Grilled Saxham Beans and Peaches

Noctic at Furloch Farms“Beeeans?”

—Noctis Lucis Caelum, FFXV

  • ½ pound trimmed green beans
  • 1 white peach, cut into ½-inch wedges
  • 1 tablespoon sliced almonds
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil, divided
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon balsamic vinegar

Prepare grill for medium-high heat. Toss beans with ½ tablespoon olive oil and season to taste with salt and pepper. In a separate bowl, toss sliced peach and almonds with ½ tablespoon olive oil. Transfer beans to a grill pan and cook, stirring often, until beans are crisp and tender, about 10 minutes. Stir in peaches and almonds and cook for a couple minutes more, until peaches are tender. Toss with vinegar and serve immediately.

Makes 2 servings.

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Ignis’s After-Hours Coffee

ignis-3“I might have answered before, but yes it is.”

—Ignis Scientia, FFXV

If you don’t have a coffee maker at home, ask for the tall size at Starbucks.

  • 4 ounces (½ cup) heavy whipping cream
  • 12 ounces (1½ cups) brewed coffee
  • 4 ounces (½ cup) whiskey
  • 1 tablespoon turbinado sugar

Use an electric mixer to whip cream until thick, but not stiff. Set aside.

Place the coffee, whiskey, and sugar in a saucepan over medium-low heat and stir to combine. Continue to cook, stirring occasionally, until the sugar has dissolved and the mixture is hot but not boiling, about 5 minutes.

Divide between two coffee mugs and top with whipped cream. Makes 2 servings.

Dalmascan Tomato Salad

Rogue Tomato“Here’s the bill I posted for the Rogue Tomato, the mark I’ve petitioned to have hunted. Do you want to hear all the details?”

—Tomaj, FFXII

This vegan summer salad is light and refreshing, but also quite hearty and filling — exactly what you need at the end of a long hunt.

  • ½ cup white quinoa (about 3 oz.)
  • ½ cup red quinoa (about 3 oz.)
  • 1 pound Persian cucumbers
  • ¼ cup apple cider vinegar, divided
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt, divided
  • 1 15-ounce can of garbanzo beans (chickpeas), drained and rinsed
  • 2 tablespoons tahini
  • ¼ teaspoon turmeric
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cumin
  • 3–4 small tomatoes
  • ¼ ounce fresh mint

Place quinoa in a small pot and add 1½ cups water and a pinch of salt. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to medium-low, and cover. Cook until water is absorbed and quinoa is tender, about 15–20 minutes. Set aside, covered.

Meanwhile, wash the cucumbers, remove the ends, and slice thinly. Transfer to a medium bowl and add 2 tablespoons vinegar, 1 tablespoon olive oil, and ½ teaspoon salt. Toss to combine.

Preheat broiler with rack in highest position. Dry garbanzo beans on a paper towel and transfer to a rimmed baking sheet. Toss with 1 tablespoon olive oil, ¼ teaspoon salt, and several grinds of black pepper. Broil, shaking sheet halfway through, until golden and crispy, about 8 minutes.

In a small bowl, whisk together tahini, turmeric, cumin, 2 tablespoons vinegar, 2 tablespoons olive oil, 2 tablespoons water, ¼ teaspoon salt, and several grinds of black pepper. Slice tomatoes and sprinkle lightly with salt. Pick mint leaves from stems.

Divide quinoa between two bowls. Visualize each bowl as being divided into three sections. Place tomatoes in one section, cucumbers in another section, and chickpeas in the last section. Top with dressing and mint leaves.

Makes 2 bowls of salad. Per bowl: 871 calories, 36 g. fat, 583 mg. potassium, 1421 mg. sodium, 114 g. carbohydrates, 22 g. fiber, 28 g. protein, vitamin A 53%, vitamin C 68%, calcium 13%, iron 44%

Chocobo’s Paradise

Choco returns to Mene“Oh!!! Legend was true, kupo! I’ll tell you a secret. I’m looking for paradise on earth!”

—Mene, FFIX

Make sure you have plenty of fresh limes on hand for this delicious summer treat. The mug should be chilled in the freezer prior to preparing the drink.

  • 1 16-ounce mythril mug (you can substitute copper)
  • ½ ounce (1 tablespoon) fresh lime juice
  • Ice cubes
  • 2 ounces (¼ cup) rum
  • 6 ounces (half a bottle) ginger beer
  • Lime wedge
  • Fresh mint

Pour or squeeze fresh lime juice into the mug and add 2 or 3 ice cubes. Add rum and fill with ginger beer. Stir and serve with a wedge of lime and a sprig of mint.

Dali Scrambled Eggs with Kale and Pumpkin Seeds

Dali Inn's Breakfast Service“You hungry?

“You VERY hungry?”

—Eggmeister, FFIX

This is a quick and nutritious way to start your day. You can use a different kind of cheese each morning to keep things interesting. Feta cheese and goat cheese are two excellent options.

  • 1½ ounces raw kale, torn into pieces
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 ounce cheese
  • Pinch of turmeric
  • Pinch of smoked paprika
  • Sea salt and freshly-ground black pepper, to taste
  • ½ ounce (15 grams) roasted and salted pumpkin seeds

Fill a 4-cup microwavable bowl with kale and add 2 tablespoons of water. Cover loosely and microwave for 1 minute. Drain the liquid from the bowl. (If you’re using a glass bowl, be careful — they get really hot!)

Crack both eggs into the bowl and add cheese and spices. Whisk together, cover loosely, and microwave for 30 seconds. Stir and cook an additional 30 seconds until cooked but not dry. (You might have to adjust these times depending on your microwave.)

Sprinkle with pumpkin seeds and serve immediately.

Makes 1 serving.  Per serving: 356 calories, 24 g. fat, 8 g. carbohydrates, 3 g. fiber, 28 g. protein, vitamin A 103%, vitamin C 86%, calcium 24%, iron 23%

Steakhouse-Style Mandragora

Mandragoras in FFVII“Thought to be a variant of mandragora, for the vines that reach up from its collar, covering its face like a mask. Notes the famed naturalist, Merlose: ‘It weareth its skin in layers, much like to the root of similar name, perhaps for the proffering of protection ‘gainst the cold.'”

—bestiary entry, FFXII

  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 10 ounces sliced crimini mushrooms
  • 2 leeks, trimmed, halved, thickly sliced, and rinsed well
  • 6 large garlic cloves, peeled and halved
  • A few sprigs of thyme
  • A pinch of kosher salt
  • 1 tablespoon capers
  • 1 tablespoon red wine
  • Freshly-ground black pepper, to taste
  • Fresh baguette

Heat butter and oil in a large skillet. Add mushrooms, leeks, garlic, thyme, and salt, and saute over medium heat for about 30 minutes, until leeks are very tender. Add capers and red wine and season with black pepper. Cook for about 5 minutes more, until liquid has evaporated. Stir well and serve with warm bread. This recipe pairs beautifully with Basch’s Campfire Steak or Bahamut’s Baseball Steak, but it’s so good you can eat it all by itself.

Ivalice Eggs

Estersand“The region consisting of the three continents of Valendia, Ordalia, and Kerwon, blessed throughout with verdant natural landscapes and climatic conditions supporting a great variety of life. Regional climate trends are thought to be determined largely by the density of Mist present in the air, though this correlation is as yet not well understood. Many humanoids call Ivalice home, each belonging to a distinct cultural sphere. By far, most prevalent of these are the humes, and it is around the civilization that affairs throughout the rest of the world revolve.”

—FFXII, Sage Knowledge piece 29

  • ½ cup (90 grams) whole-wheat couscous
  • 1½ cups chicken or vegetable broth, divided
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • ½ yellow onion, peeled, quartered lengthwise and sliced thickly crosswise (about 1½ cups)
  • 1 jalapeno pepper, minced
  • 4 garlic cloves, peeled and halved
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • ½ teaspoon ground cumin
  • 8 ounces fresh tomatoes, chopped
  • 4 eggs
  • Sea salt and freshly-ground black pepper
  • 2 ounces crumbled feta cheese (about ¼ cup)
  • 1 tablespoon chopped flat-leaf parsley

Place couscous in a large Tupperware container. Heat ¾ cup (6 ounces) of broth to boiling and pour over the couscous, stirring once to make sure that the liquid is evenly distributed. Cover tightly and set aside for at least 10 minutes.

Heat olive oil over medium-high heat in a large, deep skillet or Dutch oven. Add onion and peppers and cook, stirring occasionally, until soft and golden brown, about 10 minutes. Add garlic, paprika, and cumin, and cook until spices are fragrant, about 2 minutes, lowering heat as necessary to avoid burning the vegetables.

Add chopped tomatoes and the remaining ¾ cup broth. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to medium-low, and simmer, stirring occasionally, until thickened slightly, about 15 minutes.

Crack eggs one at a time and place over sauce, spacing evenly apart. Season with salt and pepper. Cover and cook until yolks are just set, about 5 minutes.

Fluff couscous with a fork and divide into two bowls, about 4 ounces of couscous per person. Spoon tomatoes and eggs on top. Sprinkle with feta and parsley and serve.