I love Arena Net. Their Guild Wars series has been a favorite to me since middle school when I first watched Ascalon burn under the barrage of Flame Legion artillery. I still have it and occasionally log in, only to delete it half an hour later because the trading system scares me all over again. but I still have a warrior running around in pre-ruin Ascalon City. Guild Wars 2 is substantially better, and is an addictive MMORPG. You can have multiple species, specialized story lines, and living world events that everyone works on as a team- that’s another great thing, GW2 promotes teamwork.
Either way, once you choose your race, sex, occupation, and personality, you head your way through Tyria slaying undead and giant frogs. But in the main cities you also encounter crafting stations. At these stations you make different items, ranging from food to light armor to necklaces. You can only choose two occupations at a time, but the experience and fantastic items that come with being a crafter are well worth it. I myself am a Master Crafter. Aw Yeah.
Chef is one of these professions. You can gather food across the lands and mix them up. Ice cream is one of those foods, and more specifically, Saffron-Mango Ice Cream.
SAFFRON-MANGO ICE CREAM (because those are two totally logical flavors to combine???)
1 cup mango puree
1 t vanilla
1 cup heavy cream
6 eggs yolks
¾ cup sugar
2 cups buttermilk
Whisk the egg yolks and sugar in a bowl until light and smooth (It may look like that after a few seconds but don’t be fooled, keep whisking). In a saucepan heat the cream, stirring occasionally to keep it from burning. Don’t let it boil, when it bubbles a bit on the side add a big to the bowl with the egg yolks and sugar, whisking it around to temper it. Add this mixture back into the cream pot and whisk until completely mixed. Grab a wooden spoon stir it occasionally until it begins to thicken (You can tell because when you put half the spoon in the mixture it is a thicker color, and when you drag your finger across the spoon the line through stays defines- so make it a custard). Remember not to increase the heat to speed it up, have patience my young grasshopper.
Pour the custard into a big bowl, add the buttermilk, mango puree, vanilla and several strings of saffron. Mix this up and stick it in the freezer. I gave up on my ice-cream maker, it’s just not working for me. So forget about it in the deep freeze for a few hours.
Once frozen, let it thaw for a while (IT’LL BE ROCK HARD) and serve it up with a few more pieces of saffron on the top. Saffron is a light flavor so if you munch through a thread it won’t overwhelm your mouth.
Congratulations, you are now a lv 82 chef.