Whenever 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).
Not only that, but the game’s first expansion, Final Fantasy XIV: Heavensward, is set to release later this week. This will add EVEN MORE content to an already massive, incredibly fun game. I decided that I am going to hop on the hype train for Heavensward this week and will be focusing on creating FFXIV recipes.
Like other MMOs the cooking profession (the culinarian) of FFXIV is very well done. There are multitudes of recipes to learn, several of which could easily be replicated in real life.
Today’s recipe is for Parsnip Salad. The in-game recipe for parsnip salad states that this salad is made with fried parsnip slices and garnished with a drizzle of olive oil. The ingredients required to make the in-game version are one Fire Shard, one Water Shard, one Alpine Parsnip, one Olive Oil, one La Noscean Lettuce, one Cieldalaes Spinach, one portion of Buffalo Beans, and one bottle of mineral water. The real life recipe will deviate a bit in the ingredients used (specifically I decided to make a vinaigrette to go on top of the salad rather than just using straight olive oil) but otherwise keeps with the theme of the in-game recipe. My recipe quickly pan-fries the parsnips to enable them to keep a bit of their crunch, while also bringing out some more of the nutty flavor that parsnips are known for.
If you’ve never had a parsnip before, parsnips look a bit like white carrots. They taste best when cooked (especially sauteed or pan-fried) and have a bit of a spicy/nutty flavor to them. You should be able to pick them up in the produce section of your grocery store.