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Aug. 21, 2009 10:39 am 
Updated: Aug. 23, 2009 6:51 am
Oh ho ho ho. The boyfriend is probably going to regret working late last night.

Every week (usually Thursday) we cook dinner together and alternate who picks main and side dish. Last week was crunchy dijon pork chops with a side of baked acorn squash (I can't WAIT for fall!). This week I decided I wanted to try potstickers, also known as dumplings. I usually try to get everything ready (mise en place) ahead of time so that when he gets home we can get right to the chopping and folding, boiling or broiling, baking or sauteeing.

They're in what the game industry calls "crunch mode" right now, trying to wrap up a project. That means 9 to 7, or 9 to lunch break, no over time. You get the picture. Although, to the defense of game programmers and designers everywhere, they are not all fat sweaty nerds hunched in front of the buzz and dim glow of monster towers that could eat your new vista box (it wants to break anyways, right? Get Windows 7 and save yourself some headaches).

I digress.

Usually I'll eat alone if he's going to be late, but since last night was our cook and eat together weekly ritual I had to wait. Oh, the hunger pangs! I've been working out a lot lately (1,000 cal a day) so I can't shrug off the hunger like I once could. Kinda reminds me of being a teenager. I didn't want to snack and ruin my appetite so I sat down in front of the Wii and fired up Harvest Moon: Tree of Tranquility, which I have poured at least 200 hours of my life into already.

Don't judge me!

I was trying to waste time so I started cleaning out food storage in game, trying to make some stuff with the extra bananas and oranges and random fish. Yes, they have cooking in game. The recipes are very simplistic (i.e. to get orange cake add breadfruit, butter, egg, milk, and orange to an oven and wait 5 seconds).

I was thinking about one time me and the man were talking about how funny it would be to try to make the recipes as listed, like pouring all of that into a cake pan. I wonder how that'd come out. And the, the hunger distracting me from playing, I thought, hey, there's a lot of food here I've never made before in real life - like bouillabaisse. Oh man a chocolate dipped banana would be sooooo good! I could go for some fondue. So that leads up to...

I am going to attempt to make every recipe in Harvest Moon: Tree of Tranquility.

Here's how I'm going to approach each recipe:
  • I'm going to try to include all of the ingredients listed in the original game recipe
  • For legitimate food that I may actually eat, I'm going to search like I would for any other recipe - the web, my cookbooks, and so on.
  • I am going to exclude or greatly modify recipes that I do not have equipment for - I'm not making my own booze, but I'll try a blueberry mixed drink.
  • Substitutions will be made for ingredients that are not feasible (breadfruit, or "red herbs")
  • Omissions will be made for ingredients that are not necessary or feasible (e.g. you don't need milk to make a chocolate dipped banana...)
Everything you can make in game is based on kitchen appliances/tools - oven, pot, pan, cutting board, blender, aging pot, and over open flame (bonfire). Some of the recipes aren't food at all, and some are slight variations of the same thing. Here's what I'm opting out of:
  • I'm NOT going to every fish on the bonfire list. That's just silly. There are about 40 kinds of fish and you can grill every single one. I will try several varieties, though: Mahi-Mahi, Salmon, Clam, Lobster, Shark, Prawn
  • I'm NOT making perfume. No.
  • I'm NOT making medicine. That'd be hazardous to the health.
  • I'm NOT going to make the "weird dish" or "failed soup." Although, if it happens I suppose I'll check it off.
  • I'm NOT going to make recipes that have food I can't readily obtain in the grocery stores of Austin - a Conger Eel, for example.
Given all of the above, here is the grand list of what I'm about to attempt, ladies and gentleshorts:

Apple Cocktail
Apple Jam
Apple Juice
Apple Pie
Buckwheat Noodles (Soba) with Egg
Bamboo en Papilote
Bamboo Rice
Bamboo Stew
Banana Milk
Banana Pudding
Berry jam
Blueberry Cocktail
Blueberry Jam
Blueberry Juice
Boiled Corn
Boiled Spinach
Buckwheat Chips
Buckwheat Cocktail
Buckwheat Noodles (Soba)
Carrot Cake
Carrot Juice
Cheese Fondue
Cheese Omelette
Cheese Risotto
Chestnut Pie
Chestnut Rice
Chirashi Zushi
Chocolate Banana
Chocolate Bar
Chocolate Cake
Chocolate Cookie
Chocolate Fondue
Chocolate Pie
Chocolate Pudding
Clam Soup
Coconut Cocktail
Coconut Juice
Corn Bread
Corn Soup
Eel Bowl
Egg Rice
Egg Salad
Egg Sandwich
Egg Soup
Fish Meuniere
Fish Soup
French Fries
Fried Egg
Fried Rice
Grape Cocktail
Grape Juice
Grilled Clam
Grilled Eggplant
Grilled Lobster
Grilled Mahi-Mahi
Grilled Prawn (Shrimp)
Grilled Salmon
Grilled Shark
Grilled Yam
Herb Bread
Herb Cookie
Herb Fish
Herb Tea
Honeydew Juice
Honeydew Milk
Hot Cocoa
Hot Milk
Marinated Fish
Marinated Mushroom
Marmalade Jam
Mashed Potatoes
Milk Tea
Mont Blanc Cake
Mushroom Gratin
Mushroom Rice
Omelet Rice
Onion Bread
Orange Cake
Orange Cookie
Orange Juice
Orange Pie
Pickled Cabbage
Pickled Eggplant
Pickled Turnip
Pie Crust
Pineapple Juice
Plain Omelet
Potato Gratin
Potato Miso Soup
Potato Pancake
Potato Stew
Pumpkin Cake
Pumpkin Croquette
Pumpkin Pie
Pumpkin Pudding
Pumpkin Stew
Rice Ball
Rice Cocktail (SAKE!)
Roasted Chestnuts
Roasted Corn
Salmon Cream Stew
Salmon Fried Rice
Sardine Tomato Stew
Sauteed Clam
Sauteed Mushroom
Sauteed Potato
Sauteed Spinach
Seafood Doria
Seafood Fried Rice
Seafood Gratin
Seafood Pizza
Seafood Rice
Seafood Stew
Seaweed Miso Soup
Shark Fin Soup
Shark Fin Stew
Strawberry Shortcake
Southern Fried Rice
Southern Omelet
Spicy Seafood Stew
Spicy Stew
Spinach Cake
Spinach Risotto
Squid Tomato Stew
Steamed Egg
Steamed Turnip
Stir Fry
Strawberry Jelly
Strawberry Milk
Sweet Potato Rice
Sweet Potato Stew
Sweet Yam Cake
Tempura Buckwheat (Soba) Noodles
Tomato Juice
Tomato Omelet
Tomato Risotto
Tomato Soup
Tuna Bowl
Vegetable Juice
Vegetable Pizza
Vegetable Salad
Vegetable Sandwich
Very Berry Juice
Yam Cake
Yam Cocktail
Yogurt Drink

Total Recipe Count: 160

Oh boy. Some of these recipes I've made already, but I'll give em another crack or try a new recipe. Some of these...I'm actually a little scared. Spinach Cake? Tomato Risotto?

If you want to see a big FAQ that has all of the recipes and what's in them, here's a good one: Type CTRL + F and search for [REC], then stop at the 3rd [REC] it finds.

Wish me (and our stomachs) luck! I'm starting today with a Chocolate Dipped Banana, perfect for the unbearable Texas heat.
Aug. 21, 2009 12:09 pm
You are cracking me up! I just love the way you write. I'm especially drawn to the "Yam Cocktail" - can't wait to hear how that one comes out. I'll be looking for your next writing.
Aug. 21, 2009 12:56 pm
squid tomato stew... hmm. This will be an interesting project! I look forward to reading your next post. :) Good luck!
Aug. 21, 2009 1:14 pm
Shark fin soup/stew.....hmmmm do you have a supplier or does this project now require a harpoon?
Aug. 21, 2009 2:20 pm
lol mad props will be in order
Aug. 22, 2009 1:42 pm
Ha, hilarious. HONEYDEW MILK!!!! Love. And I'll be first in line when they make the movie "Heidi & Harvest Moon".
Aug. 23, 2009 6:51 am
I think you might be a little crazy. haha, j/k. Good Luck!
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I enjoy trying new recipes and unusual ingredients. There are few foods I will turn down without a second thought - sweets is one of them, and fiery hot spicy food is the other. As I'm getting older that is changing, though. I love reading cook books and doing research about food. It fascinates to no end! I usually create a recipe from several different ones. On the non-cooking side of things, I'm a Christian, native Texan and faithful Longhorn with two cats and a great boyfriend! I love the outdoors and spending time with my family and friends. I'm also somewhat obsessed with the nuclear winter and extreme survival situations.
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In general I try to cook from scratch. Any kind of bread - rolls, loaves, boules, baguettes, buns, biscuits, quick breads - will catch my eye. Pastas, soups, and cookies. I am absolutely in love with cake batter. Once I had a party in middle school where we just made a bunch of cakes and ate the batter.
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The Thanksgiving and Christmas turkey/waldorf salad/mashed potatoes with gravy by my mom, buttermilk biscuits on Sunday morning before church from my Dad, grilling hamburgers in the summer in the backyard, black eyed peas for new years dinner, decorating sugar cookies on Christmas Eve with my sister, coffee any time of the night.
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I can rival my dad in his biscuit making ability. I have the perfect dinner roll recipe - my very own. I taught myself how to make jam and jelly. I taught myself how to make bread!
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dense as a stone wheat bread, homemade condensed milk tastes weird key lime pie, onions and sugar have no place hanging out together in mashed sweet potato, there's nothing puffy about my lemon meringue, and the bottom of the fish tank poached salmon.
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