BioShock: Infinite – Hot Dog

It was recently Independence Day in the good ol’ US of A. And, like anyone who lives outside the USA, I thought it featured Will Smith, aliens and Jeff Goldblum (like all the best stories). But actually, it’s an important day of inspiration for all people of the world in its message – the moral sense of rights and equality for all people. Once such game that touched on these important issues, albeit in an alternate and much later time, was BioShock Infinite. So I thought what more fitting than to feature an all American food from a game that recently reminded us of how much progress we’ve made, but yet how far we still have to go.
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This recipe serves 4.
What you will need: A pot and a bowl.
Ingredients:
4 Hot Dog Buns
4 Hot Dogs
Yellow American Mustard
For the Relish:
4 Large Pickles (Diced)
½ Roasted Red Pepper (Diced)
½ Roasted Yellow Pepper (Diced)
½ White Onion (Diced)
175ml / ¾ Cup White Wine Vinegar
1 Tablespoon Sugar
1 Teaspoon Wholegrain Mustard
½ Teaspoon Coriander Seeds
Preparing the Relish:
In a pot, bring the White Wine Vinegar, Sugar, Wholegrain Mustard and Coriander Seeds to the boil. Reduce the heat and simmer until the liquid has reduced by half, and thickened slightly.
Take the mixture off the heat, and add the Diced Pickles, Roasted Red Pepper, Roasted Yellow Pepper and White Onion. Mix well and season to taste.
Transfer the relish to a clean bowl, cover, and refrigerate for at least 1 hour before serving.
Preparing the Hot Dog:
Cook your Hot Dogs as per their instruction, or how you like them. Slice the Hot Dog Buns in half.
Spread a layer of the Relish onto the bun, then place the Hot Dog on top. Finally, add a garnish of Yellow American Mustard.

I was rather impressed with the pickle relish – it’s light, fresh and crunchy with just the right notes of sweet and sour. Combined with the mustard, it’s a wonderful flavour. Hot dogs are everywhere in Columbia (were they the real cause of the oppression… ?), and frankly, it makes me wish there were hot dogs everywhere in real life too.
Like this? You might also enjoy the BioShock: Infinite – Finkton’s Baked Beans.

BioShock: Infinite – Hot Dog

Difficulty: 1.5 Hearts

It was recently Independence Day in the good ol’ US of A. And, like anyone who lives outside the USA, I thought it featured Will Smith, aliens and Jeff Goldblum (like all the best stories). But actually, it’s an important day of inspiration for all people of the world in its message – the moral sense of rights and equality for all people. Once such game that touched on these important issues, albeit in an alternate and much later time, was BioShock Infinite. So I thought what more fitting than to feature an all American food from a game that recently reminded us of how much progress we’ve made, but yet how far we still have to go.

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Beyond Two Souls – Asian Beef

I have a love and admiration for the games of David Cage, and more often than not the release of his games seem to coincide with key events in my life. While Beyond Two Souls was, naturally, a great divide to the community, I quite enjoyed it. I quite enjoy interacting with things. I quite enjoy that I can cook a meal for a date. And that I can choose between Chicken Curry, Asian Beef or take-out Pizza (though real-world me would always choose pizza - always). Not too difficult and perfect when short on time, this recipe is exactly what Jodie needed – ginger not optional.
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This recipe serves 2.
What you will need: A wok.
Ingredients:
300g / 10 oz Sliced Beef Steak
1 Tablespoon Oyster Sauce
1 Teaspoon Chinese 5 Spice
1 Teaspoon Cornflour
1 Teaspoon Toasted Sesame Oil
1 Teaspoon Sugar
Salt & Pepper
Groundnut Oil
1 Tablespoon Fresh Chopped Ginger
4 Spring Onions/Scallions Sliced
1 Tablespoon Rice Wine
Preparing the Asian Beef:
Combine the Oyster Sauce, Chinese 5 Spice, Cornflour, Sesame Oil and Sugar into a bowl. Season with Salt & Pepper to taste. Add the Beef Steak to the marinade and coat well, then set aside.
In a large wok, on a medium-high heat, heat 2 tablespoons of Groundnut Oil. Add the Ginger and sliced Spring Onions and stir fry gently for 1 minute.
Add the Beef Steak and Rice Wine to the wok and stir fry for another 2-3 minutes, then serve.

Sweetly spiced, this Asian Beef can be heated up by adding some fresh or dried chilli if you prefer things a little more powerful. (I hear chilli is also an aphrodisiac). Clean up, shower, put on some fancy clothes and some good music – you’re a Perfect Lover. Although your success entirely depends on the mood of your symbiotic entity – Gourmet Gaming can make no guarantees.
Like this? You might also enjoy the Fahrenheit - Steak and Fries.

Beyond Two Souls – Asian Beef

Difficulty: 1.5 Hearts

I have a love and admiration for the games of David Cage, and more often than not the release of his games seem to coincide with key events in my life. While Beyond Two Souls was, naturally, a great divide to the community, I quite enjoyed it. I quite enjoy interacting with things. I quite enjoy that I can cook a meal for a date. And that I can choose between Chicken Curry, Asian Beef or take-out Pizza (though real-world me would always choose pizza - always). Not too difficult and perfect when short on time, this recipe is exactly what Jodie needed – ginger not optional.

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Dark Souls - Estus

The Dark Souls series is, in my opinion, one of the greatest to ever be created. (Although at the time of writing this I’m in the middle of a lover’s spat with Dark Souls 2 - we’re currently not talking due to the Royal Rat Authority… ) I love Dark Souls because it captures the essence of why I fell in love with video games to begin with; the challenge, the sense of mystery, exploration and discovery. I’d been wanting to do a post for Estus for quite a while, and ‘lo, with the revival of Gourmet Gaming, comes the very revival of the soul.
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What you will need: A suitable vessel.
Ingredients:
50ml Smirnoff Gold Vodka
150ml Apple Juice
Elderflower Cordial
Angostura Bitters
Ice
Filling the Estus:
Fill the vessel with ice. Add the Smirnoff Gold and top up with the Apple Juice. Add a dash of Elderflower Cordial and Angostura Bitters - mix well.

Praise the sun! This drink is so grossly incandescent, so very golden and pure, it could only be restorative. The apple and elderflower provide a sweet bite to the warm notes of the Smirnoff Gold. 
Like this? You might also enjoy the Dark Souls - Dung Pie.
This recipe was inspired by the ‘Yours & Mine’ cocktail which can be found at uk.thebar.com.

Dark Souls - Estus

Difficulty: 0.5 Heart

The Dark Souls series is, in my opinion, one of the greatest to ever be created. (Although at the time of writing this I’m in the middle of a lover’s spat with Dark Souls 2 - we’re currently not talking due to the Royal Rat Authority… ) I love Dark Souls because it captures the essence of why I fell in love with video games to begin with; the challenge, the sense of mystery, exploration and discovery. I’d been wanting to do a post for Estus for quite a while, and ‘lo, with the revival of Gourmet Gaming, comes the very revival of the soul.

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Pokémon – Old Gateau

With the return of Gourmet Gaming, I felt a return to the classics (in terms of both food and games) as a gentle ease in would be best. Pokémon recently enjoyed a resurgence in popularity thanks to ‘Twitch Plays Pokémon’ where gamers set aside their differences and took part in some (mostly) jolly co-operation in a bid to become Pokémon master. When it came to the Old Gateau, I decided to base the recipe on the traditional Japanese treat of Uirō, which is rather similar to Mochi in texture and taste. I decided only a sweet from the Edo period could have survived so long in the Old Chateau. I like to think maybe it’s the final tasty evolution of a Gengar…
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This recipe serves 6-10.
What you will need: A sieve, a large mixing bowl, a whisk, a measuring jug, a microwavable container and a microwave.
Ingredients:
100g / ¾ Cup Rice Flour
80g / ⅓ Cup Caster/Superfine Sugar
Pinch of Salt
300ml / 1⅓ Cup Warm Water
Violet Flavouring (or any flavouring you prefer)
Violet Food Colouring
Making the Old Gateau:
Sieve the Rice Flour, Sugar and Salt together into a bowl. Slowly pour in the Water while continually whisking to ensure no lumps form.
Add 1-2 drops of the Violet Flavouring, or whatever flavour you’ve chosen, and several drops of the Violet Food Colouring until the desired shade is achieved.
Sieve the mixture into a microwave proof container, then cover with cling film/saran wrap. Poke some holes in the covering to allow some of the steam out.
Cook the mixture for 04:25 in an 800 Watt microwave – this time will vary depending on the wattage of your microwave. Here’s a useful guide to help you adjust the time accordingly.
Once done, remove the container from the microwave and remove the cover. Allow the mixture to cool for 10 minutes before recovering and placing in the fridge to cool completely.
Once cooled, remove the Uirō and slice it into small chunks to serve.

The Uirō is an unusual texture and taste, and is certainly not for everyone - especially if you chose to add the violet flavouring (although I’m quite a fan of sweet flower flavoured treats). But if you can appreciate the light simplicity, it’s wonderful.
Like this? You might also enjoy the Pokémon – Lava Cookies.

Pokémon – Old Gateau

Difficulty: 1 Heart

With the return of Gourmet Gaming, I felt a return to the classics (in terms of both food and games) as a gentle ease in would be best. Pokémon recently enjoyed a resurgence in popularity thanks to ‘Twitch Plays Pokémon’ where gamers set aside their differences and took part in some (mostly) jolly co-operation in a bid to become Pokémon master. When it came to the Old Gateau, I decided to base the recipe on the traditional Japanese treat of Uirō, which is rather similar to Mochi in texture and taste. I decided only a sweet from the Edo period could have survived so long in the Old Chateau. I like to think maybe it’s the final tasty evolution of a Gengar…

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Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch – Tikka Mahala

I think it would be safe to assume that the Tikka Mahala is the Dong Dong Dell soul-mate of our world’s Tikka Masala. While both dishes enjoy the title of “The King of Curries”, only one is made with seeds from a volcano as part of the Sheikh’s special spices. These special spices are comprised of “ turmeric root” and “three pinches of spicy seeds” which thankfully are readily available most likely at your local supermarket, so there’s no need to make a trek to Old Smoky - ideal should you find yourself lacking in enthusiasm. Make this curry for you and a friend, and get yourself some merit stamps.
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This recipe serves 4-6.
What you will need: A food processor or blender and a large saucepan.
For the Curry Paste:
4 Cloves Garlic
1 Teaspoon Fresh Ginger
1 Red Chilli
1 Teaspoon Tumeric
2 Tablespoons
Dried Coriander
Ground Cumin
Garam Masala
Paprika
Seeds of 4 Cardamom Pods
Olive Oil
For the Tikka Mahala:
4 Tablespoons Olive Oil
30g / ¼ Cup Butter
2 Large White Onions (Chopped)
1 Red Bell Pepper (Chopped)
1 Yellow Bell Pepper (Chopped)
400g / 14 oz. Diced Beef
800g / 28 oz. Chopped Tomatoes (Tin/Can)
2 Tablespoons Tomato Purée
200ml / 1 Cup Water
200ml / 1 Cup Cream
100ml / ½ Cup Natural Yoghurt
Salt & Pepper
Making the Curry Paste:
Using a food processor or blender, combine together all the ingredients and blend well. Add a little olive oil to bring the paste together, then set aside.
Making the Tikka Mahala:
In a large saucepan on a medium heat, warm the olive oil and butter together. Add the onions and cook until soft and golden. Add the curry paste, followed by the peppers and cook for 5-10 minutes.
Add the diced beef and cook for 5 minutes before adding the tinned/canned chopped tomatoes and tomato purée. Pour in the water and allow to simmer for 15-20 minutes.
Once cooked, pour in the cream and yoghurt and mix thoroughly. Season with salt & pepper to taste, and add more spices gradually if you like it slightly hotter. Serve with fluffy basmati rice.

Curry, in any form, is one of my favourite foods. Although curries can appear intimidating, they can be surprisingly easy to make and require little effort. The Tikka Mahala is rather mild (by my tastes) and creamy, ideal for most palates, so don’t be put off by the idea of “volcanic seeds” - but you can kick it up a notch if, like me, it’s hardly a curry if your face isn’t on fire. You can alter the recipe by using chicken, prawns or add extra vegetables for a fabulous vegetarian feast.
Like this? You might also enjoy the Kirby’s Dreamland/Super Smash Bros. Brawl - Superspicy Curry.

Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch – Tikka Mahala

Difficulty: 3 Hearts

I think it would be safe to assume that the Tikka Mahala is the Dong Dong Dell soul-mate of our world’s Tikka Masala. While both dishes enjoy the title of “The King of Curries”, only one is made with seeds from a volcano as part of the Sheikh’s special spices. These special spices are comprised of “ turmeric root” and “three pinches of spicy seeds” which thankfully are readily available most likely at your local supermarket, so there’s no need to make a trek to Old Smoky - ideal should you find yourself lacking in enthusiasm. Make this curry for you and a friend, and get yourself some merit stamps.

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BioShock: Infinite – Finkton’s Baked Beans

Ah, baked beans. The (apparent) staple of the student diet, and now also of the minority workers in Finkton’s Shanty-town. Frankly, it’s rather impressive the Vox Populi are starving at all what with the copious amount of food (and money) they seem to throw away in their bins… Starving or not, Booker DeWitt is a man on a mission who requires sustenance, and the slim pickings of a young girl’s shack are obviously fair game. Nom. Nom. Nom.
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This recipe serves 2.
What you will need: A large saucepan.
Ingredients:
Olive Oil
1 White Onion (Finely Chopped)
1 Clove Garlic (Finely Chopped)
400g / 15 oz. Can Chopped Tomatoes
400g / 15 oz. Can Cannellini Beans (Precooked)
1 Tablespoon Tomato Purée
½ Teaspoon Dried Chilli Flakes (Optional)
½ Teaspoon Sugar
1 Teaspoon Dried Oregano
Salt & Pepper
Making Finkton’s Baked Beans:
In a large pan on a medium heat, warm the olive oil. Add he onion and garlic and fry until golden.
Add the chopped tomatoes, cannellini beans and tomato purée. Mix well, then season with the chilli flakes, oregano, and salt and pepper to taste.
Reduce to a low heat, cover, and allow the beans to simmer for around 20-25 minutes, until the sauce has thickened.
Alternate method: Cram all the ingredients into a tin can. Use a blast of Devil’s Kiss to quickly and effectively cook and possibly incinerate the entire contents. Enjoy.

Although a far cry (lol, videogame pun) from your usual processed baked beans, there’s a wholesome, home-made flavour with this recipe; fresh yet comforting. Don’t be a Dimwit! Finkton’s Baked Beans would be perfectly at home with a strong cheese or fried sausages on some freshly baked bread.
Like this? You might also enjoy the Dishonored - Apricot Tartlet.

BioShock: Infinite – Finkton’s Baked Beans

Difficulty: 1 Heart

Ah, baked beans. The (apparent) staple of the student diet, and now also of the minority workers in Finkton’s Shanty-town. Frankly, it’s rather impressive the Vox Populi are starving at all what with the copious amount of food (and money) they seem to throw away in their bins… Starving or not, Booker DeWitt is a man on a mission who requires sustenance, and the slim pickings of a young girl’s shack are obviously fair game. Nom. Nom. Nom.

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Myst: Uru – D’Ni Mushroom Bread

The Myst series is possibly one of the greatest I have ever encountered, with Myst III: Exile being my personal favourite (it has Brad Dourif in it - automatic win). I’m a huge fan of puzzles, story and exploration, and Myst always satisfies on each of these levels. The cultural detail of the worlds you encounter through every game is outstanding; incredible minutae is written about in the multitude of books scattered throughout - including the mention of a mushroom spore bread from the Teledahn, or ‘Mushroom’, Age. A delicacy for the elite, spores were harvested so furiously to make the outstanding Mushroom Bread all resources dried up, and the age had to be abandoned.
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This recipe makes 2 loaves.
What you will need: A frying pan, a large mixing bowl, a sieve and cling film/saran wrap.
Ingredients:
2 Tablespoons Butter
250g / 3 Cups Wild Mushrooms (Finely Chopped)
½ Small White Onion (Finely Chopped)
1 Tablespoon Worcestershire or Soy Sauce
2 Tablespoons Dried Rosemary
1 Tablespoon Dried Parsley
1 Cup Warm Water
1 Sachet Dried Active Yeast (7g)
1 Tablespoon Natural Yoghurt
2 Tablespoons Honey
1 Teaspoon Salt
250g / 2½ Cups Strong White Flour
Making the D’ni Mushroom Bread:
Melt the butter on a medium heat in the frying pan. Add the onion and cook for 1 minute, before adding the mushrooms.
Sauté the mushroom and onion for several minutes before turning off the heat, and adding the Worcestershire sauce, rosemary and parsley. Stir well, then set aside to cool.
Add the yeast to the cup of warm water and allow to stand for several minutes. Meanwhile, sieve the flour and salt into a large bowl. Add the natural yoghurt and honey.
Pour the warm yeast and water into the flour along with the cooled mushrooms and mix well until a dough forms. Turn the dough out onto a well floured surface and knead with floured hands.
The dough will be incredibly sticky to begin with, so gradually add small amounts of flour until it begins to feel slightly more solid. After 10-15 minutes of kneading, place the dough in a clean bowl lightly greased with olive oil. Cover the bowl with cling film/saran wrap and set in a warm place to rise for an hour.
After an hour, the dough will have doubled. Knock the dough back and divide it into two portions. Gently knead the dough again into a neat round shape and place on a prepared baking tray. Leave the dough to rise again for 30-40 minutes.
Once the dough has risen again, preheat the oven to 200C/400F. Bake the bread on the middle rack for 20-25 minutes. Allow the D’ni Mushroom Bread to cool completely before serving.
I was seriously worried about making a bread like this, but I was incredibly impressed with myself afterwards! The D’ni Mushroom Bread is so wonderfully fragrant and soft, it would compliment any platter of meats, cheeses and chutneys or ideal with fresh soups.
If you’re curious about Myst, you can pick up the games from GOG.com, or wait for Jonathan Blow’s The Witness.
Like this? You might also enjoy the Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion – S’Jirra’s Famous Potato Bread.

Myst: Uru – D’Ni Mushroom Bread

Difficulty: 3 Hearts

The Myst series is possibly one of the greatest I have ever encountered, with Myst III: Exile being my personal favourite (it has Brad Dourif in it - automatic win). I’m a huge fan of puzzles, story and exploration, and Myst always satisfies on each of these levels. The cultural detail of the worlds you encounter through every game is outstanding; incredible minutae is written about in the multitude of books scattered throughout - including the mention of a mushroom spore bread from the Teledahn, or ‘Mushroom’, Age. A delicacy for the elite, spores were harvested so furiously to make the outstanding Mushroom Bread all resources dried up, and the age had to be abandoned.

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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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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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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

Difficulty: 3 Hearts

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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