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1  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The Great RPGfan Cook Off! on: September 23, 2015, 06:29:17 PM
We once made a "vegan pizza" that used blended cauliflower for the dough.

I would try this at least once... my love for cauliflower knows no bounds. I imagine if you could get the base crisp enough it could work, and some binder to hold it decently together.

In other news, I braised some fatty pork belly in soy sauce + sake + ginger + leek, because when Costco starts selling 10 lb bags of pork belly, you buy it! I er, forgot to take a picture before starting to eat :D

2  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The Great RPGfan Cook Off! on: September 02, 2015, 08:01:40 AM
I've never bought durian in the States, because the only ones I've seen are frozen and it's kind of hard to pick based on that. Also my husband would sleep outside the house if I brought one in. Lol. You might be able to ripen the durian before you eat it, though?

Ripe avocados are slightly soft and will yield when pressed. The flesh also comes away from the seed very easily if it is ripe. If the avocado you ate fulfilled neither of these things, it was probably indeed unripe. I've never eaten avocado alone so I honestly have no idea how it should *taste* by itself.
3  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The Great RPGfan Cook Off! on: September 01, 2015, 09:34:55 PM
Guess I'm alone in actually liking cauliflower. Even plain. To me, it's broccoli's more delicious cousin.

You're not the only one! Heck, I love raw cauliflower--it's delicious and I will eat every last one before I touch broccoli on a vegetable plate. It's also good roasted or when masquerading as mashed potatoes. One of my favorite dishes is: cauliflower, crumbled bacon, onions, white sauce, smothered by a mix of Italian cheese and baked till golden brown.

Brussel sprouts are a whole other monster. Right now I'm of the opinion that even though I don't like them, I must just have not had good brussel sprouts yet. Sometime in the future I'll discover the wonderful taste of well prepared brussel sprouts, but for now it's just a dream...

Nothing can make watercress taste good though. That is just the worst vegetable to exist in the entire world, and I'm pro-veggies.

Avocado is good with things. As a thing itself, eh, why? It lends a healthy creaminess to many sushi rolls and sandwiches, but I don't think I would ever just eat one.

Also durian is delicious. And smells delicious. I don't care what everyone else says.

Oh, and thanks for the tips for broccoli mac everyone, I'll definitely try them out!
4  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The Great RPGfan Cook Off! on: August 27, 2015, 09:33:49 PM
I've always thought broccoli mac 'n cheese would work well, but the problem is broccoli is pretty soggy if you steam/boil it that makes the cheesy texture get all watery when you mix it in. Any suggestions to keep that out?

I usually use frozen chopped spinach/kale and squeeze some of the water out before I toss it in. Also I think the curry powder helps ease the kale in, though I'm already partial to kale and all sorts of dark leafy greens.

I remember the very first time I tasted mac 'n cheese as a teenager in another country.... "tastes like nothing, why do people like this???" I've begrudgingly added it to my list of things to make every now and then for my husband because it's his comfort food. Mine's porridge/congee when I'm sick.

I've thrown all sorts of things in mac 'n cheese by now... peas, mushrooms, roasted peppers, baked tofu, pot roast, sauteed chicken, rotisserie chicken, bacon, salami...

Oh, chili mac sounds delicious. I've got to try it sometime, maybe if there is leftover chili this weekend. Leftover/cold mac 'n cheese just never tastes right texture wise.
5  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The Great RPGfan Cook Off! on: August 27, 2015, 07:10:02 PM
Chocolate mint is the best combination ever!!

Now for a combination I'm probably going to be put on a stake for:

My husband loves mac and cheese and I find it rather meh, so I always add things to it to liven things up and make it "healthier."

Above: chopped spinach & kale + madras curry powder

Another combination I frequently run: chopped spinach, smoked paprika, black pepper, dried basil.
6  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Fire Emblem or Final Fantasy Tactics? on: August 17, 2015, 11:08:50 PM
If you start with Tactics, Fire Emblem will feel simplistic and, dare I say it, restrictive.  While Tactics holds up to dozens of replays, each FE entry really only merits maybe 2 playthroughs of the same title, if that.  And when FE tries to be less restrictive, they screw up the game balance and make it easily exploitable (See: Awakening). 

This is quite true. I played Tactics first and couldn't force myself to get through FE: Shadow Dragon on the DS.

So as a biased opinion, I recommend FFT and Shining Force!

Otherwise, I think the idea of playing both FFT and FE at once may be much more interesting since I've heard many good things about FE--I just can't wrap my head around it.
7  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The Great RPGfan Cook Off! on: August 16, 2015, 10:22:38 AM
Oh god ribs... I have to try the brine method! Also, I would totally eat 5 of those doughnuts. In one go.

Meanwhile, I made some mocha macarons.

And an all-American breakfast with one failed sunny-side up egg (tomatoes & potatoes are veggies, right?)
8  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The Great RPGfan Cook Off! on: August 13, 2015, 09:18:19 PM
I tried to help! That's a very big delicious looking image...

I right clicked the Imgur image and selected copy link address, then pasted it between the image code.
9  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The Great RPGfan Cook Off! on: August 13, 2015, 08:43:59 PM
Yesterday's and today's dinner! I try to always include veggies and minimize the amount of starch in my food.

Kiam Chye Soup
- Preserved mustard greens
- Quartered tomatoes
- Baby portabello mushrooms
- Tofu

Bring 1st three items to a boil then simmer for 1 hour, then toss in cubed tofu and bring to a boil again before eating. Good with rice! Also great with sliced pork for extra protein (Scald the pork in a separate pot before adding to keep the soup clear).

"Spaghetti" (forgot to take a before picture)
- Edamame 'spaghetti'
- Favorite red pasta sauce
- Baby portabello mushrooms
- Frozen chopped spinach
- Sunny side up egg (not pictured)

Here's my best cheat for livening store-bought sauces (does not work with marinara sauces)... toss it in a pot, season excessively with salt, pepper, dried basil, and dried oregano. Saute some sliced mushrooms till the smell fills the kitchen, then add it in, mix it all up, and bring to a boil. Turn heat down to a simmer and wait. Stir every ~ten minutes. Once you can smell the deliciousness of the sauce, it's ready. Usually ~40min to an hour, you can go do the laundry or something while waiting. I like to toss some thawed chopped veggies at the end, because they add extra nutrients with no texture or taste effect on the dish.

Also, anyone who hasn't tried a sunny side up egg with spaghetti is sorely missing out.
10  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Citizens of Earth on: January 21, 2015, 11:56:39 PM
I've been playing on the PC and it's crashed at least ten times for me now, often when I'm just about to enter a new area. Also, there was one one serious bug/glitch where I ended up in a location I shouldn't have be able to access, and had to close the game to proceed. Glad to hear these problems are not affecting everyone though.
11  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: So... Board Games? on: December 12, 2014, 10:43:32 PM
I'm thinking about sleeving the entire Mage Knight Board Game, including all expansions. Pretty much every stack has to be randomized once per game, but the base character decks are shuffled maybe 4-9 times a game. The total card count is around 318. Some cards are starting to show a bit of wear, hence why I'd like to start.

The other game I'm looking at to sleeve is Flash Duel, as the game has been played practically once every two weeks for the past 3 years. It's also out of print, unfortunately. Character cards are usually shuffled once per game, but the number cards have really taken a beating and are starting to feel icky. I don't think I want Mage Knight to end up like these cards, and since it's one of my top three games, I foresee playing it for a long time.

What do you use for your CCG cards?
12  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: So... Board Games? on: December 12, 2014, 09:57:06 PM
Does anyone sleeve their cards? Thinking about buying some sleeves but not sure what brand to get.

Any recommendations and reasons? I've only had fantasy flight sleeves before and felt it was too spiky on the corners and the cards slide around too much. I'm currently looking at dragon or KMC sleeves.
13  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: So... Board Games? on: July 21, 2014, 08:41:49 PM
Has anyone tried The Capitals? It's city-building like Suburbia but with more icons and complexity. I like the simplicity of Suburbia, but The Capitals has more combo potential and multiple tracks to juggle.
14  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: So... Board Games? on: May 27, 2014, 07:34:28 PM
I've heard of M&M being a bit of a time sink as well--I think it depends on the players for sure. We played a 3 player game with 2 new players, probably around 2.5 hours with teaching. I've read that you could speed up the game by having the next person start their turn when someone ports as their last action since the port action doesn't affect what's going to happen next.

With all the micromanagement, Eclipse definitely sounds like it would benefit from being on the iPad as much as Dominant Species would. Didn't try the alien races yet, but I am often told the humans are pretty awesome. Things could definitely get overwhelming and lengthy with more players; I knew someone who tried learning Eclipse as a 9 player game with 8 new players... they stopped playing after about 8 or 9 hours when it was 3am and never finished it.

Has anyone played Nations? It looks somewhat promising considering I've been wanting to learn Through the Ages but feel pretty intimated by the massive amount of information required to play well.
15  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: So... Board Games? on: May 04, 2014, 08:01:13 AM
Finally learned Eclipse and Merchants and Marauders. Neither were as complicated as I thought they were going to be. I like M&M more though, partially because you can win as a merchant, pirate, or dabble in both to achieve the win. The theme is also tight and awesome, and I like that you can always come back as another captain if you "die."

Is anyone going to Origins Game Fair this year? http://originsgamefair.com/
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