Day 1 - Thursday
Breakfast: Egg, Bean & Mushroom Hotpot, Chocolate Croissant, Latte @ EAT
An early morning flight on 3 hours sleep called for a warm breakfast followed by breakfast dessert of a chocolate croissant and a latte. I was worried about when I’d next get to eat so I loaded up. I made a mess of the croissant as usual, creating a rain of pastry. I contemplated picking up the lost flakes of pastry off the table, but thought better of it. I regretted the decision the moment I got on the plane.
Snack: Nuts
Rounding up everyone for lunch was like herding cats. I resorted to some nuts I had brought with me for such a situation. It stopped me from eating my own hand, which I obviously needed for a weekend of gaming.
Lunch: Veggie Burger & Fries @ Nando’s
A few weeks ago I made my first ever trip to a Nando’s, I didn’t even think they provided anything but chicken but it turns out they have a pretty good vegetarian selection. I ordered the medium veggie burger with fries. When the dish arrived, and the waitress called it out, the words “that’s not chicken” were loudly announced by a member of our table. The restaurant turned to stare at the vegetarian, like I was there to rescue all the chickens from their mouths. Insensitive comments about my dietary choices were made. The burger was good.
Dinner: Nothing
I was impossibly full from a late lunch and then standing. While everyone else opted for a pub dinner, including a bowl of mashed potato formed into a phallus, I was suddenly pleased I’d decided not to eat. On our way to the pub I did see the world’s smallest bunch of bananas in a grocers, and this delighted me greatly. So much so I made a Cards Against Humanity card about them.
Day 2 - Friday
Breakfast: Muesli
The Kensington flat we rented for the weekend provided free cereal. I usually eat granola every day, so muesli seemed like a good replacement. There were a lot of flame raisins and chewing them made my jaw sore.
Lunch: Veggie Burger & Fries @ Byron Burger
Are you noticing a trend? I could happily eat burger and fries every day, and I almost got away with it too. Byron is a beautiful proper burger joint, and their veggie option was a classic portabello mushroom and goats cheese offering. Their fries were exceedingly good. Lunch was almost a write off when we discovered they were out of onion rings, but we survived. The owner sat at our table to split our bill for us when we were taking too long. It was a weird experience. But I forgave him as a provider of tasty burgers.
Snack: Skittles
I had a sudden desire for Skittles. D needed bandaids for his finger so we went to Boots. People questioned whether or not Boots, a pharmacy, would have Skittles. “Of course they will”, I said, “they’re a health food.”
Boots had Skittles. I refused to share. And mourned when I dropped a precious red one in the line for Alien: Isolation.
Dinner: Soft-shell Crab, Grilled Prawns, Thai Green Curry, Steamed Rice and Iced Black Tea with Lemon @ Addie’s Thai
Firstly, my iced tea was delicious. Everyone else foolishly opted for beer, and conversation swiftly moved to moon cups where we destroyed the dining experience for everyone within ear-shot. After D’s failed attempt to get everyone to share a selection of dishes, myself and D chose 3 dishes to share between us. We cannot go to a restaurant that has soft-shell crab and not order the soft-shell crab, which was in the most amazing dry onion and curry sauce. The grilled prawns were butterflied and cooked to perfection, while the green curry was sweet and fragrant. It was genuinely some of the best Thai I’d ever had, and I’m glad I squeezed it in.
Day 3 - Saturday
Breakfast: Muesli
A creature of habit, I opted for muesli again. The same chewing occurred. I thought about pastries and was sad I didn’t have a coffee the size of my head. I thought about the Thai from the night before.
Lunch: Foxe’s Fruit Glacier, Roasted Carrot & Fennel, Feta Wrap with Harissa Hummus @ Crussh
Originally, I was told it would be at least another hour until lunch. We played Olli Olli 2 and I decided to eat my last Foxe’s fruit glacier I had pocketed which came with our bill from the meal at Addie’s Thai. Within 5 minutes the plan changed and everyone decided to go to the Pizza Express in Earl’s Court “as per tradition”. I saved my fruit glacier for later. Everything at Pizza Express had meat on it, and I can’t really eat too much cheese so I wandered to Crussh which had a surprising selection of lovely fresh foods not swimming in grease. I went for the carrot and feta wrap, and returned to Pizza Express where I sneaked my lunch in to sit with my friends. I ate my wrap and attracted guilty stares from pizza munchers. Everyone got dough balls, and I thought about the time I ate 20 dough balls, a pizza, and a slice of double chocolate cake on my first Pizza Express trip as a child, after which we went to see Independence Day and I was scared of the Aliens and the sheer amount of dough I had consumed only added to the horror.
I ate the rest of my fruit glacier for dessert.
Dinner: Innocent Veg Pot Rendang Noodles with Prawns, Coconut Macaroons, Nakd Cocoa Bits
It was decided that due to the fact we were going to the EGX afterparty at Namco Funscape that we should pick something quick up at the Tesco for dinner and eat at home. Myself and D went light with an Innocent veg noodle pot and added some prawns, D got chocolate eclairs for dessert and out of jealously and desperation I finally settled on some chocolate coconut macaroons and Nakd cocoa bits which were on offer. When we got home, food didn’t happen right away so I ate most of the Nakd cocoa bits to keep my ‘hanger’ at bay. Eventually I caved and cooked the noodles as I became too hungry. I ate alone before everyone else. I had a chocolate coconut macaroon and a cup of tea after, and decided that wasn’t the best dessert. I envied the chocolate eclair even more.
Day 4 - Sunday
Breakfast: Porridge and Latte @ Starbuck’s
After attending EGX in the morning, and by attending I mean waiting on the sofas by DOTA, or the “Dofas” as they became known, for the others to arrive, the queues were just too big and we had afternoon plans. We decided to leave and find breakfast. It was surprising how small and obviously packed all the cafes were along Earl’s Court so we had to resort to a Starbucks. I was left with the only option of porridge and a latte, which was rather decent though I somehow managed to get honey all down my t-shirt and had to change in the disabled bathroom. 

Day 1 - Thursday

Breakfast: Egg, Bean & Mushroom Hotpot, Chocolate Croissant, Latte @ EAT

An early morning flight on 3 hours sleep called for a warm breakfast followed by breakfast dessert of a chocolate croissant and a latte. I was worried about when I’d next get to eat so I loaded up. I made a mess of the croissant as usual, creating a rain of pastry. I contemplated picking up the lost flakes of pastry off the table, but thought better of it. I regretted the decision the moment I got on the plane.

Snack: Nuts

Rounding up everyone for lunch was like herding cats. I resorted to some nuts I had brought with me for such a situation. It stopped me from eating my own hand, which I obviously needed for a weekend of gaming.

Lunch: Veggie Burger & Fries @ Nando’s

A few weeks ago I made my first ever trip to a Nando’s, I didn’t even think they provided anything but chicken but it turns out they have a pretty good vegetarian selection. I ordered the medium veggie burger with fries. When the dish arrived, and the waitress called it out, the words “that’s not chicken” were loudly announced by a member of our table. The restaurant turned to stare at the vegetarian, like I was there to rescue all the chickens from their mouths. Insensitive comments about my dietary choices were made. The burger was good.

Dinner: Nothing

I was impossibly full from a late lunch and then standing. While everyone else opted for a pub dinner, including a bowl of mashed potato formed into a phallus, I was suddenly pleased I’d decided not to eat. On our way to the pub I did see the world’s smallest bunch of bananas in a grocers, and this delighted me greatly. So much so I made a Cards Against Humanity card about them.

Day 2 - Friday

Breakfast: Muesli

The Kensington flat we rented for the weekend provided free cereal. I usually eat granola every day, so muesli seemed like a good replacement. There were a lot of flame raisins and chewing them made my jaw sore.

Lunch: Veggie Burger & Fries @ Byron Burger

Are you noticing a trend? I could happily eat burger and fries every day, and I almost got away with it too. Byron is a beautiful proper burger joint, and their veggie option was a classic portabello mushroom and goats cheese offering. Their fries were exceedingly good. Lunch was almost a write off when we discovered they were out of onion rings, but we survived. The owner sat at our table to split our bill for us when we were taking too long. It was a weird experience. But I forgave him as a provider of tasty burgers.

Snack: Skittles

I had a sudden desire for Skittles. D needed bandaids for his finger so we went to Boots. People questioned whether or not Boots, a pharmacy, would have Skittles. “Of course they will”, I said, “they’re a health food.”

Boots had Skittles. I refused to share. And mourned when I dropped a precious red one in the line for Alien: Isolation.

Dinner: Soft-shell Crab, Grilled Prawns, Thai Green Curry, Steamed Rice and Iced Black Tea with Lemon @ Addie’s Thai

Firstly, my iced tea was delicious. Everyone else foolishly opted for beer, and conversation swiftly moved to moon cups where we destroyed the dining experience for everyone within ear-shot. After D’s failed attempt to get everyone to share a selection of dishes, myself and D chose 3 dishes to share between us. We cannot go to a restaurant that has soft-shell crab and not order the soft-shell crab, which was in the most amazing dry onion and curry sauce. The grilled prawns were butterflied and cooked to perfection, while the green curry was sweet and fragrant. It was genuinely some of the best Thai I’d ever had, and I’m glad I squeezed it in.

Day 3 - Saturday

Breakfast: Muesli

A creature of habit, I opted for muesli again. The same chewing occurred. I thought about pastries and was sad I didn’t have a coffee the size of my head. I thought about the Thai from the night before.

Lunch: Foxe’s Fruit Glacier, Roasted Carrot & Fennel, Feta Wrap with Harissa Hummus @ Crussh

Originally, I was told it would be at least another hour until lunch. We played Olli Olli 2 and I decided to eat my last Foxe’s fruit glacier I had pocketed which came with our bill from the meal at Addie’s Thai. Within 5 minutes the plan changed and everyone decided to go to the Pizza Express in Earl’s Court “as per tradition”. I saved my fruit glacier for later. Everything at Pizza Express had meat on it, and I can’t really eat too much cheese so I wandered to Crussh which had a surprising selection of lovely fresh foods not swimming in grease. I went for the carrot and feta wrap, and returned to Pizza Express where I sneaked my lunch in to sit with my friends. I ate my wrap and attracted guilty stares from pizza munchers. Everyone got dough balls, and I thought about the time I ate 20 dough balls, a pizza, and a slice of double chocolate cake on my first Pizza Express trip as a child, after which we went to see Independence Day and I was scared of the Aliens and the sheer amount of dough I had consumed only added to the horror.

I ate the rest of my fruit glacier for dessert.

Dinner: Innocent Veg Pot Rendang Noodles with Prawns, Coconut Macaroons, Nakd Cocoa Bits

It was decided that due to the fact we were going to the EGX afterparty at Namco Funscape that we should pick something quick up at the Tesco for dinner and eat at home. Myself and D went light with an Innocent veg noodle pot and added some prawns, D got chocolate eclairs for dessert and out of jealously and desperation I finally settled on some chocolate coconut macaroons and Nakd cocoa bits which were on offer. When we got home, food didn’t happen right away so I ate most of the Nakd cocoa bits to keep my ‘hanger’ at bay. Eventually I caved and cooked the noodles as I became too hungry. I ate alone before everyone else. I had a chocolate coconut macaroon and a cup of tea after, and decided that wasn’t the best dessert. I envied the chocolate eclair even more.

Day 4 - Sunday

Breakfast: Porridge and Latte @ Starbuck’s

After attending EGX in the morning, and by attending I mean waiting on the sofas by DOTA, or the “Dofas” as they became known, for the others to arrive, the queues were just too big and we had afternoon plans. We decided to leave and find breakfast. It was surprising how small and obviously packed all the cafes were along Earl’s Court so we had to resort to a Starbucks. I was left with the only option of porridge and a latte, which was rather decent though I somehow managed to get honey all down my t-shirt and had to change in the disabled bathroom. 

The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask - Chateau Romani

In the very early, naive days of Gourmet Gaming I created a less than inspired Lon-Lon Milk cocktail which prompted my very first wave of complaints. “Lon-Lon Milk is just milk!”, “Alcoholic milk is Chateau Romani!” you all cried, and I listened. My limited Zelda knowledge (as far as I’m concerned the best Zelda game is Link’s Awakening) and my desire for a milky drink for my party left me embarrassed among my peers, so I thought it was about time I set things straight. Milky, nutty, spiced, sweet and sharp, this Chateau Romani is sure to restore all your hearts and boost your magic, so get your Rupees ready.
Chateau Romani label by txuspeKH on DeviantArt - I was going to make my own but this one was perfect already!
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This recipe serves 2.
What you will need: A cocktail shaker, a fine grater.
Ingredients:
200ml/6.5 fl oz. Sweetened Almond Milk
100ml/3.5 fl oz. Milk
30ml/1 fl oz. Fresh Espresso
35ml/1.2 fl oz. Amaretto 
30ml/1 fl oz. Morgan Spiced Rum
30ml/1 fl oz. Licor 43 - Cuarenta Y Tres
30ml/1 fl oz. Sugar Syrup
35ml/1.2 fl oz. Fresh Cream
Whole Nutmeg
Ice
Making the Chateau Romani:
Combine all the ingredients in a cocktail shaker with the Ice and shake well until chilled. 
Strain the drink into a jar and garnish with some freshly grated nutmeg.

"It seems that drinking Chateau Romani makes your magic power last for three days…"Proof of Membership is required for this incredibly alcoholic yet seemingly innocent tasting vintage milk - I can assure you the properties of this interpretation are also potent. The combination of sweet and spiced liquors gives this chilled drink a warming kick. I like to think of it as a Romani Ranch White Russian.
Like this? You might also enjoy The Legend of Zelda - Red Potion.

The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask - Chateau Romani

Gourmet Gaming Difficulty: 1 Heart

In the very early, naive days of Gourmet Gaming I created a less than inspired Lon-Lon Milk cocktail which prompted my very first wave of complaints. “Lon-Lon Milk is just milk!”, “Alcoholic milk is Chateau Romani!” you all cried, and I listened. My limited Zelda knowledge (as far as I’m concerned the best Zelda game is Link’s Awakening) and my desire for a milky drink for my party left me embarrassed among my peers, so I thought it was about time I set things straight. Milky, nutty, spiced, sweet and sharp, this Chateau Romani is sure to restore all your hearts and boost your magic, so get your Rupees ready.

Chateau Romani label by txuspeKH on DeviantArt - I was going to make my own but this one was perfect already!

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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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Thank you to everyone who sent in a questions, I’ve tried my best to answer them and I hope you find it interesting! It’s always a pleasure talking with each of you.
There will be no recipe this week as I’m away on my first summer holiday in over 10 years - so the next update will be on my return at the start of August.I’ll also be attending and covering the Edinburgh Foodies Festival in August, and then I’ll be in London for EGX in September. Maybe I’ll meet some of you there!
Don’t forget, you can always follow Gourmet Gaming on Twitter or Facebook to keep up to date with my travels and happenings - there’s often tasty food pictures!
Max Reyes asked:
Tell us a little bit about the chef behind the blog!
My name is Daniella and I am a 26 year old female. I’m originally from Ireland, but I swiftly escaped and moved to London in my late teens where I studied Illustration. I soon moved to Edinburgh, where I currently live, and have worked as a digital designer and in the games industry on several big projects you might have played. I have no formal cookery training, other than an Italian mom (standard). Games have been in my life for as long as I can remember, and so has eating - I used to be pretty chubby in my younger years. I had a nap one day and dreamed of this blog, so I made it, and now you are reading this because 50,000 people decided the blog was pretty cool too. Thanks!
Clayton Foster asked:
What’s your favorite recipe of yours to make?
I pretty much learned to cook as I made things for the blog - so I regularly make quite a few of the recipes, such as Lava Cookies, Koopasta, Mac’n’Cheese and Pizza. My Portal Cake 2.0 which was my birthday cake this year is the tastiest thing I’ve eaten in a long time.
Sarah Smith asked:
What game food do you absolutely refuse to make?
I feel like making anything from Cooking Mama would be cheating! But apart from that, nothing is off limits. Not even a Slowpoke tail…
David Anderson asked:
What’s your favourite colour?
It’s probably a nice Peacock Blue or French Grey.
thatdarnrabbit asked:
What is your favorite recipe to make on a rainy day?
If it’s raining and cold, I will likely want carbs and or cheese - so I’ll usually load up on Mac’n’Cheese (one of my all time favourite foods). It should be known that I hate rain more than anything else in the world ever. Especially Edinburgh rain because it is relentless. Rain calls for anything that may possibly cancel the bad mood it brings on.
Markatansky asked:
Are there any game dishes you wish you could make but can’t because they’re not humanly possible?
There are some game dishes which are obviously harder to recreate than others, but as I learn more and more dishes seem possible. I don’t think any would be impossible. Impossible isn’t usually a word I believe it.
Anonymus asked:
Favorite childhood videogame?
My favourite game when I was kid was Mickey’s Castle of Illusion followed closely by World of Illusion on the Sega Megadrive. It was the first game I ever completed age 6 or 7, and I repeatedly played both of them. It was awesome to play the remastered version on Xbox 360, it was like reliving my childhood how I imagined it - which to be honest is the perk of HD versions or remasters of older games on newer systems.
beatcreep asked:
Whats your favorite type of cuisine to make/eat?
That’s a very difficult one because I love all food all the time, but I do like to stick to a theme when I’m making a meal. I’ve grown up with Italian food, so that comforts me the most I think. I’m weirdly quite good at cooking Asian cuisine too. Burgers. And fries. If it’s fried, I will eat it. Fried. Fried is my favourite type of cuisine to eat. It totally counts as a cuisine.

unknowableunknown asked:




What’s one food/drink you’ve tried really hard to make but just couldn’t get right? Did you ever figure it out? How did you deal with the frustration of repeated failure?

There are a lot of foods I’ve tried and failed to make, often at the last minute (funny that…) Some, I’ve figured out over time, by rethinking the process and learning from what failed. Some foods I just can’t seem to ever get right - like the Boiled Creme Tart from Skyrim. It can be very, very disheartening and depressing - as with all failure. But how you deal with failure is what’s important, not whether or not you’ve failed. I just refuse to give up, take a step back, and try again later.

Thank you to everyone who sent in a questions, I’ve tried my best to answer them and I hope you find it interesting! It’s always a pleasure talking with each of you.

There will be no recipe this week as I’m away on my first summer holiday in over 10 years - so the next update will be on my return at the start of August.
I’ll also be attending and covering the Edinburgh Foodies Festival in August, and then I’ll be in London for EGX in September. Maybe I’ll meet some of you there!

Don’t forget, you can always follow Gourmet Gaming on Twitter or Facebook to keep up to date with my travels and happenings - there’s often tasty food pictures!

Max Reyes asked:

Tell us a little bit about the chef behind the blog!

My name is Daniella and I am a 26 year old female. I’m originally from Ireland, but I swiftly escaped and moved to London in my late teens where I studied Illustration. I soon moved to Edinburgh, where I currently live, and have worked as a digital designer and in the games industry on several big projects you might have played. I have no formal cookery training, other than an Italian mom (standard). Games have been in my life for as long as I can remember, and so has eating - I used to be pretty chubby in my younger years. I had a nap one day and dreamed of this blog, so I made it, and now you are reading this because 50,000 people decided the blog was pretty cool too. Thanks!

Clayton Foster asked:

What’s your favorite recipe of yours to make?

I pretty much learned to cook as I made things for the blog - so I regularly make quite a few of the recipes, such as Lava CookiesKoopastaMac’n’Cheese and Pizza. My Portal Cake 2.0 which was my birthday cake this year is the tastiest thing I’ve eaten in a long time.

Sarah Smith asked:

What game food do you absolutely refuse to make?

I feel like making anything from Cooking Mama would be cheating! But apart from that, nothing is off limits. Not even a Slowpoke tail…

David Anderson asked:

What’s your favourite colour?

It’s probably a nice Peacock Blue or French Grey.

thatdarnrabbit asked:

What is your favorite recipe to make on a rainy day?

If it’s raining and cold, I will likely want carbs and or cheese - so I’ll usually load up on Mac’n’Cheese (one of my all time favourite foods). It should be known that I hate rain more than anything else in the world ever. Especially Edinburgh rain because it is relentless. Rain calls for anything that may possibly cancel the bad mood it brings on.

Markatansky asked:

Are there any game dishes you wish you could make but can’t because they’re not humanly possible?

There are some game dishes which are obviously harder to recreate than others, but as I learn more and more dishes seem possible. I don’t think any would be impossible. Impossible isn’t usually a word I believe it.

Anonymus asked:

Favorite childhood videogame?

My favourite game when I was kid was Mickey’s Castle of Illusion followed closely by World of Illusion on the Sega Megadrive. It was the first game I ever completed age 6 or 7, and I repeatedly played both of them. It was awesome to play the remastered version on Xbox 360, it was like reliving my childhood how I imagined it - which to be honest is the perk of HD versions or remasters of older games on newer systems.

beatcreep asked:

Whats your favorite type of cuisine to make/eat?

That’s a very difficult one because I love all food all the time, but I do like to stick to a theme when I’m making a meal. I’ve grown up with Italian food, so that comforts me the most I think. I’m weirdly quite good at cooking Asian cuisine too. Burgers. And fries. If it’s fried, I will eat it. Fried. Fried is my favourite type of cuisine to eat. It totally counts as a cuisine.

What’s one food/drink you’ve tried really hard to make but just couldn’t get right? Did you ever figure it out? How did you deal with the frustration of repeated failure?
There are a lot of foods I’ve tried and failed to make, often at the last minute (funny that…) Some, I’ve figured out over time, by rethinking the process and learning from what failed. Some foods I just can’t seem to ever get right - like the Boiled Creme Tart from Skyrim. It can be very, very disheartening and depressing - as with all failure. But how you deal with failure is what’s important, not whether or not you’ve failed. I just refuse to give up, take a step back, and try again later.
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.
Like this? You might also enjoy the Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess - Yeto’s Soup.

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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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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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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After a very difficult few months, Gourmet Gaming will shortly be making its triumphant return for 2014!
So tell your friends, send in your requests and watch this space.
<3

After a very difficult few months, Gourmet Gaming will shortly be making its triumphant return for 2014!

So tell your friends, send in your requests and watch this space.

<3

Professor Layton and the Diabolical Box - Belle Classic Tea

Since moving to the UK several years ago the amount of tea I drink on a daily basis has drastically increased. I can only imagine this tea increase will eventually allow me to genuinely become British, as is only the way one gains citizenship. Professor Hershel Layton, along with other intelligent folk such as Captain Jean-Luc Picard, understand the importance of a good cup of tea. While not a traditional English Breakfast or Darjeeling, Layton&#8217;s favourite tea is a cup of Belle Classic, a bitter drink comprised of Oasis Leaf, Brisk Berry and Belle Tart Seed. Tea, like a puzzle, is a delicate process that requires both time and patience.
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This recipe serves 1.
What you will need: A tea infuser.
Ingredients:
Loose Tea:
Darjeeling Earl Grey
Lemongrass
Super Fruit Berry
A Slice of Lemon
Freshly Boiled Water
Brewing the Belle Classic:
Fill your infuser with 1 part Darjeeling Earl Grey, 1 part Super Fruit Berry and 1 part Lemongrass. Place the infuser in a cup of fresh boiled water, cover, and allow to brew for 3 minutes.
Place a slice of lemon into the tea, and allow to cool slightly before drinking.
A delightful shade of red, the Belle Classic is smooth and slightly bitter with a sweet undertone. It&#8217;s very refreshing and calming, perfect for winding down and feeling reinvigorated. It&#8217;s no mystery as to why the Belle Classic is Layton&#8217;s favourite.
Gourmet Gaming likes to order loose tea from teapigs.co.uk
Like this? You might also enjoy the Animal Crossing – Brewster&#8217;s Pigeon Blend.

Professor Layton and the Diabolical Box - Belle Classic Tea

Difficulty: 1/2 Heart

Since moving to the UK several years ago the amount of tea I drink on a daily basis has drastically increased. I can only imagine this tea increase will eventually allow me to genuinely become British, as is only the way one gains citizenship. Professor Hershel Layton, along with other intelligent folk such as Captain Jean-Luc Picard, understand the importance of a good cup of tea. While not a traditional English Breakfast or Darjeeling, Layton’s favourite tea is a cup of Belle Classic, a bitter drink comprised of Oasis Leaf, Brisk Berry and Belle Tart Seed. Tea, like a puzzle, is a delicate process that requires both time and patience.

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