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Jul. 26th, 2009


Cooking With Zack: Mrs. Fair's home cooking

(Redactor's note: Here's the fic behind the food: Cooking With Zack, part of Jou's Harrow Children universe. More infrastructure rambling after I've gotten out of the way and let Zack do his thing!)

(ETA, 8/1 - finally got the pictures sorted & imbedded!)

The dishes

Chicken tiki tone

Chicken in a tart-spicy-fragrant tamarind and coconut sauce.

Pumpkin tari

Think five-alarm mouth fire, with pumpkin and chickpeas. :3

Spinach tari

Spinach and squeaky-cheese with an optional citrus twist from artichoke and lime.


Crisp vegetable salad marinaded in mild vinegar and spices.


Skillet-bread flavored as you like it.

Lemon rice

Long grain rice cooked with spices and dressed with lemon juice and flavored sizzling oil.

Beware: 6 recipes, lots of chiles, and lots of cooking below! )

May. 26th, 2009


Three takes on not-just-peanut-butter sandwiches

Genesis' Hot Fudge Sundae Sandwich, Sephiroth's Zen Remix, and Angeal's Surrender to Abject-Harassment-um-that-is-Encouragement. )

Apr. 5th, 2009


Locke's Sausage-Stuffed Mushrooms

These aren't great for making on the road, but when you're actually home and have access to your own kitchen, they're a very filling meal. Great for company, too.

Locke's Sausage-Stuffed Mushrooms )

Jan. 17th, 2009


Yohji's noodles

Sometimes I wonder: do I keep coming back for him, or for the food?

Watching him in the kitchen, tossing ingredients together seemingly at random with an almost bored expression… I have to think that either he’s done this so many times it’s become second nature – or he’s winging it.

Yohji’s a little more awake than I am, probably thanks to a cup of coffee that’s now perched on the edge of the counter next to him. Either that or the cigarette, dangling from his lip; either way, he still looks half asleep. His pants ride so low on his hips one good tug or a vague misstep could send them to the floor.

And what am I fantasizing about?


“What’s so funny?” he asks, the words bent around his cigarette.

“Skewed priorities.”




Jan. 6th, 2009


Angeal's apple puff pancake

"What are you doing?" Genesis asked, sniffing cautiously at the air. Though not unpleasant -- far from it, actually -- it was still a little disconcerting to come home and find his apartment smelling like a bakery.

Angeal smiled and checked something in the oven, then turned his attention to the stovetop. "You've got a decent kitchen, it's a shame it never gets any use."

"I," Genesis stated with distinct emphasis while stripping off his coat, "don't cook. I didn't think you did, either..." He trailed off, remembering a chunky young boy helping his mom in the kitchen.

As if reading his mind, Angeal said, "My mother taught me how to feed myself. It's a useful thing to know."

Genesis tossed his coat over a chair, then feigned disinterest as he strode casually into the kitchen. "So...what are you making, then?"

Angeal grinned and opened the oven to remove...a thing. A big, poofy, breadlike thing that smelled and rather looked like a giant popover. He set it on the counter, where it began to gracefully deflate, leaving a high ridge of crust around the edges.

Then he took the lid off the skillet on the stovetop.

The scent of apples and butter and cinnamon nearly dropped Genesis to his knees. "Goddess! Those are --"

Angeal leaned in until their noses almost touched. "Banora white," he whispered across the other man's lips.

"Those are hideously expensive to import," Genesis murmured, draping his arms over Angeal's broad shoulders.

"You're worth it."

ETA - recipe adapted from "Land O' Lakes Treasury of Country Heritage Meals & Menus."

Dec. 12th, 2008


Recipe: Jean Havoc's "Why Can't I Get A Date?" Triple-Garlic Pasta

Jean Havoc's "Why Can't I Get A Date?" Triple-Garlic Pasta

First things first: Jean isn't so dumb that he doesn't realize that eating this before taking a woman out on the town is A Bad Idea. The name came up like this: he made it one time for Breda, who took one whiff (and one bite) and said, "Fuck, man, you eat like this and you wonder why you can't pick up chicks?" And the name stuck. It's one of his favorite things to serve to friends precisely because it gives you unholy dragonbreath. If you all reek of garlic, none of you are likely to be offended by the others.

The genesis of the dish is this: Jean grew up on a farm, with a farm's rotation of chores. Mrs. Havoc declared early in her marriage that, just because she'd borne four sons and no daughters, she was not going to do all the cooking, laundering, mending, canning, and so on -- 'women's tasks' or otherwise. So cooking dinner for the family (and the hired help, and the cousins visiting to help get the apple harvest in, and Uncle Samuel who's here about loaning his bull for stud, and...) made it onto the chore rotation... and young Jean Havoc discovered two things: one, he was pretty good at it -- and two, putting increasing amounts of pungent ingredients in a food is a great way to establish your machismo with your two older brothers and many older cousins.

Epic Flaming Death Stew met its demise at the say-so of his older relatives, but Triple-Garlic Pasta was a surprise hit -- despite calling for more than one head of garlic per person -- and, because it required few and cheap ingredients and not much prep time, it stayed in his repertoire for years after he finally left the farm to join the army. And (lingering machismo here) he has made a point to serve it to all of his co-workers at one time or another, to see how they handle the garlic overload. Mustang privately thinks the dish is misnamed; indeed, with the right kind of girl, Jean could do quite well by serving it to her.

(This is not a garlic dish for the faint-hearted. This is a garlic dish for people who love garlic with an unholy fire; it's kin to those 'Chicken and 40 Garlic' dishes where garlic overload is the whole point. Be warned!)

Jean Havoc's Triple-Garlic Pasta )

Nov. 19th, 2008


General Celes Chere’s Asparagus Pasta

Cooking is an inexact science at best, for each person’s tastes differ. The following recipe has met with some favour among this misfit fighting unit, though Sabin complains that there is no meat to it.

The following is scaled for two people, yet may easily be expanded to feed more, though it is an inefficient meal to attempt to feed to a platoon.

1 lb. fresh asparagus (fresh asparagus is imperative; the dish will fail if made with frozen. You should endeavour to obtain young asparagus, no more than half the width of your pinky finger at most.)
1/4 tsp. lemon pepper
1/4 tsp. seasoned salt
1/4 tsp. garlic powder
2 tbsp. butter
3-4 oz. pasta, uncooked
Grated Parmesan cheese

(Do not permit overly helpful thieves--ahem, treasure hunters--assist in the preparation of this meal, as they are generally more interested in attempting to distract the cook.)

Salt the water for the pasta and set it to boil. While that is heating, break off the coarse ends of the asparagus, and cut it into approximately 1.5-inch pieces.

When the pasta water has boiled, add the pasta and cook according to its directions. I prefer to use spaghetti, but Edgar claims linguine is the only appropriate accompaniment. Regardless of your choice, prepare it as the package instructs.

While the pasta is cooking, melt the butter in a large skillet and add the asparagus and spices. Cook over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally, until the asparagus is tender-crisp but still bright green. (For asparagus as described above, this takes four minutes.)

Drain the pasta and divide onto the dishes it will be served on. I myself use bowls, as it makes it easier to perform the next step.

Divide the asparagus onto the dishes, and toss with the pasta. Top with Parmesan cheese according to your desires. Locke prefers his so doused that one can barely glimpse the green of the asparagus, while Edgar eschews cheese entirely. I myself am somewhere between.

Encourage the treasure hunter to take KP, as punishment for his interference earlier.

May. 18th, 2008


Billy Lee Black's Soup Beans, Cornbread, & Fried Apples

Billy Lee's Soup Beans & Cornbread, with Fried Apples

~story~ )

picture & recipes )

Don't forget to say grace.

May. 16th, 2008


Firo's (and Akihiko's) soup to live on

(Crossover 201X Firo, that is.)

Firo's never been a huge fan of cooking, but he's had a long time to pick it up. And it became a lot easier when you could pick up a lot of the ingredients pre-made.

This soup is somewhat complicated, but it isn't terribly hard to make. More importantly, it's hearty, keeps well, and contains all the major food groups - so even if you're living by yourself, you can make a lot and then eat it a few times over the course of the week when you're too busy to cook something else.

Makes 4-6 bowls, which may actually be a less number of meals depending on how hungry you are. If you're feeding more than four people (or two hungry people for a few days) you may want to double it.

Sausage and zucchini and tortellini soup )

May. 4th, 2008


Chrono Cross recipe: Guldove-style catfish

An old, simple recipe handed down through the generations - and with so many variants - the Guldove method of cooking fish has become distinct through the specific use of spices and capers. Although it can be hot or mild, certain ones are always present. Skate is one of the most common bases used in Guldove, but since her departure to the mainland to travel with Serge, Steena quickly adapted the recipe to work just as well with river-dwelling fish.

Guldove-style catfish )