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Request: Persona 4 - Steak Skewers

Megatenn began following me in the early days of Gourmet Gaming and sent through a request forever ago for some Persona based foods (I believe Mystery Burger and Steak Skewers were on the list). After what seems like an eternal winter, this weekend there was some fabulous weather and I felt a fresh and light Asian inspired meal might be in order - so Steak Skewers were the ideal choice. I’ve never played any of the Persona games but I remember an old housemate having Persona 4 and I spent quite a few hours watching him play - I am however a big fan of many Atlus titles so I must annoy him during the week and see if I can borrow his copy. Speaking of Atlus I am VERY excited for Catherine! I watched the review last night and.. Wow. Cara (who wrote about me on Feed The Gamer several weeks ago) and Ben came over to help demolish the meal; I was rather nervous cooking something I had never made before for other people. In order to eat the food, however, they were forced to watch the Catherine review - it seemed like a fair trade. 
This recipe serves 4.
What you will need: Wooden Skewers, a griddle pan and a grater
Ingredients:
300g / 4 Cups Sirloin Steak
300g / 4 Cups Chicken Breast
Or 
200g / 3 Cups Tofu
For the Steak/Tofu Marinade:
150ml / 1 Cup Dark Soy Sauce
3 Stalks Spring Onion (chopped)
2 Tablespoons Sugar
1 Tablespoons Sesame Oil
1½ Tablespoons Flour
1 Clove Garlic (grated)
1 Teaspoon Ginger (grated)
1 Teaspoon Red Chilli (deseeded, chopped)
For the Chicken Marinade:
2 Tablespoons Sesame Oil
1 Teaspoons Chilli Flakes
1 Teaspoons Ginger (grated)
1 Teaspoon Garlic (grated)
1 Tablespoon Fresh Lime Juice
For the Satay Dipping Sauce:
3 Tablespoons Crunchy Peanut Butter
1 Teaspoons Sesame Oil
1 Teaspoons Soy Sauce
1 Clove Garlic (grated)
1 Teaspoon Ginger (grated)
1 Tablespoons Sugar
1 Teaspoon Chilli Flakes
2 Tablespoons Fresh Lime Juice
Milk/Coconut Milk
Optional Serving Vegetables:
Asparagus Spears
Red Onions
Chestnut Mushrooms
Preparing the Steak/Tofu:
Mix all the marinade ingredients in a bowl.
Cube the steak into 1 inch pieces and store in a separate bowl.
Pour half of the marinade over the steak, mix well, cover and place in the fridge for several hours.
Store the rest of the marinade in the fridge for later - as you will use this as extra sauce for serving/dipping.
Preparing the Chicken:
Cube the chicken into 1 inch pieces and place in a bowl.
Add the marinade ingredients to the chicken and mix well.
Cover and store the chicken in the fridge for several hours.
Preparing the Satay Dip:
Mix all the ingredients in a bowl.
Slowly add the milk/coconut milk a tablespoon at a time until a creamy but firm consistency is reached. 
Cover and set aside for later.
Preparing the Skewers:
Skewer the steak and chicken onto skewers - 4 pieces on each.
Heat a griddle pan to a medium heat and cook.
If you are making the tofu version - cook the skewers in a frying pan with some olive oil.
I served the skewers with thin egg noodles, ribboned  carrot and cucumber salad and skewered asparagus, mushroom and red onion that was roasted in the oven.

I was so hungry I inhaled my tofu version, which from what I can recall was really tasty, but I’ve since been told the food was actually delicious. I’ve amended the Satay recipe slightly to reduce the amount of Soy Sauce as I found it slightly salty so it should be more balanced now. Although that Satay was piled precariously high on the steak at one point in the meal! I sadly couldn’t find a good enough image of the Steak Skewer in the game to compare, but I did find this lovely drawing of it (if you have an in-game shot, please send it!). After eating those Skewers I am now even more intrigued to play Persona 4 - it will definitely be making an appearance at our gaming night, Warp Zone, in the near future!
Like this? You might also enjoy the Persona 4 - Aiya Rainy Day Special Mega Beef Bowl.

gourmetgaming:

Request: Persona 4 - Steak Skewers

Difficulty - 1

Megatenn began following me in the early days of Gourmet Gaming and sent through a request forever ago for some Persona based foods (I believe Mystery Burger and Steak Skewers were on the list). After what seems like an eternal winter, this weekend there was some fabulous weather and I felt a fresh and light Asian inspired meal might be in order - so Steak Skewers were the ideal choice. I’ve never played any of the Persona games but I remember an old housemate having Persona 4 and I spent quite a few hours watching him play - I am however a big fan of many Atlus titles so I must annoy him during the week and see if I can borrow his copy. Speaking of Atlus I am VERY excited for Catherine! I watched the review last night and.. Wow. Cara (who wrote about me on Feed The Gamer several weeks ago) and Ben came over to help demolish the meal; I was rather nervous cooking something I had never made before for other people. In order to eat the food, however, they were forced to watch the Catherine review - it seemed like a fair trade. 

This recipe serves 4.

What you will need: Wooden Skewers, a griddle pan and a grater

Ingredients:

300g / 4 Cups Sirloin Steak

300g / 4 Cups Chicken Breast

Or 

200g / 3 Cups Tofu

For the Steak/Tofu Marinade:

150ml / 1 Cup Dark Soy Sauce

3 Stalks Spring Onion (chopped)

2 Tablespoons Sugar

1 Tablespoons Sesame Oil

1½ Tablespoons Flour

1 Clove Garlic (grated)

1 Teaspoon Ginger (grated)

1 Teaspoon Red Chilli (deseeded, chopped)

For the Chicken Marinade:

2 Tablespoons Sesame Oil

1 Teaspoons Chilli Flakes

1 Teaspoons Ginger (grated)

1 Teaspoon Garlic (grated)

1 Tablespoon Fresh Lime Juice

For the Satay Dipping Sauce:

3 Tablespoons Crunchy Peanut Butter

1 Teaspoons Sesame Oil

1 Teaspoons Soy Sauce

1 Clove Garlic (grated)

1 Teaspoon Ginger (grated)

1 Tablespoons Sugar

1 Teaspoon Chilli Flakes

2 Tablespoons Fresh Lime Juice

Milk/Coconut Milk

Optional Serving Vegetables:

Asparagus Spears

Red Onions

Chestnut Mushrooms

Preparing the Steak/Tofu:

  1. Mix all the marinade ingredients in a bowl.
  2. Cube the steak into 1 inch pieces and store in a separate bowl.
  3. Pour half of the marinade over the steak, mix well, cover and place in the fridge for several hours.
  4. Store the rest of the marinade in the fridge for later - as you will use this as extra sauce for serving/dipping.

Preparing the Chicken:

  1. Cube the chicken into 1 inch pieces and place in a bowl.
  2. Add the marinade ingredients to the chicken and mix well.
  3. Cover and store the chicken in the fridge for several hours.

Preparing the Satay Dip:

  1. Mix all the ingredients in a bowl.
  2. Slowly add the milk/coconut milk a tablespoon at a time until a creamy but firm consistency is reached. 
  3. Cover and set aside for later.

Preparing the Skewers:

  1. Skewer the steak and chicken onto skewers - 4 pieces on each.
  2. Heat a griddle pan to a medium heat and cook.
  3. If you are making the tofu version - cook the skewers in a frying pan with some olive oil.

I served the skewers with thin egg noodles, ribboned  carrot and cucumber salad and skewered asparagus, mushroom and red onion that was roasted in the oven.

GG10 - Persona 4 Steak Skewers

I was so hungry I inhaled my tofu version, which from what I can recall was really tasty, but I’ve since been told the food was actually delicious. I’ve amended the Satay recipe slightly to reduce the amount of Soy Sauce as I found it slightly salty so it should be more balanced now. Although that Satay was piled precariously high on the steak at one point in the meal! I sadly couldn’t find a good enough image of the Steak Skewer in the game to compare, but I did find this lovely drawing of it (if you have an in-game shot, please send it!). After eating those Skewers I am now even more intrigued to play Persona 4 - it will definitely be making an appearance at our gaming night, Warp Zone, in the near future!

Like this? You might also enjoy the Persona 4 - Aiya Rainy Day Special Mega Beef Bowl.

gourmetgaming:

Request: Persona 4 – Aiya Rainy Day Special Mega Beef Bowl

Back in the initial days of Gourmet Gaming I made the Steak Skewers from Persona 4. It was one of my earliest requests and the first popular post that seemed to strike something within the incredible Persona fan-base. I thought it was only fair that after a slew of new requests for the Aiya Rainy Day Special Mega Beef Bowl that I repay their kindness and revisit Persona 4 as a game that’s helped make Gourmet Gaming what it is today. To be honest the thing that sold me on making this dish was the idea that this “bowl is a portal to the meat dimension”. A meat. Dimension. Let’s think about that for a moment… Do you think you have enough understanding, knowledge, courage and diligence to face this challenge?
This recipes serves 2.
What you will need: A large wok, a frying pan and a large bowl.
Ingredients:
250g / 1 Cup White Rice
500g / 17oz Frying Steak
4 Tablespoons Light Soy Sauce
1 Teaspoon Cornflour
2 Tablespoons Olive Oil
2 Teaspoons Sesame Oil
100g / 1 Cup White Onion (Sliced)
1 Teaspoon Garlic
1 Teaspoon Fresh Ginger (Grated)
1 Teaspoon Red Chilli (Chopped)
2 Teaspoons Chinese Five Spice
200g / 1 Cup Brown Chestnut Mushrooms (Quartered)
50g / 1 ½ Cup Pak Choi (Sliced)
150g / 2 Cups Bean Sprouts
2 Teaspoons Dark Soy Sauce
250ml / 1 Cup Beef Stock
1 Egg
Preparations:
Boil the rice as per the instructions; usually 1 part rice to 2 parts water.
Slice the steak into strips and place them in a bowl. Add the light soy sauce, cornflour and mix well. Leave the beef to marinate for about 15 minutes.
Making the Aiya Rainy Day Special Mega Beef Bowl:
On a high heat, heat the wok then pour in the olive oil and sesame oil. Add the beef and fry until browned (about a minute or two) then remove from the wok and set aside.
Add the onions to the wok and fry them until soft. Add the garlic, red chilli, ginger, Chinese five spice and lightly fry.
Add pak choi, bean sprouts and mushrooms and stir fry for several minutes. Once lightly cooked return the beef to the wok.
Pour in the beef stock and dark soy sauce. Allow the mixture to reduce for about 5 minutes.
Heat a little oil in a separate frying pan and fry the egg until lightly crispy, then remove from the pan and set aside for later. Feel free to poach the egg or leave it raw for authenticity.
By now your rice should be cooked; spoon the rice into a bowl then layer on the beef and top with the egg. You’re now ready to face the Aiya Rainy Day Special Mega Beef Bowl Challenge!

You can also make a vegetarian version of this dish by replacing the beef with tofu and the beef stock with vegetable stock. I don’t know if it’s because it was 11PM by the time I got to eat this after a horrible mix up with my food delivery or if it actually is one of the best things I’ve ever tasted. Either way this wasn’t much of a challenge for me as I practically inhaled the dish. I’ve had egg fried rice before, but I had no idea how awesome a fried egg on top of a stir fry would be - all this time I’ve been missing out! It’s a rich, spicy and sweet dish that would, funnily enough, be a perfectly reinvigorating meal on a cold or rainy day. So the next time it rains, why not make this dish and set yourself a challenge of your very own! It’s sure to improve some aspects of your personality (your friends can thank me later). Aiyaaaaa!
Like this? You might also enjoy the Persona 4 - Steak Skewers.

gourmetgaming:

Request: Persona 4 – Aiya Rainy Day Special Mega Beef Bowl

Difficulty - 2.5 Hearts

Back in the initial days of Gourmet Gaming I made the Steak Skewers from Persona 4. It was one of my earliest requests and the first popular post that seemed to strike something within the incredible Persona fan-base. I thought it was only fair that after a slew of new requests for the Aiya Rainy Day Special Mega Beef Bowl that I repay their kindness and revisit Persona 4 as a game that’s helped make Gourmet Gaming what it is today. To be honest the thing that sold me on making this dish was the idea that this “bowl is a portal to the meat dimension”. A meat. Dimension. Let’s think about that for a moment… Do you think you have enough understanding, knowledge, courage and diligence to face this challenge?

This recipes serves 2.

What you will need: A large wok, a frying pan and a large bowl.

Ingredients:

250g / 1 Cup White Rice

500g / 17oz Frying Steak

4 Tablespoons Light Soy Sauce

1 Teaspoon Cornflour

2 Tablespoons Olive Oil

2 Teaspoons Sesame Oil

100g / 1 Cup White Onion (Sliced)

1 Teaspoon Garlic

1 Teaspoon Fresh Ginger (Grated)

1 Teaspoon Red Chilli (Chopped)

2 Teaspoons Chinese Five Spice

200g / 1 Cup Brown Chestnut Mushrooms (Quartered)

50g / 1 ½ Cup Pak Choi (Sliced)

150g / 2 Cups Bean Sprouts

2 Teaspoons Dark Soy Sauce

250ml / 1 Cup Beef Stock

1 Egg

Preparations:

  1. Boil the rice as per the instructions; usually 1 part rice to 2 parts water.
  2. Slice the steak into strips and place them in a bowl. Add the light soy sauce, cornflour and mix well. Leave the beef to marinate for about 15 minutes.

Making the Aiya Rainy Day Special Mega Beef Bowl:

  1. On a high heat, heat the wok then pour in the olive oil and sesame oil. Add the beef and fry until browned (about a minute or two) then remove from the wok and set aside.
  2. Add the onions to the wok and fry them until soft. Add the garlic, red chilli, ginger, Chinese five spice and lightly fry.
  3. Add pak choi, bean sprouts and mushrooms and stir fry for several minutes. Once lightly cooked return the beef to the wok.
  4. Pour in the beef stock and dark soy sauce. Allow the mixture to reduce for about 5 minutes.
  5. Heat a little oil in a separate frying pan and fry the egg until lightly crispy, then remove from the pan and set aside for later. Feel free to poach the egg or leave it raw for authenticity.
  6. By now your rice should be cooked; spoon the rice into a bowl then layer on the beef and top with the egg. You’re now ready to face the Aiya Rainy Day Special Mega Beef Bowl Challenge!

Gourmet Gaming Persona 4 - Aiya Rainy Day Special Mega Beef Bowl

You can also make a vegetarian version of this dish by replacing the beef with tofu and the beef stock with vegetable stock. I don’t know if it’s because it was 11PM by the time I got to eat this after a horrible mix up with my food delivery or if it actually is one of the best things I’ve ever tasted. Either way this wasn’t much of a challenge for me as I practically inhaled the dish. I’ve had egg fried rice before, but I had no idea how awesome a fried egg on top of a stir fry would be - all this time I’ve been missing out! It’s a rich, spicy and sweet dish that would, funnily enough, be a perfectly reinvigorating meal on a cold or rainy day. So the next time it rains, why not make this dish and set yourself a challenge of your very own! It’s sure to improve some aspects of your personality (your friends can thank me later). Aiyaaaaa!

Like this? You might also enjoy the Persona 4 - Steak Skewers.

gourmetgaming:


Catherine – Pepperoni Pizza (Vincent)

My Valentine’s present this year was, somewhat ‘controversially’, the ‘Stray Sheep’ edition of Catherine. So to celebrate what’s quickly becoming one of my favourite games, I’ll be posting three recipes dedicated to the games three main characters; Vincent, Catherine and Katherine. Catherine is a marvel as a story-driven puzzle game that actually works; it’s practically an ideal combination for me! Vincent is a protagonist I have quite a soft spot for too - he’s my kind of guy, whether he’s a sheep or not (I think I just find fluffiness attractive). Vincent spends most of his time at The Stray Sheep where he enjoys a few drinks and, more often than not, a pepperoni pizza.
This recipe makes enough for 3 - 4 pizzas.
What you will need: A large mixing bowl, a sieve, a measuring jug, a rolling pin and a pizza tray or stone.
For the Pizza Dough:
500g / 3 ¾ Cups ‘00’ Flour
½ Teaspoon Salt
1 Tablespoon Fast Action Dried Yeast
½ Tablespoon Sugar
2 Tablespoons Olive Oil
325ml / 1 ⅓ Cup Warm Water
Pizza Toppings:
250ml / 1 Cup Tomato Passata
Salt & Pepper
Dried Oregano
Hard Mozzarella
Sweetcorn
Pepperoni Slices
Making the Pizza Dough:
Sieve the flour and salt together into a large bowl. Meanwhile, take the warm water and add the yeast, sugar and olive oil. Mix it, and allow it to stand for a few minutes.
Make a well in the middle of the flour and pour the water and yeast mixture into it. Using a fork, scrape the flour in from the outside and mix well until a dough begins to form.
Flour a surface and turn the dough out, knead it well for about 5 minutes. Once it’s smooth, place it in a clean bowl, cover with a damp cloth and allow to rise for about an hour. After an hour, or once it’s risen it’s ready to be made into pizzas.
Making the Pepperoni Pizza:
Preheat the oven to the maximum temperature. Flour a surface and roll out the dough to fit your pizza stone or pan.
Spread a few spoons of the passata on top of the rolled out dough and spread it out. Season the passata to taste with salt, pepper and oregano. Next add the mozarella, sweet corn, and finally the pepperoni. Put it in the oven to cook until golden then serve hot.

You can’t ever go wrong with pizza. I think Vincent and his friends know this which is why there’s rarely a scene at the Stray Sheep without it. When I was researching the dish, I had thought about making a Japanese version of the Italian food foundation. There were some interesting combinations; noodle bases and tofu toppings to name a few. But there was one consistent ingredient that is apparently very popular on Japanese pizzas and that’s sweetcorn. I love sweetcorn (though in my travels I came across many people who felt it was too sweet to be anywhere near the top of a pizza), and to be honest with you in the past 2 weeks, between moving house and making this dish, I think I’ve eaten about 7 pizzas, most of which had sweetcorn. Am I a pizza yet? I hope so.
Like this? You might also enjoy the Catherine - Summer Squash Pasta.

gourmetgaming:

Catherine – Pepperoni Pizza (Vincent)

Difficulty - 3 Hearts

My Valentine’s present this year was, somewhat ‘controversially’, the ‘Stray Sheep’ edition of Catherine. So to celebrate what’s quickly becoming one of my favourite games, I’ll be posting three recipes dedicated to the games three main characters; Vincent, Catherine and Katherine. Catherine is a marvel as a story-driven puzzle game that actually works; it’s practically an ideal combination for me! Vincent is a protagonist I have quite a soft spot for too - he’s my kind of guy, whether he’s a sheep or not (I think I just find fluffiness attractive). Vincent spends most of his time at The Stray Sheep where he enjoys a few drinks and, more often than not, a pepperoni pizza.

This recipe makes enough for 3 - 4 pizzas.

What you will need: A large mixing bowl, a sieve, a measuring jug, a rolling pin and a pizza tray or stone.

For the Pizza Dough:

500g / 3 ¾ Cups ‘00’ Flour

½ Teaspoon Salt

1 Tablespoon Fast Action Dried Yeast

½ Tablespoon Sugar

2 Tablespoons Olive Oil

325ml / ⅓ Cup Warm Water

Pizza Toppings:

250ml / 1 Cup Tomato Passata

Salt & Pepper

Dried Oregano

Hard Mozzarella

Sweetcorn

Pepperoni Slices

Making the Pizza Dough:

  1. Sieve the flour and salt together into a large bowl. Meanwhile, take the warm water and add the yeast, sugar and olive oil. Mix it, and allow it to stand for a few minutes.
  2. Make a well in the middle of the flour and pour the water and yeast mixture into it. Using a fork, scrape the flour in from the outside and mix well until a dough begins to form.
  3. Flour a surface and turn the dough out, knead it well for about 5 minutes. Once it’s smooth, place it in a clean bowl, cover with a damp cloth and allow to rise for about an hour. After an hour, or once it’s risen it’s ready to be made into pizzas.

Making the Pepperoni Pizza:

  1. Preheat the oven to the maximum temperature. Flour a surface and roll out the dough to fit your pizza stone or pan.
  2. Spread a few spoons of the passata on top of the rolled out dough and spread it out. Season the passata to taste with salt, pepper and oregano. Next add the mozarella, sweet corn, and finally the pepperoni. Put it in the oven to cook until golden then serve hot.

Gourmet Gaming Catherine - Stray Sheep Pepperoni Pizza

You can’t ever go wrong with pizza. I think Vincent and his friends know this which is why there’s rarely a scene at the Stray Sheep without it. When I was researching the dish, I had thought about making a Japanese version of the Italian food foundation. There were some interesting combinations; noodle bases and tofu toppings to name a few. But there was one consistent ingredient that is apparently very popular on Japanese pizzas and that’s sweetcorn. I love sweetcorn (though in my travels I came across many people who felt it was too sweet to be anywhere near the top of a pizza), and to be honest with you in the past 2 weeks, between moving house and making this dish, I think I’ve eaten about 7 pizzas, most of which had sweetcorn. Am I a pizza yet? I hope so.

Like this? You might also enjoy the Catherine - Summer Squash Pasta.

gourmetgaming:


Catherine – Strawberry Tart (Katherine)

Katherine is Vincent’s long-term girlfriend who evidently has a bit of a sweet-tooth. She’s rarely seen without a dessert in front of her that somehow she’s been able to only take a small piece from. If I were dining at Chrono Rabbit I can assure you I’d be on my third slice of whatever strawberry covered treat was on offer. The source of Vincent’s current anxieties, Katherine takes some pretty interesting and disturbing forms in his nightmares. Even her fork is seen as a threat to him, well, she is usually the one doing the killing in her dreams. I can see why Vincent is so scared; her underlying dark streak and relationship pressures are enough to make me nervous! But as long as there’s desserts, everything’s okay.
This recipe serves 6-8.
What you will need: A 9 inch (23cm) fluted tart tin with a loose base, 2 large mixing bowls, a sieve, a rolling pin, ceramic baking beans, piping bag, a small pot, cling film/saran wrap and greaseproof paper/baking parchment.
For the Shortcrust Pastry:
225g / 1 ¾ Cups Plain Flour
100g / ½ Cup Butter (Chilled and Cubed)
½ Teaspoon Salt
Water
For the Filling:
300g / 1 ½ Cups Cream Cheese (Room Temperature)
100g / ½ Cup Fine Sugar
1 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract
2 Large Eggs (Room Temperature)
120ml / ½ Cup Soured Cream
2 Tablespoons Fine Sugar
To Garnish:
175g / ½ Cup Strawberry Conserve
120ml / ½ Cup Double / Whipping Cream
2 Tablespoons Fine Sugar
16 Fresh Strawberries
18 Fresh Blueberries
Making the Shortcrust Pastry:
Sieve the flour into a large bowl and add the butter. Using your fingers, rub the butter into the flour until it resembles breadcrumbs. Add the salt and add water a tablespoon at a time until the mixture comes together as a dough.
Wrap the dough in cling film/saran wrap and chill in the fridge for an hour before use. Meanwhile, lightly grease the tart tin and set aside.
Preheat the oven to 180C/355F. Once chilled, roll out the pastry to an even thickness and line the tin. Cover with greaseproof paper/baking parchment and fill the pastry with ceramic baking beans.
Place the pastry in the oven and cook for approximately 10-15 minutes. Watch the pastry to ensure it doesn’t dry out or get too brown. Once it’s golden and firm it’s ready to come out. Remove the baking beans and greaseproof paper and leave the pastry to cool while you prepare the filling.
Preparing the Filling:
Turn up the oven to 220C/450F. In a large bowl, combine the cream cheese, sugar and vanilla extract. Mix well until smooth. Don’t worry if it seems very liquid, this is normal.
Pour the mixture into the cooled and prepared pastry, leaving a small gap at the top, and put in the oven for around 7-10 minutes or until the centre has set.
Take the tart from the oven and set aside for 5 minutes to cool. Meanwhile, mix the sour cream and 2 tablespoons of sugar together. Spoon just enough of the sour cream over the top of the tart to create a thin layer.
Turn the oven off and return the tart to the oven for 10-15 minutes or until the sour cream has solidified.
Take the tart out and leave it to cool to room temperature before placing in the fridge for several hours or over night to chill.
Making the Strawberry Tart:
In a small pot, add the strawberry conserve. Warm through on a medium heat until the mixture becomes liquid. Allow it to cool for a minute before pouring a thin, even layer over the chilled tart. Place the tart back in the fridge until the strawberry conserve layer has set.
Meanwhile, whisk up the double cream with the sugar and spoon into the piping bag. Pipe cream around the entire edge of the tart.
Prepare your fruit for the top, check out this picture for how to arrange the blueberries and strawberries. Grab a milky coffee and enjoy the tart!

While I was trying to get a good look at the tart Katherine is eating during the game, I noticed that it actually changes a few times in one scene. It swaps between a sponge cake and the tart I’ve made above. I chose the tart as it was something a bit different to the previous recipes and it appears most frequently in the game. I went through 4 attempts at different varieties and combinations and then finally, I cracked it! A delicate cream-cheese layer, with caramelised sour cream topped with strawberries and blueberries is beautifully complimented by the smooth shortcrust pastry and whipped cream. Don’t waste your fork on your significant other, this treat is proof there are far better things to be forking.
Like this? You might also enjoy the Castlevania - Cheesecake.

gourmetgaming:

Catherine – Strawberry Tart (Katherine)

Difficulty - 4 Hearts

Katherine is Vincent’s long-term girlfriend who evidently has a bit of a sweet-tooth. She’s rarely seen without a dessert in front of her that somehow she’s been able to only take a small piece from. If I were dining at Chrono Rabbit I can assure you I’d be on my third slice of whatever strawberry covered treat was on offer. The source of Vincent’s current anxieties, Katherine takes some pretty interesting and disturbing forms in his nightmares. Even her fork is seen as a threat to him, well, she is usually the one doing the killing in her dreams. I can see why Vincent is so scared; her underlying dark streak and relationship pressures are enough to make me nervous! But as long as there’s desserts, everything’s okay.

This recipe serves 6-8.

What you will need: A 9 inch (23cm) fluted tart tin with a loose base, 2 large mixing bowls, a sieve, a rolling pin, ceramic baking beans, piping bag, a small pot, cling film/saran wrap and greaseproof paper/baking parchment.

For the Shortcrust Pastry:

225g / 1 ¾ Cups Plain Flour

100g / ½ Cup Butter (Chilled and Cubed)

½ Teaspoon Salt

Water

For the Filling:

300g / 1 ½ Cups Cream Cheese (Room Temperature)

100g / ½ Cup Fine Sugar

1 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract

2 Large Eggs (Room Temperature)

120ml / ½ Cup Soured Cream

2 Tablespoons Fine Sugar

To Garnish:

175g / ½ Cup Strawberry Conserve

120ml / ½ Cup Double / Whipping Cream

2 Tablespoons Fine Sugar

16 Fresh Strawberries

18 Fresh Blueberries

Making the Shortcrust Pastry:

  1. Sieve the flour into a large bowl and add the butter. Using your fingers, rub the butter into the flour until it resembles breadcrumbs. Add the salt and add water a tablespoon at a time until the mixture comes together as a dough.
  2. Wrap the dough in cling film/saran wrap and chill in the fridge for an hour before use. Meanwhile, lightly grease the tart tin and set aside.
  3. Preheat the oven to 180C/355F. Once chilled, roll out the pastry to an even thickness and line the tin. Cover with greaseproof paper/baking parchment and fill the pastry with ceramic baking beans.
  4. Place the pastry in the oven and cook for approximately 10-15 minutes. Watch the pastry to ensure it doesn’t dry out or get too brown. Once it’s golden and firm it’s ready to come out. Remove the baking beans and greaseproof paper and leave the pastry to cool while you prepare the filling.

Preparing the Filling:

  1. Turn up the oven to 220C/450F. In a large bowl, combine the cream cheese, sugar and vanilla extract. Mix well until smooth. Don’t worry if it seems very liquid, this is normal.
  2. Pour the mixture into the cooled and prepared pastry, leaving a small gap at the top, and put in the oven for around 7-10 minutes or until the centre has set.
  3. Take the tart from the oven and set aside for 5 minutes to cool. Meanwhile, mix the sour cream and 2 tablespoons of sugar together. Spoon just enough of the sour cream over the top of the tart to create a thin layer.
  4. Turn the oven off and return the tart to the oven for 10-15 minutes or until the sour cream has solidified.
  5. Take the tart out and leave it to cool to room temperature before placing in the fridge for several hours or over night to chill.

Making the Strawberry Tart:

  1. In a small pot, add the strawberry conserve. Warm through on a medium heat until the mixture becomes liquid. Allow it to cool for a minute before pouring a thin, even layer over the chilled tart. Place the tart back in the fridge until the strawberry conserve layer has set.
  2. Meanwhile, whisk up the double cream with the sugar and spoon into the piping bag. Pipe cream around the entire edge of the tart.
  3. Prepare your fruit for the top, check out this picture for how to arrange the blueberries and strawberries. Grab a milky coffee and enjoy the tart!
Gourmet Gaming Catherine - Strawberry Tart (Katherine)

While I was trying to get a good look at the tart Katherine is eating during the game, I noticed that it actually changes a few times in one scene. It swaps between a sponge cake and the tart I’ve made above. I chose the tart as it was something a bit different to the previous recipes and it appears most frequently in the game. I went through 4 attempts at different varieties and combinations and then finally, I cracked it! A delicate cream-cheese layer, with caramelised sour cream topped with strawberries and blueberries is beautifully complimented by the smooth shortcrust pastry and whipped cream. Don’t waste your fork on your significant other, this treat is proof there are far better things to be forking.

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Weekly Rundown - 04/30/12-05/06/12

Games this week:

  • Xbox 360           -Mass Effect,Catherine
  • Playstation 3      -Heavy Rain
  • Game Boy Color -Pokemon: Blue Version

Games!  Not so muchMass Effectthis week, got sucked up into work and doing household chores.  But, I had plenty of time for Pokemon, what with being out of town!

So, I’m deciding on a Fire-type and Water-type to roll with.  I’m thinking maybe Vulpix/Ninetales and Omanyte/Omastar? But, then I have to wait a damned long time before I get my Omanyte.  And I was originally thinking Flareon for my fire-type, which I’ve already evolved my Eevee into, so, it’s too late to go for Vaporeon… I’ll have to keep looking into my options for Water-types as I progress.  Anyway, my team, currently, is a Flareon named Clifford, a Pidgeotto named Rock, a Pikachu named Train, a Kadabra named Shazam, a Sandslash named Roses, and an Ivysaur named Fluffy.  I’m in Lavender Town and just started going up the Pokemon Tower!  Ghost Pokemon!

And then this weekend I played games with the Rebekah.  I picked upHeavy Rain, finally, because she had expressed interest in seeing it and we started that.  It’s quite intriguing, although the character movement is very awkward.  The glove/shades thing that Jayden has is wicked cool, though.  Anyway, we’re not terribly far into it yet, so not much to say.  Some of the button-prompt stuff is a little frustrating, but, I imagine I’ll figure out what the prompts are asking for exactly and get better at it.

Also with Rebekah, finishedCatherinelast night.  It was super interesting seeing what things she was interested in.  For instance, as I had mentioned the last time I talked about us playing, she has zero interest in talking to the other people in the bar and the other sheep.  Especially the insane sheep, as she finds them exceptionally creepy.  She found Catherine completely insane and rebuffed her at every turn and was nice to Katherine, although the good Katherine ending, which is the ending we got, shows Katherine stepping all over Vincent and basically making him her bitch, and Rebekah felt sorry for him.

And that’s what I played!  See y’all next week!

Weekly Rundown - 04/02/12-04/08/12

Games this week:

  • Xbox 360     -Mass Effect 3,Mass Effect,Catherine
  • Gameboy     -Pokemon Blue Version
  • Nintendo Wii -House of the Dead 2 & 3 Return

Games!  So, I finishedMass Effect 3.  And I loved it!  I even enjoyed the ending, despite at least one glaring plot hole.  I think a lot of the reasons I hear about why people hate the ending of that game is just whining because it didn’t end the way you wanted it to end.  And the other complaints just don’t bother me as much or are, frankly, personal preference.  IsMass Effect 3as good asMass Effect 2?  No, honestly not even close.  IsMass Effect 3really good and a lot better than a host of other games I’ve ever played?  Hells yes.

And then I immediately put inMass Effect, the first one, and created a new character to go through all three games and make as different a playthrough as I can, just to see what happens, y’know?  I’m barely into it, but, know that’s coming.

I also played a bunch more old school Pokemon.  Don’t know why, but, I’m just really in the mood to play Pokemon.  Don’t hate.

Booted upCatherine.  I’m doing a playthrough with Rebekah, as she expressed interest.  Skipping the puzzles, though, the joy of having played the game pretty extensively beforehand, we can just go right to the story, which is what she’s interested in.  It’s also interesting, for me, to see the way she doesn’t care and just doesn’t want to talk to the sheep on the landings or any of the people in the bar.  She says, “They never have anything interesting to say.”  As someone who wants to talk to everyone and see every line of dialogue that was programmed in, I find that very interesting.

And then we shot zombies last night in House of the Dead 2 & 3 Returns, specifically the second one.  Gods, I love that voice acting.

Weekly Rundown - 08/01-08/07

Games this week:

  • Playstation 2 - Persona 3 FES
  • Xbox 360      - Catherine, Halo 3
  • PSP             - Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep
  • Nintendo Wii  - Fragile Dreams: Farewell Ruins of the Moon

Hello, folks!  This week is largely more of the same.  Did a bit of Achievement clean-up on Catherine, basically just to see all of the different endings.  I like the game, and I’m happy to have thrown $80 bucks at Atlus, and maybe they could see it in their hearts to make me a nice next-gen Persona 5.  Oh, a man can dream.  And for the love of gods, bring Kanji and Chie into the next Persona.  I don’t care how, do it.  Ahem, anyway, I think I’m done with it for now.  There are some other Achievements I could get, but, I don’t think I care.  I fell out of that Achievement craze a while ago.

Speaking of Achievement craze, I’ve been playing the Halo 3 multiplayer pretty heavily last night and today.  Just on a whim with my mate Tebo.  Hopped in and started screwing around, not really playing the game so much as driving around in a Mongoose or Warthog and making fools of ourselves.  I haven’t really touched the multiplayer since the game came out in ‘07, and, damn.  It’s like an all-new game.  Maps I’ve never even heard of and game types I barely ever played, if indeed I played them at all.  It is absolutely reminding me how much I hate playing competitive multiplayer games.  I think I’ll do an article on that, so, look forward to that!

Other than that, a lot of Persona 3.  I’ve put about 28 hours into it.  And I’m kind of in love with that game.  Unfortunately, I’m playing it with thorough knowledge of Persona 4 in mind, so, it’s hard not to see where things were improved with Persona 4.  For instance, I absolutely hate not having direct control of the party.  Hate it.  But that’s really my only gripe, I’ve been working around it well enough so far.  Other than that, there’re strange quirks, like the scarcity of the save points and how your AI team will sometimes switch their equipment on a whim and you have to go change it back, but nothing game-breaking and nothing that’s really ruining my fun.  The story is pretty effing good so far, which probably makes up for a lot of it.

And a little more Fragile Dreams and Birth by Sleep. Fragile Dreams remains super moody and rather terrific so far and Birth by Sleep is starting to reel me in a little bit.  I found myself actually having fun while playing it and taking a bit of interest in the story.

Not a lot of change in games this week.  I installed Marvel Ultimate Alliance 2 with full intention of starting that game over the weekend, but, ended up playing Halo 3 instead.  I’ll start that next week then.  So, until then!

Weekly Rundown - 07/25-07/31

Games this week:

  • Xbox 360 - Catherine
  • PS3        - Persona 3
  • PSP        - Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep

Late one, but, this’ll be short this week.  It’s been almost completely dominated by Atlus, except for an hour earlier today while I was at the laundrette with my PSP.

So, to kick things off, Catherine.  That came out this past Tuesday.  I did a little blurb on it before, check that out for my full thoughts.  Beat it once, doing another playthrough to clear up some Achievements and get some more endings.  Eight endings total!  Anyway, my previous write-up continues to hold true.  Even more so now on my second playthrough when I’m seeing how little impact the choices have on the story.  Sure, it changes his inner monologue, you get one, maybe two if you’re lucky, different text messages on certain nights, and one of eight different endings, but… yeah, not a lot really changes.  I kind o’ wish they’d just lifted that part out and had Vincent be wishy-washy the entire game instead of only wishy-washy when I wasn’t choosing a dialogue option.  BUT, it is very important to note that I’ve come around and I like the game.  I still don’t care for the block puzzles but I’ve at least figured them out well enough to not be frustrated.  But the story is interesting and written well, even with my gripes.  It seems to be very polarizing, as well.  Anyway!

Other than that, played a lot of Persona 3.  I’m really falling in love with that game.  To the detriment to the other games I was in the middle of, Dragon Age: Origins and Fragile Dreams: Farewell Ruins of the Moon!  But I’m loving it, almost 20 hours in.

And finally, a tiny bit of Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep.  It’s still grabbing me yet, but, it’s something to play while I’m sitting around at the laundrette.  I think I may just be over the Kingdom Hearts franchise… until they put out a proper sequel, anyway.  Kingdom Hearts: 358/2 Days was fun and well-written, but… I kind o’ just didn’t care as much as I did about Kingdom Hearts II.  It is awesome to be seeing some new worlds in Birth by Sleep, though.

And that’s it!  Pretty much just Atlus all week long.  See y’all next week!

Catherine, oh Catherine…

It doesn’t seem fair to write a review for the game because I’m not sure the reason I’m having trouble liking Catherine is because it’s a bad game, per se.  It’s more like I’m coming to realize it’s not my type of game.

The entirety of the hype for Catherine was that it was from the Persona team over at Atlus, the fine folk who made Persona 3 and Persona 4, both wonderful and beloved games.  So, I, as were many I presume, was expecting the same level of crazy story and terrific production values.  Which Catherine has, more or less.

The story does feel kind of weirdly disjointed when contrasted with the choices you can make.  While I’m clearly picking the “Back up off me, you crazy bitch” dialogue options, Vincent will still react in a relatively positive way to Catherine’s appearances.  It kind o’ seems to me that the story is meant to be middle-of-the-road, which would be fine, but maybe don’t give me choices that contradict the cut scene if that’s how you want it to play out.  Not to mention that I felt both of the females you’re to choose between were rather unlikable.  At the very least, I didn’t particularly like either of them.  But I still enjoyed it.  I like his friends and the characters you can save and talk to in the bar and the dream world and the twist was at least surprising since I thought I had called it two or three stages in and I was wrong.

I guess the real problem I’m running into is the gameplay is just no fun at all.  Even on the easiest difficulty I seem to be having trouble wrapping my head around these puzzles.  Granted, I was more than half-way through the game before I ran into such troubles, and it was only on a couple of stages, but, still.  It’s rather telling that on the easiest difficulty I ran into any trouble.  And frankly I don’t know if that’s because the game is poorly designed, really difficult, or because I just suck at it.  I will say that the final stage felt incredibly cheap each time I died. 

POTENTIAL SPOILER:  Moving the camera and taking away my control while there are falling comets crashing around me and monster blocks that move on their own and can squash me?  Really?  Getting through that part felt more than a little lucky. END POTENTIAL SPOILER

In the end, though, I really want to enjoy Catherine, and not just because I spent $80 plus tax on it.  There is some great stuff going on it, it looks terrific, and has a great voice cast, but I’m really turned off by the block puzzles.  And I don’t know what I was expecting from it other than what I got.  For me, I guess, I would have preferred a little more consistency with the dialogue options and the ensuing cut scenes and shorter puzzle stages.  My hope seems to have been that the balance of story to puzzle blocks would be weighted more toward story.  And I still can’t say I hate it!  Merely I’m having trouble liking it.