Thunder!

Be it Lords or winds, I love you regardless. As a celebration of what is definitely one of my top favorite video game sound tracks of all time, here's a little rip from me to anyone who's interested! 
 
http://www.megaupload.com/?d=BLD7XA7B 
 
Well, I can see some people downloaded it... so who here likes metal? Anyone have any favorites? Llamarada's theme and the Bosque theme are definitely near the top of my list.

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Lesser known food product tie ins!

 Oh, product tie in games. How we love your crude and often hilarious efforts to shoehorn food or drink in to something exciting! Of course everyone knows about Pepsiman... but how about the Coke-fetishist Dolucky games or Yakisoban? So tell me, (or more likely, don't, as nobody will read this!) what's YOUR favorite food product-related game? 
 
 
You know what, fuck it, it's chicken time. 
 
CRUMBED CHICKEN WITH GREEN MAYONNAISE 
 
4 chicken breast fillets 
 lemon juice 
paprika 
plain flour 
2 eggs 
dried breadcrumbs 
4 tbsp olive oil 
salt and pepper 
  
Split the chicken breast fillets down the middle and fold them outward, like opening a greeting card. Press them to make them flat and roughly roundish in shape. Sprinkle with lemon juice and paprika. Set out three bowls. 
Put flour in one bowl and season it with the salt and pepper, mixing it well. Whisk the egg with some salt and pour in to the second. Fill the third with the breadcrumbs. Dip the chicken breasts in the flour first, then the egg, then roll in the breadcrumbs. Chill the chicken if you have time! 
 
FOR THE MAYO:  
1/2 cup mayonnaise 
2 tbsp capers, drained and finely chopped 
2 tbsp fresh parsley, chopped finely 
 
Mix all the mayonnaise ingredients.  Heat the olive oil in a frying pan and fry the chicken, turning as necessary until golden on both sides and well cooked. Add more oil if it becomes necessary. Serve immediately when they're done; sprinkle them with pepper and serve with the mayonnaise and lemon wedges. 

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Turn-based Strategy with Vic Viper

Gradius and turn based Strategy? You heard right! Cosmic Wars really is a nifty little game; unfortunately for it, matches can take a very long time and if you're playing with a friend, it's quite likely you won't be able to complete a match in a single sitting. Fortunately there's a save function to offset this, but it's still somewhat impractical, and more than that, inconvenient. This is the sort of game that really screams for some sort of remake, preferably on something that would allow for net play... and of course it'd benefit from other tweaks which are possible on more modern hardware. But hey, it's a neat little piece of Gradius history that a lot of people are unfamiliar with. 
 
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And of course, there's chicken. 
 
Cashew Chicken 
 
1 lb chicken 
1 red bell pepper, seeds removed and diced
2 cloves of garlic, chopped
4 dried red "hawk claw" chilies, chopped
2 tbsp vegetable oil 
2 tbsp oyster sauce 
1 tbsp soy sauce 
A pinch of sugar 
1 bunch of scallions cut in to pieces 
1 1/2 cups of roasted unsalted cashews 
 
Cut the chicken in to small pieces. Heat the oil in a frying pan, preferably a wok. Add the garlic and dried chili, then add the chicken and stir-fry until it is thoroughly cooked. Add the bell pepper, then add the oyster sauce, soy sauce, and the pinch of sugar. Then add the scallions and cashew nuts. Stir fry for another couple of minutes and then serve!

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It's time to celebrate!

It's international King Kong day! Have you had your daily dose of Kong?  
 
http://www.giantbomb.com/king-kong-2-ikari-no-megaton-punch/61-32435/     
 
And, of course, there's chicken.  
 
Higadillaz con Jerez 
 
8 ounces of chicken livers 
1 tablespoon olive oil 
1 onion, chopped finely 
2 garlic cloves, chopped finely 
1 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves 
2 tablespoons sweet sherry 
2 tablespoons heavy cream 
1/2 tablespoon of paprika 
salt and pepper 
 
Trim the chicken livers as needed (cut off any sinew or questionable spots!). Cut the livers in to smaller pieces if you so desire. Heat the olive oil in a frying pan and add the onion, garlic, thyme, and chicken livers and fry. When the chicken livers are well cooked, add the sherry and cream and cook briefly. Add the paprika and salt and pepper to your taste and serve. Garnish with additional thyme if you feel so inclined.

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Well, that was a surprise.

Wow, people replied to my last blog. Who would've thunk it? Anyway, assuming anyone checks out any of the entries I make, what should I focus on for the next week, adding stuff relating to random PC Engine games, or stuff relating to random Famicom games? 
 
And, of course, here's another favourite chicken recipe! 
  
Thai Barbecued Chicken
8-10 pieces of chicken (or more) 
 
MARINADE: 2 lemon grass stalks, chopped 
a 1 inch piece of fresh ginger, peeled and sliced thinly 
6 garlic cloves, chopped 
4 shallots, chopped 
1/2 bunch cilantro roots, chopped: If you cannot find cilantro roots (they can be hard to come by sometimes...) you can substitute leaves instead.
1 tbsp of palm sugar 
1/2 cup coconut milk 
2 tbsp Thai fish sauce 
2 tbsp soy sauce
  
Make the marinade by putting all of the marinade ingredients in a food processor and processing until it becomes relatively smooth. 
Place the chicken in a dish and pour the marinade over it, then cover and let it sit in the refrigerator overnight.  
Remove the chicken from the marinade, but save the marinade! Barbecue the chicken over a moderate heat for at least 20-30 minutes or until it's done to your tastes, brushing with the marinade periodically. Be sure to turn the chicken once or twice! When the chicken is done, serve it immediately, garnished with lime wedges and fresh red chilis.
 
 
This blog post brought to you by Phil's Nails.  
  

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Thank goodness that's over with!

With that most irritating time of year past, I figure it's time to stop grumbling so much. At least I didn't hear "I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas" even once this year. 
Although no-one will read this, I'm curious as to if anyone else here actually has played Marchen Maze and likes it; I think it's kind of a shame it's such a forgotten game.  
 
Anyway, since this is really all about chicken, time for another recipe I think is well worth it. But first, let me tell you about CIRCUS LUPUS. That's right, ladies and gents, free tickets to CIRCUS LUPUS. But remember, don't sit in the front row! And now to the chicken. This is a tapas dish, and so easy anyone can make it, even if you don't really cook! The recipe is also easy to expand or shrink depending on how much you want to make. 
 
POLLO CON LIMON Y AJILLO 
 
2 chicken breast fillets, sliced in to thin strips 
2 tbsp olive oil  
4 garlic cloves, finely chopped
2 shallots, chopped
 1 tsp paprika 
juice of 1 lemon 
2 tbsp chopped parsley 
salt and pepper 
 
Heat the oil in a pan. Stir fry the chicken with the garlic, shallots and paprika until thoroughly cooked. Add the lemon juice and parsley, and then salt and pepper to your liking.  Serve with lemon wedges if you so choose!

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It's that time again...

This week's primary work was the Battle Heat entry. The game is actually pretty boring, although one strives to maintain a positive tone in all of one's entries! 
 Next up is probably some more PC Engine stuff (Probably Cotton or some random old Hucard games); stuff for the Cutey Honey FX game is coming too, but I haven't played through the game in ages and am in the process of doing so as a refresher. But who cares about any of that? The only things that really matters are chicken and cherry trees. 
  
Pollo alle melograne
 
1 chicken (about 3 1/2 pounds, or an equivalent number of chicken parts of your choosing!) 
1 tablespoon (1/2 ounce) sweet butter 
salt and freshly ground black pepper 
5 tablespoons olive oil 
1 cup dry white wine 
A large pinch of ground cinnamon 
Freshly grated nutmeg 
1 to 2 cups chicken broth  
2 large pomegranates 
A pinch of ground ginger 
 
Cut the chicken in to pieces. Rub with the tablespoon of butter and sprinkle with some salt and pepper. 
Heat the oil in a frying pan over a medium heat and when the oil is warm, saute the chicken. Add the wine and let it evaporate for about 5-10 minutes.  
Season with salt and pepper, then add the cinnamon and a pinch of nutmeg. Start adding small amounts of the broth, turning the chicken and adding more broth as needed. Peel the pomegranates and retain the seeds. When the chicken is cooked, add the seeds and mix well, stirring constantly so the seeds don't burn and stick to the pan! Add a little more salt and pepper if you think it's necessary. Before serving, sprinkle the ginger over the chicken. Enjoy this renaissance dish!

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Chicken in wine

Got a new AC adapter in for my PC Engine the other day, so I will probably slap up info on a couple of PC Engine games... but I'm admittedly really erratic and simply slap up scans and info of whatever random game I happen to think of most of the time. I also must admit I'm frequently surprised at what games actually have pages here; I was looking at "Captain Ed" the other day as I had got it out for... some reason (I think it was in front of Lagrange Point) and thinking to myself, "there's no way this is on Giant Bomb"... but sure enough, there was at least an entry for it. Doesn't mean I can't flesh things out, though! 
 
ANYWAY, on to the chicken!  
 
Woihinkelche 
2 small chickens (or a roughly equivalent number of tenders/breasts if you prefer) 
1/4 cup butter 
4 shallots 
2 cloves garlic 
20 grapes, peeled and seeded 
4 oz. dried beef, cut in to thin strips 
12 small button mushrooms 
1 2/3 cups brandy
2 cups riesling wine 
salt and pepper 
2 sprigs of rosemary 
1 bay leaf 
2 cups cream 
3/4 cup chicken stock 
2 tbsp chopped chervil 
 
Cut the chicken in to portions. Brown the chicken in the butter in a large pan. Add the grapes, dried beef, and mushrooms, and flame with the brandy. Pour in the riesling and season with the salt, pepper, rosemary, and bay leaf. Add the cream and the chicken stock.  Simmer for 10-15 minutes, until the sauce reaches the desired consistency. Garnish with the chervil and enjoy!

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Chicken and waffles

Isn't it just a heavenly combination? The crispness of the chicken, the delightful fluffy waffles with butter and syrup...  My detailed entries on games nobody cares about continues!  I know nobody actually reads this, but in case some weirdo does, I'm debating what to add or work on after I've wrapped up with the Valis series. uUfortunately the AC adapter for my PC Engine died, so I'm waiting on a new one before I can accurately work on the Valis III entry (I'd rather not do it from memory, considering it's been a very long time since I've played it last.) So assuming somebody reads this, what should I work on next, something for the SNES/Superfami, NES/Famicom? Megadrive? I'm leaning towards Battle Heat at the moment... 

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