When Nicholas comes up against the cold and arch Seiji Katayama, he gets utterly destroyed. But that merely stokes the fire inside this illegitimate son of one of the most renowned former fencing champions.
Hi Destinee. Here you go: Select sauté on the Instant Pot. Pour in the vegetable oil then add half the beef. Cook until browned on all sides. Transfer to a plate and repeat with remaining beef. Add the remaining oil and sauté the vegetables following the directions in step 2. Press Cancel and return the beef to the pot. Place all remaining ingredients in the IP except the gnocchi. Lock the lid into place and set the vent valve to the sealing position. Cook on high pressure for 20 minutes. Allow 10 minutes of natural release before flipping the valve to venting to release any remaining pressure. Press cancel and then select sauté again. Continue with the directions under No. 4 cooking until the gnocchi is cooked through. Enjoy!
For a fantastic meal that can be ready in 20 minutes, toss together seared gnocchi and sautéed brussels sprouts with lemon zest, red-pepper flakes and brown butter. The key to this recipe is how you cook the store-bought gnocchi: No need to boil. Just sear them until they are crisp and golden on the outside, and their insides will stay chewy. The resulting texture is reminiscent of fried dough. Shelf-stable and refrigerated gnocchi will both work here, but the shelf-stable ones do crisp up a bit better.
Prior to meeting Inuyasha and Kagome, Miroku traveled the countryside performing (as he viewed it) his Buddhist duties towards the people he meets on his journey. This includes praying for any who ask, comforting the sick and dying, and (his particular specialty) exorcising unwanted spirits and yōkai, sometimes destroying them in the process. These exorcisms should not be confused with the work done by the yōkai taijiya Sango. If his clients are rich, Miroku rips them off and/or steals anything of value he can get his hands on.
Miroku may be lecherous at times, but that doesn't stop him from finding true love. Upon hearing about a village of demon slayers who were also collecting shards of the Shikon Jewel from yōkai that they felled, the group traveled to find their village. However, they found the village completely destroyed and all the residents dead. At that time, Miroku met Myōga the flea yōkai. It was also revealed some of the slayers had been called away to the Hitomi clan castle to slay a yōkai. Hoping to find them, they encountered Sango, the sole survivor of the group that had been slaughtered by a yōkai manipulating her younger brother. She mistook Inuyasha for the village's attacker due to Naraku manipulating her. Miroku tricked him into revealing he told the yōkai that the village lacked the best slayers at the time, and thus was vulnerable to attack. However, upon Naraku's defeat, they discovered that he was no more than a demon puppet, controlled by the real Naraku.
While the group was slaying a rat yōkai, Miroku pursued a beautiful woman to the outside of a village. The woman revealed herself to be a mantis yōkai, who wished to eat him. Miroku quickly sucked it into the Wind Tunnel, but the mantis nicked the sides on the way in, making the Wind Tunnel dangerous to use again as it could spread from the nicks and shorten his life more. Seeking help, Miroku went to Master Mushin's temple to get the old drunk's help in repairing the damage; here Miroku revises the "grave" of the father, a chasm caused by the suction of Kazaana that killed him. While waiting for him to mend his wound, Miroku didn't notice a Worm Charmer's, Tsubo Tsukai presence as he possessed Mushin with a Kokochu; Naraku hired this yōkai to kill Miroku with a jewel shard as payment for the yōkai. Miroku escaped to his father's grave and put up a barrier. When the barrier fell, Inuyasha and the others showed up to save him.
Following the Sarugami's clue that Naraku had fled in the direction of the Ox-Tiger, Miroku and his companions arrived at Mount Hakurei, a mountain with a purifying barrier so strong, it knocked out weak, evil yōkai and turned a hanyō mortal. After encountering the Shichinintai who were resurrected by Naraku through shards of the sacred jewel, Miroku came to believe that Naraku was hiding inside of Mount Hakurei as it was the perfect place to recover as most of those after him could not get inside without consequence. Despite initially having some trouble entering himself, only he, Sango and Kagome could enter the barrier without trouble; whereas Inuyasha, Shippō, Kirara, Sesshōmaru, Kōga (due to being yōkai) and Kikyō and her shinidamachūs would be attacked by the barrier.
He and Sango decide to explore the mountain, leaving Kagome with Inuyasha, Shippō, and Kirara. They end up finding Kagura and a horde of Naraku's yōkai inside. Sango was knocked unconscious by her own weapon, forcing Miroku to carry it and her to safety. Though Kagura taunted him by saying he could save himself by abandoning Sango, Miroku declared that he is willing to sacrifice himself for the woman he loves, and opened the Wind Tunnel and sucking in the poisonous insects, surprising Kagura. Managing to, unknowingly, reenter the barrier after suffering from poisoned badly, Miroku had the saimyōshō venom purified from his body. While thinking they were going to die, Miroku heard Sango confess her feelings to him, but was shocked when she forgot moments later. They meet the reanimated Hakushin, and Miroku decides to suck him into the Wind Tunnel as he would not let the barrier down. With great effort, Miroku manages to deform the sacred barrier, and to weaken drastically with Wind Tunnel, forcing Hakushin to retire. Unknown to him, Kikyō later helped Hakushin's soul ascend.
To their shock, Naraku reappeared, albeit just a head, with Inuyasha captured in his tentacles; Mount Hakurei had become the hanyō's own body. After Naraku stole all the jewel shards, he then united them to allow a more powerful body to be constructed. Miroku warned Inuyasha that Naraku's power had grown significantly since their last battle, but was ignored. Naraku escaped to the outside while making Mount Hakurei begin to collapse. Miroku sucked the resulting miasma into the Kazaana to save them while Inuyasha went to save Kōga after he fell from Naraku's grasp below. Once outside, Miroku watched as the mountain crumbled into nothing.
Eventually, Naraku beheaded Abi's mother, creating a River of Blood that took them all to the Borderland. There the yōkai in possession of the last shard warned them away because the shard did not want to be reassembled into the jewel. After corrupting Hōsenki's shard to make him fight and become weakened, Naraku took his prize, and confirms to Miroku, that once again he has them exploited. At that point Inuyasha intervenes, and Miroku understands that wants to drag Naraku outside the barrier with Red Tessaiga, without success, also notes that the Naraku's barrier rejects the Wind Scar just as had happened on Mt. Hakurei.
Miroku tried getting Sango to help, but she was too hurt by what Shima had said to listen to him, and she ran off. Feeling equally hurt, Miroku said she didn't even give him time to explain the truth; Shippō was confused as Miroku is usually guilty when it comes to something perverted. The Master of the Lake kidnapped Shima, deciding to take her after all; Miroku chased them to the lake, where Sango saved Shima at the cost of being captured in her place. Enraged that the yōkai would try taking "his woman," Miroku drained the lake with his Wind Tunnel and gave the Master of the Former Lake a sound beating. After that, Miroku asked if Sango was alright. She was still stunned over Miroku's protectiveness over her and his previous words, but then she looks away to the side, remembering she was irritated with him about Shima. His expression turns apologetic and sheepish, and she turns away from him abruptly, walking quickly in the opposite direction. He throws Master to the side and chases after her, trying to get her attention. She continued to ignore him, but was secretly happy that he cared for her and she let out a sigh and then a smile. Sango was now relieved that he had proven his feelings. Miroku knew she understood his feelings now and playfully chased her around.
Upon hearing Gakusanjin had been slain by the Gyōja, Inuyasha's sense of smell was used to take them to a temple run by a priest named Goryōmaru; Goryōmaru had a demonic arm thanks to a yōkai trying to eat him, but he turned the tables and sealed him into his body. Miroku tries to figure out with some smart questions if he is a follower of Naraku, but the ascetic does not seem to have anything to do. Kagura attacked the temple, believing the Infant was hidden inside; unknown to Miroku and the others, it was. Come daybreak, they investigated the nearby cave, where the corpses of demons were put under a spell that turned them into Rakan's statues (rakanzo) that attracted other demons. Kagura returned to the temple, but with Hakudōshi this time; Goryōmaru was decapitated while Hakudōshi picked up the Infant and Kanna, taking them away. The group was then lead to a stone ogre by Kagura, where the Infant supposedly was; however, it was another of Naraku's traps as he, himself, was there in place of his own heart. Miroku ended up poisoned by saimyōshō in an attempt to permanently kill Naraku that with the Jewel has revived the ogre, and consequently a river of acid inside. Miroku, before losing consciousness for the poison, protect Sango, Kagome and Shippō with a spiritual barrier, while Inuyasha managed to free them from the ogre.
Eventually, Naraku and Mōryōmaru faced off in a duel to absorb the other; Mōryōmaru succeeded and ate Naraku. However, it was later revealed to be a farce; Naraku needed to get inside of Mōryōmaru to use the tree yōkai's ability to break through barriers in order to reclaim and absorb the Infant back into himself. When Naraku attempted to flee, Miroku opened the Wind Tunnel, sucking in tons of Naraku's miasma to the point of bleeding out of his eyes and mouth. However, he managed to succeed in sucking in the Fuyōheki before Inuyasha forced him to close it. As Naraku taunted Miroku for almost getting him, the villain fled. An examination revealed Naraku's miasma had left a scar on Miroku's body that almost reached his heart; the scar resembled spider legs. Kikyō healed Miroku by pouring her own life energy into him to reverse the damage; however, if Miroku still uses the Wind Tunnel, the scars of miasma indelibly branched too deep in his corp, spread until they reach his heart and kill him, even before the curse on his right hand. Miroku asks Kikyō not to reveal anything to his friends. 2b1af7f3a8