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Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Episode 37: Lautering Bytes Returns; Ni No Kuni & Corn Chowder Touch our Souls

Ep. 37. Lautering Bytes Returns; Ni No Kuni & Corn Chowder Touch our Souls
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Duration 58: 43 m

We're back... and we're not dead! Also, we're still gaming! We've been playing all sorts of great stuff: The Walking Dead, Hitman: Absolution, Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch, Far Cry 3, and more. We also chat about the death of THQ and more. Of course, we still talk about food, so Chris lays down some knowledge about the almighty corn chowder (perfect for deep winter) and gives you some tips on making your own.

Hosts: Christopher Nieto, Brian Phan, Matthew Netzley, Rando Evans

Food Recipe: Corn Chowder

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • Extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 6 sprigs fresh thyme, leaves only
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 6 cups canned vegetable stock
  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 2 Idaho potatoes, peeled and diced
  • 6 ears corn
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley leaves

Directions

Heat the butter and 1 tablespoon olive oil in a soup pot over medium heat.
Add the onion, garlic, and thyme and cook until the vegetables are good and soft, 8 to 10 minutes.
Add flour, making sure to coat everything well.
Pour in the vegetable stock and bring to a boil.
Add the cream and the potatoes, bring to a boil and boil hard for about 7 minutes, until the potatoes break down (this will help to thicken the soup and give it a good texture).
Cut the corn kernels off the cob and add to the soup.  Feel free to add the cob as well to so that the soup absorbs all the corn milk from the cob.
Season with salt and pepper and simmer until the corn is soft, about 10 to 12 minutes.
Stir in the parsley and serve.

Note: If you don't like thyme or if it's too expensive, feel free to omit it.  Add some chopped green onions, cheddar cheese, paprika or even crumbled bacon to your soup to give it some more flavors and kick.

A Letter from Tom, the Australian Listener

If you've heard today's episode, you'll know we received an amazing voicemail from Tom, our favorite Australian listener. Just in case you're having trouble deciphering the English language through Tom's thick and luxurious Assie accent, he sent along a written version as well:

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G'day Lautering Bytes! G'day Matt, G'day Rando, G'day Chris, G'day Brian ... G'day Chris Nieto's baby!

Just got back from shearing the sheep, and well now, jumping blooming jumbuck! A bloody book you say? Stella! Has the book got pictures in it? Me mate Tez reckon's that any book with a picture is a rippa thing - and dead easy to follow.

Now, I wouldn't have a bloody clue about this Assassin's creed game you're speaking of... is it on the NES? Or is it on one of those classy new gadgets like the super nintendo?

Anyhow, don't worry about it too much, I'll look into these Assassin Creed games a bit more, but let me tell you this: If you're gonna set a game anywhere, you should set it here in Australia. Like the Fallout 3 & 4 games. I was stoked at how accurate they got the Australian outback right. Although, I must say, the ants in the fallout games were a bit on the small side. Still, the games were tops.

As for what period you should set the new Assassin's Creed in? I reckon you should set it in the real wild time in Australia's past, the time when the entire population were criminals, and when life was desolate, hard, cold and short. I of course mean 2011.

You could call the main character Ned and he could wear a giant fuck-off iron helmet. He could range around the bush like some kind of.... bush-ranger type person. He could be off killing cunts and shit. I reckon you chuck in a couple of tits in the game, and bam! Game done. No worries. She'll be right.

Anyhow, I want to ask you blokes a question about something that's been irritating me.

I was playing that new game Starcraft the other day... the expansion - Brood Wars hasn't come out in Australia yet, so I haven't seen everything that Sarah Kerrigan has to offer but, from what I've seen - and this is only the main game mind you, but I reckon that a real bloke plays Terran.

Now don't get me wrong, I'm open minded. I've got a mate who'se Welsh - but the Protoss? Doesn't it seem a little... well, y'know, all those blokes running around with spirit crystal bases, relying on brain waves and dressing up in bright yellow armour? They look like a bunch of princesses if you ask me.

So, my question is this: What does Lautering Bytes reckon about those effeminate looking Protoss blokes? Are they blokes? Or blow flies on pigs arses?

Anyway, cheers, have a good one. Gotta run. A dingo just stole my fucking baby again.