Released as part of the NewDays x Dengeki Bunko 25th Anniversary Collaboration Shop event that ran between August 21st to September 3rd, 2018 by Reki Kawahara (the author of SAO). You can find details regarding the event on this event page:
Source provided by Ofanaht, sourced in Chinese from the Chinese fandom (alfheim.ol)
Translated by Cirtoyt.
Translated by Cirtoyt.
"Now then Kirito, you must first remove the core of the cabbage."
I couldn't understand this most basic instruction for a while, so I could only raise my right hand to my face and ask:
"Um, what does it mean to remove the core...?"
Then, Asuna, who was today's lecturer and chef, said without pausing, "I want you to start from here--", so I carefully asked again:
"Is this something high school boys should know?"
"You should know!"
Asuna answered immediately, and then added:
"Also, cooking has nothing to do with gender. This is a basic life skill, and boys must also master it."
"What you said is absolutely correct... By the way, does Kouichirou know how to cook?"
(Note: Kirito's name for Yuuki Kouichirou is "Kouichirou-kun".)
Hearing my third question, Asuna showed a timid expression for some reason.
"Hey...hearing my brother's name from you, feels a bit weird. And he's just called “Kouichirou”."
"Ahh, no way... Kouichirou even said I could call him that..."
I met with Asuna's brother, Mr. Yuuki Kouichirou, the future CEO of RECT last week. Although I was nervous myself, I was more worried about how he would think of me, how he would treat "sister's boyfriend", but since this meeting was the request of the other party, I knew I couldn’t forcibly refuse. Yet after meeting, I realized that Mr. Kouichirou was not only a smiling, cheerful and easy-going person, but also quite a big game fan.
Surprisingly, the two of us chatted brilliantly. As a result, I was strongly asked by him to "Stop using honorifics, just call me Kouichirou."
I was in a French restaurant in Shibuya, and I mentioned that I didn’t have such a healthy diet. As a result, Asuna went all the way to my home in Kawagoe City to give me an elementary education in vegetable cooking. Thinking of her changing trains twice, taking ninety minutes one way, I had to listen carefully.
"The so-called coring is done like this..."
Asuna put the washed cabbage in her hand,
"Against the place where the heart of the cabbage grows, beat with a moderate force."
I took the cabbage and tapped it carefully. With the two "bang", "bang" sounds, the roots of the cabbage cracked.
"Yes, yes, then take the core off, you try to pull it out while turning."
After doing what she said, I took out the heart of the vegetable cleanly. Then, following Asuna's instructions, peeled off the leaves one by one, and then cut them into thick strips with a kitchen knife.
"—Speaking of which, your brother never asked me about you, and I was a little surprised. If my little sister brought a male friend to the house, I may ask quite a few questions on the spot."
Asuna seemed to think for a while, then smiled and said:
"Because my brother knew that you and I were married in Aincrad."
I yelled, losing my posture at the same time. The sharp blade gently wiped against my thumb.
"Wow, wait a minute, does it really matter?"
Asuna lowered the pepper, held my left hand, and took my fingertips with bleeding beads in one bite. I exclaimed again.