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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Edinburgh Foodies Festival 2014

Foodies Festival, the UK’s largest celebration of food & drink, returns home to Edinburgh this weekend for its biggest festival yet, transforming Inverleith Park into a culinary paradise filled with Scotland’s finest produce, street food, and culinary masters.

Having started as a small event in Edinburgh eight years ago the festival has now grown into Scotland’s most loved food and drink event, with over 200 artisan producers, pop-up restaurants, international street food and Scotland’s culinary maestros for visitors to tuck into.”

Weather isn’t the kindest in Edinburgh, and one might think trying to hold an outdoor food festival, even in the month of August, is a risk – and indeed it is. Summer is a day on, day off affair in Scotland, with one day of blissful sunshine being followed by a day of torrential rain, followed by a day of sunshine and so the pattern goes. Fortunately for us, Saturday was a day of sunshine. And as indicated by the rather epic queues on arrival, we thought we’d venture out to find our lunch at the Foodies Festival.

Our first stop saw us tuck into some grilled halloumi and hummus ciabatta as well as barbequed racks (and I mean racks) of beef and lamb. One man left with a plate of neolithic proportions that resembled a meal Fred Flintstone might have enjoyed.

Searching for something sweet, we turned to homemade marshmallows from Tipsy Mallows, with a peanut-butter and chocolate creation, as well as local artisan (and Stay Puft fan) The Marshmallow Lady for her Oreo cookie delights.

Jugs of Pimm’s were the order of an unexpectedly sunny afternoon, despite my jealously at those wandering around with coconuts adorned with straws and cocktail umbrellas.

Lavazza handed out bags of the most adorable tiny samples of their amazing coffee (as an Italian, I put nothing else in my espresso maker) and we received bags of Walker’s new Market Deli range of gourmet crisps.

We also brought home a collection of Kwan’s Chinese seasonings and sauces, a regular stop on the Foodie Festival visit and local staple of our kitchen cupboard.

Our final stop was at Heavenly Ice-Cream where I had a scoop of Equi’s ’Belgian chocolate’ (obviously) and ‘cherry Maria’. I managed to steal a taste of the most chocolate chip laden ‘mint choc-chip’ I’ve ever seen too. 
Inedible treats included an adorable puppy in a bag.

Having somehow never been to a food festival before, it was an incredible feast of foods from all cultures and kinds, with an answer for whatever you fancy. Local and international brands brought together for a delicious day of discovery, I’ll definitely be back.

The Foodies Festival also offers masterclasses and presentations by famous chefs as well as a VIP treatment. If you’re in the United Kingdom, the next stops are at Battersea Park and Oxford South Parks

Portal – The Cake 2.0

It was my birthday on Tuesday and I wanted to bake myself a pretty special cake – but I was at a loss as to which one. I asked the community on Facebook and Twitter what video game cake was their favourite, and the response was naturally a resounding “The Cake is a Lie”. Although this was my first recipe on Gourmet Gaming, I felt perhaps it was apt to revisit it and see how far I’ve come since the blog started, especially since I hit 50,000 Tumblr followers last week.Oh, so many rookie mistakes! Why was the original cake chocolate – it’s obviously black forest (coincidentally, also my favourite)! So, as a gift to both myself and all of you, please enjoy this updated recipe for Portal Cake - forever sans fish shaped garnishes.
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This recipe serves 10-15 (or 1).
What you will need: Three 8-inch round sandwich tins, greaseproof paper/baking parchment, 1 large mixing bowl, 1 small bowl, a whisk, a small pot, a piping bag and nozzle, a knife or grater and a spatula.
Ingredients:
175g / 1¾ Cups Butter
75g / ¾ Cup Dark Chocolate
200g / 7oz Whole Milk
1 Teaspoon Lemon Juice
300g / 2⅓ Cups Plain Flour
375g / 1¾ Cups Golden Caster Sugar
25g / ¼ Cup Cocoa Powder
1 Teaspoon Bicarbonate/Baking Soda
100ml / ½ Cup Espresso
Salt
2 Eggs
For the Filling:
1 Can (425g / 15oz ) Cherries (Drained)
4 Tablespoons Black Cherry Conserve
2 Tablespoons Kirsch (or Cherry Juice)
500ml / 2¼ Cups Double/Heavy Cream
5 Tablespoons Icing/Confectioners Sugar
For the Decoration:
100g / 3.5 oz Dark Chocolate Bar
8 Cherries
1 White Birthday Candle
Baking the Cake:
Grease the Sandwich Tins with a little butter and line with the Greaseproof Paper/Baking Parchment. Preheat the oven to 160C/320F. Melt the 75g Dark Chocolate and Butter together over a bain-marie.
Add the Lemon Juice to the Whole Milk and set aside for 10 minutes. Combine the Flour, Golden Caster Sugar, Cocoa Powder, Bicarbonate Soda and a pinch of Salt together in a large mixing bowl.
After 10 minutes, whisk the Eggs and Whole Milk together, then add the Chocolate and Butter, mixing until well combined.
Add this mixture to the dry ingredients. Add the Espresso and mix well until smooth. Divide the cake mixture evenly between the three prepared Sandwich Tins and bake in the pre-heated oven for 20-25 minutes – an inserted skewer should come out clean to indicate they are ready.
Once the Cakes are baked, set them aside to cool slightly before removing from the Sandwich Tins to cool completely.
Making the Cake:
Once the cakes have cooled, take what will be the middle layer of cake and pierce it several times. Brush over with the Kirsch or Cherry Juice.
Mix the drained Canned Cherries with the Black Cherry Conserve. Whisk the Double/Heavy Cream with the Icing/Confectioners Sugar until it’s softly firm and spreadable. Keep 4 tablespoons of cream aside for decorating the cake.
Take the bottom layer of cake and fill with the Cream, adding half the Cherries. Top with the Kirsch/Cherry soaked middle layer, then top this with Cream and the rest of the Cherries. Add the final layer on top of this to complete the cake construction.
Use the remainder of the Cream to completely cover the entire cake, top and sides.
Decorating the Cake:
Taking the Bar of Dark Chocolate, use a large, sharp knife to create chocolate shavings. Alternatively, use a grater to grate the chocolate – or use a combination of the two.
Sprinkle the chocolate shavings onto the top of the cake, and gently press the chocolate onto the sides of the cake, covering all the cream.
Fill a Piping Bag with the 4 tablespoons of cream set aside, and using a nozzle, pipe 8 flowers of cream on the top of the cake.
Place a fresh Cherry onto each of the cream flowers, then place the White Birthday Candle in the centre before serving.

11PM, after an epically long day at work, the chocolate shavings not sticking to the cake and destroying the original base I had made – I was ready to throw it in the bin. Baking this cake is not for the faint hearted. However, you will be greatly rewarded with one of the most delicious cakes ever. Sharp, with deep flavours and a rich, chocolate sponge balanced beautifully with the cream – it’s a masterpiece. The cake is a lie no more, this is the only recipe you need.
Don’t forget you can still get your questions in for the Gourmet Gaming 50K Q&A! Ask me anything!
Like this? You might also enjoy the Portal - The Cake is a Lie.

Portal – The Cake 2.0

Difficulty: 4.5 Hearts

It was my birthday on Tuesday and I wanted to bake myself a pretty special cake – but I was at a loss as to which one. I asked the community on Facebook and Twitter what video game cake was their favourite, and the response was naturally a resounding “The Cake is a Lie”. Although this was my first recipe on Gourmet Gaming, I felt perhaps it was apt to revisit it and see how far I’ve come since the blog started, especially since I hit 50,000 Tumblr followers last week.
Oh, so many rookie mistakes! Why was the original cake chocolate – it’s obviously black forest (coincidentally, also my favourite)! So, as a gift to both myself and all of you, please enjoy this updated recipe for Portal Cake - forever sans fish shaped garnishes.

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I can’t believe it, but 3 years (and 1 year of hiatus) later Gourmet Gaming has passed 50K followers. I’d like to say a huge thank you to all of you for loving the blog, talking with me, and sharing in it. I feel very lucky to have such a positive, contributive and passionate group of followers.
As part of celebrating Gourmet Gaming passing 50,000 Tumblr followers I’ve decided to do a Q&A post.
If you have any questions about food, video games or myself you can send me a message - http://www.gourmetgaming.co.uk/ask and I’ll post my responses to some of them next week.
Thank you again. I could never have imagined 50,000 people who got as hungry as I did playing video games. <3

I can’t believe it, but 3 years (and 1 year of hiatus) later Gourmet Gaming has passed 50K followers. I’d like to say a huge thank you to all of you for loving the blog, talking with me, and sharing in it. I feel very lucky to have such a positive, contributive and passionate group of followers.

As part of celebrating Gourmet Gaming passing 50,000 Tumblr followers I’ve decided to do a Q&A post.

If you have any questions about food, video games or myself you can send me a message - http://www.gourmetgaming.co.uk/ask and I’ll post my responses to some of them next week.

Thank you again. I could never have imagined 50,000 people who got as hungry as I did playing video games. <3

BioShock: Infinite – Hot Dog

It was recently Independence Day in the good ol&#8217; US of A. And, like anyone who lives outside the USA, I thought it featured Will Smith, aliens and Jeff Goldblum (like all the best stories). But actually, it&#8217;s an important day of inspiration for all people of the world in its message – the moral sense of rights and equality for all people. Once such game that touched on these important issues, albeit in an alternate and much later time, was BioShock Infinite. So I thought what more fitting than to feature an all American food from a game that recently reminded us of how much progress we&#8217;ve made, but yet how far we still have to go.
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This recipe serves 4.
What you will need: A pot and a bowl.
Ingredients:
4 Hot Dog Buns
4 Hot Dogs
Yellow American Mustard
For the Relish:
4 Large Pickles (Diced)
½ Roasted Red Pepper (Diced)
½ Roasted Yellow Pepper (Diced)
½ White Onion (Diced)
175ml / ¾ Cup White Wine Vinegar
1 Tablespoon Sugar
1 Teaspoon Wholegrain Mustard
½ Teaspoon Coriander Seeds
Preparing the Relish:
In a pot, bring the White Wine Vinegar, Sugar, Wholegrain Mustard and Coriander Seeds to the boil. Reduce the heat and simmer until the liquid has reduced by half, and thickened slightly.
Take the mixture off the heat, and add the Diced Pickles, Roasted Red Pepper, Roasted Yellow Pepper and White Onion. Mix well and season to taste.
Transfer the relish to a clean bowl, cover, and refrigerate for at least 1 hour before serving.
Preparing the Hot Dog:
Cook your Hot Dogs as per their instruction, or how you like them. Slice the Hot Dog Buns in half.
Spread a layer of the Relish onto the bun, then place the Hot Dog on top. Finally, add a garnish of Yellow American Mustard.

I was rather impressed with the pickle relish – it&#8217;s light, fresh and crunchy with just the right notes of sweet and sour. Combined with the mustard, it&#8217;s a wonderful flavour. Hot dogs are everywhere in Columbia (were they the real cause of the oppression&#8230;&#160;?), and frankly, it makes me wish there were hot dogs everywhere in real life too.
Like this? You might also enjoy the BioShock: Infinite – Finkton&#8217;s Baked Beans.

BioShock: Infinite – Hot Dog

Difficulty: 1.5 Hearts

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

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Beyond Two Souls – Asian Beef

I have a love and admiration for the games of David Cage, and more often than not the release of his games seem to coincide with key events in my life. While Beyond Two Souls was, naturally, a great divide to the community, I quite enjoyed it. I quite enjoy interacting with things. I quite enjoy that I can cook a meal for a date. And that I can choose between Chicken Curry, Asian Beef or take-out Pizza (though real-world me would always choose pizza - always). Not too difficult and perfect when short on time, this recipe is exactly what Jodie needed – ginger not optional.
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This recipe serves 2.
What you will need: A wok.
Ingredients:
300g / 10 oz Sliced Beef Steak
1 Tablespoon Oyster Sauce
1 Teaspoon Chinese 5 Spice
1 Teaspoon Cornflour
1 Teaspoon Toasted Sesame Oil
1 Teaspoon Sugar
Salt &amp; 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 &amp; 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&#8217;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 &#8216;Yours &amp; 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 &#8216;Twitch Plays Pokémon&#8217; 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&#8217;s the final tasty evolution of a Gengar&#8230;
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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&#8217;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&#8217;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&#8217;m quite a fan of sweet flower flavoured treats). But if you can appreciate the light simplicity, it&#8217;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