Forbes Carol Pinchefsky, has an interesting article up for all you cooking fans in GW2. Now if you really enjoy cooking in real life and want to add a Guild Wars 2 cooking recipes to your gaming diet then this is for you. Now who could argue with a healthy diet and snack inspired by the game you love to play.
Four ‘Guild Wars 2′ Recipes You Can Craft in Your Kitchen
I’m enjoying Guild Wars 2(GW2) for its gorgeous graphics and its non-stop adventure. But playing GW2 has resulted in a strange side effect: It’s making me hungry. That’s because whenever I use the discovery tab to find new recipes, I think, “Mmm…tasty.”
I’m not the only one. In this GW2 Reddit thread, “Cooking Has Ruined Me,” Redditor Acromir describes how excited he was to find the vendor who sold celery. “[T]here’s this voice in the back of my head saying ‘You could be fighting dragons… why are you spending so much time trying to figure out what goes with tomatoes, lemon, and onion?’”
Because these foods give your character some much-needed buffs, that’s why. (Also, it’s nifty.) But why only craft these recipes digitally when I give myself some much-needed vitality and duration? I figure it’s time to stop with the crafting and get with the eating.
Of course I don’t know how to cook. So I asked the best cook I know for help: my mother. She came up with recipes for Ascalonian salad, spiced mashed yams, stuffed peppers, and chocolate bananas based on GW2′s ingredients.
These are GW2 foods you can discover (make) in your own crafting station (kitchen). And you don’t have to be crafting level 200 to do it.
In GW2: Ascalonian salad requires a crafting level of 125 and gives you nourishment (30m): 28% to gain swiftness when you kill a foe, and +10 Experience from kills. In the real world: This took moderate skill, and the yummy salad gave me a +10 boost to my happiness.
In GW2: A bowl of spiced mashed yams requires a crafting level of 150 and gives you Nourishment (30 m) -24% stun duration, +40 toughness, and +10 experience from kills. In the real world: This took moderate skill, and the carbs increased my energy level.
In GW2: Stuffed peppers requires a crafting level of 100 and gives you Nourishment (30m): 16% chance to cause might on critical during the day, and +10 Experience from kills. In the real world: This took moderate skill, and the protein gave me a bonus to my endurance.
In GW2: Chocolate bananas requires a skill level of 75 and gives you nourishment (30m): 7% magic find while under the effect of a boon, and +10 Experience from kills. In the real world: This took discipline to not eat the chocolate outright, and it gave me the incredible magical power of dopamine.
ASCALONIAN SALAD (serves 4)
– 8 small beets
– 1 pinch of salt
– 1 pinch of sugar
– 1 bag of pre-rinsed mixed greens or pre-rinsed spinach
– 4 ounces of crumbled goat cheese
– 4 ounces candied pecans (you can find them at Trader Joe’s)
– 4 teaspoons of finely chopped scallions
Trim the tops off the beets. Boil in water for 30-40 minutes, until the beets are soft enough to pierce through with a fork. (Optional: Add salt and sugar to the boiling water.) Take one bag of pre-rinsed mixed greens/spinach and evenly divide them on four plates. Add one ounce each of crumbled goat cheese and candied pecans. Peel the beets, slice them in half inch circles, and arrange them on each plate. (Optional: Sprinkle one teaspoon of scallions on each plate.)
1/2 cup of olive oil
2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
Dash of salt and pepper
1/2 teaspoon of oregano
1/2 teaspoon of basil
1/2 teaspoon of parsley
1/2 teaspoon of thyme
1/4 teaspoon of mustard powder
Blend ingredients in a blender. Serve. (Leftovers of the dressing will keep indefinitely.)
BOWL OF SPICED MASHED YAMS (serves 4)
– 4 yams
– 1/4 cup of buttermilk
-4 cloves of garlic
– 1 inch cube of ginger root
– 1 or 2 tablespoons of butter
– Salt and pepper (to taste)
Cayenne, curry powder, or turmeric
Preheat oven. Bake four yams at 350F for 45 minutes until soft. Remove skins. Crush four cloves of garlic and grate the ginger; saute garlic and ginger in oil until golden.Mash the yams with a potato masher. Mix in the sauteed garlic and ginger. Add salt and pepper to taste. Makes four servings.
Optional: If you like your yams extra hot, add cayenne pepper while you’re mashing. If you prefer them more flavorful, add curry powder or turmeric.
STUFFED PEPPERS (serves 4)
– 4 bell peppers (any color, including multiple colors)
– 1/2 cup of basmati rice –
2 tablespoons of oil
– 1 small onion
– 1 pound of ground beef
– Salt and pepper (to taste)
– Tomato sauce of your choice (25 or 26 ounce jar)
Preheat oven. Boil the rice as per the recipe on the back of your rice package until almost cooked. (Leave the rice slightly underdone.) Remove the tops of four bell peppers, as well as the seeds and white membrane. Saute a small onion in two tablespoons of oil for five minutes or until golden. Mix the cooked rice into the raw meat, then also mix the sauteed onion, plus the salt and pepper. Add an even amount into each bell pepper.
Pour the tomato sauce into a casserole dish, and place the peppers in the dish. Cover with a lid. Cook at 350F for forty minutes until the meat is cooked through and the pepper is soft. Serve with the tomato sauce.
CHOCOLATE BANANAS (serves 4)
– 4 ripe bananas
– 24 ounces of your favorite chocolate (such as Valhrona)
– 1 small bar/block of chocolate (for grating)
Melt the chocolate in a double boiler, stirring constantly.
Peel a ripe (not overripe) banana and dip half of it in the pot of melted chocolate. Remove. Sprinkle grated chocolate curls onto the melted chocolate. Place banana on parchment paper. Repeat. Place bananas in the freezer until frozen, about two hours