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Cup of Pork Noodles from Mother 3

Because it was never localized, many Nintendo fans missed out on Mother 3 and the bevy of interesting foods it offered. This is a game you’ll be seeing me make things from for quite some time. Pig Mask Army troops love this stuff, and so will you. Beats the pants off your typical ramen. 

Ingredients:

  • 2 slices thick cut bacon, sliced
  • 3 mushrooms, sliced 
  • 1 shallot, minced
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon fresh ginger, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flake
  • pinch of kosher salt
  • 1 1/2 cups pork broth
  • 1 teaspoon worshteshire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon tomato paste
  • 1 packet of instant noodles (ramen, udon, or soba work well)

 

  1. Brown your thick but bacon in a small dry pot. You can alternativley use small pieces of pork cut up, but they’ll need a little oil to help get them going. Once your bacon is crispy, remove from pan and drain of fat. You should have about two tablespoons of rendered fat in the pot. You’ll only need one, so pour out the rest for use in another recipe.
  2. Add your sliced mushrooms, ginger, garlic, and shallots, along with a good pinch of kosher salt and red pepper flake. Cook on medium heat stirring often or until your aromatics are golden. Add in your tomato paste and cook for about thirty seconds before adding your pork broth and worshteshire sauce. Bring to a boil.
  3. Once a boil is achieved, add your instant noodles of choice and cook until noodles reach consistency you like. Packaged udon only needs to be heated through, so it shouldn’t take more than a minute if you’re going that route. Serve with crumbled bacon.
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Roost Cafe Mocha from Animal Crossing New Leaf

One of my favorite places to visit in town is Brewster’s Roost Cafe. One of his offerings is a Mocha blend. I don’t know if Brewster would like my interpretation of his famous drink, but I hope he would. It’s a little chocolatey, a little sweet, and even a little spicy. Using pigeon milk is entirely optional. 

Ingredients:

8 grams of espresso ground coffee (Right now I’m on a Starbucks Blonde Roast kick. Run it through your coffee grinder until it’s talcum like in texture)

1/2 tsp grated orange zest

1/2 vanilla bean spilt 

1/2 cup whole milk

1 tablespoon dutch process cocoa

Sugar to taste

To make coffee:

1. Place zest and vanilla bean in a small cup. Bring milk up to a boil then pour carefully over your bean and zest. Let it steep for about five minutes. Strain. Keep your vanilla bean! You can use it a few more times.

2. In the cup you’ll be serving your coffee, add your cocoa powder and a about a tablespoon of water. Whisk till combined. If you don’t want your drink chocolatey, omit this step!

3. Make espresso per your machine’s instructions. If you don’t have an espresso machine, add your coffee (don’t grind it too fine for this method) and brew it in your french press. When it’s done, slowly press it, so you get a little bit of faux crema on top.

4. Once your coffee is done, let’s steam the infused milk. This is where you want to add your sugar (I like about a spoonful). Add your steamed and foamed milk to your coffee. You may not use all your milk: save it for another drink! Also: to make that neat swirl, carefully plunge a chopstick in the crema and swirl carefully. Drink fast, just like you would at Brewster’s!

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