Welcome back, Geeky Gluttons, to the start of Munchies & Minis’ season three!
For those just joining us, Munchies & Minis is my tabletop RPG-inspired live cooking show. Once a week, I make a snack or meal to pair with a side of dice rolls. You can catch me on Twitch (unless indicated otherwise on social media) Wednesday nights at 7 pm EST.
In our last video, we finished season 2 with a Pathfinder RPG Holiday Special. This week, we start season 3 with some cyberpunk-style currywurst inspired by Shadowrun: Dragonfall.
Not the worst ‘Wurst
As you might remember from my post for Hughfries, Shadowrun is a cyberpunk RPG of a not too distant future where magic returns to the world, but the corporations run everything. The game’s name comes from the term “shadowrunners,” the non-affiliated mercenaries hired to perform the less-than-legal activities from assassination to corporate espionage.
Shadowrun: Dragonfall is the second in a series of computer games based on this world. Taking place in Kreuzberg, Germany, you and your team of runners are just on another job when your best friend hacks into the wrong security door and dies after saying “Feuerschwinge.” That just happens to be the name of the dragon known to terrorize the nation in a burning rampage as an instinctive reaction to corporate environmental devastation. The German military killed her years ago. Could she still be alive?
Speaking of environmental devastation, I can’t say I blame her. Pollution makes arable land a scarcity. Corporations push for more profitable crop production results in super-yield crops becoming the basis for most dishes. We’re talking soy, potatoes, rice, and corn. The rich eat real food. Everyone else eats molded soy paste enhanced with flavor packets. Sounds familiar, eh?
In Dragonfall, your character finds a street vendor in Kreuzberg selling “soya” currywurst. They hate it. But that made me curious. What if it tasted good? So with that, I researched the drek out of making a soy-based sausage — specifically bratwurst. Bratwurst traditionally mixes beef and pork with coriander, mustard, nutmeg, and white pepper.
Tofu tastes like pretty much anything you soak it in. So with that, I rehydrated tofu skin in beef bouillon. If you can find pork bouillon, too, by all means, add it to the mix. I then blended it with firm tofu, mashed potato flakes, and spices before wrapping it in rice paper spring roll wrappers. Finally, I fried those faux franks in oil to give it that perfectly crispy skin essential in a cooked brat.
I mean, sure. Next time your team of runners goes through Kreuzberg, you could spring for some meat sausages. But I find that these soy substitutes are great for adding a little bit more flavor to the text of your game.
Want to learn how to make some Kreuzberg Currywurst for your adventuring party? Watch the video or find out how to get the recipe card below!
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This video will always be around to cook along with. But I also have the printable PDF recipe cards available for my Ko-Fi and Patreon supporters.
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I hope that this episode inspired you to start a culinary campaign of your own. Next week, I’ll continue the third season of Munchies & Minis with a recipe chosen by my Patreon subscribers!