January 15, 2018

What's Up: 2018

Hi, All!

This a house-keeping post to let you know what's up.

Some yummy German food!
     I now live in Germany. We're still in the process of settling in (it takes a long time for household goods to ship from the States!). I like my new kitchen and have made a few things (some food inspired by Undertale, a milkshake for Hunk's birthday from Voltron: Legendary Defender and Field Golem Stew from Delicious in Dungeon), but am looking forward to getting my appliances and dishes, etc. to do more. It's a nice place and I have a good amount of space. The thing I am most looking forward to is unpacking my books. I put a ton in storage, but still brought so many with me (my TBR pile is ridiculous). Shelving; touching and looking at and smelling and organizing *deep breath* my books is so appealing and therapeutic to me *exhale*. I'm also happy about the thought of putting up my Japanese figures; I plan on doing more figure photography this year. All in all, I'm excited to be making a new home. I'll be sharing pictures on my Instagram, if you're interested in seeing how it goes. :)

     Which leads me to...
     I've mentioned this before, but want to reiterate, I'm mostly active on Instagram @fictionfood. It's where I post food pics (both general and fandom related) plus easy recipes every once in a while, book and comic photos, and really just lifestyle stuff/stuff I like.
     I also have an Instagram account called @ifblankwasafood where I post photos of book and food pairings based on what authors have said their book would be if it was a food. This has been a lot of fun. It's a question I've asked authors for a long time at events and online, and earlier in 2017 I finally decided to do photo shoots of the answers and share them. :) My Twitter account @fictionfood is mostly where I share cool fandom food things that others have done that I thin you all might be interested in.

     Concerning the Fiction Kitchen Podcast I co-host with Carrie over at Witchy-Kitchen, we've been on a long hiatus but are coming back in February or March. The program will be in a different, more free format suited to our individual interests and media consumption–still food related with recipes, of course! We'll also be putting the recipes related to the podcast on our own sites as opposed to the Fiction Kitchen Podcast website were they have gone in the past (the podcast website will have links to the recipes).
     Along with this change we'll also be posting our past FKP recipes on our own blogs during the next little while so all of our recipes will be in one place. :) So all of Carrie's FKP recipes will be on her site Witchy-Kitchen and all of my FKP recipes will be here on Fiction-Food Café. So expect a bunch of recipe posts soon!

Zelda: Breath of the Wild foods!
     Recipes, recipes. So there will be an influx of recipes from FKP, but I also have several recipes from The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild to post that I made in 2017 for an unfinished project. That project may or may not come to fruition, but at least I can share the recipes I put so much effort into making. :) I've already posted a few (Veggie Cream Soup, Hearty Truffles, Meaty Rice Balls).
     I also have several recipes from Bee & PuppyCat to post that I submitted and were accepted to Easy Eats: A Bee & PuppyCat Cookbook back in 2016, but the wording of which was changed.... I'd like to post the recipes so perhaps they'll be more understandable. Also, I want to share the photos I took of the food! The Easy Eats cookbook doesn't have any food photos (but it does have very cute food illustrations).
So, those are two food projects that I'll be sharing. I've really enjoyed focusing on one theme and doing many dishes for it in a short amount of time–I've done this with Big Hero 6, Bee & PuppyCat, Breath of the Wild. I'd like to do it again. :)

Those are some of the things going on with me. :) I hope you are all having a good start to your 2018!

December 24, 2017

Veggie Cream Soup | The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

"Today’s dinner is veggie cream soup! It’s super nourishing and fortifying!"

"This creamy soup showcases the sweetness of vegetables in a veritable taste explosion."

–In-game descriptions, "The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild"

          Give dear little Koko of Kakariko Village the swift carrot she asks for to help make dinner for her little sister Cottla and she'll share a heart filling serving of "Hasty Veggie Cream Soup" with you. The soup base is rock salt and fresh milk and then you add in either carrots (endura or hasty) or fortifying pumpkin. The carrot or pumpkin effect will cause the soup to give Link an effect boost like "hasty" for speed, "enduring" for stamina, or "tough" for defense. In the game you can't combine effects, but in the in-game image of the soup it shows both carrot and pumpkin, so that's what I went for in this recipe–I wanted to get close to the picture, plus I wanted those yummy flavors! I hope you enjoy it and it fills your heart, stomach, and coziness-factor in chilly weather. :)

December 16, 2017

Sour Cherry Scones | Carry On

          Goodness, you guys, I meant to post this recipe such a long time ago! I posted a recipe for sour cherry scones using canned or fresh cherries a while back but I always meant to share a dried cherry version–so here it finally is! Christmastime is prime Carry On time so.... These would make a lovely holiday breakfast or teatime accompaniment, with lots of butter, of course. Slabs even. ❤️

"I just can't pass up the scones if they're there. They're soft and light and a little bit salty. Sometimes I dream about them."
–Simon, Chapter Two, Carry On by Rainbow Rowell

Hearty Truffles | The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

          I'm finally posting more of my "Breath of the Wild" recipes (I have a slew that need to go up)! I thought these yummy chocolates might be good to share for the holidays because they are very gift-able/shareable. :) In-game of course, the hearty truffles are mushrooms, just like their counterparts in the real world which are fancy-schmancy, but I wanted to do something fun and simple and easily party-able, so I went the decadent chocolate ganache route of truffle (named thus because they are rich and special and shaped like the mushrooms).
          I wanted to get the real-world mushroom truffle look with these treats; bumpy and earthy and the right color, and as I was experimenting and comparing to truffle photographs, my daughter gave me some good input which produced the result you see here. She is a good helper and tester. :)

"This rare mushroom has a rich scent. Cook it before eating to temporarily increase your maximum hearts."
– In-game description, "The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild"

December 11, 2017

Clove Shortbread w/ Dark Chocolate & Sea Salt | Unhooked

          In Lisa Maxwell's young adult Peter Pan re-imagining Unhooked, there is a handsome pirate captain who smells of cloves. Haha, I started calling him "Captain Clove" in my mind because the female main character mentions it several times. I couldn't not make something clove-ish for this book. ;)

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