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Unleash the (Cooking) Beast: Five Food Recipes Inspired by Warcraft

Unleash the (Cooking) Beast: Five Food Recipes Inspired by Warcraft

Have you ever wondered how it feels to live in an imaginary world? Although the magic and possibility of virtual reality is right around the corner, there is one thing that cannot be replaced by software. For me, that’s cooking.

Warcraft and food may seem like two distant and unrelated subjects, but cooking is art. Every artist needs inspiration, and for today’s article, mine came from this game.

Real-time cooking and preparing a recipe from your favorite video game can be really fun and inspiring. So, for all of you out there who love to sit and throw down a few rounds of Warcraft, I have prepared a list of meals reflecting each of the main races shown in the game. Keep in mind that these are not recipes from the game, so Beer Basted Boar Ribs are not among them.

Below is my list of five recipes inspired by the main races found in this game:

For Humans: Roe Deer

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    Image Credit: Maarten Vanclooster, Flickr

    Originating from 14th century France, this meal seems like something that would be served at a Paladins of the Silver Hand gathering. The central location where Humans are based  in the game is in Medieval Europe, so this meal was chosen accordingly. It is quite easy and quite tasty to make.

    What You’ll Need:

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    • 2 pounds of venison steak (or any steak that is your favorite)
    • 2 cups of almond milk
    • Ground cloves of minced garlic
    • ½ tsp of cinnamon
    • ½ tsp of ginger
    • Butter

    Instructions:

    1. Put a teaspoon of butter over the steak.
    2. Roast the steak until it is almost done and remove it from the pan to cool down.
    3. Mix all of the remaining ingredients and bring it to a low simmer. Allow it to sit on low heat until it thickens.
    4. In the meantime, cut the venison into strips or pieces, and fry it on high heat for a few minutes.
    5. Put the meat on the plate and put the sauce over.

    This meal is best served with matured Red Burgundy or Pinot Noirs, especially those originating from New Zealand or Australia.

    As Human Knights from Warcraft would say:For the king!”

    For Night Elves: Imam Bayildi

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      Image Credit: Smith190, Flickr

      This meal is derived from Turkish cuisine. Translated, Imam Bayildi means “Imam (a Muslim priest) fainted. My guess is that its name comes from its great taste. The reason I have chosen this one, in particular, is because I have always imagined Elves as very sophisticated, proud, and dignified people.

      I think that their diet is based primarily on vegetables, which is another reason why I have chosen a vegetarian option as the second on this list.

      What You’ll Need:

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      • 4 medium-sized eggplants
      • 14 oz. of onion
      • 4 cloves of garlic
      • Parsley
      • 1 pound of tomatoes
      • 4 teaspoons of oil
      • 1-2 teaspoons of crushed almonds
      • Laurel
      • Salt, pepper and a bit of sugar

      Instructions:

      1. Start by cutting your eggplants in two by length and make small incisions into the part that’s “meaty”. Salt them and leave them aside for a half an hour.
      2. Peel and dice the tomatoes. Then, chop the onion, garlic, and parsley.
      3. Using paper towels, dry the eggplants and fry them with oil for a while on both sides. Once cooled, remove the “meaty” part of the eggplant from the inside, and chop it.
      4. Put the tomatoes and onions in that used oil, and fry it until part of the liquid evaporates.
      5. Add garlic, laurel, pepper, some sugar, the inside of the eggplants, and cook for about 10 minutes. Then add almond and parsley.
      6. Put eggplants in prepared dish and bake for 10 minutes at 356-392°F.

      As Elves would say: “Ash Karath!”

      For Orcs: Southwestern Spiced Pork Tenderloin

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        Image Credit: Peter Pham, Flickr

        If by chance Thrall and Grom Hellscream happen to be your favorite chieftains, then this meal is appropriate for you. It is strong, spicy, and rich in calories – everything needed for the strong Orcish Grunt.

        I have never thought about the Orcs as ones who care about aesthetics, so I consider their meals to be simple, but rich in fats and protein.

        What You’ll Need:

        • 2 pounds of pork tenderloin
        • 1-2 tsp of chili powder
        • 1 tsp of smoked paprika
        • 1 tsp of cumin
        • 2 tsp of salt
        • 2 tsp of cinnamon
        • 1 ½ tsp of freshly ground pepper
        • 1 tsp of oil

        Instructions:

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        1. Preheat the oven to 450°F and put the pan in the oven. Dry out the pork with paper towels and cut off extra fat from the tenderloin.
        2. Put all the spices in one bowl and mix them together to create a dry rub. Massage the meat with plenty of the dry rub. You can be done with this step there, or if you prefer, you can allow the meat to sit with the seasoning overnight to help the meat absorb it more.
        3. Put oil in the pan and roast the meat for 10 minutes on each side. Reduce the temperature to 400°F. All of the cooking should take 25-30 minutes total.
        4. From here, you can do two things, leave it to cool down for 10 minutes and cut it into pieces and eat, or put it into a refrigerator to cool down completely, and cut it into very thin slices using a meat slicer to enjoy it as a great base for sandwiches.

        In the words of an Orcish warrior: “Bring it on!”

        For the Undead: Steak Tartare

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          Image Credit: julie borjjun, Flickr

          Since the Scourge and all other creatures belonging to this category roughly named “Undead” revolve around the theme of death, decomposing and dead bodies, the meal had to feel both dead and alive. Think about it, you have never seen a Ghoul baking or cooking something, have you? Therefore, the recipe had to include raw meat. French Steak Tartare fit the theme perfectly.

          What You’ll Need:

          • 2 x 6oz beef steaks
          • 2 egg yolks
          • 1 lemon juice
          • 3½ fl oz olive oil
          • 1 tsp of Worcestershire sauce
          • 2 pickles, very finely chopped
          • salt and black pepper
          • 1 tsp Dijon mustard
          • 1 red onion, very finely chopped
          • 2 salted anchovy fillets, rinsed, drained, finely chopped

          Instructions:

          1. Start by cutting the meat into thin strips. Although the general rule of the thumb is to cut against the grain, you will be cutting with it, and the strips you get in this way will then be diced.
          2. Take lemon juice, Worcestershire sauce, olive oil, and the yolks and mix them in well.
          3. Add in the meat, pickles, mustard, onion, salt and pepper, and anchovy. Stir.
          4. To prepare for serving, place a ring (4 inches n diameter) onto the plate and fill it with the mixture. Press the edges to make them even.

          Since this meal does not include any cooking, you have to be extremely cautious about where you are buying the meat. The Undead may be immune to a whole plethora of diseases, but you are not.

          To quote Arthas, the human paladin prince who got turned to an Undead Lord: “Ah! At last.”

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          For Nagas: Paella Valencia

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            Image Credit: Peter Pham, Flickr

            I’ll admit it, I have always been a devout fan of Illidan Stormrage. Since he is a Night Elf (kind of), I had to include something for the race he commands over, the Naga.

            The few missions during the single player campaign were my favorite, and I fell in love with these earth and sea dwellers. Since they have a dual nature, the meal had to be appropriate to that duality. Paella, which includes seafood, plants, grains, and more represents Nagas the best.

            What You’ll Need:

            • 1 tsp of olive oil
            • 3/4 pound of peeled shrimp
            • 3/4 tsp of salt, divided
            • 1/4 tsp of black pepper
            • 2 of Spanish chorizo sausage
            • 2 skinless, boneless chicken thighs
            • 1 cup of chopped onion
            • 3 garlic cloves, minced
            • 1/2 cup of chopped tomato
            • 1 tsp of capers, drained
            • 1/4 tsp of saffron threads, crushed
            • 1 cup of short-grain rice
            • 2/3 cup white wine
            • 1 can of fat-free chicken broth
            • 1/2 cup of frozen green peas
            • 1/4 cup of water
            • 18 mussels
            • 2 1/2 tsp of red bell pepper
            • 2 tsp of chopped fresh cilantro

            Instructions:

            1. Begin by salting the shrimps. Although sea salt may be a good choice, it can be left in larger grains, so pick the finely ground one. Preheat skillet with oil on a medium fire and add the shrimp. Cook it until it is done and put it in a bowl, but keep the oil because you will need it later.
            2. Put thin slices of chorizo in pan and cook it for about a minute and then add the chorizo in the bowl.
            3. Sprinkle chicken with salt and pepper and fry it until it gets brown in color. Add in onion and garlic and cook them for another two minutes with continuous stirring.
            4. Add saffron, capers, and tomato into the mixture and cook for a minute. Add the remaining ¼ tsp of salt, wine, broth, and rice into the pan and bring it to a boil. Cover the pan and reduce the heat, and leave it to stew for about 25 minutes.
            5. If the rice is cooked before that, you can proceed with adding the shrimp mixture, ¼ of the cup of water, and mussels. Cover it again and cook until most of the mussels are opened.
            6. Remove the mussels that remained closed and remove the pan from the heat. Add in bell pepper and cilantro and leave it to rest for a few minutes.

            To quote Naga Siren, the four-hand hero of this race: ”I am hooked.

            I believe that you will be hooked to this meal as well.

            Serve a true Warcraft meal on your table tonight!

            Featured photo credit: Peter Pham via flickr.com

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            How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

            How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

            You have a deadline looming. However, instead of doing your work, you are fiddling with miscellaneous things like checking email, social media, watching videos, surfing blogs and forums. You know you should be working, but you just don’t feel like doing anything.

            We are all familiar with the procrastination phenomenon. When we procrastinate, we squander away our free time and put off important tasks we should be doing them till it’s too late. And when it is indeed too late, we panic and wish we got started earlier.

            The chronic procrastinators I know have spent years of their life looped in this cycle. Delaying, putting off things, slacking, hiding from work, facing work only when it’s unavoidable, then repeating this loop all over again. It’s a bad habit that eats us away and prevents us from achieving greater results in life.

            Don’t let procrastination take over your life. Here, I will share my personal steps on how to stop procrastinating. These 11 steps will definitely apply to you too:

            1. Break Your Work into Little Steps

            Part of the reason why we procrastinate is because subconsciously, we find the work too overwhelming for us. Break it down into little parts, then focus on one part at the time. If you still procrastinate on the task after breaking it down, then break it down even further. Soon, your task will be so simple that you will be thinking “gee, this is so simple that I might as well just do it now!”.

            For example, I’m currently writing a new book (on How to achieve anything in life). Book writing at its full scale is an enormous project and can be overwhelming. However, when I break it down into phases such as –

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            • (1) Research
            • (2) Deciding the topic
            • (3) Creating the outline
            • (4) Drafting the content
            • (5) Writing Chapters #1 to #10,
            • (6) Revision
            • (7) etc.

            Suddenly it seems very manageable. What I do then is to focus on the immediate phase and get it done to my best ability, without thinking about the other phases. When it’s done, I move on to the next.

            2. Change Your Environment

            Different environments have different impact on our productivity. Look at your work desk and your room. Do they make you want to work or do they make you want to snuggle and sleep? If it’s the latter, you should look into changing your workspace.

            One thing to note is that an environment that makes us feel inspired before may lose its effect after a period of time. If that’s the case, then it’s time to change things around. Refer to Steps #2 and #3 of 13 Strategies To Jumpstart Your Productivity, which talks about revamping your environment and workspace.

            3. Create a Detailed Timeline with Specific Deadlines

            Having just 1 deadline for your work is like an invitation to procrastinate. That’s because we get the impression that we have time and keep pushing everything back, until it’s too late.

            Break down your project (see tip #1), then create an overall timeline with specific deadlines for each small task. This way, you know you have to finish each task by a certain date. Your timelines must be robust, too – i.e. if you don’t finish this by today, it’s going to jeopardize everything else you have planned after that. This way it creates the urgency to act.

            My goals are broken down into monthly, weekly, right down to the daily task lists, and the list is a call to action that I must accomplish this by the specified date, else my goals will be put off.

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            Here’re more tips on setting deadlines: 22 Tips for Effective Deadlines

            4. Eliminate Your Procrastination Pit-Stops

            If you are procrastinating a little too much, maybe that’s because you make it easy to procrastinate.

            Identify your browser bookmarks that take up a lot of your time and shift them into a separate folder that is less accessible. Disable the automatic notification option in your email client. Get rid of the distractions around you.

            I know some people will out of the way and delete or deactivate their facebook accounts. I think it’s a little drastic and extreme as addressing procrastination is more about being conscious of our actions than counteracting via self-binding methods, but if you feel that’s what’s needed, go for it.

            5. Hang out with People Who Inspire You to Take Action

            I’m pretty sure if you spend just 10 minutes talking to Steve Jobs or Bill Gates, you’ll be more inspired to act than if you spent the 10 minutes doing nothing. The people we are with influence our behaviors. Of course spending time with Steve Jobs or Bill Gates every day is probably not a feasible method, but the principle applies — The Hidden Power of Every Single Person Around You

            Identify the people, friends or colleagues who trigger you – most likely the go-getters and hard workers – and hang out with them more often. Soon you will inculcate their drive and spirit too.

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            As a personal development blogger, I “hang out” with inspiring personal development experts by reading their blogs and corresponding with them regularly via email and social media. It’s communication via new media and it works all the same.

            6. Get a Buddy

            Having a companion makes the whole process much more fun. Ideally, your buddy should be someone who has his/her own set of goals. Both of you will hold each other accountable to your goals and plans. While it’s not necessary for both of you to have the same goals, it’ll be even better if that’s the case, so you can learn from each other.

            I have a good friend whom I talk to regularly, and we always ask each other about our goals and progress in achieving those goals. Needless to say, it spurs us to keep taking action.

            7. Tell Others About Your Goals

            This serves the same function as #6, on a larger scale. Tell all your friends, colleagues, acquaintances and family about your projects. Now whenever you see them, they are bound to ask you about your status on those projects.

            For example, sometimes I announce my projects on The Personal Excellence Blog, Twitter and Facebook, and my readers will ask me about them on an ongoing basis. It’s a great way to keep myself accountable to my plans.

            8. Seek out Someone Who Has Already Achieved the Outcome

            What is it you want to accomplish here, and who are the people who have accomplished this already? Go seek them out and connect with them. Seeing living proof that your goals are very well achievable if you take action is one of the best triggers for action.

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            9. Re-Clarify Your Goals

            If you have been procrastinating for an extended period of time, it might reflect a misalignment between what you want and what you are currently doing. Often times, we outgrow our goals as we discover more about ourselves, but we don’t change our goals to reflect that.

            Get away from your work (a short vacation will be good, else just a weekend break or staycation will do too) and take some time to regroup yourself. What exactly do you want to achieve? What should you do to get there? What are the steps to take? Does your current work align with that? If not, what can you do about it?

            10. Stop Over-Complicating Things

            Are you waiting for a perfect time to do this? That maybe now is not the best time because of X, Y, Z reasons? Ditch that thought because there’s never a perfect time. If you keep waiting for one, you are never going to accomplish anything.

            Perfectionism is one of the biggest reasons for procrastination. Read more about why perfectionist tendencies can be a bane than a boon: Why Being A Perfectionist May Not Be So Perfect.

            11. Get a Grip and Just Do It

            At the end, it boils down to taking action. You can do all the strategizing, planning and hypothesizing, but if you don’t take action, nothing’s going to happen. Occasionally, I get readers and clients who keep complaining about their situations but they still refuse to take action at the end of the day.

            Reality check:

            I have never heard anyone procrastinate their way to success before and I doubt it’s going to change in the near future.  Whatever it is you are procrastinating on, if you want to get it done, you need to get a grip on yourself and do it.

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