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I tried this dish yesterday and it was absolutely fantastic! I changed a couple of veggie-ingredients, since I couldn’t find parsnip and my boyfriend doesn’t like corn. After checking my fridge for other veggies, I added some more carrots, leek and a zucchini (or would that be courgette in English?). The potato-cauliflower crust was amazing… most definitely a dish I will cook again!

The Scrumptious Pumpkin

Here are the things I love about this dish:

  • It’s pretty sneaky and sly, and you’ll find out why in a minute
  • It’s extremely flavorful and very addictive.  My meat-and-potatoes-loving husband can’t resist going back for seconds and thirds of this one
  • Just in time for Valentine’s Day, it’s also a super romantic recipe

Okay, so maybe this hearty and rustic dish is the opposite of a romantic Valentine’s dish.

I felt like I had to say something about the impending holiday.  Please note the roses and wine in my photo above in place of the romantic recipe.

So here are the major players this week ( ground beef not pictured since there really wasn’t room left on the cutting board).

Begin by starting on the potato crust.  Boil a large stock pot of water.  While that’s heating up, chop up the potatoes.  Cut each potato in half and cut each half into four…

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Ducks and Achievements

Yesterday one of my guildies told me that Anka means “Duck” in Swedish. And when googling it, I found out that Donald Duck is called Kalle Anka in Sweden or Aku Ankka in Finland. What does that make me? A Duck Hunter? (are there even Ducks in World of Warcraft? I think I never saw any… *contemplates*… ) Oh well.

These days everyone is talking about the achievements and the seasonal events. There was the Lunar Festival, then we had the monthly Darkmoon Faire and now we’re in the last throes of the Love is in the Air event. There are guides to the achievements and the quests everywhere.

BUT

What about those people who already got them?

I admit it – I’m an achievement nut. I LOVE farming achievements. I’m always looking forward to the seasonal events in the hopes that there will be new achievements added. For the Lunar Festival, I completed the Elders of Cataclysm and farmed enough tokens to buy the new pet. During the Darkmoon Faire I did my Daily Quests religiously, so I may buy all the mounts and pets eventually. For the Love is in the Air Event I also did all the Dailies the first week and then farmed the rest of the tokens so I may buy the Pink Strider Mount. And I continue doing the Daily Dungeon for the Heartshaped Box in the hopes for the Pink Love Rocket or the Oozling.  (you might have guessed – I’m a Mount and Pet collector…)

When the concept of Achievements was first introduces in WoW I was all excited about it. I would tireless farm for the most unusual achievements. I got all my reputations to exalted. I farmed. I grinded. I even got the “Insane in the Membrane” achievement when it was still hard to get and included the Exalted Rep for the Shendralar. I was farming mounts and pets. I did the Loremaster on both Horde and later Alliance side when it was still hard and the quests not tidily sorted by country. I adored to discover the most hidden quests, those secret places…

I would say I completed the majority of achievements that can be done alone. Except the PVP stuff. Because let’s face it – I suck at PVP. Every now and then I would try my hand at it again and depending on my form of the day, I would get so impatient and angry, that my Sweetheart is telling me to go play something else before I break the keyboard.

But now I’m running out of Achievements to accomplish. There are of course some raid achievements, but those I can’t do by myself and it’s tough to get enoug people together. I think I might try and start a regular achievement hunting night again once the situation in my RL has settled down.

Of course there’s the possibility to do all those achievements with an Alt. Yes, I have alts. I even have another hunter. (In fact, I have three hunters. But that’s a story for some other time). But Tanyanka has always been – and will always be – my Main and the girl who gets all the Cheesemints. (Note: The term “Cheesemint” was created by some people in my guild, because it sounds similar to “Achievement”, but is loads funnier) Therefore, farming Cheesemints with my other Alts just ain’t that fun!

Maybe I’ll stick to picking flowers for the time being. 😉

All the cool kids have a WordPress Blog…

Well, hello there Blogging world! Here I am, yet another World of Warcraft girl gamer deciding she needs to have her space on the internet to babble about stuff. So let me introduce myself to you – Hi, I’m Tanyanka, also know as Anka, the Huntress. I got the name Anka thanks to my guildmates. Everyone has a nickname and so they decided mine was Anka. I liked it and here I am, Anka.

I began playing WoW at the end of 2006, shortly before the launch of The Burning Crusade. At first I didn’t have a clue about anything and was simply hopping around Azeroth happily and picking flowers. My favourite memory is when I was questing for the first time in Darkshore. I had a quest where I had to dive in the sea – and it just wouldn’t work! I was so desperate I opened a ticket asking a GM for help. Who then patiently helped me and explained how to dive. Note – I downloaded the whole game from the website and created a Nightelf Warrior on an Oceanic server. I didn’t have a clue at the time what that meant and thought it sounded pretty…

Eventually my cousin, who was playing an Orc Warrior took me by the hand and led me through Azeroth. So I actually bought the game and created a Troll Huntress with pink hair named Tanyanka. I was only level two and in the starting area, when some Alliance player was riding through it. I was on a PVP server at the time and again – had no clue. All I saw was a player with a red bar and he was so not supposed to be there! So I hit him. With my staff. And was introduced to the Ghosthealer… But hey, what did the alliance dude think he was doing there, riding through troll territory! I had to defend it, right?

Eventually, my cousin and his friends taught me with lots and lots of patience how to play a hunter. They introduced me to guides on the web and where I could look up stuff. They also ran dungeons with me and explained what raiding was. What can I say – they were really great in teaching an enthusiastic newbie with no clue at all. Well – I brought it to level 70 before someone explained to me that I can’t pull a mob into a trap with serpent sting… because, well, you know – serpent sting is a dot and gets the bad guy out again…

My first attempts at raiding were in Karazhan. And it was amazing. I came a long way since then – learned a lot, met many awesome people, made friends and lost them again but WoW was always a great experience for me. Hey, I even met the love of my life through it!

Eventually my Tanyanka went through a race change and is now a Nightelf Huntress. But she still got some Troll Blood in her and is a Vol’Jin fangirl deep in her heart… I found a faboulous home at the guild Enthusiasm on Darkmoon Faire – EU. Unfortunately, raiding is on a backburner for me at the moment due to RL. But hey, I can still write about my favourite hobby and my thoughts about it and tell you about my memories.

Also, since I love to cook and bake, I will post about that, too. Most of my recipes are fit to be eaten while raiding. Or are prepared quickly while still being tasty and healthy.

Tanyanka posing in Stormwind, something she seldom does.