murloco’s tacos [baja-style fish tacos]

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Hi! My name is Homebrewed, some of you may know me from Twitter. I am a huge fan of Warcraft and more recently Hearthstone. My favorite amphibious humanoid is the Murloc, I am even quite fluent in Nerglish. So, my recipe I want to share with you today is Murlocos, Baja-style Mur…fish tacos.

The weeks after I came back from BlizzCon I received some news from the doctor, in other words, I need to start eating healthier. So in this venture, I have been cooking at home a lot more and finding different ways to make some of my favorite food to fuel up into between work and gaming. I was inspired by a dish I had one time at The Reservoir – Restaurant and Tap Room – Waterbury.

There are some things you can do ahead of ahead to cut on the actual time from cooking to eating when you go to fry your fish and assemble your tacos. I recommend making the pickled jalapeños and the cilantro onion salsa the day before as it keeps for at about a week. Also, I do want to recommend, that when you slice the jalapeños you buy some cheap plastic gloves, powder free, to protect your hands.

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Total prep time for this dish is about 1 hour. Cook time is 40 minutes. This recipe will make roughly about 16 tacos. You will end up with leftover condiments! 

OPENING HAND

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EARLY GAME

Ingredients

  1. 3/4 cup water
  2. 3/4 cup distilled white vinegar
  3. 3 tablespoons white sugar
  4. 1 tablespoon kosher salt
  5. 1 clove garlic, crushed
  6. 1/2 teaspoon oregano
  7. 10 large jalapeno peppers, sliced into rings

Directions (Pickled Jalapeño)

  1. Combine water, vinegar, sugar, kosher salt, garlic, and oregano in a saucepan over high heat. Bring mixture to a boil, stir in jalapeno peppers and remove from heat. Let mixture cool for 10 minutes.
  2. Pack peppers into jars using tongs, cover with vinegar mixture, cover, and refrigerate until needed.

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MID RANGE

Ingredients

  1. 1 large red onion, thinly sliced
  2. 1/4 cup fresh lime juice
  3. 2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
  4. 2 teaspoons olive oil
  5. 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  6. 1/2 teaspoon salt

Directions (Cilantro Onion Salsa)

Chop everything, juice your lime, and place all the mixture into a mason jar and pop it in the fridge.

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Ingredients

  1. 3/4 cup cold seltzer water
  2. 1/2 large egg, beaten
  3. 1/4 cup cold vodka
  4. 2.5 ounces unbleached cake flour, by weight
  5. 2.5 ounces white rice flour, by weight
  6. 1 liter vegetable or sunflower oil
  7. 1 pound haddock or cod
  8. Red cabbage, sliced
  9. 16 corn tortillas
  10. Kosher salt

LATE GAME

Directions (Fish & Assemble)

  1. Slice up your cabbage and put asideblog_murlocostacos_cabbage
  2. Slice fish into pieces that are about two inchesin depthblog_murlocostacos_fish
  3. Heat oil in a cast iron Dutch oven to 375 degrees
  4. Combine seltzer, egg, and vodka in a bowl
  5. Combine rice flour and cake flour in a separate bowl
  6. When your oil reaches temperature, add the wet to the dry ingredients and whisk to combine and surround that bowl with ice on the outside to keep the batter coldblog_murlocostacos_batter
  7. Dip your fish into your batter, shaken off excess, and slowly place into the oil about four pieces at a time
  8. Cook for about two minutes until golden brown and remove from heat
  9. Place cooked fish on a paper towel and season with saltblog_murlocostacos_frying
  10. Heat your corn tortillas directly over the burner if you have a gas stovetop turning with tongs to heat them through or in a pan with a very slight mist of water
  11. Put everything together and enjoy!blog_murlocostacos_macro

Aaaaaughibbrgubugbugrguburgle!

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Special guest recipe by Homebrewed. He’s a  writer, a Hearthstone aficionado, and a Murloc whisperer! You can follow his adventures on his Twitter: @HomebrewedDwarf 

 

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blood of mannoroth bisque [green vegetable bisque]

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So I finally bit the bullet after years and years of saying “no” … I installed World of WarCraft for the first time a few days ago with some encouragement (a.k.a. friendly threats) from the lovely and amazing Kymba.

She has used her special powers of persuasion to not only get me to join WoW, but to also get my boyfriend to reactivate his account. Let me reiterate — this is my first time EVER playing WoW. As a result, I have no idea what I’m doing. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

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I’m not new to MMOS, but I am TEN YEARS of content behind in WoW. I’ve got a lot of catching up to do! By catching up, I mean I have to go collect ALL OF THE MOUNTS I CAN!

This isn’t my first World of Warcraft recipe — I’ve actually made one before with guidance from Sha of Happiness — but this is my first WoW recipe as an official WoW player.

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Kymba had suggested that I try tackling the Blood of Mannoroth as my first solo Warcraft recipe. The Blood of Mannoroth is an integral part of the lore of Warcraft, so it seemed fitting to turn it into a recipe!

UNIT COMPOSITION

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  1. salt
  2. pepper
  3. 1 teaspoon of olive oil
  4. cup of spinach
  5. 1  1/2 cups of broccoli, chopped
  6. 1 1/2 cups of tofu
  7. 2 cups of almond milk
  8. 1/2 of an onion, diced
  9. 5 cloves of garlic, roughly chopped
  10. 2 leeks, roughly chopped

You will be blending all of the ingredients together, so you don’t have to cut them perfectly!

BUILD ORDER

Prep time for this recipe will take roughly 45 minutes. Cook time for this will be roughly 1 hour. This recipe makes about 4-6 servings.

OPENING

  1. Preheat your oven to 375°.
  2. Place your garlic, onion, broccoli, and leeks on a roasting pan. Season your vegetables with salt and pepper.
  3. Drizzle the olive oil through the vegetables. Rub the olive oil through the vegetables.
  4. Roast for about 45 minutes, stirring the vegetables to prevent burning every 10 minutes.

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MID GAME

  1. Remove your vegetables from the oven and place them in a pot.
  2. Add in half of your almond milk and your spinach.
  3. Heat until the spinach has wilted.
  4. Take a hand blender, and blend the vegetables until smooth

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LATE GAME

  1. Add in your tofu and remaining almond milk. Continue to blend until smooth.
  2. At this point, if the bisque is still too thick, you may need to add in additional almond milk or water.
  3. OPTIONAL: If you want to make a smooth bisque, you will need run the bisque through a sieve to separate the solids from the smooth bisque. Once you have the additional solids, blend them once more and re-add them to the bisque. Continue this step until smooth. This may take an additional 20+ minutes.
  4. Bring the bisque back up to medium heat.blog_mannorothbisque_boiling
  5. Eat!

And that’s it, you’re done! GG WP!

Now, drinking this vegan Blood of Mannoroth may not give you blood lust or cause you to become a minion of the Burning Legion, but it is good for your health! Since it’s full of delicious green vegetables, this creamy bisque is both delicious and nutritious. A great start to your New Year! 🙂

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Hopefully I’ll catch you in Draenor! If not, maybe we’ll clash swords (or in my case, dinosaurs?) in the Arena. 😀 HAPPY HUNTING!

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