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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)

½ tsp grated orange zest

½ vanilla bean spilt 

½ 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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Superspicy Curry/Kirby's Dreamland

It stands to reason that because Kirby is a japanese character, that SuperSpicy Curry would be a japanese curry. Japanese curries are typically made with a curry roux, available in most grocery stores. I prefer making my own, but you could easily
go out and use a block for this recipe, though you may have to adjust the seasoning. If you don’t want to spit fire like Kirby, omit the dried pepper and chipotle peppers.

Ingredients:


For curry roux: 

  • 4 tablespoons butter 
  • 4 tablespoons flour
  • 1 tablespoon garam masala 
  • 1 tablespoon curry powder
 (note: buy spices from online retailer or reputable spice store. grocery store curry powders will probably taste like nothing, and cost twice as much as good quality spices)

For stew: 

  • 2 thin porckchops (or 1 large chicken breast or ½ pound beef chuck) chopped into smallcubes 
  • 1 tablespoon of butter
  • ½ onion, minced 
  • 1 tablespoon fresh ginger, minced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 small carrots, sliced into strips
  • 1 potato, peeled and cut into small cubes
  • Half a red bell pepper cut into strips
  • 1 small dried chili
  • 2 canned chipotle peppers chopped
  • 1 ½ cups beef broth
  • ½ cup water
  • Salt and pepper to taste

  1. First, let’s make the roux. Add butter to a small pan. Once it’s melted, add your flour and whisk constantly on medium heat. Don’t stop whisking. If you smell burnt, turn down the heat. Once your roux is a deep brown, take off the heat, whisk in the masala and curry powder, and let cool.
  2. In a small pot, add your butter and heat until melted. Add your pork (seasoned with a little salt and pepper). Allow it to brown, then set aside in a bowl. Add your onions, garlic, and ginger, cooking until translucent with a pinch of salt. Toss in the dried chili while you’re at it. Once your aromatics are golden, add your meat back, the carrots, peppers, and potato. Add your liquids, chopped chipotle peppers, and bring to a boil. Once it reaches a boil, cover and turn down heat to low for about half an hour or until meat is tender.
  3. Removed lid then add all your curry roux, adding broth to the pan to get all the roux. Stir, then allow to cook on low for another ten minutes. Then, check for seasoning (add more curry powder, salt, or pepper to taste), and serve over, or with steamed rice.
Buy: Curry powders, Garam Masala, Kirby Games $11+