It has started.
It began innocently enough with a video on TED Talks. My son became curious about deconstructing electronic equipment. He has decided he wants to be a robotics engineer when he grows up. I find parts from old cellphones strewn around. My tools go missing. I discovered that he wired the battery from the flashlight to a piece of electronics and actually got it hot.
Then Nana got him a DS. Now I pick him up from school and he is playing math games on the computer. He has his approved gaming websites and love to hide in his room or make himself a little nest in the corner of the living room. He has discovered the black hole. Video Games.
I will have to break into his room from now on and force him to see sunlight, to shower on occasion and make sure there is food available. I’ll have to decide what god to pray to that he doesn’t catch anything on fire trying to make his own computer. I am hoping to get a glimpse of him from time to time before he is completely grown.
On my very first date with JJ, we were driving in the car to meet my friends and I asked him how he spent his free time. He said he played a lot of World of Warcraft. I was at a stop sign. I scanned the street – there was plenty of room for a U-turn. I could make it. I contemplated…Why didn’t I take it? I knew the time would come when my son needed a video game mentor. That time is now. And, let’s face it, that is not going to be me.
I do, however, think I can handle making the Herb Baked Eggs in non-virtual reality so that he could gain 2 Spirit and 2 Stamina for 15 minutes.
From [Beer Basted Boar Ribs] to [Giant Clam Scorcho], there is no recipe too obscure or odd to attract notice from the chefs of Azeroth. Food is used in the game to heal players out of combat so that they are able to get back to fighting as quickly as possible.
As you are traveling around the world, you will notice that you often receive pieces of meat which, instead of being sold to merchants, could be used to create food. If you are a player who relies on food, such as a non-healing player or a player who solos, cooking will be very important to you.
You can buy food from merchants, but the food gained through cooking is nearly free and it is actually much more effective. Additionally, even if you don’t eat it, cooked meat is still worth more than raw meat when resold. Cooking is also a great “flavor” secondary skill because you can entertain players with the funny and interesting dishes you can create. Hand someone a portion of [Dragonbreath Chili], a [Savory Deviate Delight], or some[Stormchops] and you’ll see what we mean.
Additionally, certain cooked foods have a 15-minute, 30-minute, or 60-minute Well Fed buff effect in addition to the immediate health boost all foods have. (Know you’re going in to battle and have a few minutes? Eat that [Herb Baked Egg] first and gain 2 Spirit and 2 Stamina for 15 minutes. +2 stamina equates to 20 health points and +2 spirit makes you get health and mana back quicker.) A list of recipes and the buffs they give can be found under Well Fed. In the Burning Crusade, cooking is improved for other classes as there are buffs such as increased agility, spell damage, healing, etc. A “treat” can also be given to a Hunter pet or a Warlock minion. – from WoWWiki.com
The Original and Stricly Unoffical Tauren Chef Cookbook
There’s now a cookbook that takes the exotic, interesting, and sometimes weird (that stew uses what?!?) recipes found in your favorite MMOs (such as World of Warcraft®, Ultima Online®, Star Wars Galaxies®, etc.) and brings them into the real world.
Take that stack of spider legs you’ve been collecting, grab a copy of The Original and Stricly Unoffical Tauren Chef Cookbook, and make real food to feed to your real world gamer clan!
Dragonbreath Chili (from foodnetwork.com)
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 3 tablespoons bacon grease, or canola oil
- 2 red bell peppers, diced (about 2 cups)
- 2 jalapenos, minced (about 2 tablespoons)
- 3 Anaheim chiles, roasted, peeled, chopped
- 3 poblano chiles, roasted, peeled, chopped
- 2 yellow onions, diced (about 2 cups)
- 1 head garlic, minced (about 1/4 cup)
- 1 pound boneless chuck, trimmed and cut into 1/4-inch cubes
- 2 pounds ground beef, coarse grind
- 1 pound bulk Italian sausage
- 2 teaspoons granulated onion
- 2 teaspoons granulated garlic
- 3 tablespoons chili powder
- 2 teaspoons hot paprika
- 2 teaspoons ground cumin
- 2 teaspoons ground coriander
- 2 teaspoons cayenne pepper
- 2 teaspoons kosher salt
- 2 teaspoons freshly ground black pepper
- 2 cups tomato sauce
- 1 cup tomato paste
- 12 ounces lager beer
- 1 cup chicken stock
- 2 (15.5-ounce) cans pinto beans, with juice
- 2 (15.5-ounce) cans kidney beans, with juice
- Double-Fried French Fries, recipe follows
- Saltine crackers, for garnish
- 1 bunch green onions, thinly sliced
- 1 cup shredded Cheddar
In large stock pot over high heat, add butter and bacon grease. Add bell pepper, jalapeno, chiles and onion and cook until caramelized, about 5 minutes. Add garlic and saute a minute longer. Add chuck and brown. Add ground beef and sausage to brown and stir gently, trying not to break up the ground beef too much. Cook until meat is nicely browned and cooked through, about 7 to10 minutes. Add in granulated onions, granulated garlic, chili powder, paprika, cumin, coriander, cayenne, salt and pepper and cook for 1 minute. Add in tomato sauce and paste and stir for 2 minutes. Stir in beer and chicken stock. Add beans, lower heat and simmer for 2 hours.
Serve in bowls over Double-Fried French Fries and garnish with Saltine crackers, green onions and shredded Cheddar.