Every able-bodied hero knows they shouldn't go adventuring on an empty stomach. But while Sanctuary contains a great number of recipes for exquisite gems and prestigious armor, there haven't really been any fit for a Nephalem's cookbook.
This week's community spotlight showcases the culinary creativity of Kierpanda at Eat Game Live , who has assembled an impressive variety of gamer-inspired foods. Her recipes have reached into the Diablo and StarCraft universes and beyond, and they all feature step-by-step instructions so that you can recreate each dish in your very own kitchen.
Here are some of our favorites:
Kierpanda was also nice enough to answer some pressing foodie questions we had for her:
Q. You’ve created almost a dozen delectable recipes inspired by a variety of video games. What got you started on your tasty blogging journey?
I always enjoyed cooking and taking photos of my creations, but I never considered blogging until my boyfriend encouraged me to start posting my photos and recipes online.
The recipes started with StarCraft II because I wanted to parallel the idea of build orders with cooking, but I quickly branched out to many other games.
Q. What’s your favorite Blizzard-inspired recipe you’ve created so far?
That is a very tough question! It's a tossup between the Horadric Hamburger and Terranmisu . I love the Horadric Hamburger because it’s actually in item in the Diablo III universe, but I also love Terranmisu because it’s a silly pun and I play Terran. I suppose the best answer is that the Horadric Hamburger is my favorite savory dish and Terranmisu is my favorite dessert.
Q. Which recipe was the most challenging?
Bunker Rush Banana Bread . Baking requires very precise measurements, so creating a bread recipe from scratch was very difficult for me. It took about five tries to create a Bunker Rush Banana Bread that worked.
Q. How long does it take for you to develop and perfect a recipe?
It can take a few hours to plan out a recipe from start to finish. Most of the time is spent on figuring out how to best represent the game in the food. Once the recipe is completely planned out, I grab all the ingredients and start cooking. If the recipe turns out well, then it gets added to the blog. If the recipe is a flop, then it's back to the drawing board.
Q. What’s your favorite part of the recipe-making, cooking, or final showcasing process?
I think each step is incredibly fun, but the final showcasing process is my favorite. The only problem is that I’m usually pretty hungry by the time I finish taking all of the photos!
Who can resist Archon's Crit Mass Burritos?
Q. What inspires your recipes?
Gaming, of course! Inspiration can come from items, skills, maps, NPCs, bosses, etc. For example, Healing Wells look like a big boiling pot of soup. Even the names of items or characters can give me ideas. Typically, that results in very silly food puns.
Recently, I've started making recipes for streamers (such as Archon the Wizard ) and community members as well. I'm always open to suggestions, so if you've got a recipe idea, feel free to let me know !
Q. Do you have any other Diablo-themed delicacies in the works?
I'm currently working on a dish called "Healthy Globes," which will be quinoa-stuffed tomatoes. They're good and good for you, just like health globes!
As I mentioned in the previous question, Healing Wells remind me of soup, so a Diablo-themed soup will be in the works too.
A third idea is creating sushi rolls named after item stat rolls, such as the "vitality roll” or the “attack speed roll."
I also plan on creating dishes for all of the hero classes. I've done a recipe for Demon Hunters ( Suppressive Fire Multishot Chicken ) and Wizards ( Archon’s Crit Mass Burritos ), but nothing yet for the remaining three. Don’t worry Monks, Barbarians, and Witch Doctors, I haven’t forgotten about you!
I'm going to be very, very busy…
Q. When you’re not busy keeping Sanctuary well-fed, what hero class do you play in Diablo III?
My main is a Demon Hunter . I'm still trying to get to Paragon 100, but I'm currently being distracted by this thing called Heart of the Swarm .
Q. What tips do you have for aspiring chefs out there?
If you're a beginner, I suggest taking it slow and try creating on some easier dishes, such as scrambled eggs or burgers. Cooking a meal from start to finish may seem very overwhelming, but once you practice and get used to working in the kitchen, the entire process becomes natural. It's similar to gaming in the sense that cooking requires a lot of multitasking, which is why I try to encourage fellow gamers to cook for themselves.
Once you get comfortable with cooking, then it’s time to experiment. Try different types of ingredients and different methods of cooking.
Finally, one of the most important things in cooking is to stay sanitary! Keep your hands and your utensils clean and always avoid cross-contaminating your food.
I believe that learning how to cook is incredibly beneficial for both health and financial reasons. It does take some practice, but gaining experience in the kitchen and leveling-up your cooking skills is worth it!
Thank you so much for allowing me to share my recipes with the Diablo community. I hope my recipes will inspire other gamers to start cooking!
Hungry for more? Check out Kierstin's blog, Eat Game Live : where gaming meets food. To ensure you get all of her latest updates, make sure to follow her on Facebook and Twitter too! Have an idea for a recipe? Let Kierpanda know , or create your own and share the deliciousness with us below!