I’ve been wanting to do this post for awhile now, and with the holidays coming up and everything thinking about food and cooking (especially for Thanksgiving), now seemed like the right time to do it. Food and video games are two of my favorite things.
Whenever I’m playing a game and characters are preparing or eating special food (or completing an ingredient-gathering quest), I always wish I could join them. Some of the dishes sound so amazing and one of my goals is to start trying to make them myself. Some people have dedicated video game food blogs or youtube channels, and I’ll definitely be exploring those for some help!
In the spring, I backed a Legend of Zelda – inspired cookbook, The Legend’s Cookbook, which is set to release in March 2020, so I look forward to cooking my way through it and posting about it on here. But for now, I’m posting about some iconic video game foods that I hope to make some day.
Pumpkin Soup – The Legend of Zelda
Pumpkin soup is a recurring dish in the Zelda series. From Yeto’s soup in Twilight Princess which contains goat cheese and reekfish to the Lumpy Pumpkin’s signature dish in Skyward Sword, this is a soup I’ll always associate with Zelda. You can gather ingredients and cook it yourself in Breath of the Wild, and I’d venture to say that Grandma’s soup in Wind Waker, with its light orange broth, probably has some pumpkin in it.
I’ve actually made pumpkin soup a few times, and I highly recommend it! I used Feast of Fiction’s recipe, a youtube channel I’ve followed for a long time. They do tons of recipes from various works of fiction – and they’re fun and goofy. I haven’t done it with the goat cheese, but the soup itself is delicious!
Strawberry Pie – Celeste
I have to admit, I’m not a fruit pie person. I don’t particularly like my fruit cooked (except pumpkin, but I think that deserves its own category). However, I imagine you could do a cooked or fresh strawberry pie. I’d love to give it a try with some local strawberries.
This pie changes depending on how many strawberries you’ve collected through the game – pictured is the best pie you can get (which I didn’t even come close to). Who knew Celeste was just one long ingredient fetch quest?
Malasadas – Pokémon Sun and Moon
There are SO MANY foods I could’ve picked from the pokémon series, but I chose malasadas because I’ve actually had some from a place called B Doughnut in Washington DC, and they’re delicious. The pokémon versions can be sweet, spicy, bitter, dry, sour, or mythic, but if I were making them, I’d definitely go with sweet. Two of my favorite flavors from the DC shop were their chocolate cream and coffee cream.
Stupendous Stew – Super Mario Odyssey
Made with giant ingredients and cooked on a volcano in the Luncheon Kingdom, this stew is creamy, chunky, and colorful – perfect for consuming on a cold, winter day (I wonder if I can import this stew from Mount Volbano to the Snow Kingdom). I found this post by Level 1 Chef, who put an impressive effort into figuring out the ingredients – if I make this stew myself, I’ll probably try out this recipe.
Sweetrolls – Skyrim
Let me guess, someone stole your sweetroll? Best enjoyed with a glass of mead (probably), sweetrolls are heavily featured in The Elder Scrolls. You can probably find a thousand sweetroll recipes, but there’s also an official Elder Scrolls cookbook (it’s got some mead recipes in there too). I’m seriously considering including a bookshelf in my future kitchen full of cookbooks inspired by video games.
Butterscotch Cinnamon Pie – Undertale
Which do your prefer, cinnamon or butterscotch? Toriel says why not both? Honestly this sounds like a great alternative if you’re not into pumpkin pie for Thanksgiving. It also sounds great for a cold, rainy night in to play Undertale.
Have you ever cooked a recipe inspired by food featured in video games? How did it turn out?