I’m wrapping up work on the official ES/Skyrim cookbook, and am trying to tie up a few loose ends here and there. Most importantly, I’m trying to make sure that there’s at least one recipe for each race so that everyone has a little representation. Obviously there’s plenty to go around for the Nords and Imperials, and I have a Breton dish or two, some ash yams and saltrice for the the Dunmer, as well as some recipes for the Khajiit.
Notably, though, I’m missing dishes for some of the Elves (Wood/Bos and High/Alt), Orcs, Redguard, and Argonians. Here’s what my brainstorming has come up with, but I’d welcome any other ideas!
1. Bosmer – mostly they eat raw or cooked meat, as I understand it. Some feel the Green Pact does not extend to them using dead plant products harvested by others, though, so it’s not completely out of the question for them to burn wood, at least outside Valenwood. There’s also a loading screen that says ”Thanks to the Green Pact, the more industrious Wood Orcs of Valenwood have prospered by mining coal and kindlepitch and selling it to the Bosmer, who won’t cut down trees for wood to burn, but still need to fire their forges.”
2. Altmer – In Skywatch there’s a festival called the Defiance Festival going on, where various celebrants talk about the food available: smoked meat, peacock confit, honey beer, candied nectar bread, and Isquelian Brandy. For the provisioning craft there’s Firsthold Fruit and Cheese Plate For drinks there’s Cloudrest Golden Ale, Cloudrest Clarified Coffee, Lillandril Tonic Tea, Shimmerene Tonic, Crystal Tower Whiskey, also on Summerset there are a bunch of vineyards.
3. Orsimer – I get the impression that these guys have heavy, hearty foods, usually with meat. Of note there’s some quests relating to Orcish cuisine in ESO: first there’s the New Life Festival quest, where you collect meat and honeycomb for Honeyed Wolf Pie, and there’s also Bitter Goat Cheese, with Betnikh Spiked Ale or Betnikh Twice-Spiked Ale on the side. There is also a series of quests for an orc named Orzorga where you collect ingredients for the feast she’s making for the king, based on traditional Orcish recipes.
4. Redguard – I don’t know as much about their food, but the recipes available in ESO are Gilane Garlicky Greens, Port Hunding Cheese Fries (though at least my guildmates and I think cheese fries is an odd thing that doesn’t seem to fit in), Rihad Beef and Garlic Salad, Elinhir Roast Antelope, Redguard Venison Pie, Stros M’Kai Grilled Seagull, Dragonstar Radish Kebabs, Taneth Chili Cheese Corn. Drinks: Elinhir Qishr, Rihad Qishr, Old Hegathe Lemon Kaveh, Bergama Warming Fire (Special page). Some of the Redguard-style furnishings feature kebabs.
5. Argonians – They definitely eat fish, it’s one of their main foods. I assume they probably do cook them, since in the New Life Festival quest when you catch fish and bring them to the Argonian that will prepare them she’s standing next to a cooking fire. The recipes in the game are Argonian Pumpkin Stew, Stormhold Baked Bananas, Blackwood Stuffed Banana Leaves, Argonian Saddle-Cured Rabbit, Lilmoth Garlic Hagfish. Drinks: Argonian Mud-Nectar, Xanmeer Brandy. Also in the novels The Infernal City and Lord of Souls, one of the main characters was Argonian and he ate just about anything, including some sort of soup his Breton friend made that included melon rind and an egg. Pretty sure it mentioned him fishing a couple times too.
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