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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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            8 Simple Mindfulness Exercises to Bring Peace and Happiness to Your Life

            8 Simple Mindfulness Exercises to Bring Peace and Happiness to Your Life

            In life, we all need to be conscientious of what we are doing. You don’t need to live a life of stress if you don’t want to. You can achieve peace and happiness in life by carefully building mindfulness exercises into your life’s routine.

            Exercising mindfulness isn’t rocket science and as importantly, you can do it. It will, however, take a few tries to get into the groove of things but once you get it, it is like riding a bike, you will never lose it.

            Trust me. It’s in your best interest to learn and put these mindfulness exercises into practice. In this article, I will share with you 8 mindfulness exercises that will help you to boost your energy, vitality and live a more peaceful and happier life.

            Why Is It Hard to Live A Peaceful And Happy Life?

            Our Habitat Has Become Too Technological

            The world has accepted the idea that technology is often the cure for all evil. We have accepted, as a society, that everything technological will make us live a better life without fully investigating the many side effects that modernity brings.

            There are a number of technological side effects that have a tremendous impact on your life that the media rarely tells you about.[1] Some of them include self-harm, economic inequality, having less sex, and even suicide. The global community is becoming less happy because of technology.

            How can anybody live a peaceful and happy life when they are depressed? Technology advancements, ladies and gents, is a major reason for why we are living a poor life because it has infiltrated our lives too much.

            According to my research, Americans spend an average of 8 hours a day looking at the computer screen — The average screen time spent on smartphones alone is about 20 hours per week. That’s a lot! No wonder why living a happy and peaceful life is so difficult these days.

            Too Many People Don’t Want to Unplug

            Americans check their phones an average of 80 times during vacation.[2] Some admit to checking their smartphones 300 times every single day. In countries like Brazil, India and China, the situation is no different.

            The reality is that people are constantly plugged into technological devices and this behavior is literally making people all over the globe fight an inner war with themselves, which consequently makes them very sad. As we know, war is the enemy of peace which won’t make anybody happy.

            Listen carefully:

            We have a global anxiety epidemic because people don’t want to unplug from their smartphones and most people aren’t doing anything to fix it. It is a sad state of affairs but very real. This obsession with technology is turning us into perishable robots who live terrible lives.

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            The era of anxiety is here to stay. There is little doubt about it. We can, however, fight back with the best remedy of all — We call it mindfulness!

            Thank God there is an antidote to this whole technological madness. Without further ado, let’s go straight to the mindful exercises.

            8 Mindfulness Exercises to Start Practicing

            There are tons of mindfulness exercises available for you to engage with out there.[3] In the paragraphs below, I will include the best ones I’ve personally tried or have seen my close friends and family members try.

            Are you ready for it? Let’s go!

            1. Pray Daily

            You should pray on a daily basis. Why is that you may ask — Well, because science has told us to do so.

            When people pray, they feel peaceful, almost eliminating anxiety. Worries become secondary, and often gives people energy and hope to cope with the difficulties of life.

            Prayer can make you more confident and focused. Prayer also helps you with self-control, helps to control pain, and can protect you against illnesses and disorders like cancer and high blood pressure. At least, this is what researchers from Harvard Medical School have said.[4]

            Pray. You won’t regret it.[5]

            2. Pay Attention to Your Inner Thoughts

            A lot of people allow themselves to be influenced by their negative thoughts. Be different and resist believing in them. It is a bad habit that can lead to unhappiness.

            By the way, if you do feel this way, chances are high that somebody other than you put these thoughts into your head.

            Here is my secret to combat this cancer — look at things objectively. I bet that if you look at things as they are, you will realize that most if not all of your negative thoughts are only inside of your head.

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            If you pay close attention, you will quickly realize that these voices aren’t worth your time. Believe me — Ignoring them and looking at things with objectivity is often the best course of action.

            This article can guide you to beat negative thoughts:

            How to Stop Automatic Negative Thoughts When You’re Overwhelmed

            3. Smile Often

            Smiling will slow down your heart. It will also relax your body because when you smile, your body releases endorphins which in itself has a number of positive benefits for you as a person.

            Smile often! You may want to smile early in the morning, during the day, and late in the evening. It is amazing what happens to you when you decide to smile instead of being grumpy.

            Surrender your problems to a nice smile. You will notice two things. First, most people just don’t which makes them live a miserable life. Second, if you decide to smile often, you will eventually smile unconsciously which is the ideal.

            The moment that you smile unconsciously, you then know that you are truly happy.

            4. Organize Your Working Desk

            A messy desk will make you less productive and can agitate and overstimulate you. You don’t want that.

            When you clear your desk, you engage in deep inner-thinking and your systematic decision making ends up becoming therapeutic.

            Most people realize that they are most creative when their creative space is clean and organized. The former often makes people more aware of what they are doing which lends to less stress and more productivity.

            Organizing your desk will also make you more energetic and focused because order often decreases chaos which is a condition that often slows down daily progress.

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            5. Celebrate Your Friend’s Victories

            I love this mindful exercise. One of the best ways to live a happy and peaceful life is to celebrate the victories of others. When you do that, you automatically make your friends in a better mood which makes you in a better mood, as well.

            Happiness is contagious! We might as well celebrate others as much as we can. If you find out that your peer has won an award, celebrate with him! If your friend is the recipient of a local charity award, celebrate with her!

            What is also awesome is that when you celebrate with others, they often celebrate with you in return. This, ladies and gentleman, will make you feel fantastic. You can’t go wrong with this one, period.

            6. Listen to Your Spouse/Partner

            God put someone in your life for a reason. You might as well listen to him or her.

            I listen to my wife everyday. In fact, I often ask the following question to her, “Amanda, what are your thoughts about…” or “What am I missing about…” It is shocking what I hear back from her. Without her having much context and perspective, by the art of observation in my own nonverbal behavior and the behavior of others, she accurately gives me incredible insights which helps me out with living my life to the fullest.

            I’m a firm believer that spouses are supposed to engage in interpersonal communication every day. I most definitely do and will continue doing it. You should do the same.

            7. Give Yourself a Break from Technology

            You can’t be in total equilibrium if your computerized devices control your life. You must get away from technology on a daily basis.[6]

            How do you do that? This is my formula:

            First, take this smartphone control test. It is only ten questions but this test will place you somewhere in the human robot cycle continuum.

            If your score is between 25-30, take a break from the computer (or smartphone, pad, laptop/desktop) every twenty minutes and stop being on a computerized device after 8:00pm.

            If you score between 30-35, still take a break every 20 minutes but stop being on these devices at 5:00pm.

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            If you score more than 35, you need to take action immediately.

            Limit computer use as much as possible throughout the day. Give yourself as many breaks from the computer as possible. Are you ready for the challenge?

            8. Go Exercise

            Go exercise at least three times a week. I don’t care if you need to workout early in the morning, late in the evening, on the weekends or during work days. Working out is absolutely imperative for you to live happy and peaceful life.

            The stresses of the modern world are too much for you to neglect this important mindfulness exercise. When you go to the gym, you burn calories, focus on activities one step at a time, your mind relaxes, anxiety decreases, you sweat and often think about topics unrelated to your work place among many other benefits.

            You must exercise at least three hours each week for optimum results. Why? Just take a look at all the benefits of regular exercising:

            12 Benefits of Regular Exercise You Should Know

            The Bottom Line

            It’s in your best interest to learn and put these mindfulness exercises into practice. Now that our habitat has become too technological and many people just don’t want to unplug, engaging in daily prayer, celebrate your friends’ victories, and listening to your spouse are among the best ways to be mindful about what you are doing and how you are living.

            It is possible to live a happy and peaceful life. It only depends on you.

            Go exercise! Take a break from technology and invest in you! Life is too short for distractions.

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