November 13, 2007

Cooking with World of Warcraft

Sometimes you find a connection where you least expect to. Such was the case this weekend when I was educated on a few of the intricacies of the online role playing game, World of Warcraft, (WoW). I know people who spend countless hours in front of the computer, doing whatever it is they do to advance their position in WoW. It’s not something I’ve ever had any interest in playing as my gaming ability was maxed out after Tetris and Super Mario Kart, but as I’ve recently learned, it might not be altogether evil either. What I didn’t know about WoW was that among the various tasks that you can complete, (don’t ask me how or why said tasks are actually completed) cooking and baking are among them! Are you serious? That’s almost reason enough for me to take it up. For anyone who plays WoW, you might want to turn away at this point while I butcher the game with my interpretation of how things work. In my mind the game is now composed entirely of various levels of chefs who go around collecting recipes and having IronChef-like battles for game supremacy. Have I taken things too far? Before I drifted into my own version of Chef WoW, I was told that there really are recipes for which you have to find ingredients. If you were making this Fish Soup for example, you’d first have to go catch the fish. My recipe instructs buying it, but if you want to go fishing, I’m all for it.

Provençale Fish Soup with Pasta (From The Soup Bible, Ed; Debra Mayhew)

2 T olive oil

1 onion, sliced

1 garlic clove, crushed

1 leek, sliced

4 cups water

8 oz canned chopped tomatoes

a pinch of Mediterranean herbs

¼ tsp saffron threads

4 oz small pasta

1 lb white fish, such as cod, plaice or monfish, filleted and skinned, (I used a mixture of cod and smoked cod)

salt and freshly ground black pepper

Heat the oil in a large saucepan and add the onion, garlic and leek. Cover and cook gently for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the vegetables are soft.

Add the water, tomatoes, herbs, saffron and pasta. Season and cook for 15-20 minutes.

Cut the fish into bite sized chunks and add to the soup. Simmer for 5-10 minutes until the fish is cooked.

Serve with crusty bread.

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Manggy said...

lol, Brilynn! I don't play WoW but that sounds a little whacked! Mario Kart all the way!

K & S said...

don't play WoW, but this soup looks like a nice way to warm up :)

MyKitchenInHalfCups said...

The soup looks WOW even if you don't play much World of Warcraft!

Kelly-Jane said...

I've never even heard of wow! Souper soup (sorry couldn't help it!).

Lyra said...

LOL....I have to email this to my boyfriend. He is obsessed with WoW. (Well, not as obsessed with some-otherwise I would never see him and he would slowly evolve to be rooted permanently to his computer chair, but you get the idea)...

Quellia said...

Hehe yes, back when I was playing WoW, I had fishing and cooking as skills so I could fish for things and hunt for ingredients and make things. I thought it was great fun, especially since sometimes you'd fish up an old boot!

Tradeskillchef said...

All I can say is, don't diss something until you've tried it yourself =) ---- Like most trends, there's usually something behind the craze, and America is full of em =p
Have any of you seen Hell's Kitchen or Top Chef? Chef Rocco DiSpirito has been promoting these new Bertolli Frozen Dinners - and they're delicious (not just because I work with Bertolli, they actually are good =) If you're a fan of pastas and healthy eating, the new mediterranean style bag from Bertolli is right up your alley! It's quick and easy to cook, especially if you're on a budget (money-wise AND time). Check them out if you get a chance - also Rocco's video tips and advice on spicing up your dish a bit.

joey said...

My brother used to be a big WoW player here...he even visited the world headquarters in the UK and a conference in the US...can you believe?

Anyways, I think your soup would win a lot of points! :)

StickyGooeyCreamyChewy said...

What a beautiful soup! I love that the recipe is so simple. The perfect thing on a nippy November night!

Lydia said...

Seriously, I am so out of it -- I've never even heard of World of Warcraft. But I've made soup that's quite like this, and it's really delicious. So maybe there is still hope for me!

Annemarie said...

I've never gotten into WoW but your Iron Chef game would have me on the computer for h-o-u-r-s. You should patent that idea right now.

Cookie baker Lynn said...

My daughter just got a Nintendo DS and is begging for the Happy Kitchen game. In it you make recipes from all over the world and can customize your kitchen with gadgets and tools. Sounds cool to me.

eatme_delicious said...

I was really surprised to find out that you can be a chef in wow, and I think in final fantasy too!

Susan said...

I must have 5 or 6 recipes for fish soup that I always mean to make but never get around to. This winter I'm making one, darn it! Thanks for the push.

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Dennis said...

As an active WOW player AND an avid cook/ connoisseur (yeah, who knew?!), I can tell you that this is an awesome recipe... and it should become part of the list of recipes available in WoW.

For those in the know (and you know who you are), this soup would be found off Steamwheedle Port and would most likely result in a +12 Stamina and Spirit for 30 minutes, with a small chance of a sudden inexplicable surges of mana. :D lol

Great soup! Enjoy!

Fortis Sano, Suramar

Lore said...

I'm a "fishy" person :)), but until now I've never used fish in a soup. J'aime bien cette soupe à la provençale. Thanks!