gorgrond chowder [fish and sausage chowder]

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I’ve been wanting to make Gorgrond Chowder for a while… So I finally had a chance to sit down and hammer out the recipe. I wanted to do it right, so was a lot of research involved. There’s something very special about enjoying a creamy seafood soup in a toasty sour dough bread bowl on a chilly day.

It’s a hearty soup, and it has to be since Gorgrond is a pretty rough neighborhood.

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GUYS…GUYS WE CAN TALK THIS OUT. MAYBE OVER A BOWL OF CHOWDER?

You could probably make this meal while doing runs of Blackrock! Just don’t die and upset just don’t upset your raid lead.

UNIT COMPOSITION

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  1. salt
  2. 1 tablespoon of olive oil
  3. 1 cup of water
  4. 2 cups of fish stock
  5. 3 cups of milk
  6. 1/2 onion, chopped
  7. 1/2 lb of carrots, chopped
  8. 1/2 lb of celery, chopped
  9. 1/2 lb of red potatoes
  10. 1/2 lb of italian sausage
  11. 1 lb of cod, chopped
  12. OPTIONAL: 1/2 lb sour dough bread rounds
  13. OPTIONAL: parsley

BUILD ORDER

Total prep time for this dish is about 20 minutes. Total cook time is about 35 minutes. This makes about 6 servings.

OPENING

  1. Set a large pot on high heat. Add your tablespoon of olive oil.
  2. Cook your Italian sausage until golden brown (roughly 5 – 7 minutes).
  3. Remove from the pot and set aside.
  4. Add in your chopped onions, celery, and carrots. This blend of ingredients is called a mirepoix.
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  5. Reduce the heat to medium and allow the mirepoix to sweat. Stir it occasionally to prevent it from burning.

MID GAME

  1. Slice the Italian sausage and re-introduce it into the pot. Make sure you pour in any juices left over from the sausage.
  2. Bring the heat back up to high.
  3. Add in your fish stock, water and potatoes. Allow to cook for about 10 minutes or until the potatoes are soft.blog_gorgrondchowder_cooking

LATE GAME

  1. Add in your chopped cod.
  2. Reduce the heat to medium and pour in your milk.
  3. Allow the cod to cook for another 10 minutes, stirring often.
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  4. OPTIONAL: to make a bread bowl, cut off the top of the round of bread and scoop the insides out.
  5. OPTIONAL: garnish with parsley
  6. Eat!

GG WP!

Now, the bread bowl is totally optional. You can serve this chowder in a bowl if you’d like!

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As always, I try to replicate the in-game appearance. Here’s what it looks like in-game:

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And here’s how it turned out with the bread bowl:

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Close, I think!

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Yessss….

 

 

green curry fish [thai green curry with fish]

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One of my favorite cuisines in the whole world is Thai food. There’s something so amazing about the flavors in each dish. It’s like a well orchestrated symphony of flavors that happens in every bite. So I was more than excited to try out Sungshin Ironpaw’s new take on a classic Thai dish.

We’re traveling to the beautiful Valley of the Four Winds for this week’s recipe: Green Curry Fish!

The continent of Pandaria is a vast area full of lovely places to camp out and start a fire for cooking.

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For this rendition of the Pandarian Green Curry Fish, I decided to add in some extra veggies for that healthiness factor. The actual in-game recipe just calls for rice and golden carp, so I have definitely made some slight modifications for the real life version!

UNIT COMPOSITION

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  1. salt
  2. 2 teaspoons of coconut oil
  3. 1 teaspoon of agave nectar
  4. 1 shallot, diced
  5. 2 sprigs of basil
  6. 1 cup of snow peas
  7. juice of 1 lime
  8. 3 tablespoons of fish sauce
  9. 5 tablespoons of green curry paste
  10. 1 can of coconut milk
  11. 1 green bell pepper, sliced
  12. 1 cup of rice
  13. 1 whole 2lb tai snapper (pink sea bream)*, cleaned and fins removed

*You can substitute red snapper, sea bass, or any white, non-oily fish.

BUILD ORDER

Prep time for this is about 15 minutes. Total cook time is about 30 minutes for the curry and 45 minutes for the rice. This makes about 4 servings.

OPENING

  1. Prepare your rice so that the rice will finish cooking by the time your curry is done.
  2. Heat a large wok on high heat. Then, add in your coconut oil.
  3. Once the wok comes up to temperature, saute your shallots. Let your shallots saute for about 1 minute. blog_greencurryfish_shallots
  4. Then, add in your curry paste and fish sauce. Stir to combine and allow it to cook together for another minute.
  5. Add your coconut milk three parts, stirring between each part to help the curry paste incorporate with the coconut milk.
  6. At this point, try your curry and add salt and sweetener (agave in this case) to taste. When you’re happy with the taste, move on to the next steps!

MID GAME

  1. Place your whole fish in the green curry.blog_greencurryfish_cooking
  2. Gently ladle sauce over the fish. Allow it to cook for about 5 minutes.
  3. After 5 minutes, flip the fish over and cook for another 5 minutes.

LATE GAME

  1. Squeeze your lime over the fish and add in your basil, peas and green pepper.
  2. Continue to cook for another 2 minutes on medium heat.
  3. Remove from the heat.
  4. Place your fish curry on a large bowl for serving with your cooked rice.
  5. Eat!

And you’re done. GG WP! :) Please be aware that because you are cooking a whole fish, there will still be bones present.

Typically, you can remove the meat from the bone in one fell swoop, but just be weary of bones

So my goal with this dish was to try to replicate the in-game food item. I think I got pretty close! What do you think?

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Here it is again as a single serving:

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Good luck in your adventures through Azeroth and beyond! :D