Reincarnated into an Otome Game? Who Cares! I’m Too Busy Mastering Magic! Ch. 18

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T/N: Today I’d like to give a big thank you to my Cookie Donor Shannon! I haven’t yet decided on what sweets to get, but I’m getting excited just thinking about it ❤


Godly Skill


The day before we came here, when we were talking about picnicking the thing that came to my mind was sandwiches.

But unfortunately the bread in this world seems to be a bit too hard for making a proper sandwich. The saying that bread in other worlds isn’t very refined seems to be apply to this world, too.

And since the bread from olden times back in my previous world seems to have been rather coarse as well, I guess it’s not wholly unexpected that it would be here too. And so I started thinking.

Why not use the knowledge from being a Japanese person in my past life as a cheat to bring about a food revolution in this world!!

But then I realized a couple of things. One, it’s not actually that easy to find and raise yeast here. And two, my cooking skills were only average in my previous life.

Plus, the picnic was the next day, so there wasn’t really enough time to make a big impact on the world…. So I settled for just preparing the ingredients for the sandwiches.

“Ojousama, you definitely have to keep this a secret, okaaay?”

Right after we had decided to have a picnic at the garden, I had taken Conny aside and asked her to help me sneak into the kitchen.

Since it’s located in the servant’s wing of the house, taking jaunts to the kitchen is not exactly a recommended pastime for the nobility. So in order to get there I had to walk behind Conny, hiding in her shadow out of sight from any other people that we passed by.

“Umm, I’ve prepared everything that you asked for…… Will this do?” Conny asks, anxiously showing me the things that she had grabbed: chicken meat, onions, white wine, olive oil, etc.

“That’s perfect, thank you.”

I give her a big grin, hoping to help put her mind at ease, and Conny hesitantly let a smile form on her face as well.

“You definitely cannot be allowed to cook, Ojousama, so Conny will do everything for you, okaaay!?”

“Yup, I’ll leave it all to you.”

Okay. Let’s get started with my 3-minute cooking lesson!

“First, cut the meat into bite-sized pieces and put them into a bowl. Next, cut a few shallow incisions into the pieces to score the meat. After that chop up a full onion into finely cut pieces and add those, some olive oil, and just a little bit of the wine into the bowl with the chicken. It should be just enough so that every piece is completely submerged in it.”

“Okay!” Conny replies and quickly does as I had asked. And though she had us both in tears while she was chopping the onion, she had no problems in producing a high quality, juicy chicken marinade.

“Good, that’s just right. Now all we have to do is let that sit over night. Then tomorrow we’ll just have to grill and slice up the chicken and then make and add the sauce for it,  and voila. We can eat it as a sandwich. Oh, and please make sure to cut the bread into thin slices!”

“Understood! But you know……This sauce looks so good!” Conny says. As she is appreciating the appearance and the scent of the marinade, I could hear her stomach growling, sounding just like a whining puppy even back then.

The next day after we had eaten breakfast, we went back to the kitchen again to see to the final touches for the dish.

And this time, Niisama had tagged along with us too.

“I know it’s my fault since I came too early, but what exactly are we doing here?”

We are currently in a room that is attached to the kitchen that is typically used for preparing the place settings for the dining room.

Noticing Niisama’s strange expression, I inform him that, “I wanted you to taste-test some progressive and unique new food.” Since nobles tend to have rather high standards, I wanted to make sure that this dish would suit their tastes before I brought it on the picnic with us, so I had asked Niisama to come to the kitchens with me, but he looks quite astonished by my request.

“Food?! Don’t tell me, Alice, did you cook something? Do your parents know about this?”

Oh my. Is Will-Niisama someone who doesn’t approve of nobles cooking their own food? Since he is now looking quite dubiously in my direction, I quickly reply that, “No, Niisama. I had Conny do all the cooking for me, I was just there to supervise.”

“Oh, so that’s what you meant. It’s dangerous so don’t pick up anything that’s sharp or hot, alright?” Niisama says, giving me a relieved smile. I guess he was just worried about my safety, and that’s why he reacted so negatively earlier.

As expected of a big brother! It feels nice to be worried over.

“Okay!” I say seriously, which seems to be enough to satisfy him since then he asks me what food he’s supposed to be trying, bringing the conversation back to the original topic.

“This, right here!” I say, taking off the silver lid of the container in front of me and pulling out a bite-sized finger sandwich.

It’s appearance is very simplistic: just two small pieces of lightly toasted bread with chicken and lettuce and such in the middle. And there doesn’t seem to be anything special about it, of course. No trick or anything to make it unique.

“O, okay~… It looks delicious… Thanks for the food~…”

I guess it must have looked a bit too normal… Or at least more normal than he was expecting…..But I’m glad that it doesn’t seem weird or anything!

He gives me a look as if he finds me adorable since I’m so excited to show him the food I’m bringing for our picnic today, and then unceremoniously plops the whole sandwich into his mouth.

At first he chews normally, but after a moment his expression starts to change.

“Hm? ……Mm?!” 

He starts chewing even faster and then vigorously looks towards me as he’s gulping down the mouthful.

“Huh……? It’s……  this is…. seriously delicious…. How can it be this good…..?”

Seeing Niisama so shocked that he’s at a loss for words, I can’t help but giggle a bit and grin proudly at him before answering his question.

“It’s called a marinaded chicken, autumn vegetable, and mayonnaise sandwich!”

And that’s how I ended up shocking Niisama with a sandwich, and also how our current picnic lunch had been prepared. Now it’s those same sandwiches that I am currently treating my family to.

Each of their reactions were entertaining, just like Niisama’s was.

First was Father.

It took him a while just to take his first bite of the food because he had been so moved by the meal that his daughter had prepared for him ‘full of love.’

He started with praising it’s appearance saying that it “is a delectable combination….” and that “the lightly toasted bread is an exquisite touch….” and also that “it has a savory scent….” and on it went for a good couple of minutes. Then, when he finally took a bite, his affectionate expression froze and turned serious in an instant. After swallowing he struck a Gendo pose, resting his elbows on the table and interlocking his fingers together in front of his face, and he hasn’t moved since. He must really love it…. that Gendo pose. He certainly does it enough.

Next was Mother. She typically has a small appetite, so she had been elegantly sampling small portions of each of the foods that we had brought for the picnic, but when she had gotten to the chicken and mayonnaise sandwiches it was as if lightning had suddenly struck her. For 10 full seconds after she had finished her first bite, she just sat there with her typical smile frozen on her face.

But when her shock had finally subsided she very elegantly resumed eating, only at a pace 3 times faster than normal.

Unlike my parents, Will-Niisama had already sampled the sandwiches this morning, so while they were each going through stages of shock, Niisama was happily helping himself to them one after another.

And then there was poor Conny-chan. Since she is our servant, she wasn’t able to eat with us and had to just watch us enjoy the food, waiting until we were done before she could have her turn. And she was the one who had seemed the most hungry, the poor thing.

Now then, why would just a mere chicken sandwich have the power to shock everyone to this extent? Well one reason is because there is no history of ever using wine and enzymes to tenderize meat before in the culture of this world.

Another reason is the mayonnaise.

The culinary situation in this world seems to be considerably lacking. Not only are pepper and chili peppers almost impossible to find due to their lack of distributors, but even sugar and salt are considered high-class items and are not easily attainable. There is no miso or soy sauce here either, of course.

So there are not many ingredients available, and those that are tend to be of the preservable, not easily perishable variety. Which means that almost everything is coarse or tough.

For the members of the nobility who hire chefs and kitchen staff for their estates, it seems that so long as the food has a strong flavor and there is enough of it for them to eat their fill, then they will be satisfied.

For commoners however, the bar lowers even further to where they’ll be happy has long as they can get enough to eat every day.

It’s only when you get to be part of the upper-crust of society that you finally start to see some variety in what you can eat. Only the most rich and powerful people have easier access to any number of types of fruits, vegetables, meats, and dairy products.

And depending on the skills of the chefs that they employ, the flavor and style of the food they eat can vary greatly, so they can enjoy a diverse cuisine.

But there are only a handful of people who are considered to be in the upper-crust of society. And since there is only a handful of them, there isn’t much stress placed on developing meals with new flavors and textures that make full use of the perishable items at their disposal.

And so I thought I’d try using what I had on hand to its best advantages to pioneer a new type of cuisine: by utilizing the enzymes in the onions I was able to make the chicken meat nice and tender so that even after just one night it will melt in your mouth. I also used the white wine to help get rid of any bad smell that the chicken meat has. Lastly, I spread the mayonnaise onto the coarse bread in order to soften its texture in an attempt to make it more palatable.

Tenderness and texture and removing any residual bad odors from food is one part of Japanese culture that I don’t plan on giving up.

Plus, who doesn’t like mayonnaise? There shouldn’t be that many people who dislike it. It’s super simple to make: all you have to do is mix some egg yolks, vinegar, oil, and salt all together. But I don’t remember seeing it on the table during any of our meals. I’m not sure if it’s because eggs are so expensive so no one’s ever thought of making it before, or maybe because no one’s ever realized that the vinegar can have a sterilizing effect, but it has yet to become popular in this world. Whatever it is, we didn’t have any in the kitchen so I instructed Conny on how to make it from scratch and had her make some just for these sandwiches.

Even though I did plan a lot of this out in advance while considering this world’s knowledge of cooking, when I made the chicken & mayonnaise, everyone’s extreme reactions were slightly out of my calculations.

Father had been trembling and mumbling something like, “Mayo…..nnaise….. This has to be a food of the Gods’ own creation…….”

The Gods’ food (lol)

After hearing just that, I nearly burst out laughing, but I held it in so that I could keep listening, since that wasn’t the end to his muttering.

“And what is this? This meat is so tender. It just melts in your mouth! This is the first time I’ve ever tasted anything like this……  Even the freshly hunted rabbit that I’ve had before can’t compare to this. It may have been decently tender, but it had such a bad smell……”

That’s because I let it ferment over night!

By the way, there doesn’t seem to be much knowledge of yeast or enzymes in this world…. And fermentation isn’t typically used unless for preservation purposes, and even then people only know how to pickle things in salt. For that reason, I had quite the difficult time trying to convince Conny that we needed to let the food sit overnight.

She kept insisting that if we let the food stay out at room temperature for so long that it would spoil, but I just kept saying, “It’s fine. It’ll be fine.” And eventually she gave in.  

“True, the chicken and the sauce are delicious, but the overall harmony of the flavors is also astounding……! The scent of the chicken intermingled with that of the vegetables, how the autumn vegetables effectively neutralize all oiliness, the amazing combination that arises from the flavors being enclosed between the bread slices, and that sweet mayonnaise sauce that gave the bread such a great texture…… I….. This is the first time that I’ve ever experienced such a harmonious dish before,” Mother exclaims just like a female announcer on the food channel.

And that was the gist of their reactions…… Just now, the two had finally finished eating and had let out a satisfied sigh. With lingering excitement, Father takes the chance to ask me, “Alice, how did you come to know of such a recipe…..?”

Ah.

There it is. I thought someone might ask me that.

But that’s fine. I expected it, so I made sure to prepare an answer for it beforehand as well.

“I don’t remember when exactly, but at some point I realized that if you eat meat with onions, the meat tends to be more tender. So I just tried putting that theory to practice!”

In these sorts of situations the surefire bet is to use the ‘I don’t remember any of the particulars so don’t ask too many questions’ plan!! Works every time.

“Did something like that really happen?” Mother and Father question aloud, each turning to look at the other, slightly doubtful.

But I had prepared for their disbelief as well, so that was my queue to bring out plan 2.

“And mayonnaise is something that I came up with while I sick and stuck in bed. I just suddenly thought that using eggs to make something would probably have a great taste. Perhaps there was a spirit or a passing soul that had wanted to tell me to eat something delicious and get better, so they might have passed on the recipe as encouragement to me…..”

I might be overdoing it a bit, but I also mention that it might have been the will of the Gods.1 But no, bringing the Gods up is actually super effective.

“Ohh…..! I see, if that’s how it was then it all makes sense…..!” Father says, looking up to the heavens, while Mother continues, “Yes, that flavor certainly tasted like the work of the Gods……!! So that means that Alice’s miraculous recovery as well as mayonnaise were brought about due to the Gods’ guidance…….!!”

It feels like my life is being put on the same level as the existence of Mayonnaise, but at least it seems like I was able to fool them for now.

…….No, I’m not sad or anything about being compared to mayonnaise. Definitely not!!!

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T/N: Lol, am I such a rare animal for disliking mayonnaise? Cause no one it seems dislikes mayonnaise!

Also, I’ve been thinking this ever since reading Cryarc’s scathing review of this story (the first 98 chapters) on NovelUpdates, but this story is definitely not what I was expecting. I’m not the biggest fan of “slowlife” stories where the main character is just slowly going about their life enjoying their new world, so I haven’t been finding this story that interesting to translate recently… That being said, I don’t want to leave you guys hanging if you are still really enjoying this story! So please answer this poll if you still feel strongly about me continuing it! If there doesn’t seem to be a lot of interest, I’ll probably try translating something else. I have two possible stories in mind already that I would love to translate a few chapters for and see what they are like. One has a manga with two translated chapters out that looked very promising, and one is completely new, something I’ve never seen or heard of before. So yeah, please vote! I’m leaving my free time for the rest of this summer in your guys’ hands haha.

If the poll isn’t showing up for you, try clicking here.

P.S. If you are feeling extra, extra invested in this story, please leave a comment about what you are enjoying about it (the chapters after the Evil Maid Arc)! Maybe I can learn to enjoy it again through your eyes haha.


1Due to the nature of Japanese, it’s often impossible to distinguish whether a word is plural or singular, so I’m not sure if this should be God or the Gods. For now, I am going to assume that it should be the Gods since in the Legend of Creation the world was made by Darkness and Light. That makes me think that their religion would probably be polytheistic and they would be referring to all or some of those Gods when they refer to 神ーかみーkami.

37 thoughts on “Reincarnated into an Otome Game? Who Cares! I’m Too Busy Mastering Magic! Ch. 18

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  1. I do enjoy the story, but it feels a bit bland after the Evil Maid Arc, I mostly enjoy the politics and strategizing involved, but I feel that it’s a shame that the magic and such hasn’t had much of a part lately.

    Please do point out where the poll is, and thank you a lot for the chapter!

    1. Did you read the chapter using the wordpress reader? Because for some reason it isn’t showing up there. If you open the chapter in a web browser on your phone or computer, I think it should show up!

      I’ll keep playing around with it and see if I can get it to show up on the app though. Thanks for letting me know you couldn’t see it!

        1. Hmm, I know it’s visible in chrome and on my phone’s standard built in browser, but it’s not visible on Firefox either? I’m currently troubleshooting to see why it might not be showing up… let me know if you continue to run into problems! Ideally I’ll be able to get it to work

      1. Actually, it worked on the integrated browser from the WordPress app, so I guess it’s something to do with Firefox’s way of doing things

          1. In the spirit of helping to troubleshoot it displays properly in the desktop version of Firefox (it may also work in the app, because I’m using a Beta version of it (for darkmode)).

            In the Desktop version of the WordPress reader it doens’t show the widget, but a link to the poll which works perfectly, so the real problem is the WordPress App, and the Firefox Preview App.

            Hope this helps!

            PS: As a quick fix I may suggest using the link that appears in the desktop Reader: https://poll.fm/10563735, or adding a warning to the App users.

          2. I can’t seem to find any information about polls not showing up in the WordPress App, and after doing some research, it sounds like the problem with Firefox that you were having on your phone is probably something that I am not capable of fixing on my end, so I’ll add a link as you suggested! That should be the easiest way to fix the problem (hopefully!!). Thanks for all your help 🙂

          3. No, really, thank you for all your help!! I never would have known there was a problem otherwise. It’s a great idea to leave a link whenever I embed a poll into my posts, so I can make sure that everyone will have access to them!!

          4. Probs optimization and Algorithms, I’m kind of a Math guy XD.

            I got into AI for the maths, so there’s that… Like C implementation of back propagation and High Performance Computing.

            What are you into?

          5. That’s great. I’m sure you’ll do well then! Are you also minoring/double majoring in math? I knew a couple of people who did that and really liked it.

            I had a lot of fun with coding in the beginning, and I was intrigued by the concept of AI but not exactly in love with the math side of it. I think I just enjoy how coding is like solving puzzles, and when I took things like Foundations or Automata, I found that stuff to be really interesting and fun, but around the time that I got back from my study abroad in Japan I started thinking that it wasn’t exactly for me XD I finished my degree with an AI focus (cause it was too late to switch by the time I figured out that I suck at it) and now I’m kind of leaning more towards seeing what I can do with my Japanese degree lol. (There is a promising-looking Translation Masters program at Kent State that might be nice haha.) But for now, I’ve got a job lined up with the JET program in Japan (still not CS) so we’ll see what happens when I come back lol.

            Since you like math, I’m sure you’ll have a better time than I did! My Machine Learning class and AI 2 felt like I was pulling teeth when I was trying to listen to the lectures haha

          6. I found that 3blue1brown’s introduction to the math behind deep learning really kicked it off for me, you may want to check it out!

            I wish you the best with your studies!

  2. As for what I like about the story I’m not really sure besides the fluff. I tend to like these sorts of stories as it helps balance out what I read.

    I’m probably in a similar camp to you. Aside from Tuna Mayo, I don’t tend to have mayonnaise nor garlic mayonnaise either. I tend to request for no mayo for most things it comes paired with (usually chicken burgers). I’m more of a brown sauce kinda guy. Though I do have ketchup at times and for certain foods prefer it. Like a hotdog without ketchup and a bit of mustard just seems like a ‘fail’ to me.

    Then again I’m the sort the prefers a nice thick gravy you get from a chip shop than the more watery sort served with a Sunday roast. I also only really like a nice chip shop curry and fried rice, none of that boiled rice. Though maybe I would like boiled rice if I had it China or Japan.

    Onions are another one they seem to over hype. As beyond a McDonald’s burger I pretty much never have onions. Though part of that comes to my preference of finely diced onions lightly fried. Since pretty much everything else seems to have them cut into long strips and regardless of what they are cooked with end up having a slimy texture that I can’t stand.

    I blame the lockdown for me rambling on and on about food especially at a weekend when I want a takeaway!

    1. Lol that was hilariously random XD but I love it. This whole chapter was about food so I feel like that’s a great thing to talk about in the comments 😂

      I feel you on the hot dog thing (though I’m more of a corn dog person myself). How could you eat a hotdog with nothing on it!? And by boiled rice I’m assuming you mean just plain white rice? I don’t remember it tasting particularly different in Japan than it does in the US, though maybe it was just a little bit tastier? Honestly, I feel like it depends more on the type of rice that you get than what country you are getting it….

  3. Disliked how they handled the maid tho….. They should have just killed her right there after questioning her…….. The house name would be ruined the way author handles it by showing how a simple maid can shake the house so bad that they can barely function…. It just shows how vulnerable their house is

    1. I think they probably wanted to handle the situation without doing anything illegal. She was sentenced to death in the end so the result was the same anyway! And in this way, the Archelaus family doesn’t have any blood on their hands.

      I see what you mean though. It does seem disgraceful that their family fell so far just because of a maid, but she was using highly risky black magic, so maybe it’s not actually seen as a disgrace? Or, since Will hadn’t heard anything about the incident, it’s possible that the proper authorities did a great job of keeping that information secret (though in a society like theirs, that does seem rather unlikely….)

      1. Tbh just because she was using black magic doesn’t mean they can get away with using that as an excuse it was still their fault and its really bad, bad enough to be stripped from nobility as if she controlled him properly she could have them revolt…… Thats how serious it actually was

        1. True lol. I definitely wasn’t thinking from that sort of political standpoint. In that case, they could have become a serious danger to the country itself! I’m still thinking that the author didn’t want to give the family a ruthless image, and that’s why she wrote it this way. Since they used the law, the fluffy scenes are pure fluff, instead of that mixed up (but sometimes still fun) feeling you get from evil people being super doting and nice. I feel like if they would have killed Rouge, they would have had to sweep her death under the rug, which distinctly has a bad guy feel, but maybe that’s just me.

          1. Well they do needed to bury their mistake considering how big of a blunder it was….. Also they are a noble family there is no such thing as a good noble family…… If the news of such a thing is spread that they are this vulnerable other kimgdoms, nobles would try to use them which would actually expose their family to more harm…… Also someone forcing mc father to divorce his wife and tried killing their daughter just let the maid be on trial instead of killing her himself just doesn’t sit well with me…… Even if she is killed I dont think there is anything too evil about that….. It at times like this which really annoys when author try to force their sense of justice which doesnt match their own story at all

  4. What can I say, maybe the first time I read of a Japanese MC using onions to marinade. It looks like the fluff continues, but after that dark start, I understand. Well, adding a little more plot related stuff, and title related stuff would be better. I guess the author was also healing his/her mind.
    Thanks for the chapter! Awesome translation! God bless you!

  5. The story is nice but I’m more interested in your other two translations right now without a doubt and I’m following at least another two slowlife stories with cooking explanations and OP MCs in another site (like a traitor) but really really feel free to do whatever you want because I’m always thankful to your amazing translations and your kind consideration with our opinion.

    1. Oh oh besides I laughed a lot with the “Gendo pose” but I disliked Conny’s situation and her hunger I mean it’s a freakin picnic so they can allow she sits and eats with everyone as well. >.<

  6. Yup, definitely a Japanese novel. Food and cooking. Just what I wanted to read after being diagnosed as diabetic last month. It’s late at night and now I’m hungry.
    Honestly, if some serious plot doesn’t start here, I’ll probably stop reading regularly, and just wait until there’s several chapters to read at once. I really like “Villainess who will go down in history”, though.
    Thanks for your translations.

  7. Thanks for chapter.
    Honestly I fed up about always brings about cooking in Japanese novel, so mostly I skipped/fast reading it without care about details.
    I understand if it cooking story/kingdom building but the hell about is always exist in Japanese novel/manga.
    Hope next chapter will focus about magic, as title is like that.

  8. It sort of always bothers me when isekai/otome stories portray what are actually premodern or early modern societies being weirdly primitive for no reason.

    Bread was something that Greeks often wrote about in order to brag about how their hometown recipe was the best. And that’s back in the classical period. Cutting the wheat with impurities is also the sort of thing that gets you lynched by a mob. And there is textual support saying that white bread (pure flour bread) would’ve been soft and agreeable to everybody.

    Somebody of Alice’s social status would actually have pretty soft bread.

    1. I don’t mind the fluff at all, but that’s under the assumption that this is just a brief transition period until the actual title of the story comes into play.

      1. I’ll be honest, I’m not excited for the direction of this novel. The magic system is kind of boring and pseudosciencey from what I’ve seen, which is kind of a problem in a novel about a magic otaku. I’m getting flashbacks to Archmage’s Grandson and World Teacher, neither of which I liked for exactly all the reasons I gripe about here.

        Most otome settings I widely assume to be at early modern levels of technological and cultural development. And I find it extremely grating when protagonists act like they’re not. If your nobility lives in a smaller replica of the Versailles or a French manor estate and not fortified stone huts (“castles”) with *maybe a palisade. They are not by any means a primitive people.

        Ignorant and misinformed about things, but those things should not be about the nature of how fire gets hotter if you blow air on it. Or how to make bread of all things. If literally everybody owns a sword, everybody is going to figure out fire magic is improved by “oxygen.” And if they’re an agrarian society that’s lasted more than a millenia, and they drink wine and have a good variety of foods, they know how to make bread dammit.

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