Life this week!

Food:

Spring Rolls – Bean Salad – Banana Icecream – Zucchini pickles

Still playing around with recipes as well as generally in search of the elusive “how do you make that?” things to eat. This wasn’t one of those recipes I didn’t know how to make, but it’s been so long since I’ve done them that it felt like that! Fresh spring rolls (sometimes referred to as “Summer Rolls”) are super easy to make, but do take time. Prep time. Getting things sliced in tiny little match-like objects before going into the roll.

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Spring Roll fixin’s

I find the real trick to these rolls is to not over-stuff the middle before you start doing the actual “rolling”. I have this same issue with Burritos. You want to put a lot of the good stuff in there in one go, but then you can’t close the wrap/roll. ::sigh::  Then it seems I have the opposite problem with the sauce – I can never make enough to dip every last thing into it! Even still, it’s a good reminder to visit things you’ve not tried in a while, especially something as fresh as these puppies.

Meal time - with sauce!
Meal time – with sauce!

What’s your favourite summer-time food?

Games:

Bora Bora – Scythe – Tiny EPIC Kingdoms

I think the game that was a sure-fire hit was Scythe. It’s a 4x game with a short play-time and a good selection of factions to play. It take a little time to set up and to explain to those that haven’t played, but it’s well worth it. I’ve ended up playing it a couple of times in the last week or so and that’s unusual for me as I like to play a few different games during a given week to keep me on my toes, but this one really hooked me. (even though I lost the games I played!)

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Scythe game play

Every faction seems balanced and each has serious advantages for movement (and other things) if you are clever enough to utilize them to their fullest. On game design, I have to say the production value is great with all the pieces as well as the art work. Very rich – you really feel like they spent the time to massage this one and give the gamer a great experience. I would play if ever offered a spot in another session. (for a more in-depth review of Scythe please check out this nice little write up from Dog and Thimble)

Scythe
Scythe – personal faction board set-up

As a special mention for games, I loved playing Tiny EPIC Kingdoms as well. I think it’s the minimalist in me that thinks this is just a great game. All the meeples are small, the individual maps are small and the teeny little castles are ….well, small! It’s also a rich game for content with a plethora of races and classes. Loads of replay-ability here, and not very expensive either. All fitting in a nice, tidy carry-with-you box. Just awesome. And there are a bunch of Tiny little other expansions that come with it too. I can tell this is going to be trouble for my pocket book. 🙂

Tiny

Got any 4x games you can’t get enough of? Pop me a line and let me know. Apparently I don’t have enough things to obsess over. 🙂

Life last week!

 

Food:

Sauerkraut – Eggplant – Black Beans – Banana icecream (with chocolate and nut butter)

One of my new favourite things to do in the kitchen is fermenting. Anything. While looking around and reading about ways to improve your health I found a lot of information about your/our microbiome. (basically the tiny little things in your gut that make things happen in your body) I was also interested in learning about pickling my own food so this topic had a happy cross-roads. Is it hard? Absolutely not. Incredibly easy in fact, but it does take patience, so if you’re thinking “but I want a pickle NOW” then you’ll be disappointed. I’ve made a couple of batches now and my latest creation will soon be Sauerkraut!

 

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Looking for the recipe? – Will be posting this up sometime soon, with a few fermented things to try out!

Games:

Taking Shape (in beta play-testing), Quarriors!, Terra Mystica

Speaking of new favs, out of the games I’ve played in the last week I really liked the opportunity I had to play test a game at one of the gaming nights. The working name for it is “Taking Shape(s)”, a 2-4 player game with a play grid of 7X7 squares and cards with shapes as your main hand. Like a game of Scrabble except with shapes, each player is looking to complete a sequence of shapes on alternate cards they have that they keep to themselves while trying to stop other players from doing the same.

 

Taking Shape 2

 

You can use other players’ shapes to complete a sequence you have, but you will get less points for it. There are also tokens you can use to mix things up for the overall play of the game that are drawn from a communal pile and replaced when you’ve used one.The game play is simple and the cards and rules are easy to understand, and he was kind enough to take feedback and make changes based on that feedback.

Taking Shape 1

I like the idea of making board games a lot! There’s something appealing about being able to make something with your own steam without having entire skill sets you are dependent on to accomplish the task. Makes me believe that I can do the same some day soon!

What Food/Games are you mucking about with this week?