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Anna's Breakfast - "When Marnie was There" (思い出のマーニー) | Ghibli Food Inspired 🍳

When Marnie was There | 思い出のマーニー (2014): Animated drama film produced by Studio Ghibli and released on July 19, 2014. Anna Sasaki, a 12 years old girl staying with her relatives in a town in Kushiro wetlands, Hokkaido. One day, Anna came across an abandoned mansion, where she meets Marnie, a mysterious girl who asks her to promise to keep their secrets from everyone. As the summer progresses, Anna spends more time with Marnie, and eventually Anna learns the truth about her family and foster care. At the end of the summer, Anna's mother, Yoriko arrives to take Anna home and is delighted to see her having made new friends in Hisako, Toichi and Sayaka. Yoriko gives Anna a photograph of the mansion and says it belonged to Anna's grandmother. When Anna sees Marnie's name written on the back, she realizes that she is Marnie's granddaughter. This revelation brings closure about her identity. During the end credits, Anna says goodbye to her friends and promises to visit again next summer before seeing Marnie at the mansion window, waving goodbye to her.

This was the final film for Studio Ghibli, before they announced that its division would take a short hiatus after The Tale of the Princess Kaguya, and the retirement of Hayao Miyazaki a year before the film was released. The film featured the final work for Studio Ghibli animator Makiko Futaki, who died in May 2016.

"She's probably a hermit at school." "It's true that stress can trigger asthma attacks." "Meanwhile, my husband's off on a business trip. Maybe he and I are partly to blame, too." "12 years old... It's a difficult age." "Have you noticed anything about her?" "She... always has an ordinary face." "I'm sorry." "Like she won't show her emotions...."

- Yoriko speaking with Anna's doctor

Anna Sasaki (アンナ , An'na): The main protagonist of the film. A 12-year old first year middle school student. She has dark hair with bluish black eyes. Anna was adopted by Yoriko Sasaki. She was once raised by her grandmother, who later passed away and was then taken in by the Sasaki's a few years later. She feels she is cursed following several tragedies in her family, and tries to hide her disappointment beneath a blank expression. She enjoys painting and loves sketching landscapes, but not portraits. She loved her adoptive parent, Yoriko Sasaki, and thought of herself as her real child until she discovered she had been receiving child support from the state. Knowing this made her question the purity of Yoriko's love. As a result, she became lethargic and idle. She has since cared about anything and spends her time doing nothing. She is later relocated to Hokkaido due to her asthma, which further deepens her loneliness, until she discovers the wetland mansion and met Marnie.

Anna's Breakfast: I’m always fond of watching the small details in any Ghibli's anime directed at the rendering of food. You will find Anna's breakfast in one of the scene where she is having breakfast with both of her foster mother and father. The dish is colorful, simple and healthy which consist of miso soup with tofu, some salads with tomatoes and sunny side up eggs with meat slices. Anna ate this wonderful breakfast with a bowl of rice.


  • 4 cups dashi (fish broth)

  • 1 pack Japanese tofu (cut into cubes)

  • 3 TBS miso paste

  • 1 pc kombu

  • 1/2 cup wakame seaweed

  • 2 green onions (chopped)


  • Butterhead lettuce

  • 2 small tomatoes

  • 2 beef slices

  • 1 large egg


1. Let's first make the miso soup! Pour dashi (fish stock) and add in kombu in a cooking pot and let it boil for 8 minutes. Remove the kombu.

2. Then add in miso paste. Let it cook for 5 - 8 minutes.

3. Next, put in rehydrated wakame seed and let it cook for another 3 minutes.

4. Add in tofu and once it reach boiling point for around 2 - 3 minutes, remove from heat and sprinkle with chopped green onions. All done! Set aside.

5. Now, the healthy salad! Cut the root end off the lettuces and gently wash and dry the leaves. I like to rinse leaves separately, under the tap, and spin them dry in my salad spinner. Pile the lettuce on a small plate and top it with fresh tomatoes wedges. Done! Set aside.

6. Lastly, the meat and sunny side up egg! Very easy, just stir fry until everything is cooked. Done! Set aside.

7. Serve this wonderful breakfast with a bowl of white or brown rice. Itadakimasu!

I don't usually take breakfast. Most of the time skip morning breakfast and go for intermittent fasting for 12 hours because it helps to improved my blood pressure and resting my heart rates as well as other heart-related measurements but for today let's just skip IF and try this delicious Yōshoku (Japanese - style Western cuisine) breakfast! Yum!

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