Final Fantasy XIV La Noscean Toast

La Noscean Toast

Here we go guys! My final Final Fantasy XIV recipe prior to the early access release of Final Fantasy XIV: Heavensward tomorrow morning. As I type this I am watching the Square Enix Live Letter on Twitch and the hype that I am experiencing couldn’t be any higher right now. I don’t think I have been THIS excited for an MMO expansion… ever. I’ve basically been watching the launch trailer non-stop… I can’t get enough!

The servers are down across the entirety of Final Fantaxy XIV today as Square Enix gets Heavensward prepped. This gave me plenty of time not only to prepare and cook the final recipe for the game this week, but also to get a few things done so that I have some extra time tomorrow to play the game.

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Final Fantasy XIV Spinach Quiche

Final Fantasy XIV Spinach QuicheYou guys… YOU GUYS!!!! Final Fantasy XIV: Heavensward is releasing in TWO DAYS for those of us that preordered it! Oh… my… gosh. The amount of excitement that I have over this is incredible. I’ve only been in this game for a little over a month now and I have never become so invested in a game as quickly as I did with FFXIV. Not only are the story and gameplay elements of the game incredible, the community is, by far, the best MMO community I have ever been in. Everyone is so welcoming, helpful, and friendly. I have also started watching tons of amazing Final Fantasy XIV streamers (and by the way, you should totally check them out).

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Final Fantasy XIV Parsnip Salad

ParsnipSaladWhenever people ask me what video game I am playing nowadays, the answer is Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn. Final Fantasy XIV is an MMORPG by Square Enix. Square Enix is best known for its work for the Final Fantasy series, but has also developed many other games as well.

FFXIV: ARR is not a game that I initially thought that I would play. I haven’t really been as into MMORPGs as much as I used to be when I used to play World of Warcraft, however, after watching LegendofLorie stream it often on her Twitch channel, I decided to give it a shot. I was immediately hooked about five minutes into playing the game. There is SO MUCH to do in this game. Not only is the main, overarching story of the game absolutely incredible, there are 10 jobs, 10 classes, eight crafting classes, and three gathering classes. Your character can be every single one of them whenever you wish, no need for an alt. Then there are the bazillion FATEs (world events), Levequests, side-quests, non-story dungeons, and raids… suffice it to say you could play this game 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and still not run out of content to play (though I wouldn’t recommend doing that).

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Harvest Moon Strawberry Cake

StrawberryLayerCakeHello everyone! I hope you all are having a fantastic week. Tomorrow is Saturday, yay! Today I bring you another cake recipe. It was my son’s fifth birthday yesterday and he requested a vanilla cake with strawberries. Great idea child of mine! Strawberries are in season right now and are so sweet and delicious, of course I can put them on your birthday cake!

For my geeky inspiration this time, I used Harvest Moon again. Aside from MMOs, Harvest Moon has a HUGE number of recipes throughout the several games that are in the series. Strawberry Cake is seen in quite a few of them including Story of Seasons which is quickly becoming one of my favorites in the series. In the games, the Harvest Moon Strawberry Cake appears as a white cake with strawberries between the cake layers, a white frosting topping, and a strawberry on top. This fit my son’s request perfectly.

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Don’t Starve Meatballs

Meatballs

Hello everyone! I hope you all had a great weekend. It’s been a super busy one for me as I work on the renovation and posts for Eat a Byte, but I’m getting there! I’m really happy with the changes that I made to it. I love the cleaner look of the new theme that I am using. I’ve also been busy leveling my Final Fantasy XIV character in preparation for the expansion that is going to be released soon. I actually have a couple of FFXIV recipes in the works right now and they should hopefully be posted soon.

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Naan Pizza Three Ways

Naan Pizza 3 WaysToday we have another non-video game recipe, however, this particular recipe is relevant to my friend Val, aka 8bitmom’s Twitch channel as the subject of Naan pizza comes up every now and then. I figured I’d post something for those of you that are curious about how to make it.

Naan pizza is one of my favorite ways to eat pizza. It’s quick, it’s easy, and oh my gosh it is delicious. The best part is, you can make naan pizzas however you want. You can do any kind of flavor combination that you would do on a regular pizza. Just choose your toppings and you’re good to go!

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Klah Recipe – A Dragonriders of Pern Beverage

Klah

When I was a teenager I devoured the books in the Dragonriders of Pern series. The series is huge with 23 novels. I read every one. This is one of those books series that just took me away from real life and put me into the fantastic world of Pern. I felt like I was really there and felt what the characters felts. Very few books have moved me in the way that Anne McCaffrey’s series did. The series had such a huge impact on my life, especially while getting through the death of my dad when I was 16. I still go back to read them every now and then. The world of Pern never gets old for me.

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Chocolate Raspberry Smoothie

Chocolate Raspberry SmoothieToday’s recipe is a bit different from the norm for Eat a Byte as it is not a recipe from a video game or any other fictional work. I decided that I wanted to incorporate regular (recipes NOT based off of fictional works such as video games, tv shows, books etc) recipes into Eat a Byte to add some variety. This is going to be the first of many regular recipes that I add to the website. I have lots of ideas for others!

I’ve been on a bit smoothie kick lately as I have been trying to make healthier breakfast choices. Smoothies are quick, healthy, and easy. The chocolate raspberry smoothie recipe for today fits all of those criteria perfectly. It’s low in sugar, takes only a few minutes to make, and all you need to do is toss the ingredients into a blender and blend for about a minute.

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Skyrim Potato Soup

SkyrimPotatoSoup

The Elder Scrolls: Skyrim has been a game in my Steam Library for years now, however I only just recently started to play it in earnest. Back when I had more time to stream on my Twitch channel. This game is incredibly in-depth. There is so much to do that you can spends thousands upon thousands of hours playing the game and discovering everything. You could completely deviate off the main quest line and still have tons of content to play through. If you choose to download mods for the game then you can have even more content to play through. It is seriously incredible how much there is to do in this game.

On top of the thousands of hours worth of content, Skyrim also has a nice list of food items that you can find in game, many of which could be easily converted into real life recipes. That is what I decided to do today with Skyrim Potato Soup. The soup that I created from the game is rich and creamy and flavored with leeks (a common ingredient found in Skyrim). My kids aren’t very big soup eaters, but even they devoured this soup and asked for seconds.

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Harvest Moon: Sunshine Islands Pineapple Lassi

Pineapple Lassi
Pineapple Lassi from the Harvest Moon: Sunshine Islands video game

Harvest Moon is a game series by Natsume Inc that I have been playing for well over a decade now and I absolutely love it. It’s a peaceful, non-combat game that focuses on farm life and starting a family. I tend to prefer the story of a game over the combat, so Harvest Moon is the perfect series for me.

I got my start with this series on Harvest Moon 64 for the Nintendo 64 and have played several other games in the series since. There is so much to do, especially in the newer games, that it can take quite a while to complete the game. That is fine by me though, I’m perfectly happy to take my time with this game series and enjoy every minute of it.

One of my favorite aspects of Harvest Moon games is the number of cooking recipes. There are HUNDREDS that you can make throughout the multitude of games in the series. Today I decided to focus on Harvest Moon: Sunshine Islands for the Nintendo DS. One of the recipes that you can make in the game is a Lassi, which requires milk, yogurt, and a fruit of your choice. For this particular recipe, I decided to go with pineapple. This is a tasty, healthy, and sweet breakfast or snack drink that is packed with protein from the Greek Yogurt. My kids loved it!

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