The Elder Scrolls V: Hearthfire – Snowberry Crostata

Hearthfire, or “Sim-rim” as I like to call it, was released as DLC for The Elder Scrolls V this week. I’m not sure if while wandering the beautifully stark landscape of Skyrim one of the thoughts in your mind was “This sure is the perfect place to start a family!” (it’s not, it’s full of dragons), but build ye shall.
A Snowberry Crostata is the perfect dish for a citizen of Skyrim; Snowberries are renown for their frost and fire resisting properties, and what’s better after a day out Fus-Ro-Dah’ing or getting lost in a Dwemer ruin than a home baked treat.
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This recipe makes 2 Snowberry Crostatas.
What you will need: Two saucepans, a sieve, a whisk, a container, a baking tray, a rolling pin, a knife, a round 7inch template and a pastry brush.
For the Crema Pasticcera:
70g / ⅓ Cup Sugar
½ Vanilla Pod (Scored)
3 Egg Yolks (Room Temperature)
30g / ¼ Cup Flour
225ml / 1 Cup Whole Milk (Two Halves)
For the Snowberry Crostata:
350g / 12 oz. Shortcrust Pastry – Recipe
200g / 1 Cup Berries/Fruits
Redcurrants
Cherries (Pitted)
Blackcurrants
2 Tablespoons Orange Juice
50g / ¼ Cup Sugar
1 Beaten Egg
Preparing the Crema Pasticcera:
Warm half a cup/110ml of milk with the vanilla pod on a low heat and in a good saucepan. Allow it to slowly just come to the boil. Keep an eye on this, do not let it boil over or burn! Once your milk is bubbling, remove it from the heat and allow it to cool.
Meanwhile, whisk the egg yolks with the sugar until a creamy paste is formed. Sieve in the flour and add the other half cup of milk. Whisk together again until well combined.
Remove the vanilla pod from the cooled milk, then add the egg mixture. Return the saucepan onto a very low heat, and whisk continually as it warms through.
After several minutes, the custard will begin to thicken. Once the crema pasticcera has reached a good consistency, immediately pour it into a container and place in the fridge to cool completely.
Preparing the Snowberry Filling:
In a saucepan warm the redcurrants, blackcurrants and cherries (or whatever berries or fruits you like) with the orange juice and sugar on a medium heat until they soften.
Once the berries have simmered for a few minutes and start to resemble a jam, remove them from the heat and set aside to cool. Feel free to keep some fresh berries or fruits aside to use as a garnish.
Making the Crostata:
Prepare and line a flat baking tray with greaseproof paper/baking parchment and preheat the oven to 200C/390F.
Roll out your dough on a floured surface to about 3cm thick. Cut a round of dough 7 inches in diameter and place on the prepared baking tray.
Spoon 3 tablespoons of the chilled crema into the middle of the pastry, spread it around but leave a border of pastry about an inch around it. Wash a little beaten egg on the pastry around the crema.
Next, carefully fold over the pastry edges around the crema, keeping the folds neat and flat. Cover the pastry with a wash of beaten egg.
Pile 2 tablespoons of the fruit compote on top of the crostata, and allow it to just about cover the folded edges. Sprinkle a little granulated sugar on top, then place in the oven to bake for about 15 minutes.

Crostatas are a type of traditional Italian pie. What’s an Italian inspired pie doing in a Nordic set game, you ask? Maybe some rogue Kajiit or Dunmer merchant smuggled it in from a neighbouring province… Who knows! But it sure is tasty. It’s simple and rustic, with a great balance between the sweet vanilla crema and tart fruits. I was initially going to only use redcurrants or cranberries for the crostata, but decided they were slightly too sour. You could use any berry or fruit you like, but I decided to try and emulate the flavour I felt snowberries would have by creating a mixture.
Like this? You might also enjoy the Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim – Sweet Roll.

The Elder Scrolls V: Hearthfire – Snowberry Crostata

Difficulty - 3 Hearts

Hearthfire, or “Sim-rim” as I like to call it, was released as DLC for The Elder Scrolls V this week. I’m not sure if while wandering the beautifully stark landscape of Skyrim one of the thoughts in your mind was “This sure is the perfect place to start a family!” (it’s not, it’s full of dragons), but build ye shall.

A Snowberry Crostata is the perfect dish for a citizen of Skyrim; Snowberries are renown for their frost and fire resisting properties, and what’s better after a day out Fus-Ro-Dah’ing or getting lost in a Dwemer ruin than a home baked treat.

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Dark Souls – Dung Pie

Dark Souls: Prepare to Die edition was released last week for PC, so I thought I should share a dish from one of my favourite games of all time by making some Dung Pies. Now, some of you may complain that Dung Pies aren’t technically a food in Dark Souls, and I’d tell you that you are wrong! Dung Pies are actually Kingseeker Frampt’s favourite food. And Kingseeker Frampt is my favourite. You can purchase Dung Pies from the Female Undead Merchant in the sewer (or risk a battle with a sluggish, yet terrifying, Dung Giant) and they are one of the best ways to bank your precious souls. These decadent chocolate Dung Pies are certainly worth the toxic poisoning!
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This recipe makes 14 Dung Pies.
What you will need: A baking tray, greaseproof paper/baking parchment, a large bowl and a sieve.
Ingredients:
225g / 1 Cup Butter (Room Temperature)
280g / 1¼ Cup Sugar
2 Large Eggs (Room Temperature)
65g / ½ Cup Cocoa Powder (High Quality)
250g / 2 Cups Flour
¼ Teaspoon Salt
¾ Teaspoon Baking Powder
100g / 1 Cup Chocolate Chips
50g / ½ Cup Pecans or Walnuts (Chopped)
Making the Dung Pies:
Prepare the baking tray by lining it with baking/greaseproof paper and ensure you have room in your freezer.
Cream the butter and the sugar together for several minutes until pale and fluffy in a large bowl. Add the eggs one at a time, and mix until will combined.
Sieve in the cocoa powder and stir. Gradually sieve in the flour, salt and baking powder. Finally, add the chocolate chips and nuts and mix well.
The dough will seem very sticky, but this is normal. With lightly floured hands, take about 2 tablespoons of dough and create a rough ball. Take another tablespoons of dough and shape it on top of the other piece. This will form your rough “dung” shape.
Place the prepared dungs onto the baking tray and place in the freezer for 10 minutes, or until quite firm, but not frozen! Preheat the oven to 200C/400F.
Once the dungs are chilled, remove them from the freezer and bake in the oven for 10 minutes. They should appear cooked outside, but very soft inside.
Leave the dung pies to cool slightly, then remove from the baking tray and allow to cool completely before serving.

The Dung Pie is a complicated treat to describe. I would probably call them as a kind of cookie-brownie hybrid; crunchy on the outside, soft, dense and chewy on the middle. The crucial step in making a dung pie is the freezing of the dough, which prevents the cookie from spreading while cooking, and keeps it relatively uncooked on the inside. Maybe the secret of the Dung Pie is what they’re protecting in Blighttown…
Like this? You might also enjoy the Legend of Grimrock - Blueberry Pie.

Dark Souls – Dung Pie

Difficulty - 2 Hearts

Dark Souls: Prepare to Die edition was released last week for PC, so I thought I should share a dish from one of my favourite games of all time by making some Dung Pies. Now, some of you may complain that Dung Pies aren’t technically a food in Dark Souls, and I’d tell you that you are wrong! Dung Pies are actually Kingseeker Frampt’s favourite food. And Kingseeker Frampt is my favourite. You can purchase Dung Pies from the Female Undead Merchant in the sewer (or risk a battle with a sluggish, yet terrifying, Dung Giant) and they are one of the best ways to bank your precious souls. These decadent chocolate Dung Pies are certainly worth the toxic poisoning!

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Final Fantasy XI - Moogle Pie

I was shocked and appalled when I realised a food from Final Fantasy hadn’t been done yet. What the hell kind of gaming blog is this?! Inspired by our friends over at The Drunken Moogle, I thought what better way to pay tribute to such an epic and celebrated series than a fresh Moogle Pie! But don’t worry, these pies aren’t made from Moogles, but by Moogles. Though I can imagine a drunken one may be in charge of the pastry department, which explains why a Moogle Pie must be a little burnt to be truly authentic.
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This recipe makes 2 Moogle Pies.
What you will need: Greaseproof paper/baking parchment, a large baking tray, a vegetable peeler, a large pan, a knife, and a pastry brush.
Ingredients:
400g / 5 Cups Cooking Apples (4 Large apples approx.)
25g / ⅛ Cup Butter
25ml / ⅛ Cup Water
50g / ¼ Cup Caster/Super Fine Sugar
½ Teaspoon Ground Cinnamon
2 Tablespoons Raisins
4 Tablespoons Apple/Orange Juice
Small Handful Breadcrumbs
320g / 11oz Ready-to-Roll Puff Pastry
1 Small Egg (Beaten)
Preparing the Moogle Pie:
Preheat the oven according to the directions on your puff pastry. Usually about 200C/390F. Prepare a baking tray with greaseproof paper/baking parchment. Soak the raisins in the apple/orange juice.
Peel and cor the apples, then chop them into small chunks. Keep them in a large bowl of cool water to stop them from browning.
In a large pan on a medium heat, warm the butter until melted then add the apples, sugar and water. Cook the apples for about 4-5 minutes, until softened.
Remove the pan from the heat, then stir in the raisins and the juice, cinnamon and breadcrumbs. Mix until well combined.
Making the Moogle Pie:
Unroll your puff pastry and cut it in half. Take one half of the sheet and lay it on the prepared baking tray; for ease, make one Moogle Pie at a time.
Add a few tablespoons of the apple filling to the middle of the pastry. Shape it into an even, long rectangle and make sure to leave about an inch of pastry and the top and bottom. Be careful not to over fill it.
Take the beaten egg and with the pastry brush, brush an outline of the beaten egg on the pastry around the apple filling; this will help the pastry to seal.
For the next step you can use a lattice pastry cutter to create a top layer of pastry if you have one, but if you don’t, use the plaiting/braiding method below.
Cut into the pastry on the long sides; create an equal number of strips of pastry on both sides. Finally, make a square flap at the bottom and top. Please see THIS illustration for help – it can be a little tricky!
Carefully tuck the bottom and top flaps over the apple filling. Begin to plait/braid the strips of pastry over the filling. Do this by alternating the strips of pastry over each other as you move down.
Lightly brush a little more beaten egg over the finished pastry, then pop it in the oven for about 20 minutes. Once it’s nicely golden, and maybe even a little burnt, remove it from the oven.
Allow it to cool before serving. Moogle Pie is delicious on its own, or with some custard, cream or ice-cream.

Luckily, I had my mom on hand (who I now suspect may be part Moogle herself due to her pastry plaiting skills) because this pie can be a little difficult to make look just right, but it’s most definitely worth it! The combination of a strudel and pie recipe was ideal, and although a Moogle Pie is traditionally apple, you could use the recipe above to also make peach, apricot or berry pies too. Just don’t forget your magic spell, and your Moogle Pie will always be delicious.
Like this? You might also enjoy the Fable II – Amazing Apple Pie.

Final Fantasy XI - Moogle Pie

Difficutly - 3.5 Hearts

I was shocked and appalled when I realised a food from Final Fantasy hadn’t been done yet. What the hell kind of gaming blog is this?! Inspired by our friends over at The Drunken Moogle, I thought what better way to pay tribute to such an epic and celebrated series than a fresh Moogle Pie! But don’t worry, these pies aren’t made from Moogles, but by Moogles. Though I can imagine a drunken one may be in charge of the pastry department, which explains why a Moogle Pie must be a little burnt to be truly authentic.

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Gourmet Gaming has passed 20,000 Tumblr followers!
What a wonderful number to wake up to on a Sunday! I can’t believe it happened so quickly. Thanks to all of you for your kindness and support, your wonderful comments and continued love of video games and food.
I’m currently putting together some awesome treats to give away to celebrate! Thank you!

Gourmet Gaming has passed 20,000 Tumblr followers!

What a wonderful number to wake up to on a Sunday! I can’t believe it happened so quickly. Thanks to all of you for your kindness and support, your wonderful comments and continued love of video games and food.

I’m currently putting together some awesome treats to give away to celebrate! Thank you!

Request: The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker – Grandma’s Elixir Soup

Believe it or not, I didn’t have many friends growing up. When I got to High School I was lucky enough to have one friend who also played games, who interestingly enough looked an awful lot like Link… He invited me over to his house with the intention of playing the Resident Evil GameCube remake, but instead we played the Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker. All day. And wished we could consume this soup.
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This recipe serves 6.
What you will need: A baking tray, a large pot and a blender.
Ingredients:
3 Large Parsnips
4 Large Carrots
2 Medium White Onions
2 Garlic Cloves
1 Teaspoon Crushed Dried Chilli (Optional)
1 Teaspoon Ground Ginger
Salt & Pepper
Olive Oil
900ml / 4 Cups Cuckoo, Chicken or Vegetable Stock
Cream
Fresh Chives
Making the Elixir Soup:
Preheat the oven to 200C/390F and prepare a baking tray. Chop up the parsnips, carrots and onions into roughly even-sized chunks. Finely chop one of the garlic gloves, and mix it in with the vegetables on the baking tray.
Cover the vegetables with a thin layer of olive oil. Season with salt and pepper to taste, then add the chilli and ginger. Roast the vegetables in the oven for 30-40 minutes until soft and golden.
Once the vegetables are cooked, remove them from the oven and set aside. In a large pot, heat a teaspoon of olive oil, finely chop the second clove of garlic then add it to the warm oil. Have your chicken or vegetable stock ready!
Add the roasted vegetables to the pot and turn the heat to low. Add half the stock to the pot, then blend. Gradually add the rest of the stock to thin the soup as you blend it; you may need a little more or less to get the right consistency.
Taste, and season again with salt and pepper if required. Serve the soup, then add a swirl of cream and some freshly chopped chives to garnish.

Whenever I eat something fresh and home made, I always feel super invigorated and powerful, and this soup did for me exactly what it does for Link! You’d think it’s a bit early in the calendar for such a hearty, warming soup, but today in Scotland I think Winter II arrived so it was more than appropriate. I enjoyed my Elixir Soup with some delicious rye bread, which will now be my comfort when in times of need during adventures to help a princess.
Like this? You might also enjoy the Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess - Yeto’s Soup.

Request: The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker – Grandma’s Elixir Soup

Difficulty: 1.5 Hearts

Believe it or not, I didn’t have many friends growing up. When I got to High School I was lucky enough to have one friend who also played games, who interestingly enough looked an awful lot like Link… He invited me over to his house with the intention of playing the Resident Evil GameCube remake, but instead we played the Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker. All day. And wished we could consume this soup.

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Abe’s Exoddus – SoulStorm Brew

For me Abe’s Exoddus is one of the greatest games ever made. It’s engaging and relevant on a scale most games could only dream of, and it creates a real world with complex but intuitive interactions. Abe’s Exoddus is strange; it demands empathy and understanding of it’s players, for both the Mudokons, and the physically inadequate Mollucks and Glukkons. It’s a game about humanity, in the most alien of environments.
SoulStorm Brew is a dangerous, addictive substance made from the bones and tears of the Mudokons. The elements of ‘bittersweet’ inspired this refreshing yet deadly drink.
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This recipe serves 2.
What you will need: A cocktail shaker, ice cubes and two glasses.
Ingredients:
50ml / 1.7fl oz. Vodka (Optional)
70ml / 2.4fl oz. Sour Apple Liquor/Soda
40ml / 1.4fl oz. Apple Juice (Not Cloudy)
Limonata or Cloudy Lemonade
Making the SoulStorm Brew:
In a cocktail shaker, add the vodka, sour apple and apple juice. Add a few cubes of ice and shake it up until chilled.
Pour the mixture into a glass, then top it up with the limonata or cloudy lemonade. Add a squeeze of fresh lemon or lime to garnish.

This rather alcoholic drink is dangerous, just as it’s in-game representation, in that it tastes more like vintage apple drop candies than a cocktail. Deliciously zingy! This is a Mudokon free recipe, and is suitable for Mudokon allergy sufferers.
Like this? You might also enjoy the Bastion – Leechade.

Abe’s Exoddus – SoulStorm Brew

Difficulty - 0.5 Hearts

For me Abe’s Exoddus is one of the greatest games ever made. It’s engaging and relevant on a scale most games could only dream of, and it creates a real world with complex but intuitive interactions. Abe’s Exoddus is strange; it demands empathy and understanding of it’s players, for both the Mudokons, and the physically inadequate Mollucks and Glukkons. It’s a game about humanity, in the most alien of environments.

SoulStorm Brew is a dangerous, addictive substance made from the bones and tears of the Mudokons. The elements of ‘bittersweet’ inspired this refreshing yet deadly drink.

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Yoshi’s Cookie – Yoshi Cookies

I first encountered Yoshi’s Cookies on Game and Watch Gallery 3 which I had for my Gameboy Color. The updated, ‘modern’, version of “Egg” on the cartridge involved Yoshi eating some Yoshi Cookies as prepared by Chef Mario. I never did get along very well with the Game and Watch Gallery, it was all about personal bests and high scores, and, as a renowned confident loser of the world, I was always uninterested in competing with myself. One thing I did want to do was eat those cookies though. I had dreams about those cookies against a haunting rendition of that ever panic-inducing music.
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This recipe makes 20 cookies.
What you will need: A large bowl, a wooden spoon, a rolling pin, cookie cutters: a flower, a diamond, a heart, a large and a small circle, and a square, a baking tray, and greaseproof/baking paper.
Ingredients:
250g / 1¼ Cup Butter (Room Temperature)
140g / ⅔ Cup Caster/Super Fine Sugar
2 Egg Yolks
1½ Tablespoons Vanilla Extract
300g / 1¼ Cup Plain Flour
½ Tablespoon Cocoa Powder
¼ Teaspoon Ground Cinnamon
To Garnish:
Jams/Jellys
Purple
Red
Green
Icing/Confectioners Sugar
Water
Ground Cinnamon
Sugar
Making the Cookie Dough:
Preheat the oven to 180C/355F, and prepare a flat baking tray by lining it with greaseproof/baking paper.
In a large bowl, mix together to butter and sugar with a wooden spoon until well combined. Next add the egg yolks and vanilla extract and mix again. Sieve in the flour, and gently stir until a dough begins to form.
The dough may seem quite sticky and loose, if it’s too soft – place it in the fridge for around 30 minutes to firm it.
On a well floured surface and with floured hands, form the dough into a neat ball. Divide the dough evenly into six portions. Put four aside, as these will remain vanilla.
Take the left over two balls of dough; add cinnamon powder to one and kneed gently until combined. Add cocoa powder to the other and again, kneed until combined. You will now have four vanilla, one cinnamon and one chocolate dough.
Making the Yoshi Cookies:
Tips: Prepare one type of cookie at a time. With a well floured surface and rolling pin, roll out each portion to about ¼ inch thick, then cut out the desired shapes with the cookie cutters. Place the cookies on the prepared baking tray.
Start with three of the vanilla portions – these will be cut into the flower, the diamond and the heart shapes.
Next, take the cinnamon portion – cut out a large circle, and then a smaller circle from the middle.
You should have one chocolate and one vanilla portion left – these will become the checker-board cookie.
You can make the checker-board cookie a few ways. One way is by making a patterned block with 4 rectangular cuboids ‘glued’ together on the joins with egg white. Then slice the block to form the cookies.
If that sounds too tricky, try cutting out thin, small squares of dough and laying them on top of a square cookie to make the pattern – whatever you find easier.
With your cookies prepared and placed on the baking try, bake them in the oven for around 12 minutes or until golden brown.
Garnishing the Yoshi Cookies:
Take your jams/jellys and melt 2 tablespoons of each for about 10-20 seconds to make them a smoother, looser texture.
The diamond gets a green garnish, the flowers get a purple and the hearts get a red.
Taking a ¼ teaspoon of the appropriate colour, drop it in the middle of the cookie and carefully create an even shape for the centre.
For the cinnamon cookie, mix some icing sugar and a little water to make a paste. Brush it over the top of the cookie, then sprinkle with granulated sugar and ground cinnamon.

In Game and Watch Gallery 3 “Egg”, Yoshi saves the cookies from burning by eating them. This is the kind of tactic I like to employ while baking, I can respect Yoshi for this - he’s my kind of person. Delightfully buttery, these cookies are paired perfectly with their tart jammy centres, so it’s totally understandable why the Yoshis are such big fans. As for the Yoshi cookie, I think it might deserve a post of its own…
Like this? You might also enjoy the Pokémon – Lava Cookies.

Yoshi’s Cookie – Yoshi Cookies

Difficulty - 2.5 Hearts

I first encountered Yoshi’s Cookies on Game and Watch Gallery 3 which I had for my Gameboy Color. The updated, ‘modern’, version of “Egg” on the cartridge involved Yoshi eating some Yoshi Cookies as prepared by Chef Mario. I never did get along very well with the Game and Watch Gallery, it was all about personal bests and high scores, and, as a renowned confident loser of the world, I was always uninterested in competing with myself. One thing I did want to do was eat those cookies though. I had dreams about those cookies against a haunting rendition of that ever panic-inducing music.

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The Walking Dead: Episode 2 – St. John’s Dairy Farm Biscuits

Having managed to survive, the party agree to take solace at the St. John’s Dairy Farm. The promise of food, wide open spaces, and of course good defences, are too tempting to turn down.
On arrival we’re greeted by Brenda St. John, and a basket of freshly baked goods which appear to be some classic, home-made, Southern biscuits. You need fresh milk and butter to make those; a rare thing these days.
The St. John’s are lucky to also have some fresh herbs growing here, which can be blended with a little butter and served over the warm biscuits.
Let’s just hope things don’t turn out to be too good to be true…
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his recipe makes 6 biscuits.
What you will need: A sieve, a large bowl, a baking tray, a rolling pin, round cutters, and some greaseproof paper/baking parchment.
Ingredients:
250g / 2 Cups Plain Flour
2 Teaspoons Baking Powder
½ Teaspoon Baking/Bicarbonate Soda
½ Teaspoon Salt
8 Tablespoons Unsalted Butter (Chilled)
170ml / ¾ Cup Buttermilk (Chilled)
Making St. John’s Dairy Biscuits:
Preheat the oven to 230C/450F and line a baking tray with greaseproof paper. Sieve the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt into a large bowl.
Add the chilled butter, and using your fingers, rub the butter in until it’s well distributed. The mixture should look a little lumpy.
Add the buttermilk and stir gently until a loose dough comes together. On a lightly floured surface, and with floured hands, turn the dough out and shape it into a rough ball. Gently roll the dough out to about ¾ inch thick.
Cut out some circles of dough and place them on the prepared baking tray. Continue cutting out circles until all the dough is used, then put the biscuits in the oven. Bake them for 5-8 minutes. Once they’re lightly brown on top they’re read to come out. 
Best served warm, with butter and jams/jellys or keep it savoury with some herb butter or cheese.

These biscuits are hearty and welcome in times of hunger or desperation; a taste of home and a piece of comfort - perfect for any zombie apocalypse. The Walking Dead: Episode 2 more than surpassed the first episode for me. The interactions between characters and decisions to be made were ten times worse - it made the first episode look like a training area. It was completely brutal in all the right ways, with perfectly reasoned violence and actions… I’m eagerly awaiting episode 3.
Like this? You might also enjoy the Deadly Premonition – Thomas’ Biscuit.
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The Walking Dead: Episode 2 – St. John’s Dairy Farm Biscuits

Difficulty - 3 Hearts

Having managed to survive, the party agree to take solace at the St. John’s Dairy Farm. The promise of food, wide open spaces, and of course good defences, are too tempting to turn down.

On arrival we’re greeted by Brenda St. John, and a basket of freshly baked goods which appear to be some classic, home-made, Southern biscuits. You need fresh milk and butter to make those; a rare thing these days.

The St. John’s are lucky to also have some fresh herbs growing here, which can be blended with a little butter and served over the warm biscuits.

Let’s just hope things don’t turn out to be too good to be true…

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The Walking Dead: Episode 1 – Energy Bar

Protecting Clementine has become my top priority. I feel responsible for her, but I feel like maybe I need her more than she needs me; her spirit keeps me motivated. We’ve taken shelter with a group of people in a pharmacy, and I’ve managed to gather a couple of energy bars I found lying around. Packed with oats, fruits and nuts they’re filled with the essentials to keep us all alive during this chaos, but who do I give them to? Whoever needs them the most? Whoever has been nice to me? I could even use them as a bargaining tool or with hold them as punishment… I’m not even sure I deserve one.
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This recipe makes 6-8 Energy Bars.
What you will need: A square tray, some greaseproof/baking paper, a small saucepan and a large bowl.
Ingredients:
125g / ⅔ Cup Butter
40g / ¼ Cup Dark Brown Sugar
5 Tablespoons Maple Syrup
250g / 2 Cups Oats
50g / ⅓ Cup Pecans (Chopped)
50g / ⅓ Cup Dried Cherries (Chopped)
25g / ⅛ Cup Salted Peanuts (Chopped)
To Garnish:
Melted Dark (70%+) Chocolate
Making the Energy Bar:
Preheat the oven to 180C/350F and grease and line a deep, square baking tray. Add the oats, chopped nuts and fruit to a large bowl.
In a saucepan, melt the butter, sugar and maple syrup together. Simmer it gently for about 2 minutes then pour the melted mixture over the oats and mix well. Once combined, transfer the mixture to the prepared tray.
Smooth out the mixture until even, and pat it down until firm. Bake in the oven for 20 minutes, or until golden on top.
Once cooked, allow to cool before removing from the pan and cutting into bars. Garnish the energy bars with a drizze of some good quality melted chocolate. Consume before facing any zombie hoard.

I’ll be the first to admit that I’m not a big fan of the Walking Dead TV show, and not really a fan of the comics – so I was naturally apprehensive about playing the game. But it really is a bit of a masterpiece and my latest obsession. I also love all the ingredients in these bars, so I thought maybe Clementine would too, but even if she didn’t the chocolate would sweeten the experience.   
Like this? You might also enjoy the EarthBound – Peanut Cheese Bar.
Telltale Games | The Walking Dead

The Walking Dead: Episode 1 – Energy Bar

Difficulty - 1.5 Hearts

Protecting Clementine has become my top priority. I feel responsible for her, but I feel like maybe I need her more than she needs me; her spirit keeps me motivated. We’ve taken shelter with a group of people in a pharmacy, and I’ve managed to gather a couple of energy bars I found lying around. Packed with oats, fruits and nuts they’re filled with the essentials to keep us all alive during this chaos, but who do I give them to? Whoever needs them the most? Whoever has been nice to me? I could even use them as a bargaining tool or with hold them as punishment… I’m not even sure I deserve one.

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Request: Devil May Cry 3 - “Dante’s Inferno” Pizza

Recently, our copy of the Devil May Cry HD collection finally found it’s way to us so we’ve been reliving the gaming past. I’m a huge fan of the first Devil May Cry; I played it many times, but never bothered to pick up any of the sequels. It wasn’t until a couple of people started telling me how amazing the third instalment was that I thought I should probably give it a go, and you probably would too if someone told you they quit a job to play the game full-time when it came out. I’ve made pizza twice before for Gourmet Gaming, so this time I thought I’d kick it up a notch with this “Dante’s Inferno” recipe. A chilli base, with chilli sauce and chilli cheese, topped with spicy pepperoni and Dante’s detested black olives – one bite is sure to drag you to hell. At least your tears will prove your humanity.
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This recipe makes 4 pizzas.
What you will need: A large mixing bowl, a sieve, a rolling pin and a pizza tray or pizza stone.
For the Chilli Dough:
500g / 4 Cups ‘00’ or Strong White Flour
½ Teaspoon Salt
325ml / 1⅓ Cups Warm Water
1 Sachet (7g) Dried Fast Action Yeast
½ Tablespoon Sugar
2 Tablespoons Chilli Infused Olive Oil
1 Teaspoon Chilli powder
For the Topping:
150g / 1 Cup Tomato Purée
¼ Teaspoon Dried Chilli Flakes
Salt & Pepper
½ Teaspoon Dried Oregano
1 Red Birdseye Chilli (Finely Chopped)
250g / 1½ Cup Hard Mozarella (Grated)
75g / ½ Cup Spicy Hard Cheese (Grated)
20 Medium Pepperoni Slices
50g / ½ Cup Pitted Black Olives (Sliced)
Making the Pizza Dough:
Sieve the flour and salt into a large mixing bowl. Meanwhile, in a jug, pour in the warm water and add the yeast, sugar and olive oil to it. Mix well, and allow the the mixture to stand for a few minutes.
Make a well in the flour, and pour the water and yeast into the middle. Sprinkle in the chilli powder. Using a fork, mix the flour into the water until the dough begins to come together.
Once a ball has formed, turn the dough out onto a floured surface, and with floured hands kneed the dough well for about 10 minutes. It should be warm, and make a smooth ball when ready.
Return the dough to the large bowl, cover and sit in a warm place to rise for about an hour.
Making the “Dante’s Inferno” Pizza:
Preheat the oven to as high it goes, usually about 250C/480F. Place your pizza tray/stone in the oven to warm up.
Meanwhile, roll out a portion of the dough into a rough circle to fit your tray – the ideal base should be very thin. Carefully remove the warm tray from the oven, and line the tray with the rolled out dough. Trim any excess edges so that you have an even circle.
Next, cover the top of the pizza with some tomato purée, and use the back of a spoon to spread it around. Season to taste with salt and pepper, then sprinkle on the dried chilli flakes, oregano and fresh, finely chopped red chillies.
Next cover with a layer of cheese, combining the mozzarella and chilli cheese. Finally, place the pepperoni and black olives before putting in the oven until golden brown and crisp.

Most people will get injuries from sports growing up, I got them from playing Devil May Cry in the form of chronic wrist and arm cramps; “Dante Must Die” seems to be more a case of “Dani Must Die” - and this is pretty much how this fiery dish will make you feel. Hot to its very core, but still flavoursome and subtle (a little like Dante himself), “Dante’s Inferno” is truly the nine circles of hell. And remember; devils never cry.
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Request: Devil May Cry 3 - “Dante’s Inferno” Pizza

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Recently, our copy of the Devil May Cry HD collection finally found it’s way to us so we’ve been reliving the gaming past. I’m a huge fan of the first Devil May Cry; I played it many times, but never bothered to pick up any of the sequels. It wasn’t until a couple of people started telling me how amazing the third instalment was that I thought I should probably give it a go, and you probably would too if someone told you they quit a job to play the game full-time when it came out. I’ve made pizza twice before for Gourmet Gaming, so this time I thought I’d kick it up a notch with this “Dante’s Inferno” recipe. A chilli base, with chilli sauce and chilli cheese, topped with spicy pepperoni and Dante’s detested black olives – one bite is sure to drag you to hell. At least your tears will prove your humanity.

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