Cybercandy.co.uk – Nintendo Super Mario Mushroom Sours
Ever wonder what exactly it is about those red mushrooms that gives Mario his super-human boost?
It might be because they’re filled with super cute, sour candies!
Each beautifully detailed mushroom tin is filled to the brim with delicious sour candy, available in cherry (red), raspberry (blue) and apple (green). You could use them to decorate cupcakes or fill someone’s stocking this Christmas!
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.uk – Nintendo Super Mario Mushroom Sours

Ever wonder what exactly it is about those red mushrooms that gives Mario his super-human boost?

It might be because they’re filled with super cute, sour candies!

Each beautifully detailed mushroom tin is filled to the brim with delicious sour candy, available in cherry (red), raspberry (blue) and apple (green). You could use them to decorate cupcakes or fill someone’s stocking this Christmas!

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/

Gourmet Gaming has passed 20,000 Tumblr followers!
What a wonderful number to wake up to on a Sunday! I can’t believe it happened so quickly. Thanks to all of you for your kindness and support, your wonderful comments and continued love of video games and food.
I’m currently putting together some awesome treats to give away to celebrate! Thank you!

Gourmet Gaming has passed 20,000 Tumblr followers!

What a wonderful number to wake up to on a Sunday! I can’t believe it happened so quickly. Thanks to all of you for your kindness and support, your wonderful comments and continued love of video games and food.

I’m currently putting together some awesome treats to give away to celebrate! Thank you!

Yoshi’s Cookie – Yoshi Cookies

I first encountered Yoshi’s Cookies on Game and Watch Gallery 3 which I had for my Gameboy Color. The updated, ‘modern’, version of “Egg” on the cartridge involved Yoshi eating some Yoshi Cookies as prepared by Chef Mario. I never did get along very well with the Game and Watch Gallery, it was all about personal bests and high scores, and, as a renowned confident loser of the world, I was always uninterested in competing with myself. One thing I did want to do was eat those cookies though. I had dreams about those cookies against a haunting rendition of that ever panic-inducing music.
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This recipe makes 20 cookies.
What you will need: A large bowl, a wooden spoon, a rolling pin, cookie cutters: a flower, a diamond, a heart, a large and a small circle, and a square, a baking tray, and greaseproof/baking paper.
Ingredients:
250g / 1¼ Cup Butter (Room Temperature)
140g / ⅔ Cup Caster/Super Fine Sugar
2 Egg Yolks
1½ Tablespoons Vanilla Extract
300g / 1¼ Cup Plain Flour
½ Tablespoon Cocoa Powder
¼ Teaspoon Ground Cinnamon
To Garnish:
Jams/Jellys
Purple
Red
Green
Icing/Confectioners Sugar
Water
Ground Cinnamon
Sugar
Making the Cookie Dough:
Preheat the oven to 180C/355F, and prepare a flat baking tray by lining it with greaseproof/baking paper.
In a large bowl, mix together to butter and sugar with a wooden spoon until well combined. Next add the egg yolks and vanilla extract and mix again. Sieve in the flour, and gently stir until a dough begins to form.
The dough may seem quite sticky and loose, if it’s too soft – place it in the fridge for around 30 minutes to firm it.
On a well floured surface and with floured hands, form the dough into a neat ball. Divide the dough evenly into six portions. Put four aside, as these will remain vanilla.
Take the left over two balls of dough; add cinnamon powder to one and kneed gently until combined. Add cocoa powder to the other and again, kneed until combined. You will now have four vanilla, one cinnamon and one chocolate dough.
Making the Yoshi Cookies:
Tips: Prepare one type of cookie at a time. With a well floured surface and rolling pin, roll out each portion to about ¼ inch thick, then cut out the desired shapes with the cookie cutters. Place the cookies on the prepared baking tray.
Start with three of the vanilla portions – these will be cut into the flower, the diamond and the heart shapes.
Next, take the cinnamon portion – cut out a large circle, and then a smaller circle from the middle.
You should have one chocolate and one vanilla portion left – these will become the checker-board cookie.
You can make the checker-board cookie a few ways. One way is by making a patterned block with 4 rectangular cuboids ‘glued’ together on the joins with egg white. Then slice the block to form the cookies.
If that sounds too tricky, try cutting out thin, small squares of dough and laying them on top of a square cookie to make the pattern – whatever you find easier.
With your cookies prepared and placed on the baking try, bake them in the oven for around 12 minutes or until golden brown.
Garnishing the Yoshi Cookies:
Take your jams/jellys and melt 2 tablespoons of each for about 10-20 seconds to make them a smoother, looser texture.
The diamond gets a green garnish, the flowers get a purple and the hearts get a red.
Taking a ¼ teaspoon of the appropriate colour, drop it in the middle of the cookie and carefully create an even shape for the centre.
For the cinnamon cookie, mix some icing sugar and a little water to make a paste. Brush it over the top of the cookie, then sprinkle with granulated sugar and ground cinnamon.

In Game and Watch Gallery 3 “Egg”, Yoshi saves the cookies from burning by eating them. This is the kind of tactic I like to employ while baking, I can respect Yoshi for this - he’s my kind of person. Delightfully buttery, these cookies are paired perfectly with their tart jammy centres, so it’s totally understandable why the Yoshis are such big fans. As for the Yoshi cookie, I think it might deserve a post of its own…
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Yoshi’s Cookie – Yoshi Cookies

Difficulty - 2.5 Hearts

I first encountered Yoshi’s Cookies on Game and Watch Gallery 3 which I had for my Gameboy Color. The updated, ‘modern’, version of “Egg” on the cartridge involved Yoshi eating some Yoshi Cookies as prepared by Chef Mario. I never did get along very well with the Game and Watch Gallery, it was all about personal bests and high scores, and, as a renowned confident loser of the world, I was always uninterested in competing with myself. One thing I did want to do was eat those cookies though. I had dreams about those cookies against a haunting rendition of that ever panic-inducing music.

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Paper Mario: The Thousand Year Door – Zess Frappe

There’s no denying how suspiciously like the Snow Cone from Paper Mario the Zess Frappe looks… But I got some stunning ice-cream bowls for Christmas by my favourite home-ware designers Alessi and I wanted an excuse to use them! With Christmas comes a lot of heavy, rich food and drink and Sambuca is often praised for its digestion benefits (at least in this household). I thought as a twist on the cocktail idea to serve one up as a frappe/granita inspired concoction for a light and refreshing distraction.
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This recipe makes 1 drink.
Ingredients:
Ice-cubes
50g / ½ Cup Sugar
60ml / ¼ Cup Water
60ml / ¼ Cup Raspberry Sambuca
Raspberry Conserve / Jelly
Making the Zess Frappe:
Add the water and sugar to a pan and bring to the boil. Stir occasionally until the sugar has dissolved. Remove from the heat, cover and allow to sit for 10 minutes.
Uncover then add the raspberry sambuca and stir, place in a pouring container and allow to cool to room temperature before placing in the fridge to chill.
When the syrup has chilled, using a blender with the appropriate setting, or a food processor, to grind up the ice until powdery. Scoop the ice into glasses, pour over the raspberry sambuca syrup, top with a little raspberry conserve and enjoy.

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Paper Mario: The Thousand Year Door – Zess Frappe

Difficulty - 1.5

There’s no denying how suspiciously like the Snow Cone from Paper Mario the Zess Frappe looks… But I got some stunning ice-cream bowls for Christmas by my favourite home-ware designers Alessi and I wanted an excuse to use them! With Christmas comes a lot of heavy, rich food and drink and Sambuca is often praised for its digestion benefits (at least in this household). I thought as a twist on the cocktail idea to serve one up as a frappe/granita inspired concoction for a light and refreshing distraction.

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Request: Paper Mario - Koopasta

I got a request through to make some Koopasta and was rather envious that I hadn’t thought of this sooner - after all spaghetti is Mario and Luigi’s favourite food. Koopasta (I guess Koopaghetti didn‘t have the same ring to it) can be made by cooking a ‘Koopa Leaf’ with some ‘Dried Pasta’ in the original Paper Mario or with ‘Fresh Pasta’/’Spaghetti’ and a ‘Turtley Leaf’ in Paper Mario: The Thousand Year Door. I had never played Paper Mario until I got Super Paper Mario for the Wii and I thought it was pretty damn awesome; though I think I became too obsessed with trying to collect things from some guy who, from what I can recall, would appear in some sewer system and try to sell me things that would only spawn on certain dates and times ultimately reminding me why this aspect of Japanese gaming is detrimental to my health. Anyway, there’s two versions of the dish that look rather different and since the requester never specified which Paper Mario I’ve gone with the one that looks slightly more iconic or at least more interesting to make. 
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This recipe serves 2-4.
What you will need: A large pot, frying pan, a bowl and a food blender or mortar and pestle.
Ingredients:
250g / 4 Cups Fresh Spaghetti/Tagliatelle Verdi
1 Baby Gem Lettuce Leaf
1 Clove Garlic
80g / 1 Cup Fresh Basil
20g / ⅛ Cup Pine Nuts
5 Tablespoons Olive Oil
Parmesan Cheese
Salt
Pepper
Preparing the Pesto:
Lightly toast the pine nuts in a dry pan and set aside.
Put the garlic, basil and a pinch of salt into a food blender and pulse.
Add the pine nuts and blend again.
Pour the mixture into a bowl, add the parmesan and olive oil and stir.
Season with salt and pepper to taste and add more parmesan if you want.
Making the Koopasta:
With the pesto prepared, boil some water in a deep pot then add the spaghetti verdi and cook as per the instructions on your pack.
Once cooked, strain the spaghetti, return it to the pot (not on the heat) and slowly add pesto to the spaghetti until there’s just enough to coat the spaghetti in the sauce.
Serve and garnish with a baby gem lettuce leaf.

I hate pesto. When I decided to make this my taste tester remarked “but we hate pesto, why would we eat this?”, then he realised that a few weeks ago he did eat a sandwich filled with turkey, jam and Cookie Crisp cereal so maybe this wouldn’t be so bad. Whenever I think about pesto I just think of that episode of Seinfeld (The Busboy) where George says “Why do I get pesto? Why do I think I’ll like it? I keep trying to like it, like I have to like it. Everybody likes pesto. You walk into a restaurant, that’s all you hear - pesto, pesto, pesto.” But now I love pesto. As long as it’s my pesto and not some swamp juice from a jar.
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Request: Paper Mario - Koopasta

Difficulty - 0.5

I got a request through to make some Koopasta and was rather envious that I hadn’t thought of this sooner - after all spaghetti is Mario and Luigi’s favourite food. Koopasta (I guess Koopaghetti didn‘t have the same ring to it) can be made by cooking a ‘Koopa Leaf’ with some ‘Dried Pasta’ in the original Paper Mario or with ‘Fresh Pasta’/’Spaghetti’ and a ‘Turtley Leaf’ in Paper Mario: The Thousand Year Door. I had never played Paper Mario until I got Super Paper Mario for the Wii and I thought it was pretty damn awesome; though I think I became too obsessed with trying to collect things from some guy who, from what I can recall, would appear in some sewer system and try to sell me things that would only spawn on certain dates and times ultimately reminding me why this aspect of Japanese gaming is detrimental to my health. Anyway, there’s two versions of the dish that look rather different and since the requester never specified which Paper Mario I’ve gone with the one that looks slightly more iconic or at least more interesting to make. 

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