The Sims - Autumn Salad

Gourmet Gaming has a long standing affection for The Sims. As a young teen with my cousin planning our amazing apartment we were going to live in and the parties we were going to throw (as if), to the creepier end of the spectrum of trying to figure out what my children may look like with the various people I may had considered future partners, and creating scale replicas of every home I’ve ever lived in (this is what you do when you study architecture for 4 years). I’ll admit to even being a Sims-Snob, looking down on those who remove ladders from pools or create doorless rooms. If there’s one food that’s been consistent across every incarnation of the games, it’s the Autumn Salad. Given the Autumnal launch date for The Sims 4, I think it’s only fitting we give a seasonal twist to the first post of September.
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This recipe serves 2-4.
What you will need: A griddle pan and a large bowl.
Ingredients:1 Aubergine1 Courgette/Zucchini2 Bell Peppers (Red, Yellow or Orange)Chicory1 Red Onion (Sliced)Piccolo Tomatoes on the VineTender Baby Salad LeavesBaby Gem LettuceFresh Herbs:
Coriander/Cilantro
Parsley
Chives
Salt & PepperOlive Oil
For the Salad Dressing:3 Tablespoons Olive Oil1 Tablespoon Wholegrain Mustard1 Tablespoon Honey1 Tablespoon White Wine VinegarSalt & Pepper
Making the Salad Dressing:
Combine the Olive Oil, Wholegrain Mustard, Honey and White Wine Vinegar, seasoning with Salt & Pepper to taste. Whisk the mixture until well combined.
Preparing the Vegetables:
Warm the griddle pan on a medium heat. Thinly slice the Aubergine, Courgette and Bell Peppers. Lightly coat the vegetables with a little olive oil.
Once the griddle pan is warm, lay the vegetables on the pan in an single layer - you may have to do this multiple times to grill all the vegetables depending on the size of your griddle pan. Grill both sides of the vegetables, flipping them once done.
Chop the Chicory into 4 wedges and lightly grill until seared.
Making the Autumn Salad:
In a large bowl, combine the Tender Baby Salad with the torn Baby Gem Lettuce. Add the grilled Aubergine, Courgette, Bell Peppers and Chicory.
Add the Piccolo Tomatoes and sliced Red Onion, as well as the Fresh Herbs. Pour the Dressing over the salad and mix well, or keep it on the side to add individually after serving.

This salad is full of flavour from the grilled vegetables, contrasted with the sharp herbs and sweet kick of the honey-mustard dressing. It can be eaten as a stand-alone meal, or portioned up to go alongside grilled chicken or halloumi. You can see why so many vegetarian Sims get the Warm Fuzzies after eating this classic dish.  
Like this? You might also enjoy The Sims - Goopy Carbonara.

The Sims - Autumn Salad

Gourmet Gaming Difficulty: 1 Heart

Gourmet Gaming has a long standing affection for The Sims. As a young teen with my cousin planning our amazing apartment we were going to live in and the parties we were going to throw (as if), to the creepier end of the spectrum of trying to figure out what my children may look like with the various people I may had considered future partners, and creating scale replicas of every home I’ve ever lived in (this is what you do when you study architecture for 4 years). I’ll admit to even being a Sims-Snob, looking down on those who remove ladders from pools or create doorless rooms. If there’s one food that’s been consistent across every incarnation of the games, it’s the Autumn Salad. Given the Autumnal launch date for The Sims 4, I think it’s only fitting we give a seasonal twist to the first post of September.

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Alan Wake – Dreamy Cherry Pie & Drowning in Darkness Coffee

I’m a long time David Lynch fan, and surprisingly Lynch is probably one the biggest influences on videogames, and in particular, the survival horror genre. I’ve waited almost 10 years for a definitive edition of Twin Peaks to be released, and now it’s finally available on Bluray. Coincidentally, being a David Lynch fan means being a fan of cherry pie, and damn fine coffee. Pie and coffee crop up as homage to Lynch in numerous survival horror games, but the most iconic for me is the Dreamy Cherry Pie available at Triple D’s Oh Deer Diner in Brightfalls, from the vastly underrated Alan Wake. Served with a blacker than black Drowning in Darkness Coffee, of course.
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This recipe serves 8.
What you will need: A 9-inch pie dish, a cherry pitter (or a small sharp knife) cling-film, a pastry brush, a grater, a large pan, a sieve, a mixing bowl and cling-film/saran-wrap.
For the Pastry:
350g / 2¾ Cups Plain Flour
1 Teaspoon Salt
30g / ⅛ Cups Light Brown Sugar
225g / 1⅛ Cups Unsalted Cold Butter
30-60ml / ⅛ -⅓ Cup Cold Water
1 Small Egg
1 Tablespoon Milk
Granulated Sugar
For the Filling:
1kg / 35oz. Fresh Cherries
100g / ½ Cup Caster/Superfine Sugar
Zest of 1 Lemon
1 Vanilla Pod
2 Tablespoons Cornflour
Juice of Half a Lemon
3 Tablespoons Ground Almonds
Making the Pastry:
In a large bowl sieve in the Flour, Salt, Sugar and mix. Cut the Butter into chunks and add them to the flour mixture. Rub the butter into the flour until it resembles crumbs.
Add the Water gradually and mix very gently until a smooth dough begins to form - you wont need all the liquid.
Lay some cling-film on your work surface and turn the pastry out onto it. Form the pastry into a ball, split it in half and then wrap each portion in some cling-film. Place in the fridge for an hour.
After an hour - lay a large piece of cling-film on a clean counter. Remove one of the pastry portions and place it in the middle of the sheet. Lay another equally sized piece of cling-film over the top and roll out the pastry (always roll pastry from the centre out) - using the cling-film like this will stop the dough from sticking to anything.
Once the desired size and an even thickness, remove the top layer of cling-film. Pick up the dough using the cling-film underneath and swiftly flip it over onto the pie dish - cover with cling film and return to the fridge to chill.
Do the same with the second piece of dough, but instead, once rolled out keep it covered with the cling film and transfer it to a flat baking tray and then pop it back in the fridge - this piece will be your pie crust.
Preparing the Filling:
Using a cherry pitter (or a knife and a lot of patience), remove the stones and stalks from the cherries. Transfer the pitted cherries to a large pan, and add the Caster Sugar, Lemon Zest, and Vanilla Pod.
On a medium-high heat, cook the cherries until softened and juices have appeared. Remove the vanilla pod. In a small bowl, combine the Lemon Juice and Cornflour until a paste is formed.
Add the cornflour mixture to the cherries and mix well. Preheat the oven to 175C/350F.
Making the Dreamy Cherry Pie:
Remove the preprepared and now chilled pie dish. Remove the cling-film and cover the base of the pastry with the Ground Almonds, then pour the cooked cherries into the dish.
Take the second rolled out piece of pastry, remove the cling-film, and place it over the cherries, covering the entire top of the pie. Trim any excess pastry, then pinch the pastry together along the sides to seal it.
Beat together the Small Egg and Milk, then use a pastry brush to wash the top of the pie. Sprinkle the top of the pie with a generous amount of Granulated Sugar, then bake the pie for 30-35 minutes in the preheated oven, until golden brown.
Once cooked, allow the pie to cool before serving with a large, black Drowning in Darkness Coffee.
Sweet yet slightly tart with a crunchy sugar crust, this is a pie worth stopping for. As well as coffee, a generous scoop of vanilla ice-cream also goes down well. When eating cherry pie and drinking coffee, I believe it’s customary to give thanks to Lynch for all the incredible games he has influenced – where would we be without Silent Hill (most notably the spectacular Silent Hill 2), Alan Wake, or the very game that inspired Gourmet Gaming, Deadly Premonition? The gaming world would be a little more guns, and a lot less surreal.
Like this? You might also enjoy the Silent Hill – Butter Cake.

Alan Wake – Dreamy Cherry Pie & Drowning in Darkness Coffee

Difficulty: 4 Hearts

I’m a long time David Lynch fan, and surprisingly Lynch is probably one the biggest influences on videogames, and in particular, the survival horror genre. I’ve waited almost 10 years for a definitive edition of Twin Peaks to be released, and now it’s finally available on Bluray. Coincidentally, being a David Lynch fan means being a fan of cherry pie, and damn fine coffee. Pie and coffee crop up as homage to Lynch in numerous survival horror games, but the most iconic for me is the Dreamy Cherry Pie available at Triple D’s Oh Deer Diner in Brightfalls, from the vastly underrated Alan Wake. Served with a blacker than black Drowning in Darkness Coffee, of course.

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The Legend of Zelda – Red Potion

I haven’t been feeling too well the past few days. I’ve been home from work, feeling restless and tired – you could say I feel a little empty. Lacking in something.It’s also impossibly hot at the moment, and heat and ills don’t go well together. So when thinking about what I could do to make myself feel better, I found myself seeking comfort. I wanted a potion that was a total cure-all – so who better to turn to than Link.This refreshing fruit juice smoothie is full of all that good stuff you need to help refill your hearts.
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This recipe serves 2.
What you will need: A blender.
Ingredients:
50g / ¾ Cup Frozen Raspberries
1 Tablespoon Chopped Fresh Ginger
1 Tablespoon Lemon Juice
250ml / 1 Cup Apple & Raspberry Juice
100ml / ½ Cup Coconut Water
1 Tablespoon Honey
Making the Red Potion:
Combine all the ingredients into a container and blend until smooth. Serve chilled.

I decided to make the Red Potion as an actually healthy drink because it made sense. While an alcoholic cocktail concoction can be fun – there’s nothing like drinking something that actually has restorative properties! So raise your bottle high above your head, and then drink! There’s a reason a Red Potion appears in every Zelda game.
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The Legend of Zelda – Red Potion

Gourmet Gaming Difficulty: 0.5 Hearts

I haven’t been feeling too well the past few days. I’ve been home from work, feeling restless and tired – you could say I feel a little empty. Lacking in something.
It’s also impossibly hot at the moment, and heat and ills don’t go well together. So when thinking about what I could do to make myself feel better, I found myself seeking comfort. I wanted a potion that was a total cure-all – so who better to turn to than Link.
This refreshing fruit juice smoothie is full of all that good stuff you need to help refill your hearts.

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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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Super Time Force - Cookie

HAVE YOU PLAYED SUPER TIME FORCE? IT’S SO AWESOME I CAN ONLY MAKE THIS POST IN CAPS TO TRY AND CONVEY JUST WHAT A FREAKING COOL GAME THIS IS.
TRAVELLING THROUGH TIME TO COMPLETE MISSIONS SET BY COLONAL REPEATSKI, HE REWARDS YOU WITH A TASTY COOKIE UPON YOUR SUCCESS. BECAUSE WHAT ELSE WOULD YOU WANT BUT A COOKIE. I JUST SAVED THE UNIVERSE, WHERE’S MY PEANUT BUTTER CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIE??? HERE IT IS PUT IT IN YOUR FACE.
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This recipe serves 18.
What you will need: 2 large mixing bowls, a sieve and a cookie sheet.
Ingredients:
125g / 1⅛ Cups Unsalted Butter
195g / 1 Cup Unrefined Muscovado Sugar (Billington’s)
1 Egg
1 Teaspoon Neilsen-Massey Vanilla Extract
195g / 1½ Cups Plain Flour (Allinson)
½ Teaspoon Baking Powder
½ Teaspoon Bicarbonate Soda / Baking Soda
300g / 1½ Cups Crunchy Peanut Butter
100g / 1 Cup Silver Spoon Milk Chocolate Chips
Baking the Cookies:
Preheat the oven to 170C/335F. In one bowl sieve in the Flour, Baking Powder and Bicarbonate Soda.
In the other bowl combine the Butter and Sugar and cream until pale and fluffy. Add the Egg and Vanilla Extract to the Butter and Sugar and mix well.
Add the Butter, Sugar, Egg and Vanilla mixture to the Flour in two batches. Mixing well after each addition.
Stir in the Peanut Butter until well combined, then fold in the Milk Chocolate Chips. Take tablespoon size balls of dough and space them well on the Cookie Sheet – they will spread when baking.
Place the cookies in the oven and bake for 12-16 minutes, until the tops have cracked and the edges are golden.

SUPER TIME FORCE SUPER FOOD TIME.
I love peanut butter. Sometimes I’ll allow myself to buy a jar of it, often a “whole nut” variety so I can justify it as a “healthy” purchase, in the knowledge I will likely just eat the whole jar within 2 days and make myself sick. Clearly the combo of peanut butter, chocolate and cookie is a winning super food force here. You know what I’m talking about. I don’t even need to sell this one to you. Reward yourself!
This recipe was adapted from the Peanut Butter and White Chocolate Chip Cookies recipe at BakingMad.com – a great resource for recipes and ideas for aspiring bakers of all levels.
Like this? You might also enjoy the EarthBound - Peanut Cheese Bar.

Super Time Force - Cookie

Difficulty: 1 Heart

HAVE YOU PLAYED SUPER TIME FORCE? IT’S SO AWESOME I CAN ONLY MAKE THIS POST IN CAPS TO TRY AND CONVEY JUST WHAT A FREAKING COOL GAME THIS IS.

TRAVELLING THROUGH TIME TO COMPLETE MISSIONS SET BY COLONAL REPEATSKI, HE REWARDS YOU WITH A TASTY COOKIE UPON YOUR SUCCESS. BECAUSE WHAT ELSE WOULD YOU WANT BUT A COOKIE. I JUST SAVED THE UNIVERSE, WHERE’S MY PEANUT BUTTER CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIE??? HERE IT IS PUT IT IN YOUR FACE.

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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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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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Easter Egg: Super Mario World - Yoshi Eggs

It’s Easter! I hope the Bunny was generous to you all, but just in case he wasn’t here’s a recipe for some cute Yoshi Egg chocolate pops.
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This recipe makes 14 Yoshi Egg pops.
What you will need: Two 7-egg shaped pop moulds, two small glass bowls, a metal spoon, 15 lollipop sticks, and a small saucepan.
Ingredients:
Green Chocolate Colouring
230g / 8 oz. White Chocolate (Finely chopped)
Preparing the Egg Moulds:
Place 30g / 1 oz. of the white chocolate in one of the bowls. Fill the saucepan with a small amount of water, and place the bowl over the saucepan.
Put the saucepan on a medium heat and bring the water to a simmer, slowly melt the chocolate. Once melted, add the green chocolate colouring to achieve the desired shade, mix well.
Using one of the lollipop sticks, dip it into the green chocolate. Using the lollipop stick like a paintbrush, create the three iconic spots on the inside of each egg mould. Remember the green spot pattern will be reversed on the mould!
Once each of the egg moulds have their spots, place them in the fridge to chill until set.
Making the Yoshi Eggs:
Meanwhile, use the same technique to melt the remainder of the white chocolate. Once the green spots are set, take the moulds from the fridge.
Using a small metal spoon, fill each of the egg moulds with some melted white chocolate. Place a lollipop stick so that it comes halfway up the egg onto the melted chocolate, rotate it so that it’s firmly coated.
Once each of the egg moulds are filled, gently tap the mould on a surface to knock out any air bubbles. Place the moulds in the fridge to chill until set.

Though incredibly simple to make with a little patience, these Yoshi Egg chocolate pops are adorable. Experiment by adding nuts, sprinkles or mini marshmallows to the chocolate for an additional touch.
Like this? You might also enjoy the Yoshi’s Cookie - Yoshi Cookies.

Easter Egg: Super Mario World - Yoshi Eggs

Difficulty: 2 Hearts

It’s Easter! I hope the Bunny was generous to you all, but just in case he wasn’t here’s a recipe for some cute Yoshi Egg chocolate pops.

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The Cave: Magnifico the Magnificent’s Invisible Cupcake

On its release several weeks ago, I was completely addicted to the wonderful little puzzle game that is The Cave. On my first adventure through its murky depths, I took with me The Adventurer, The Time Traveller and The Monk. The moment I had to travel back in time to block some dripping water to prevent a stalactite being formed in the present… ! I was sold. One of the more darker tales was that of The Hillbilly; a story of love and loss at the carnival, from whence our magical cupcake appears.
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This recipe makes 16 cupcakes.
What you will need: A muffin tray, brown cupcake cases, 3 mixing bowls, a whisk, a piping bag and a large nozzle.
For the Chocolate Cupcakes:
150g / ¾ Cup Butter (Room Temperature)
50ml / ¼ Cup Vegetable Oil
400g / 1½ Cups Caster/Superfine Sugar
3 Large Eggs (Room Temperature)
2 Teaspoons Vanilla Extract
200g / 1¾ Cups Flour
125g / 1 Cup High Quality Cocoa Powder
1 Teaspoon Baking Powder
¼ Teaspoon Baking/Bicarbonate Soda
Pinch of Salt
225ml / 1 Cup Milk
For the Strawberry Frosting:
110g / ½ Cup Butter (Room Temperature)
450g / 2 Cups Strawberry Flavoured Icing/Confectioners Sugar
2-3 Tablespoons Milk
To Garnish:
Strawberry Sauce
Edible Glitter
Red Maraschino Cherries
Making the Chocolate Cupcakes:
Line the muffin tray with the cupcake cases, and preheat the oven to 175C/350F.
In a large bowl, beat together the butter, vegetable oil and butter together until pale and smooth. Add the eggs one at a time, mixing well between each one, then add the vanilla extract.
In a separate bowl, add the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking/bicarbonate soda and salt. Add half of the flour mixture to the butter, and stir in. Next and half the milk and stir again. Repeat with the rest of the flour, follow by the milk until gently combined.
Fill the cupcake cases, and bake the cupcakes in the preheated oven for 20-25 minutes. Until firm, but springy to the touch. Once baked, leave the cupcakes to cool completely.
Making the Strawberry Frosting:
In a large bowl, beat the butter until pale. Gradually add the strawberry flavoured icing/confectioners sugar while continuing to beat. Add a few tablespoons of milk as needed to thin the frosting to the desired consistency.
Garnishing Magnifico the Magnificent’s Invisible Cupcake:
Fill a piping bag fitted with a large nozzle with the strawberry frosting. Pipe a large swirl on top of the cupcake. Garnish with a drizzle of strawberry sauce, a sprinkle of edible glitter and a cherry on top.
Put the cupcake into your mouth and… tah-dah! Invisible! And yet the weight still counts - Magic!

If there’s one thing you should get more of at carnivals, beyond the hot-dogs and candy-floss, it’s cupcakes. Maybe that should be “cup-cakes” and it would be accepted among the other hyphenated foods… Chocolatey and delicious, there has never been such a thing as a disappointing cupcake. I only wish they were actually invisible, so then I could eat as many as I liked and no one would realise what a piggy I was being. I would simply appear to be yawning.
Gourmet Gaming is saddened to hear of Ron Gilbert’s recent departure from Double Fine, but look forward to the games he may make in the future.
Like this? You might also enjoy the Costume Quest - Mossy Log.

The Cave: Magnifico the Magnificent’s Invisible Cupcake

Difficulty: 3 Hearts

On its release several weeks ago, I was completely addicted to the wonderful little puzzle game that is The Cave. On my first adventure through its murky depths, I took with me The Adventurer, The Time Traveller and The Monk. The moment I had to travel back in time to block some dripping water to prevent a stalactite being formed in the present… ! I was sold. One of the more darker tales was that of The Hillbilly; a story of love and loss at the carnival, from whence our magical cupcake appears.

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