qualms about it.
You can knit anywhere, but a large table is useful for cutting cloth. Let's buy one, then.
Come to think of it, all three of us have been knitting something in our spare time lately.
Is it okay to expect a little more? It's getting a bit cold, and a sweater or something from a girl might be more than just practical.
No, I've already had clothes made for me many times, but a sweater is a bit special, isn't it? I'm sure men would agree with this feeling.
I'm sure you'll be able to find something that will work for you. I'm not sure if I'm going to get one.
I'm not sure if I'm going to get it.
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While Haruka and the others bought tools for alchemy and pharmacy, our job was to get bath tubs.
In this world, where private baths are not common, bath tubs are not sold anywhere, so the only way to buy one is to find someone who can make one and order it.
However, the structure of the water heater that Haruka told me about was just a square box that was submerged in a bathtub, so there was no need for any difficult work, as long as you could make a tub big enough to hold a person, the hurdle was quite low.
The only thing you need is a hole and a plug to drain the water, but that's all.
"Let's see where we can find a barrel maker, shall we?
"Nao and the others had a big barrel, didn't they? Where did they buy it?
Oh, yeah, we bought one for making dried meat.
I bought it at a grocery store, maybe I should ask there first.
"But why do you need to be so particular about the tub? Why don't you just have a regular square tub made?
"What ......? That's right, isn't it? There's no need to move it.
How did we end up with a tub?
I'm not sure.
As I recall, the first idea was that since there were no rental apartments with bathrooms, we should try to get a bath in some way.
And I thought that if there was a large laundry room, I could put a tub there and use it as a bath, so I should look for a place with a laundry room.
That's why I had a large laundry room added when I built my house. ...... Now that I'm thinking about it, why didn't I just order a regular bathroom? I don't know if you have any experience building bathrooms, but I feel like if we had told you what to do, it would have been fine.
For durability, it would be better to use stones or blocks rather than tubs.
"Hmm, did we fail? --If it's made of blocks, Yuki, can't you use your earth magic to make it?
I don't know. I don't know, maybe Nao is better than me. I don't think I can make dice that elaborate.
I have continued to practice in my spare time since then, and now I am able to make a decent looking 12-sided die.
I don't know whether the rolls are evenly distributed or not, but it took me a lot of effort to make it, and I feel that my ability to control magic has improved a lot thanks to this work.
I don't have any use for the dice, though, so they're just lying uselessly on the dining room table.
But I'm only level one. Yuki is up to level 3, right?
You know that level doesn't really matter, right? Nao can use level 2 magic with a little practice, right?
Hmm, I don't know.
I'm not sure if I'm going to be able to do that, but I'm sure I'll be able to do it.
Basically, the problem is magic power and its control. It's how much you practice the spell you want to use that matters.
At the moment, I don't have much need for level 2 earth magic, so I've been focusing more on making dice, or even blocks, rather than practicing level 2 magic.
It may be possible to do it if you try, but there's not much motivation to do so, since there's not much point in raising the level on the status bar.
However, it is true that the spells of each level are listed in order of difficulty, so it is meaningful enough as an indicator of my current level of proficiency, and it is also a good guide for the next spell I want to learn.
What do we do? Shall we make our own bathtub?
I'm sure you'll be able to figure out the best way to do it. I'd love to have a wooden bath like a cypress bath, but I'm worried about mold and mildew.
"Oh, a housewife's point of view. But I understand why.
Although the cleaning of the house is basically supposed to be done by hand, the women who usually use the common areas are in charge of the kitchen, so by a process of elimination, it is highly likely that Toya and I will be in charge of cleaning the bathroom.
If this is the case, ease of cleaning is quite important. From my point of view.
In addition, since there is no mold remover, it would be difficult to deal with mold once it grows.
Cleaning can be done with magic, but wood rots. "Cleaning might be manageable with magic, but wood rots, and there's no guarantee that there's a wood as good for bathing as cypress.
If it's the same wood as a barrel, it'll last longer. ......
I've heard that oak is used for barrels and boats, but cypress is used for baths in Japan.
Of course it has a good fragrance, but if oak is resistant to water, it would be nice to have a bath made of oak in Japan. However, I have never heard of such a thing.
There may be other factors, such as availability, but the environment of a bath seems harsher than that of an ordinary barrel. You have to fill it with hot water and dry it every day.
If you pay a lot of money for a barrel and it soon rots, gets moldy, or warps and leaks, your wallet will be damaged.
...... So, let's go back and try the experiment.
Yeah. If it doesn't work, you can always order it then!
If it doesn't work, we'll just order it then! That's a good one.