Next, put water in a cauldron, boil it, then put the bean water and stir it slowly.
“Your Highness, be careful! Let me do it.”
“Yes. Terry, please.”
It was hard for a child to do, so me and Blake backed out.
The adults put the boiled bean water into a large cotton-filled pocket. Hans and Edon, who finished their work, also joined in.
“It’s hot, so be careful.”
“Don’t worry, Your Highness.”
They laughed lightly and pressed the cotton cloth with a spatula. The speed was slower than expected, so it was frustrating, but Edon tried to press it with a knife, so the work went faster.
The bean water squeezed from the cotton cloth went into the pot of cauldron.
“Your Highness, try this.”
I handed the bean water to Blake in a cup.
“Eat carefully because it’s hot.”
I was thinking about adding sugar because I thought it would be a bit plain, but fortunately they enjoyed it.
“Wow, how savory! Your Highness is a genius.”
“It’s a drimk from the East. Terry and everyone else did the hard part.”
“No, I didn’t even think about making this. It’s really great.”
Chef Terry kept giving me compliments, I was scratching my face in embarrassment and suddenly, I heard a cat meowing.
I held the black cat’s body up in joy.
“How long has it been, kitty! Where have you been?”
The cat looked at the cauldron.
“Do you want soy milk, too?”
“Can a cat drink this?”
I agonized over it, but no answer came out. There was no book about the food cats eat in this world, and there’s no way to find information on what animals should not eat.
If I knew this would happen, I would have studied in Korea. I like animals, but I couldn’t even think of raising them because I was living alone in a small studio apartment.
The kitty nodded. Soybeans are good for our digestive system, so I hope it’s not bad for the kitty.
“Melissa, I’d like a small plate for the kitty.”
“Yes, Your Highness.”
The kitty glistened it’s eyes.
I put down the kitty and started making tofu again.
As I slowly stir it in hot bean water, it coalesces little by little and pure tofu is made.
In the past, I don’t know how I did this difficult thing together with my grandmother.
When the soft tofu was finished, some of them were left and the rest were put in a pre-prepared tofu mold and pressed until it was properly hardened.
The tofu is finally done.
I honestly worried a lot about what would happen if the results were a mess when so many people worked so hard to make it, but fortunately, it turned out fine.
“Your Highness, this is ‘tofu’.”
Blake patted the white tofu with his fingers carefully.
“Oh, like a pudding.”
“The taste will be completely different. Let’s go to the dining room.”
While waiting for the tofu to harden, Blake, who saw the boiled soft tofu stew, hot tofu, and white rice, smiled gently.
“It’s all white, as white as snow.”
“It looks like you to me.”
His pale skin is as beautiful as snow.
Blake’s eyes, with warm tofu in his mouth, grew round.
He took two tofu with a fork and put them in his mouth.
“Yes. Ancia, it’s the best! It’s really delicious!”
Blake expressed his admiration again.
“Soft! It melted in my mouth!”
I was proud to see him like it. It was worthwhile to make the millstone and the tofu mold. I hope Blake eats a lot of good food and gets a little healthier.
“Eat a lot.”
“Yes, you eat up too, Ancia.”
“I’ll have some too.”
The tofu I had after a long time was warm and nice.
It reminded me of my house, kind grandmother, and kimchi that I ate with hot tofu. But I didn’t want to go back to Korea.
I need to live my life here now. My husband, father, Diana, Melissa, Hans, Edon, Terry, and many others are precious to me.
If this happiness is to be maintained, Blake’s curse must be lifted.
We made tofu for the first time in a while, but we couldn’t finish it alone.
When I was about to go to the emperor’s palace with soft tofu stew, the kitty cried bitterly.
“You can’t eat the stew.”
As I stroked the kitty’s head, Blake lifted the kitty from my arms.
“Oh, why don’t you hug the kitty? Your Highness, it’s been a long time since you’ve seen a kitty, hasn’t it?”
He said he hated it when I asked him to hug it once, but in fact, he wanted to. When I saw Blake holding the kitty, a happy smile spontaneously came out from my lips.
“The soup is about to cool down, Ancia…”
The heated soup will cool down. I waved to Blake and the kitty and hurried to the Imperial Palace.
Ancia who creates Eastern cuisine, is a fascinating person. Seeing her, I tried to find Eastern ingredients and tools for her.
Then I realized.
‘I have affection for her.’
Eunhan have Ancia in his heart, but he couldn’t allow it.
At first, he turned into a cat because her food, but gradually he stayed because of Ancia. In the end, his actions originated from love.
Ancia is the daughter-in-law of my master. I have to end it here.
When Eunhan realized this, he gave up. He decided to stop hanging around Ancia by not turning into a cat.
However, at the end, he couldn’t overcome the temptation of Tofu.
Was my patience just this much?
Eunhan felt ashamed, but he was honest and eventually begged Ancia to give him the soft tofu stew. Yet he was caught by Blake.
Blake took me and we headed to his bedroom.
Eunhan, who turned into a cat, tried to run away immediately. But he couldn’t move. The power of the Crown Prince interfered with his technique.
What happened to him? Did the Crown Prince have this power?
Not from the curse sentence, but a force was flowing from inside Blake.
While Eunhan was embarrassed, the two arrived in the Crown Prince’s bedroom. Blake closed the door and laid him down.
Only out of the crown prince’s arms, Eunhan ran quickly toward the window.
“Who are you?”
Then Blake’s low voice echoed through the room. Eunhan hardened and looked up at the crown prince.
He noticed? No, it can’t be. How would he know if I’ve never been caught transforming?
Eun-han cried like a real cat. Then Blake’s eyes sank cold.
“Don’t even think about hiding it. I knew from the beginning that you were not a normal cat.”
Ancia said the prince was like a rabbit.
I understand why she says that. The right face of the Crown Prince, which the curse sentence did not spread, looked like the late empress, so he was very cute and delicate because he was smaller than a boy his age.
But Eunhan has been watching Blake since he was young. Unlike his appearance, the crown prince’s personality resembles the emperor. He was more like a beast than a rabbit. Of course, he was still young, but even a lion cub is still a beast. Moreover, he grew up a lot for three years, so he was no longer just a cute lion.
Just like now.
There was a sense of coldness in his calm voice.
“I’ve been thinking about who you are, what you are, and now I know. You, you were in Ancia’s room a little while ago?”
“You were spying on me and Ancia. Isn’t that right?”
Eunhan carried out several orders as the shadow of the emperor. And the most important thing was to protect the Crown Prince and his wife.
The prince’s condition was unstable these days, so he was closely protected.
When I followed the crown prince into Ancia’s room, I felt as if he was looking at me, but I thought I was mistaken. Eunhan used magic. The power he deals with is the power of a dragon, so there is a fundamental difference from magic in the west, even the most prominent wizards of the Empire did not notice his magic.
But the Crown Prince, who has never learned magic, discovered his own secret art? He noticed at once that I turned into a cat?