bottomless potion of kulle-aid [hibiscus limeade spritzer]

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A few weeks ago, Waterfiend, suggested that I make something special for the upcoming release of Reaper of Souls. That suggestion was to create a version of the delicious RoS consumable Bottomless Potion of Kulle-Aid.

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OH YEAH. 

I have been in many scenarios where being able to smash my way through walls would have been very, very helpful.

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WOW, THIS SEEMS FAIR. ಠ_ಠ

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Unfortunately, this real-life version of Kulle-Aid won’t allow you to run through walls, BUT, it will provide you the refreshment you need to fight through Act V!

UNIT COMPOSITION

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  1. 2 teaspoons of honey
  2. 2 hibiscus tea bags
  3. juice from 3 limes
  4. ~2 cups of club soda

BUILD ORDER

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  1. Brew your hibiscus tea in about 6oz of water.
  2. Add in your honey and stir until combined.
  3. Add ice cubes to your brewed tea. Add in your lime juice.
  4. Pour about 1/2 cup of your hibiscus tea and lime juice mixture into a glass. Top off your glass with equal parts club soda.
  5. Enjoy!

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GG WP!

If you’re looking for a more adult version of this drink (aka, BOOZE!), I recommend adding a shot or two of shochu.

Now, if you want to up your cooking game and create a devilish spread for your RoS launch party, here are my Diablo-themed recipes:

Appetizers/Starters

Entrees

Desserts

Hope you have a happy Reapers of Souls launch day!

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treasure goblin bags [curried turkey stuffed wontons]

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The elusive Treasure Goblin and his big ol’ bag of presents is a very welcomed sight to the adventuring Nephalem. However, this is not ideal when he scampers off into a group of angry demons. Whhyyy I just wanted loot!

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Wait! Come back! 

When you eventually catch up to the little bugger and mug him of all his goods, you might be lucky enough to get a Legendary! WORTH IT.

Recently, I came across the all-mighty PUZZLE RING. It was a minor upgrade from my old ring, but more importantly, it gave me a faithful Treasure Goblin side kick. I’ve affectionately named him Gibbles, because reasons.

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BEST FRIENDS WITH THE BIG SCARY PUPPY.

With the Puzzle Ring equipped, your Treasure Goblin companion will eagerly pick up common items. When he picks up 13 commons, he’ll drop a rare or legendary item.

This has caused me to be come fairly obsessive when it’s comes to feeding my Treasure Goblin. I have died many times desperately trying to rush through mobs in order to get to an Armor Rack just so I could get another common item. I have definitely gotten many more legendaries farming normally than I have trying to feed my Treasure Goblin…. Maybe I should re-evaluate this strategy. Hmm…

Farming for legendaries does make me quite hungry, and you definitely can’t go hunting loot on an empty stomach. So, I’ve devised a GLORIOUS appetizer that is perfect for your next legendary adventure: Treasure Goblin Bags! These bags are stuffed with the nutrients you need to keep slayin’ demons.

Since my Treasure Goblin buddy, Gibbles, only exists in-game, I’ve enlisted the help of Lewt the Papercraft Treasure Goblin to be my trusty sous chef for the day.

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Let’s get cooking!

UNIT COMPOSITION

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  1. salt
  2. pepper
  3. 1/4 cup of chives, chopped
  4. 2 tablespoons of curry powder
  5. 1/2 lb of ground turkey*
  6. 1 cup of carrot/broccoli slaw, minced (reserve a few pieces for decoration)
  7. ~20 wonton sheets

*You can substitute tofu for the turkey to make this vegetarian friendly!

BUILD ORDER

Prep time is roughly 25 minutes. Cook time is about ~12 minutes. This will make 4 servings.

OPENING

  1. In a bowl, combine your salt, pepper, curry powder, chives, and chopped broccoli/carrot slaw with your ground turkey.blog_treasuregoblin_cooking1
  2. Stir until thoroughly combined.

MID GAME

  1. Take one wonton wrapper and place about a tablespoon of filling in the center of the wrapper.
  2. Dip your finger in water and moisten two edges of the wrapper.
  3. Fold the corners to create a triangle.
  4. Take the two bottom corners of the triangle and fold them to the center.
    Place two sticks of carrot or broccoli from your slaw between the gaps. Crimp the edges at the top to form a small satchel shape.blog_treasuregoblin_cooking2

LATE GAME

  1. Preheat your oven to 400° F (~204° C).
  2. Place your treasure goblin bags on a baking tray and bake for about 12 minutes.
  3. Remove from oven and let cool for about 3 minutes.
  4. Eat!

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Ta-da! GG WP. Now you’ll have these delicious appetizers full of legendary deliciousness.

Make sure you eat these quickly because you’ll never know when a Treasure Goblin might run off with them!

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Hey, whats in the bag? Oh, more bags.

parsnips of reflection [parsnip and turmeric soup]

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Rejoice, Nephalem, because Patch 2.0.1 is here! Huzzah!

There were many, many, many things that were added and changed in Patch 2.0.1. One of the shinier changes was the addition of a new brand of object to the map — the Pool of Reflection.

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The Pool of Reflection will give you an added bonus pool of EXP that will last until you DIE! So try not to die, or all that glorious additional EXP goes to waste. Noooo.

I have died several times while holding bonus EXP, and each time was much more painful than the last. I should probably stop standing in front of Demon Forges. Hmmm.

Every time I approach a Pool of Reflection, I always wonder what the pool would taste like when consumed. Would it be earthy? Would it be garlicy? When your hero drinks it, do they ever ponder what wine would pair best with it?

Well, I think I’ve figured out what the Pool of Reflection could taste like… Parsnips and turmeric!

This healthy vegetarian dish will keep you alert for your many, many Diablo adventures! You can make this dish vegan too!

UNIT COMPOSITION

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  1. salt
  2. pepper
  3. 1 tablespoon of olive oil
  4. 1 tablespoon of thyme
  5. 1 1/2 tablespoons of turmeric
  6. 3-4 whole cloves of garlic
  7. 1 1/2 cups of butternut squash, cubed
  8. 1/2 lb of parsnips, peeled and cut into 1/2 inch pieces
  9. 2 1/2 cups of vegetable broth

BUILD ORDER

Prep time will take about 20 minutes. Cook time is roughly 1 hour. This will make 6-8 servings.

OPENING

  1. Set your oven to 400° (~204° C)
  2. Place your parsnips, garlic, and butternut squash in a baking dish (you can make a tiny dish out of tin foil like I did).
  3. Season your vegetables with salt, pepper, and thyme.
  4. Drizzle olive oil over the vegetables.
  5. Roast for 45 – 50 minutes in the oven, or until the vegetables have become soft.

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MID GAME

  1. Transfer your vegetables to a pot.
  2. Using a stand mixer, blend the vegetables until smooth. Slowly add in half of vegetable broth in order to make blending easier.blog_parsnipsofreflection_cooking2

LATE GAME

  1. Once your vegetables have become a smooth paste, place the pot over medium heat.
  2. Add in your turmeric and stir to combine.
  3. Add in your remaining vegetable broth and stir until smooth. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  4. Eat!

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GG WP, Nephalem!

It’s been very cold recently, so this soup is perfect for warming you up during the chilly winter months. Cozy up, drink some soup, and gain some EXP!

See you in Sanctuary!

reaper of soles [black sesame crusted sole over stir fry]

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Hello and happy new year!

We’re kicking off the new year with a recipe from the upcoming Diablo III expansion: Reaper of Souls. I was fortunate enough to receive a beta key from Blizzard and I immediately wasted no time in doing very important things during the beta test! For example, I’ve only spent 15 minutes talking to Soulstone Sliver in Westmarch.

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I’m pretty sure we’re already bros

OK, I lied. I probably spent way more time talking to the Soulstone Sliver. I just enjoy watching it spin around to face me when I click on it.

I did play through part of the Act V campaign and it’s really creepy. It’s creepy in a good way though. I don’t want to give out any spoilers, but there are encounters that seem very nightmare worthy.

I’m still trying to figure out a decent build for my Demon Hunter in preparation for Westmarch. Currently, I’m trying to figure out how to incorporate the new skill “Vengeance” into my build.

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I enjoy running into areas full of mobs just so I can pop Vengeance and run around… However, when I’m too over-zealous, this happens:

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Some things never change…

When I finished the Act V beta demo, I hopped straight into Adventure mode! I think it’s really refreshing because I can travel to any act and collect various bounties. Once you’ve completed all five bounties throughout the act, you’re rewarded with access to the Nephalem Rift.

The Nephalem Rift is full of delicious little mobs for you to kill and once you’ve destroyed enough of them, you get to fight a big baddie at the end.

blog_reaperofsoles_riftAnd after you’ve slaved away killing all of those darn monsters, you get rewarded with some sweet loot. Hooray!

Reaper of Souls is set to release at the end of March, but until then, I guess I’ll have to just make Diablo-themed recipes to combat my RoS cravings.

Today’s recipe is the Reaper of Soles, which pays homage to the reaper himself, Malthael.

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From the Diablo III wallpaper page. Also, currently my desktop background.

Instead of being cloaked in dark robes, this fillet of sole is crusted in black sesame seeds and was quickly pan-fried on a hot skillet. The fish sits on a bed of souls — err, I mean, a bed of rice noodles.

This dish is simple and easy to make, so you won’t have to spend hours slaving away in your kitchen instead of fighting demons in Sanctuary.

Let’s start cooking, Nephalem!

UNIT COMPOSITION

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  1. salt
  2. pepper
  3. 3 cloves of garlic, chopped
  4. 2 teaspoons of olive oil
  5. 2 teaspoons of soy sauce
  6. juice from 1/2 of a lime
  7. 4 tablespoons of black sesame seeds
  8. 1/2 of an onion, julienned (thin strips)
  9. 1 red bell pepper, julienned
  10. 1/4 lb of mushrooms, sliced
  11. 1/4 lb of rice noodles (I used these brown rice noodles)
  12. ~1/2 lb of dover sole (a fillet should be about ~1/4 lb)
  13. OPTIONAL: 2 sprigs of green onion, chopped

BUILD ORDER

This dish takes about 10 minutes to prepare, and about 15 minutes to cook. This dish makes 2 servings.

Calories per serving: ~400 calories

OPENING

  1. Place your sesame seeds in a shallow dish.
  2. Season your sole with salt and pepper. Dredge the fish in the sesame seeds. Once the fish is fully coated, remove and set aside.blog_reapersofsoles_dredge
  3. While you are dredging the fish, set a pot of water to boil for the rice noodles. You will want the noodles to cook while you’re cooking the fish.

MID GAME

  1. Heat a large skillet on high heat and add in 1 teaspoon of olive oil. When the olive oil reaches a water-like viscosity, add in your garlic, red bell pepper, onions, and mushrooms.
  2. Saute your vegetables until browned (about 4 minutes). Immediately remove vegetables and set aside.blog_reaperofsoles_saute

LATE GAME

  1. Add your remaining teaspoon of olive oil into the skillet. When the skillet comes up to temperature, add in your fish.
  2. Allow fish to cook for about 4-5 minutes per side on medium-high heat.
  3. While your fish is cooking, add your rice noodles to your boiling water. The rice noodles should take about 5 minutes to cook and should finish by the time your fish is done. Stir the noodles occasionally while they’re cooking in order to prevent them from sticking together.
  4. When the noodles have finished cooking, immediately strain them and return them to the pot. Stir in your vegetables, lime juice, and soy sauce.
  5. Plate your dish by placing your sesame-crusted fish over the noodle stir-fry.
  6. (Optional) Garnish your dish with green onions.
  7. Eat!

And ta-da, here’s the finished dish:

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GG WP, Nephalem!

I hope this dish will inspire you create your own healthy and delicious meals in the comfort of your own kitchen. Hopefully, your kitchen isn’t located in Westmarch because I hear the property value in that place is decreasing due to reapers.

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THESE DARN MAIDENS OF FLAME AIN’T NOTHIN’ BUT TROUBLE.

wishful essence [cauliflower bacon soup]

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When I returned from E3 last week, I finally sat down and accomplished one of my greatest gaming achievements in a long time. With a lot of gracious help, I gained the last “ding” on my Demon Hunter. It felt pretty damn awesome.

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It’s so awesome to not see exp bonuses from the “Mighty Blow”

That’s right — I’m officially Paragon 100. It was a long perilous road, which was made much longer by many many distractions. Some of those distractions rhyme with shmedditLOOK AT THIS GEM I FOUND.

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