The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask 3D will be released tomorrow, February 13th, 2015. Incidentally, when I made this recipe I wasn’t even thinking about it and didn’t know the exact release date for the game. Happy accidents are happy, yes? Yes. A couple months back, Neo and I had one of our famous Eccentric Post-12 Hour Shift Sunday Talks on our way home from work when one of us came up with the idea for this one. This recipe turned out to be a little challenging but is easily perfected with some practice. In this case, the final product you see is from the third batch. It went a little something like this:
Heated sugar syrup to 250 degrees F instead of 295-300 degrees F because I accidentally misread the thermometer. Sugar syrup thickened but did not set. Whoops.
Success! Called Neo and Jessie to kitchen to gloat, took turns handling the sugar glass, Jessie mishandled it and it shattered.
The third, finished ‘pane’ will be getting hauled off for a midnight release event tonight at a local GameStop and I’m really looking forward to giving out samples. That said, I have a lot of cards to print out for the event so…
Today, my hopes and dreams have been shattered — literally. As you may know, fellow geeks and gamers, today was supposed to be Legend of Zelda Stained Sugar Glass. And it looked fantastic… until the right person (not me!) picked up the ‘glass’ the wrong way and shattered it. From personal experience, sugar glass shatters like real glass.
Accidents happen, I suppose. We’ll revisit the sugar class on 2/12 as I already have something special planned for next week… More on that later. But you should totally be excited.
Today we’ll instead pay homage to the grand Super Mario franchise with something delicious: Toadstool Salad with Green 1-UP Dressing. I mean, you could use ranch but that wouldn’t be nearly as tasty. This dressing is pure magic! It got even our resident greens-hater to clear her plate. Ready? Let’s go.
I’m going to be showcasing three separate recipes for three very different candies featured in the popular game, Candy Crush: orange lozenges, green gum squares, and chocolate color bombs. Admittedly, I don’t play this game, myself. I belong to the “I’m sorry. Freemium gaming destroys lives. I lost my father to Candy Crush.” crowd after a short stint playing the Family Guy mobile game. Fun, but more time consuming than it should be, and too tempting to want to spend money on it. Also, if you got that reference, we should totally be friends. You’re cool.
And so, while I don’t play the game, I do have the capacity to appreciate it. We’ll go ahead and pay tribute here.
I have a confession to make: There will be no Senzu Bean Jelly Beans this week. At the time of this post there have been five failed batches of beans. I’d like to believe that each batch is a step closer to the desired result. It seems that there aren’t many decent how-to videos for making jelly beans around. I think in the end it should work out pretty well, but it is just not happening this week.
As a substitute, let’s sidetrack to one of my favorite games: Skyrim. One of the most iconic items from the game is the sweet roll. I actually had all of the ingredients on hand and didn’t need to make a special trip to the store, which is a nice change of pace. Today’s recipe is borrowed from Instructables with a small tweak at the end. Additionally, in place of the usual glaze Neo was craving some cream cheese icing. I’m inclined to agree with him here. The glaze/icing in the original sweet roll just seems more… substantial. No offense, Instructables. I’m sure your glaze is absolutely fantastic and I’ll probably try it someday. I use the cream cheese icing recipe from Food Network; it’s always yielded great results and has great taste. Links to these recipes can be found at the end of the post.
I’ll admit, I’ve been planning this one for a while. Like, pre-Dice Fudge a while. I just wasn’t particularly inclined to buy a pineapple since the only pineapple I’m familiar with has either been prepared or canned. I don’t know what to look for in a pineapple. I just don’t. Pineapple Pikachu went on the back burner for the moment.
This year I received a pineapple for Christmas. No, really. A whole freaking pineapple (along with some grapefruit, mango, and kiwi, but still– pineapple). My family’s a little weird.
I love fresh fruit and adding chocolate makes the dish feel fancy and decadent. With a little planning, this is a fairly simple treat to put together. Admittedly I did not plan very well, having never worked with fresh pineapple before. Expect a few ‘Chef’s Notes of Facepalm’ sprinkled in here and there to help your heads and tails turn out a little better looking than mine did. Here we go.
I’m just going to come right out and say it… the internet lies and this recipe proved that Murphy’s Law is real. Disclaimer aside, this recipe combines my two favorite dessert treats into one happy little lump: Oreo cookies and marshmallows. Probably you’ve seen the recipe for “coal” bars circulating on Facebook… and based on the image and details, it probably originated from Pinterest. This is a story of what happened, what should have happened, and what I would do differently next time. Let’s go.
A couple of weeks ago, Neo (the boyfriend) sent me a video link of someone sharing their recipe for crazy-simple microwave fudge. Just by watching the video I knew I had to make it. But how could I possibly make it into something which fit into the overall theme of the blog?
Think, think, think.
Much brainstorming later, it hit me. Dice! I will make fudge, and it will be dice, and it will be scrumptious, and it will be cute. Yes. This is happening. Because fudge. (One does not question a female with chocolate.)
The end result? It’s quick, relatively inexpensive, creamy, and SUPERRICH. The fudge itself requires all of five minutes and five ingredients. That’s it.
Welcome to Skill Up Skillet. I’ll be your mildly eccentric host, Leisel: Neophyte Gamer and Chef Extraordinaire.
As a gamer, sometimes I get sick of sitting in front of my computer with a bowl of ramen or microwave God-only-knows-what’s-in-this sandwiches. Then I toddle up the stairs and remember, “Oh, yeah! I have a kitchen! I can cook and things and not get yelled at!”. Considering the majority of my family are bakers and restaurant owners, I realized I was doing myself a grave disservice by not getting myself elbow-deep in flour and sugar on a regular basis. I also knew that I had to make cooking fun and inventive to keep myself in the kitchen.
Between my recent stints of heavy Minecraft (playing) and Skyrim (watching), something just clicked: I wanted to make gamer food! (Because of this, look forward to the classic Skyrim Sweet Roll and my much anticipated Minecraft: 1001 Ways to Pork Chop series.) Thus, Skill Up Skillet was born.
Join me as I bravely (or foolishly) attempt to re-create tasty dishes and items from your favorite computer and video games, movies, tv series, and novels. I will try to include as many original recipes as possible, and provide links to my inspiration. It will be a fantastical journey from sci-fi to fantasy, slow cooker soup to fast and easy fudge, across all platforms.
Want to see me make something specific? Make a suggestion! Your suggestion may be concocted into something new and wonderful.
And remember: Cooking IRL does not have to be a Feat of Strength!
ESRB Rating: Teen
Infrequent use of mild-strong language; probable (if minimal) blood, because knives are sharp and pointy; gambling with Insert-Deity-Of-Choice-Here to make my dishes turn out right.