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.
You 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).
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.
Today’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.
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!
Thanks to my best friend Val aka 8bitmom I have been playing and streaming a ton of Don’t Starve and the multiplayer version of the game, Don’t Starve Together with both her and The Pixel Pirate. Which means that I have had plenty of opportunities to check out all of the recipes that the game includes for cooking.
Don’t Starve is a super fun survival, crafting, and exploration game by indie developer, Klei. Your character basically starts in the middle of no where with absolutely nothing and must survive the dangers of the wilds and build a camp and make it as long as possible without dying. Thus far I’ve only made it to 24 days solo and about the same in Don’t Starve Together, but I’m working on it! I just need to be able to survive winter, darnit! That’s my downfall. I am just never prepared enough for the frigid temperatures and murderous walruses that come with that season.
Starbound is a game that I have been playing a lot lately, especially since the Winter Update went into the unstable branch. It’s incredible how much was added in this update. New quests, missions, ship AI, upgradable ships, boats, new biomes, and most importantly (for me) new recipes. Carrot Bread has been around in Starbound for a while now, but it’s always been a recipe that has intrigued me. I imagined it tasting a bit like a less sweet and denser version of Carrot Cake, so that is what I set out to make with this recipe.
In order to make the in-game version of the Carrot Bread players will need a carrot and some wheat. The real-life version that I have made requires a FEW more ingredients than that, but it is so worth it. I’ve already made this recipe twice since coming up with it and it is a huge hit with my family. Best of all, my kids are eating vegetables without even realizing it… SCORE!
This recipe will make an excellent breakfast. Add a dab of butter or cream cheese to it and it will be a super tasty morning treat. The shredded carrots and raisins add a hint of sweetness without making it too sweet, so don’t think that this will be like eating dessert for breakfast. It won’t be!
I hope to add more Starbound recipes in the future. This one was such a huge success in my family and guinea pi… I mean friends that I think I might have equal success with other recipes from the game.