Cooking is one of the oldest skills in Runescape. From simple shrimp to perfect pies, the game offers a wide range of dishes for players to cook, and almost every cooking level comes with a new recipe to try out. While pixels taste rather bland, the real-life counterpart of these recipes are quite tasty and surprisingly easy to prepare. This week I'll show you some of my favourite recipes for such Runescape dishes as fish cakes, baked potatoes and apple pie.
A few notes regarding these recipes:
- Always know what you are doing, or work with someone who knows what they are doing. While these recipes are relatively simple, we strongly advice that those of you who aren't adult yet find one to help them.
- All oven temperatures are in Celsius, but I've added Fahrenheit estimates.
- Cook fresh: When at all possible, choose fresh ingredients. Your body deserves only the best.
Baked potatoes are relatively easy and a lot of fun to try various toppings with. To begin with, take as many large (russet) potatoes as you have people to serve. Scrub the potatoes thoroughly and puncture the peel a few times with a fork. Make an x-shaped cut on the top of the potato, going down about halfway through the potato. Place the potatoes with the cut facing up on a sheet of aluminum foil and carefully cover them up. Preheat the oven at 225 degrees Celsius (~420 degrees Fahrenheit). Place the covered potatoes in the center of the oven and heat them up for about 45 minutes. The potatoes are properly cooked when you can stick a fork in with little resistance on all sides. Be very careful handling the potatoes, as they will be extremely hot. Now, as for the toppings, there are many possibilities for variation, and I've listed two here:
Baked potato with cheese
When you've carefully removed the foil from the potatoes, press the cross cut open as far as it will go and spread in the cheese. Although most cheeses will work, I prefer something spicy like a well-aged Gouda. If you're worried that the potato is too dry, place a small amount of butter on top before serving. Add salt and pepper to taste. For variation, you can also add in some fresh chives or a handful of smoked bacon.
Baked potato with mushrooms and onions
In a frying pan, heat up some butter and olive oil in a 1:1 ratio. When it's hot enough add about a cup of mushrooms and half an onion per potato. Glaze the mushrooms and onions until the onions are clear. Place the onions and mushrooms in the cut, then drizzle the liquid over the potatoes. Add salt and pepper to taste.
Apple pie is probably one of the most popular recipes out there. It comes in hundreds of variations, all of which are delicious in their own way. The recipe I'm posting here is one of the simplest I know; it's an apple crumble that's perfect for desert.
- 4 large sweet apples
- 225 grams of flour
- 115 grams of butter
- 90 grams of sugar
- 1 tablespoon of cinnamon
- 1 pinch of salt
Peel your apples, cut them in thin slices and carefully arrange them on the bottom of an oven dish. Lightly dust the apples with cinnamon, and drizzle some hoeny over it. In a mixing bowl, mix he flour, butter, sugar and salt into a firm crumbly dough. Spread it evenly across the apples. Preheat the oven at 180 degrees celsius (~350 degrees Fahrenheit). Bake the crumble for about 20 minutes at this temperature, until the top is golden brown and dry to the touch.
This recipe, taken straight from the Recipe for Disaster quest, is by far the most difficult of the three. I've kept it as straightforward as possible, but it's still rather tricky for inexperienced cooks.
- 750 gr. Cod filet
- 2-3 boiled potatoes
- 2 cloves of garlic, minced
- 1 egg
- 3 tablespoons freshly chopped parsley
- 2 teaspoons nutmeg
- Salt en freshly ground pepper
- Peanut oil
Poach the cod in water or fish broth. Once it's done, cut it up as finely as possible. Mash it up with your boiled potatoes. Whisk your egg and mix it into the potato/cod mixture with the garlic, parsley, nutmeg and salt and pepper. Moisten your hands to press the mixture into six to eight flat, round cakes. Heat up the peanut oil in a frying pan. Cover both sides of the cakes in flour and bake them evenly on all sides until they're golden brown and crispy. Place them on some paper towels to let the excess fat run out. They can be eaten both cold and hot.
So there you have it, three RuneScape related recipes, two rather simple and one a bit more advanced. Of course, cooking isn't an exact science, and you might find slight (or major) variations to these recipes could make them a lot more appetizing. Still, I hope these recipes are enough to convince you to go out there and cook, either for yourself, your family or your friends, and make the world a tastier place to live in.