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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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          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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            18 Benefits of Journaling That Will Change Your Life

            18 Benefits of Journaling That Will Change Your Life

            The act of writing in a journal often seems daunting or unnecessary to many people. Even authors who work on novels might shun the idea of daily diaries. What purpose does jotting down words on a regular basis do if not contributing to the next novel, play or song? I know from experience many benefits of journaling that I wish to share.

            1. Understand Yourself Better

            Though many people and even writers avoid keeping journals, I vow to do it more often. Not only do I desire to take up daily journaling but also I plan to do it with pen to paper.

            Some of the benefits I’ve found from my more active days include finding myself in the sense of understanding what matters to me and what I want out of life. I’ve been incredibly fortunate to find a spouse who is my best friend and advocate in raising children. I attribute this and much more to what I learned about myself in keeping journals for years.

            2. Keep Track of Small Changes

            I’ll admit that I never got very far with my guitar lessons, but in writing in a journal, I have seen the ability to track small changes like those that come when you practice anything.

            Those learning a musical instrument often fail to see the small improvements that come with regular practice. Writing won’t help you switch chords any faster, but it will help you to develop a better sense for language and grammar just by doing it.

            3. Become Aware of What Matters

            As you continue to write in a journal, following a stream-of-consciousness feel, you can look back on the topics that you chose to write about. Those issues and emotions that poured out of you will provide insight on to what matters most to you.

            You may not even realize that you’re job is depressing you or that you want to spend more time with your kids until you look over your thoughts that you weren’t really thinking about.

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            4. Boost Creativity

            The idea that the brain and its neural activity across hemispheres encourages learning also shows up in increased creativity. Just like with learning an instrument, your increased activity will inspire your thoughts to connect and reconnect in different ways.

            When I wrote in a journal, I often wrote poetry as well as just my thoughts as they came out. I started to hear poems more in my mind; so much so that I took to scrawling lines on napkins and finding metaphors in mundane activities.

            You really are what you do, so writing helps grow more than being a writer. Writing boosts the way you communicate and structure language, which really is a creative process.

            5. Represents Your Emotions in a Safe Environment

            A journal is as private as it gets. You can lock it in a safe or tuck it under a pillow and no one will accidentally share it on social media or have an opportunity to “leave a comment.”

            Write about your sorrow as much as your happiness and frustration and know that you don’t have to keep your emotions inside your body. You can put them on paper.

            6. Process Life Experiences

            When you take the time to look back over what you’ve written, be it a week or a year later, you will have the distance you need to more objectively interpret your raw feelings.

            Everything from losing a job to losing a loved one can emerge in a new light for a fresh perspective. Figuring out how the benefits of journaling affect your perspective on life will create connection and increase creativity.

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            7. Stress Relief

            In combining the exercise inherent in fine motor coordination that comes from the act of writing with the emotional release of self expression, those who maintain a journal relieve stress.

            Try it out. Go home and write about your day. Write about the traffic. Write about the coffee order the barista got wrong but you didn’t have time to change. See how you can physically purge some of that pent-up stress by putting it on paper.

            8. Provide Direction

            Though journaling is often conducted as an activity without much direction, it often provides direction.

            One of the biggest benefits of journaling is that your chaotic thoughts merge to show a direction in which to head. Asking the right questions is the only way to achieve the best solutions, so look to your journal to find your way toward your next goal.

            9. Solve Problems

            Just as in practicing math problems, we all get better at finding hidden solutions through the act of processing.

            Think of your next goal as X and solve your life problems by reading your journals as word problems. The benefit of journaling here is that you write, explore and process to recognize and then solve problems.

            When life is too in-your-face, you have to step back to see reality. Living in the moment allows us to write in the moment and use that expression to solve problems.

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            10. Find Relief From Fighting

            Solving your problems only comes after time to process, recognize and strategize. Just as in the benefit of journaling where relief comes from the act of writing, relief from fighting comes when you decide to “sit this one out” and communicate one-way.

            Fighting is only productive when the fighters care to communicate and find common ground. When the emotions are as high as the stress levels, writing will function as the best time out.

            11. Find Meaning in Life

            Journaling will show you why you are living, whether you are wallowing in things you wish to change or striving to make the changes. Your life will begin to take on new meaning and your own words will reveal the actions that got you where you are so that you can assess and pave a new path for your future.

            12. Allow Yourself to Focus

            Taking even a small amount of time out of every day will provide you with not only peace of mind but also increased focus. Taking a break to meditate in writing and journaling will sharpen your mental faculties.

            13. Sharpen Your Spirituality

            When we write, we allow all the energy and experiences to flow through us, which often provides further insight into our own spirituality. Even if your parents didn’t raise you to follow a specific religion, your thoughts will start to show you what you believe about the universe and your place in it.

            14. Let the Past Go

            I’ve mentioned a few examples where going back over your writing offers advice and direction, but the simply truth is that writing down our feelings can be the best way to let them go. We can choose to literally throw these pages away when they’re filled with negativity and hate.

            15. Allow Freedom

            Journaling is the perfect way to not only express yourself but to also experience the freedom of being who you are. Your books can stay private or you can publish them. Your freedom stems from your sense of self and your perception of your thoughts.

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            16. Enhance Your Career

            Again, the private act of pen-to-paper processing provides the benefits of journaling mentioned above, but you can also enhance your career when you take similar ideas and categorize, edit and publish them in an online blog.

            Your thoughts will often be personal and express emotions, but another benefit of journaling is uncovering fresh ideas about your work.

            17. Literally Explore Your Dreams

            All the benefits I’ve mentioned explore ideas, thoughts and emotions, which is also what our dreams and nightmares do. Through writing down your dreams from the previous night, you can enhance your creativity as well as connect some of the metaphorical dots from the rest of your journal.

            18. Catalog Your Life for Others

            No one wants to think about dying, but we all die. Leaving a journal will act as a way to reconnect with family and friends left behind. The ideas you wish to keep personal while you process the life you’re living will serve to rekindle and inspire those who loved you through the process.

            We consider our partners our life witnesses, but writing provides a tangible mark on the world.

            Now that you’ve learned all the benefits of journaling, it’s time to start writing a journal:

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