Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Dragon Age Week Day Four: Hanged Man Stew

Hanged Man Loading Screen ©2010 EA International
I probably enjoyed Dragon Age II more than most people, and completed five full play-throughs plus a handful of uncompleted ones. One of my favorite places to visit was The Hanged Man. I loved the music playing in the background, that so many quests started and ended here, and of course visiting Varric and drinking with Isabela!

According to one of the loading screens, the featured dish at the Lowtown tavern is its daily stew, made with a different mystery meat each morning. Since we all need to eat, I plan to make a stew the day Dragon Age: Inquisition releases. To save more time for gaming, I'm going to prep the veggies the night before and put everything in the slow cooker in the morning. Then I'll take my youngest to school, and rush off to pick up my copy of DA:I at my local EB Games - who are unfortunately not doing a midnight release, but at least will be open an hour earlier than normal. 

You could make this stew with your favorite mystery meat, but I plan to use pork as that's what is plentiful in my freezer. Beef works just as well. I'm sure Cameron Lee would be happy to use Nug meat in his. 

Hanged Man Mystery Meat Stew

2.5 lbs of pork cubes
2 TBSP olive oil
¼ cup flour
1 - 26oz can tomatoes
2 cloves garlic
1 bay leaf
1 TBSP Italian Mixed Spices (or oregano & basil)
1 Stock Bouillon (I use Knorr)
2 large sweet potatoes
4 large potatoes
4 large carrots
1 large onion
2 cups frozen peas
salt & pepper to your taste

  1. The night before, peel and chop all veggies (sweet potatoes, potatoes, carrots & onion) your favorite stew size. Place in a large bowl and just cover with water.
  2. In the morning, use a large skillet heat to medium-high, dredge meat in flour with some salt and pepper, and brown in hot olive oil. You may need to do this in 2-3 batches depending on the size of your skillet. When finished browning place in a large size crockpot - mine is about 7 quarts.
  3. Mince garlic. Drain veggies and add garlic & vegetables to crock pot over meat.
  4. Open tomatoes, crush a bit and add to crockpot.
  5. Add bay leaf, Italian spices, salt, pepper, stock bouillon & stir in.
  6. Set timer to cook on low for 8-10 hours, or high for 6 hours.
  7. About an hour before, add frozen peas and stir.
  8. You shouldn't need to any other liquid to the stew, but occasionally a bit of water may be needed. You could instead a bit of stock or tomato juice.

It won't take long before the lovely smell of mystery meat stewing permeates your house to add an extra layer of authenticity to your gameplay! Serve with buns. Makes a lot of stew, so you can probably eat it for two nights for a family of 4-5, or you can freeze some for later. You'll notice I don't have a picture of it yet - I'll add one when it's done on Inquisition Day.

In the meantime, here is a short list of snacks that might accompany you on your journey to Skyhold:
  • Cut up summer sausage & cubes of cheese
  • Almonds or mixed nuts
  • Hummus & cut veggies 
  • Popcorn & pretzels
  • Add 2 TBSP peanut butter, 1 tsp honey and a dash of cinnamon to a small tub of Greek yogurt for a high protein dip with apple slices.
  • Slice a bit of cucumber and add a sprig of mint to your water jug for flavored water - need to stay hydrated!
  • Or freeze juice in ice-cube trays and add a couple to a glass of club soda
  • Frozen grapes 

What will you be eating during Dragon Age: Inquistion? Leave a comment with your favorite foods for gaming and quick ideas for dinner for those with families!

(These Dragon Age posts originally appeared the week before Dragon Age Inquisition released in November of 2014 on my old blog. I've moved them here so I can keep all my geekdoms in one place.)

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