tuberous root

Recipe: Roots Platter

Description: This’ll keep you digging for more.

Game ingredients: Cave Carrot, Winter Root

This recipe restores 125 energy and 50 health. It also gives a +3 Combat bonus. It can be obtained from achieving Level 3 Combat and sells for 100g.

Difficulty: Easy, 45 minutes. Serves 4.

I make this recipe quite often, but I usually just use potatoes and carrots.

-Root vegetables: turnips, parsnips, carrots, rutabaga, etc
-Tubers: potatoes, yams, etc
-¼ to 1/3 cup olive oil, as needed
-One Step Greek seasoning (or seasoning of your choice!)

For 4 servings I used 2 parsnips, 2 carrots, half a rutabaga, 3 small potatoes, and half a yam. I didn’t use turnips, but about 2 of those will do if you choose to have some as well.

Preheat the oven to 395°F. 

Chop up the tubers and roots into small chunks, removing any unwanted peels and ends. I keep the peels on the potatoes. For rutabagas, you may need to use a knife to remove the peel since most vegetable peelers aren’t strong enough to remove the skin. 

Combine the olive oil and seasoning in a large bowl, and add all the vegetables. Toss to fully coat them, ensuring an even distribution of oil and seasoning. 

Transfer the vegetables to a baking dish and cook for 35 minutes, or more if needed. The larger the chunks, the more time needed. 

Serve hot with lunch or dinner. Some root vegetables don’t hold a lot of flavour, so the seasoning helps a lot! This dish is tasty and nutritious. 


Designed an alien. This creature lives in harsh desert environments. It uses its claws to dig dens and dig for roots, tubers, and seeds, which are a large part of its diet. It uses its jutting bottom teeth to strip the outside of tough roots to get the soft bits in the middle.

Its eyes are very versatile. It can handle bright sun and also darkness. It has extra eyelids to protect them, and when it curls into a protective ball it covers its face with the large plates on its forearms.

Still something of a work in progress. But since it was just a practice exercise, I may or may not go back to it.

Here are some earlier sketches trying to nail down the concept:

I didn’t come up with a species name.

Cotylorhynchus, Matt Celeskey

Behemoths pay no mind to the rain. A belly must be filled, and downpours, no matter how cold, no matter how hard, are easier to ignore than empty stomachs. Besides, the rain softens the soil making it easier to unearth tubers and roots. Those are the tasty parts of plants, more tender and less fibrous, more flavorful and less bitter. Thunder rumbles and the wind kicks rain into the synapsid’s eyes, but it doesn’t notice—it’s mind is focused on a thick knot of roots freshly revealed and glistening in the mud.

311: It Conquered the World

So I’m curious – what colour did you guys assume the Venusian Squash Monster was?  Because I was always picturing kind of a split-pea green.  It seems like an appropriate hue for an alien or a vegetable, and definitely for something that’s both.  In this case, however, my instincts were way off the mark.  Would you believe it was actually fire engine red?  No shit, here’s a picture of creature-makers Paul Blaisdell and Bob Burns with their creation, which they lovingly nicknamed ‘Beulah’.

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September 12, 2016 - Blue Crane or Stanley Crane (Anthropoides paradiseus)

These cranes are found in grasslands of southern Africa. The long black feathers that appear to be their tails are actually wing feathers. They eat mostly grass seeds, roots, and tubers, along with insects, worms, crabs, and fish. Pairs form long-term monogamous bonds and build their nests near water. They feed insects to the chicks for the first few days of their lives, until they are able to feed themselves. Though the chicks grow quickly and can fly in about three months, they don’t breed until around four years of age. They are classified as Vulnerable by the IUCN, due mostly to habitat loss, collision with power lines, and poisoning.

There is a sleepy southwest town in Nigeria, Igbo-Ora known as “The Land Of Twins”, where more twins are born than anywhere else on earth. Researchers say it’s because of their regular consumption of Yam and Cassava, a plant with a tuber root, which can be eaten in addition to the leaves and flowers. (source)

Onions, and by extension Shrek, have layers.  Onions are a bulb, a sort of modified stem in a plant. Potatoes are tubers, which are modified roots and do not have layers. Potatoes are not onions. Shrek is not a potato.

So bulbs are special underground stems that some plants, like Shrek, can have. Therefore you can think of the layers of an onion are just leaves. Just like rings in a tree, bulbs grow layers as they grow older. The more layers an onion has, the older and more successful it has been in its life. Shrek must have lots of layers.

The purpose of a bulb is to store and protect water, nutrients, and other things Shrek needs to survive. This gives it an advantage over say, trees, which need a constant intake of sun and nutrients to survive. Onions like Shrek can store nutrients to use them when they need to.

The layers then also serve an evolutionary purpose. If a predator wants to eat the onion, it must first eat through many layers of icky tasting onion and will likely be discouraged. Of course, Shrek has no natural predators so this is not an issue.

Shrek’s layers are modified leaves which help protect the nutrients it stores inside. The more layers a Shrek has, the older and stronger it is.

If you’ve ever chopped up an onion, or looked at Shrek, you’ve probably ended up crying. Onions make you cry for the same reasons they taste bad. Onions are filled with enzymes, and when you break through their cells, with a knife or with your teeth, these enzymes are released.

Enzymes that were kept separated from the sulfenic acid by the cells are then free to mix, forming propanethiol S-oxide. Propanethiol S-oxide is a gas, which rises up and reacts with water in your eyes to form sulfuric acid. That burns your eyes, so your eyes produce more water to try to wash the acid away. So you cry.

If you want to protect your eyes from onions, you can cut the onion under running water (which washes the propanethiol s-oxide away before it can get to your eyes), or refrigerate it before you cut it. A cooler temperature will slow down the chemical reaction in general. If you want to protect yourself from Shrek, you can’t.

When you cut an onion, the natural enzymes mix with the water in your eyes to form sulfuric acid. Your eyes produce tears to try to wash the acid away.

The Average American eats 20 pounds of onion per year, so it would take 10-15 Americans to consume an entire Shrek in one year. There are 45 calories in a single serving of Shrek.

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