The Chef’s Table


Hey guys. Pix here.

Amazing how things never turn out the way you plan, no?

As of today, Nourish is going on indefinite hiatus. I’m sure many of our subscribers expected it (what with the giant lack of consistent updates and all), but there’s little point in denying it to myself and pretending like I can still give Nourish my all when I really just do not have the time. It started out as a really great idea, but it may have been too big of a project for so small of a staff.

On the bright side, there were many lessons learned here, lessons that will bring success to Nourish when and if it opens up again.

I do have one final plan in the works, and there will be a followup post to this one in the coming weeks, but for the time being, no more recipes will be posted.

Thanks to all of you.

It was always like this at this time of year. A slight chill in the air, the warmth of the fire in the hearth, and the crisp silence of Fall. Today was a special day, though. Her son had returned from that horrible war in the North, a little worse for wear, but still alive. It was more than most could say. Today, though… celebration, and with it, his favorite dish.

These waffles are a very simple dish to make, and pretty much take care of themselves. First, the ingredients you’ll need:

  • 1 cup light molasses
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 egg
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

In a small saucepan, heat molasses and 1/2 cup of butter until almost boiling. Blend it together until it looks a little like this:

At this point, you can remove it from the heat and let it cool for a few minutes. Then add the milk, egg, and baking soda, and blend it all together. Now, it will froth a little, but that’s okay so long as it doesn’t go over the top of your saucepan.

Once you get this mixed together, you can let it sit aside for a minute or two. Now you sift the flour, salt, ginger, and cinnamon together in a large bowl. If you don’t have a sifter, you can use a sieve and a wooden spoon, but it doesn’t work quite as well.

When it’s all sifted together, make a well in the center.

Pour in the molasses mixture, and blend until smooth.

Now that it’s all together, you’ll want to spray a non-stick cooking spray onto a preheated waffle iron. Add some of the mixture to the iron, and let it heat until fully cooked. (The actual amount you need to add to the waffle iron depends on the size of your waffle iron.) Then you can top with your favorite waffle toppings, and enjoy.

From Smokywood Pastures to you – have a wonderful Fall.

Dear readers,

You have come to trust and respect Nourish! for the quality, taste, and ease of our recipes, and it is with a heavy heart that we must report that we have betrayed that trust. One of our recipes has contained a grievous error, and for that we must apologize.

It has been brought to our attention that one of our recipes, Spelt Revantusk with sardines and prosciutto, has been brought to print with an error. In particular, where the recipe should have called for orcish pepper, it instead called for orcish people.

We apologize to the orcs (especially Thur’kon, who is currently holding a blade to my throat – hi Thur’kon!) and to our readers. The peon responsible for both writing and editing that article (we are a bit short-staffed) has been sacrificed to Mal’ganis

The editor responsible for the previous sentence, as well as the peon mentioned, have been sold for competition in the gladiatorial

Well, now we’re really short-staffed.

We hope that we can rebuild your trust and faith in us. The recipe in question has been withdrawn and all existing copies have been destroyed. In the meantime, we invite you to read the rest of our recipes and we ask for your comments and questions regarding any of them.

With our apologies (Thur’kon, you can put the sword down now),
The Nourish! Editorial Staff

If you’re like me, you’re probably wondering just what happened to Nourish. We started off pretty strong, and then things fell off. Sharply.

Life takes its toll on all of us. I’ve been busy as hell. The economy certainly hasn’t helped. People are losing their jobs, and it’s just been a general mess all around.

My authors have all been busy with their own lives. We have a giant backlog of recipes that haven’t been made and photographed yet. Part of it is my fault; I haven’t been the taskmaster that I should have been.

However, all is not lost!

Nourish will continue. New posts will be forthcoming. Pix will get back in the kitchen, and make you some pie (so to speak).

Sorry to keep you all waiting!

Contest time is over!

I want to thank everyone for their emails and comment suggestions; there were some excellent name ideas thrown around, and the assistance is greatly appreciated.

So, I guess everyone is just dying to see who won, so…

First place goes to Jeff for Bom’Bay’s Echo Island Voodoo Chicken! As promised, Jeff will receive a loot code for a Sandbox Tiger – congrats, Jeff!

The runner-up prize for Papa Hummel’s Old-Fashioned Pet Biscuits goes to Aislinana for Tel’abim Sugar Chicken!

The winners will receive an email from us later in the week, and the recipe for Bom’Bay’s Echo Island Voodoo Chicken will be posted this evening.

Once again, thanks to all the entrants, and congrats to the winners!

Okay, ever since I made one of my recipes while I was on vacation, I’ve been racking my brain, trying to come up with a name for it.

I’ve failed.

Repeatedly.

So, here’s the deal. I’m going to tell you guys the ingredients (just not how much) and you get to suggest what to call it.

First, the ingredients.

Brown sugar.
Soy sauce.
Butter.
Chicken.

Next, here’s what I’m looking for in the name:

1) Needs to relate to some in-game World of Warcraft reference. Hopefully nothing too obscure.
2) Needs to have a tropical theme. These are, after all, based on a Hawaiian recipe of mine.
3) Needs to be better than ANYTHING I’ve come up with so far. That shouldn’t be hard.
4) Needs to be fun, humorous, or otherwise tasty-sounding, and MUST be original!
5) Suggestion must be received before July 19, 11:59pm PDT.

So now that you have the ground rules, you can participate in one of two ways: either via email (see to the right, there) or by commenting!

“But wait,” you ask. “What’s in it for me?”

Well, I’ll tell you.

The winner of this contest will not only get credit for the marvelous name they’ve come up with for this fantastic (if I do say so myself) recipe, they will receive a Sandbox Tiger loot code!

But wait!

We’ll have a runner-up prize, too!

The runner up will receive a loot code for Papa Hummel’s Old-Fashioned Pet Biscuits (great for pet collectors, and anyone who really wants to scare the bejeezus out of people with a giant-sized Pengu. Or something)!

Good luck, and may the best name win!

Hi!

If you’re like me, you’re wondering, “what happened to Nourish!? I adored that blog, and I wanted to give the authors lots of money and millions of hits a day, but they haven’t updated for two weeks!”

(Okay, that middle part might be wishful thinking.)

And it’s true. We haven’t updated since June 17, which in Internet terms is like not updating since 1984. We do have awfully good reasons, though, I promise. I’ve been moving house and dealing with illness, Pix has been on a much-needed and well-earned vacation, and Anea answers to no man so we really have no idea what she’s been up to even though we keep asking. (This is like the Witch-King of Angmar, so I bet we could get her to talk by getting one of our female friends to ask, but Cadistra won’t help would have helped but we assumed she was too busy with her comic that you all should be reading, and Jezriyah’s been distracted by her new boyfriend.) Also, we prefer to post recipes with pictures, and because of all of this vacationing in Bora Bora and visiting the doctor every third day and answering to no man, we really haven’t done a whole lot of cooking recently, so we haven’t had anything to take pictures of.

Not to worry, though! We’ll be back in action very soon. Here’s a preview:

3. Boil the water.

Isn’t that exciting? I can’t wait!

Until next time,
Your friendly neighborhood Cheferman
Chris

“Nourish!, food blog. A blog, barely out of its infancy. Gentlemen, we can rebuild it. We have the technology. We have the capability to build the world’s first* bionic blog. Nourish! will be that blog. Better than it was before. Better, stronger, faster.”

  1. In order to have more flexibility and control over the blog, we’ve moved to a full WordPress install. The new address is http://nourishmenu.thestorythusfar.com/ – but then, if you’re reading this you probably already know that.
  2. We have a Twitter account. It will be the world’s first* bionic Twitter account, fully integrated with this blog but capable of direct human interaction as well. You can find it at @NourishMenu.

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* May not be actual first.
** Post may not self-destruct.

This isn’t your usual gamer blog. You won’t find us talking about the latest video game release or the most recent World of Warcraft content, here. We just talk about food.

So why are we doing this?

Well, let’s be honest. Gamers aren’t exactly known for their healthy eating habits, right? It’s all too easy to rush into your living space after a long day, throw a Hot Pocket into the microwave, and slide into your computer chair for an evening of smashing pixels… with other pixels. The problem with that isn’t the fact that you like to game, it’s that what you’re eating… probably isn’t really good for you.

We’re here to help.

We are dedicated to providing awesome meal recipes that are easy to make, and usually require little or no preparation or time spent monitoring your cooking, with easy-to-follow instructions, and no hard-to-find ingredients. The best part is, these recipes aren’t being provided by professional chefs (or if they are, we don’t know it); they’re gamers, just like you.

So pause your game, pull up a chair, and check out our recipes – we’re sure you’ll find something you’re going to love!