Breakfast is known as the most important meal of the day. It’s never been my favorite, but the first time I watched Studio Ghibli’s Howl’s Moving Castle, I became fixated on the iconic breakfast scene. The way Howl cracks the eggs so effortlessly and the animation of the bacon sizzling — I was entranced and hungry. Join me and Calcifer as we make this magical meal!
A Trip to Boofs
To make this breakfast, I felt like any old supermarket ingredients were just not going to cut it. So, I made a special trip out to my local-ish Amish Market Booth’s Corner located in Boothwyn, PA, famously known as “Boofs.” Inside there are hundreds of shops selling things like: fabrics, candy, freshly roasted nuts, seafood, baked goods, toys, perfumes, and there’s even an old-fashioned shoe cobbler! I mean this place has EVERYTHING you could think of. It was definitely a day trip.
Shopping for your Howl’s Moving Castle breakfast
Down at the end of the indoor maze of wonders are the Amish produce sellers and butchers. I walked through and examined the different butchers’ selections before finding the best cuts of extra thick cut bacon. Four slices of beautifully marbled pork belly made it into my basket. Then over to the deli & cheeses I picked out a lovely hunk of white cheddar cheese to go with the fresh baked loaf of sourdough I bought at the bakery located conveniently next to the cheeses. Of course I couldn’t forget the eggs! A dozen fresh brown chicken eggs came home as well.
After my lovely day shopping and enjoying delicious food and treats, I decided to make the perler bead Calcifer (pattern found on Reddit).
- Thick cut bacon
- Large eggs
- Fresh baked bread (pick your favorite!)
- White cheddar
- Tea (chef’s choice)
Materials and Utensils
- An iron skillet or any large pan preferably flat
- A spatula
- Paper towels
Heat your skillet until it’s hot and lay out your slices of bacon. Cook until crispy, about 10-15 minutes. Flip halfway.
Next, leaving the grease from the bacon in the pan, add your eggs. Cook to your preference.
Lay your bacon on paper towels over a plate to soak up some of the grease. Drain any excess grease into a jar. (Drain through a strainer if you’d like to keep it stored in the refrigerator. It’s great for cooking!)
Cut your slices of bread.
Then, add your slices of bread to the skillet and lightly grill for about 2-4 minutes, flipping halfway.
Boil water for your tea. Allow the tea to steep for 3-5 minutes.
Put your breakfast on a plate and then enjoy!
Other similar recipes
There are all different levels of cooking skills. If you want to go an extra mile (or try another simpler recipe) with your Howl’s Moving Castle breakfast, here are my top three recommendations to watch and learn from.
- Top Tier has to go to Binging with Babish. He takes inspiration from many animated and live action shows and creates the meals for true enjoyment. He not only recreates meals, but really teaches the viewers how to make it at home. Going into great details, for example in this one he teaches us how to cure our own bacon. His homemade bacon looked phenomenal, and if I had the time and effort, I totally would’ve gone this route.
- Intermediate Tier goes Feast of Fiction. I enjoyed his “side quest” to gather ingredients. and he made it very entertaining to watch. His skills with video editing are great too. I also appreciated that he made the teacup from the movie and told us how we could do it at home. Yet for me his bacon pork “bally” looked more like pork chops than it did bacon.
- Beginner Tier goes to Kristin Lagman. Her video is short and sweet and gets to the meal pretty quickly, but it was trial and error for her, and that’s okay! Meals don’t have to look perfect in order to be tasty.
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