Real Talk? I love to cook.
The only problem is I don’t get to do it enough. That, and most people know me to cook over the top and bacon laden meals, but I love to cook tasty, simple meals. I have a few go to meals like satay chicken, zuchinni and bacon pasta, steak and eggs and spaghetti and meatballs. Sort of simple stuff but it tastes great and the people I cook for love it.
Have you ever seen the web series Feast of Fiction? In it, the two hosts cook foods from games, TV shows, movies, books, anything that is seen in a fictional property, they’ll cook it. Some great examples are the cake from Portal, or Krabby Patties from Spongebob. But the thing they cooked recently, the thing that caught my eye was pumpkin soup from a few of The Legend of Zelda games. The soup was not based off just one game, but a few, so in the end it was an amalgamation of The Wind Waker, Twilight Princess and Skyward Sword variants. So after convincing Patience that we should cook it, we rushed out to grab what we needed.
So how did we do it? Well here’s the ingredients you’ll need!
1 sugar/butternut/jara/kent pumpkin, depending on what you love. We used butternut!
1 onion – diced into small bits
1 tbsp olive oil
1 tbsp white wine vinegar
1-2 tbsp butter (optional) We didn’t use butter, but that’s up to you!
1 tsp ginger powder
5-6 cups pumpkin puree
5-6 cups vegetarian stock
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup thickened cream
1/2 tsp nutmeg
Salt and pepper (to taste)
Goat Cheese topping:
1 cup thickened cream
120g goat cheese
I think there’s one thing I’d have to stress and that’s constant taste testing. This recipe was done with exactly what was asked and it was delicious. But everyone’s different! Don’t be afraid to experiment and make it perfect to your tastes. But give this one a try first for that authentic Zelda taste.
First thing we did was remove all the seeds from the pumpkins and cleaned them up a bit. After heating the oven to 200C, we placed the pumpkin halves on baking paper, without removing the skin and placed them in the oven to roast for about 40-50 mins. You’ve got to wait until its roasted all the way through. Test it by seeing if you can pierce it with a fork. If you can easily slide the fork through then you can take it out and let it cool! Roast it for as long as you need to!
Once the pumpkins had cooled down, we removed the skin by hand, taking off any black parts as well. We cut it into small chunks and then placed it in a blender. We pureed the crap out and then placed it into a separate bowl to place into a pot later. We cooked up some diced onions until they were nicely fried and splashed some vinegar in and then in went the pumpkin puree. We put the ginger powder in, brown sugar and the veggie stock and stirred. Patience brought it to a boil and we added the nutmeg, half a cup of thickened cream and then stirred, later bringing it down to a simmer. We left it to simmer and sometimes stir for about 20 mins.
We had to make the goat cheese topping next and that was different! I’d never tried goat cheese before but man it was tasty. We got a bowl, put the cream in and beat it for a bit. Next came the goat cheese and we beat it again until it was thick. Thyme was placed throughout (like the taste test thing, this is all down to preference, I put in a few pinches). It was beaten again and put to the side.
After we checked on the pumpkin soup, tasted it again to make sure it was awesome (it was) and brought the heat up a bit more. We cut up some crusty bread, because god damn you ALWAYS need crusty bread with soup, rounded up the masses and they dug in. They filled their bowls up and added a dollop or two of the goat cheese. Everyone buttered their bread and dug in.
Reactions? Patience’s parents both said it was the best pumpkin soup they’ve ever had. I loved it and even brought some home to my parents. They loved it too! I’ll definetly be making this again and I guess this just brings my Zelda fandom up even more. I mean you wear the shirts, play the games, read the comics and so on, but how often do you go and make food from the game? Honestly, go and make it if you love some soup, it was god damn delicious.
I enjoy cooking, but what about you guys? Tried any meals from games before? Any ideas for things for me to cook?