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.
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).
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.
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.
Hello everyone! Today’s recipe is yet another recipe from Guild Wars 2. This time I am making the Super Veggie Pizza from the game. Veggie pizzas are basically my favorite kind of pizza in real life, so I jumped at the chance to recreate this recipe that is loaded with veggies both in game and in real life. You can use either store bought pre-made pizza crust, or follow Alton Brown’s instructions on Food.com to make your own (I HIGHLY recommend this recipe as I use it whenever I make pizza, but you do need to have a stand mixer, such as Kitchenaid, to make it properly). Yeah, I could have attempted to come up with my own pizza dough recipe, but I’ll be honest, there is no way that I could top Alton Brown’s. NO WAY.
The Super Veggie Pizza can be made in game with a level 400 Chef and requires a Fancy Veggie Pizza, an eggplant, and an artichoke to make. I made sure to include all of the veggies that the in-game version of the pizza uses to make my own. The only thing that I did someone differently is to mixed the spinach into the sauce rather than put it on the top with the rest of the veggies. The results were quite delicious!
Transistor by Supergiant Games recently went on sale on Steam which prompted me to buy this little indie game that I had heard so many good things about recently.
The game itself is nothing short of incredible. The music is amazingly beautiful (I could listen to it all day!), the graphics are colorful and bright, the story is phenomenal, and best of all (for the purposes of Eat a Byte anyway) there is food! That food comes in the form of various flatbreads (including the Harvest Garden Flatbread that I am featuring today) from Junction Jan’s.
Yep, yet another Guild Wars 2 recipe coming at you today! I can’t help it. Guild Wars 2 has so many amazing Chef recipes that I want to try that it will probably make an appearance on Eat a Byte quite often. Today’s recipe is for the Loaf of Rosemary Bread found in the game. To make this game in game, your character will need to be a Chef and have a cooking skill of at least 150.
I bake my own bread at home fairly often (because honestly there is nothing better than homemade bread) as I find that it comes out much tastier and crustier than store bought so I figured I’d change up my regular recipe a bit and add in some dried rosemary and some garlic powder. SO TASTY. This recipe bread would be perfect for roasted veggie sandwiches, Italian Grilled Cheese sandwiches (something I do here a lot: use mozzarella as the cheese and dip the sandwich in pasta sauce), or just by itself with a small dab of butter.
It’s been a typical cold and snowy winter where I live and nothing is better than a bowl of soup when the weather is chilling you to your core. I came across the Sweet and Spicy Butternut Squash Soup recipe in Guild Wars 2 when leveling up the Chef craft on my Necromancer. I thought that it sounded unique and delicious so I decided to make up a recipe for it.
The in-game version of this soup can be made by characters that have the Chef crafting profession and a skill of 400. I tried to stick to the in-game recipe when considering ingredients for the real life version. The in-game version of recipe calls for apples, a bowl of butternut squash soup (which includes a stick of butter, cream soup base, cayenne pepper, and butternut squash), pile of pumpkin pie spice, and ghost peppers. The real-life version has similar ingredients and is nice and warming on cold winter days.
The addition of cayenne pepper to the soup adds an extra kick of warmth to the dish as well. The apple adds a hint of sweetness as well which adds a nice depth to the dish. Even my picky husband enjoyed this tasty soup.
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.