Banana: Make sure you are not hungry when reading this chapter XD
List of characters :
帕特里 Patrik (Python) / 林沐 Lin Mu (Female)
科恩 Cohen (White tiger) / 拉尔 Lal (Centipede)
洛克 Locke (Horned lion) / 萨沙 Sasha (Female)
杰森 Jason (Black cobra) / 莱丝 Lais (Female)
罗伊德 Lloyd (???) / 菲尔 Phil (Female)
球球 Qiuqiu (pet?)
卡索 Casso (Winged wolf)
达蒙 Damon (??? / Casso’s father)
米莎 Misha (Female)
马特 Matt (Silver wolf / Misha’s father)
Howth (Golden winged lion)
Ba-Ao (Brown winged bear)
Please do not repost elsewhere and do not re-translate to other language from my English version.
Chapter 54 Banquet
The four couples who held the ceremony were blessed by the beast god. This incident made everyone very happy and even more eager to celebrate tonight. Everyone ate a simple lunch at noon and prepared to take a nap; they will begin to prepare dinner food after that.
At the moment, Lin Mu held the soup bowl in his hand, but he didn’t plan to drink anymore. He felt greasy after eating a piece of barbecue before this. But he couldn’t reject Patrik’s request, so he could only drink slowly while holding the bowl. In fact, the taste of the soup was okay. Sometime later, Lin Mu came to Casso and Casso enjoying its after-meal soup with Qiuqiu. The soup bowl is specially made by Damon for Casso. Of course, Qiuqiu also has its own small bowl, which was made by its master, Lin Mu.
Lin Mu rubbed Qiuqiu’s little head, and Qiuqiu rubbed against Lin Mu’s palm. Pleasing its own owner is what a pet must always do. After drinking the last bit of soup in the bowl, Qiuqiu burped comfortably, and lay on the floor covered with blankets; sunbathing.
Looking at Qiuqiu’s round belly, Lin Mu felt amused and gently rubbed its belly with his hands; it was fluffy. Seeing that Casso had also finished drinking a large bowl of soup, Lin Mu turned to Casso and said, “Casso, after your rest, go and help me catch some chickens back. The more, the better.” Their dinner banquet will need a lot of chickens. Talking about the big chickens, Lin Mu wondered if they could catch some to raise, but thinking about how the food for the chickens is not easy to get, it is more convenient to raise rabbits. Rabbits only need grass.
“Of course, please catch some long-eared beasts back.”
Seriously, the long-eared beast is just an enlarged rabbit, but it was labelled as beast instead. Lin Mu tried to call it as rabbit many times, but everyone doesn’t agree with his suggestion. According to them, the beast’s ears are so long, of course, it should be called long-eared beasts. That way, people would know that long-eared beasts have very long ears. Why call them rabbits? Rabbits, rabbits, what kind of name is this? Finally, Lin Mu compromised and agreed with the name long-eared beast.
“Casso, catch as many as you can. Of course, it would be better if you can keep it alive.”
They can try to raise it. After all, there are more than two months in autumn, so if they can raise it properly, the meat would be able to sustain them in winter, and they can eat fresh meat as well. Even if the long-eared beast cannot be raised during winter, it is still a kind of food reserve, right? After all, the current weather is not suitable for storing meat. Ai, if only there was a freezer around. Lin Mu heard that there is something called ice house in ancient Chinese time, but he didn’t know how to make one, and he hadn’t read related information before. In the age of refrigerators, no one would think to learn how to build an ice house. It would be nice if they could build one though, then he can eat ice in summer. There are so many fruits here so shaved ice would taste pretty good in summer.
With a grunt, Casso nodded in agreement and then lay down next to Qiuqiu to rest.
Lin Mu smiled and watched them resting next to each other. He didn’t expect at first that Qiuqiu and Casso would get along so well as a beast and beastman. After all, beastman who could think would look down on beasts that couldn’t. This is the difference between man and beast. But thinking that Qiuqiu is smart, he can understand why the two has a close friendship. Sometimes the intimacy between them really makes Lin Mu feel thoughtful. Because he is Qiuqiu’s real owner, but his pet is now living in someone else’s house and refuses to come back. Sometimes this makes Lin Mu think if he failed as an owner.
Finishing his last sip of soup, Lin Mu stood up and reminded, “Don’t forget.”
What he received as an answer was still a hum from Casso, but he could somehow sense a little impatience in it.
The reason why Lin Mu asked Casso to catch the chickens and rabbits instead of other beastmen was because the size of preys was too small compared to the beastmen’s huge figure. Although they can catch it, it’s not as easy as the relatively small Casso.
Lin Mu put the bowl away, he doesn’t have to wash it since there is a beastman who is responsible for cleaning. His task now is to take a good rest and then get up to make a big meal. However, Patrik didn’t let anyone do it and started cleaning Lin Mu’s bowl himself. After all, it is Lin Mu’s thing, and Patrik thought it is better to clean it himself. All the cleaned bowls were placed together, but they don’t have to worry about getting mixed up, all the tableware has its own mark.
Patrik came in when Lin Mu just lay down.
“Come here quickly.” Lin Mu called out. He felt like he could sleep better in Patrik’s arms.
Patrik naturally obeyed his partner’s request and quickly took off his shoes. Then he laid on the bed, watching as Lin Mu approached him and nestled into a comfortable position in his arms before closing his eyes.
“Are you going out to hunt with them this afternoon?”
“En, need to hunt some prey for tonight’s barbecue.”
“En, catch a few pigs. I’ll make Red braised pork belly (红烧肉) for you.”
By now, Patrik knows that the pigs that Lin Mu mentioned are actually Hengheng beasts1. He doesn’t think Hengheng beast’s meat is delicious, but he will catch it since Lin Mu asked and it didn’t take much effort. Moreover, Patrik heard of braised pork from Lin Mu before. It is said to be delicious, but one can’t eat too much (for Lin Mu). Seeing that Lin Mu didn’t plan to say anything else, Patrik closed his eyes too. Having a nap after lunch is a habit he gotten from Lin Mu.
When Lin Mu woke up, the person beside him had already left. Judging from the brightness of the light outside the window, Lin Mu estimated that it is about 3.00 – 4.00 pm in Earth’s time. Lin Mu walked out of the room and saw the females are already waiting in the living room.
“When did you come?”
Lais smiled and said, “Not long, we arrived when the tribe leader is about to go out.”
Lin Mu stretched before saying, “En, we are going to be busy. Let’s go.”
Phil: “Lin Mu, what are we making today? We will follow your decision.”
“En En” Sasha nodded, “You made the best food, I want to eat sweet and sour fish. I have been thinking about it for many days!”
“You are just a foodie!” Lin Mu said with a smile. His cooking skills are only a little bit better than ordinary people, but thinking about their level of cooking before this, Lin Mu could be considered a master here; felt a little bit proud.
Arriving at the square, they can see that the stove has been set up, and the vegetables needed were already washed. These beastmen who helped with cooking has improved, so good. In the past, washing vegetables means washing away all the leaves, but now their progress is visible, at least the whole leaf survived.
“Let’s make some cold dishes first.”
“En.” They nodded and started to get busy.
The cold dishes are mainly meat. The marinated meat are sliced, then added with sliced green onion, minced ginger, vinegar, and mix well. That’s it. The meat prepared for the beastman was cut thickly, while theirs were cut thinner. They made some cold vegetable dishes as well. The beastman are carnivores, so they don’t like to eat vegetable; the meaty ones are better. But the females like it very much.
When it comes to soy-braised pork, they have to talk about their newly discovered condiment – soy sauce fruit. Soy sauce fruit, as the name suggests, the juice of this fruit is dark soy sauce. Though the name carries the word ‘fruit’, this is not the kind with the flesh. In fact, the outer layer of the soy sauce fruit is a brown hard shell, the size of which is like a walnut. The reason why soy sauce fruit can be discovered by everyone is because of Lin Mu. Ever since the tribe found out that Lin Mu knew a lot of things and food, and sometimes discovered some food that they thought had nothing to do with eating, they consciously took it back whenever they saw new things outside. Then they would show it to Lin Mu to see if it’s useful. Hence, Lin Mu saw a lot of weird things, and at the same time found this soy sauce fruit unexpectedly.
With soy sauce, Lin Mu can make more things, just like when making Braised Chicken with Potatoes (土豆鸡块). Frankly, Lin Mu’s appetite is not so good when he sees the white chicken (unseasoned). In fact, others think it is delicious, but Lin Mu just thinks that adding soy sauce is the authentic way of eating chicken.
When the cold dishes were almost ready, Damon came back with Casso. He went Casso to catch chickens and rabbits earlier. Though as Casso’s father, his task is just following Casso and collecting prey, but Damon is still happy to do it.
Lin Mu doesn’t need to clean up the prey himself, but looking at so many chicken feathers, he felt that the chicken feathers should not be thrown away. If he saves it up, maybe he can make down jackets with it. Of course, the rabbit skins cannot be thrown away too. Beastmen looked down at such a small piece of rabbit skin because it is not a treasured animal. But Lin Mu felt that using rabbit skins for gloves and hats was pretty good. Although Patrik could hunt him better skins, wastage is a shameful behaviour!
Before Patrik and the others came back, they simmered the chicken soup and fish soup in the pot. They liked to eat fish, so there can’t be fewer fish dishes. For starters, they make steamed fish, spicy poached fish (水煮鱼), and braised fish. Of course, Lin Mu also took the opportunity to make some snacks for them. Chickens in this world are huge, and wild chickens are naturally more flavorful, unlike those broiler chickens, whose meat texture taste like firewood.
The chicken wings are very big, so he made crispy chicken wings and spicy chicken chops. He didn’t cook a lot of the snacks, it is just to satisfy their craving first.
When Patrik and the others came back with the cleaned meat, they asked them to marinate the meat first, while Lin Mu and the others began to prepare stir-fry.
Stir-fried sliced pork with pepper, Yuxiang shredded pork, braised chicken with potatoes, steamed chicken. As for the rabbit meat, some were made soup, but the main thing is to make braised rabbit meat, mala rabbit meat, and dry stir-fried rabbit meat. Those meats can be cooked in a variety of ways. Lin Mu mainly processed the pork belly, and then told the beastman how big each piece should be. He believed that for red braised pork belly, even if the ingredients were incomplete, the beastmen would still like them. The reason why he didn’t cook it before was because he lacked soy sauce. Without soy sauce, the colour is not beautiful, so Lin Mu didn’t want to eat it.
When the banquet began, everyone was sitting in the square. There was a big fire in the middle of the square. Everyone happily ate the grilled meat and vegetables, and of course, Lin Mu’s steamed buns are indispensable. The food at the dinner was delicious, and everyone started dancing around the fire after they were full. Lin Mu pulled Patrik and joined the dancing team, but soon found that only a few people, including him, are still dancing, while the rest watched and cheered at them. Other than that, Lin Mu wondered what kind of dance Patrik is dancing around him. Although it looks messy, it is powerful. The other beastmen cheered and laughed at them because of Patrik’s dance.
Lin Mu was a little confused, but when he saw other females being in the same situation, Lin Mu’s somewhat awkward mood calmed down. Then he smiled while watching Patrik dance around him. It wasn’t until a long time later that Lin Mu knew that Patrik’s disorderly dance was actually a courtship dance. At that time, Patrik felt that Lin Mu’s gaze was strange as he(LM) looked at him. At that moment, Lin Mu thought why other beastmen did the courtship dance so well while Patrik’s dance was out of rhythm.
It wasn’t until late at night that everyone’s excitement calmed down and they went back to their house to sleep.
After returning home, Patrik took out the glowing stones to put in the holder. Lin Mu threw himself on the bed and complained, “I am exhausted today! Patrik, I want to take a bath, help me boil some water.”
Since having a wooden barrel, Lin Mu likes taking a bath. The barrel made by Matt is excellent, but it’s too big and ended up being advantageous for Patrik. ‘Mandarin ducks are playing in the water’ and whatnots, Lin Mu really thinks Matt could have made the tub smaller.
Raw word count : 3587