Q&A

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.

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.
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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

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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Cybercandy.co.uk – D20 Sucker
I know what you&#8217;re thinking when you&#8217;re playing D&amp;D, &#8220;Man, those dice look super tasty!&#8221;, so here&#8217;s your chance to indulge your&#8230; fantasy. Lick for initiative.
This incredible red cherry lollipop is about the size of your fist, so it&#8217;s sure to keep you going through those lengthy adventures. Be the envy of fellow elf and man with your beautifully detailed and crafted D20 sucker.
Cybercandy is one of Gourmet Gaming’s favourite spots for unusual, geeky treats, and they have a wonderful range of Nintendo noms and gaming grub. Check them out!
http://www.cybercandy.co.uk/

Cybercandy.co.ukD20 Sucker

I know what you’re thinking when you’re playing D&D, “Man, those dice look super tasty!”, so here’s your chance to indulge your… fantasy. Lick for initiative.

This incredible red cherry lollipop is about the size of your fist, so it’s sure to keep you going through those lengthy adventures. Be the envy of fellow elf and man with your beautifully detailed and crafted D20 sucker.

Cybercandy is one of Gourmet Gaming’s favourite spots for unusual, geeky treats, and they have a wonderful range of Nintendo noms and gaming grub. Check them out!

http://www.cybercandy.co.uk/

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&#8217;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&#8217;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&#8217;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 &amp; 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 &amp; 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&#8217;t be put off by the idea of “volcanic seeds” - but you can kick it up a notch if, like me, it&#8217;s hardly a curry if your face isn&#8217;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&#8217;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&#8217;s Baked Beans

Ah, baked beans. The (apparent) staple of the student diet, and now also of the minority workers in Finkton&#8217;s Shanty-town. Frankly, it&#8217;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&#8230; Starving or not, Booker DeWitt is a man on a mission who requires sustenance, and the slim pickings of a young girl&#8217;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 &amp; Pepper
Making Finkton&#8217;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&#8217;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&#8217;s a wholesome, home-made flavour with this recipe; fresh yet comforting. Don&#8217;t be a Dimwit! Finkton&#8217;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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