Sims 4 Meals

Remaking Sims 4 Meals | Normal Cooking Level One: Pan De Muerto (“Bread Of The Dead”) | Part 7

For a full explanation of what this challenge is, please follow this link here — https://fitcouchpotato.com/2018/10/29/challenge-remaking-sims-4-meals-introduction-and-index/

For the previous meal, please follow this link here — https://fitcouchpotato.com/2019/02/11/remaking-sims-4-meals-normal-cooking-level-one-franks-and-beans-part-6/

Pan De Muerto (“Bread Of The Dead”)

I desperately needed to go to the shops and buy some groceries so I figured I should look into the next Sims meal I need to make and buy what I need. Next up on the list is Pan de Muerto. I had no idea what it was. All I knew was the Sims character never got full after eating one serving and that it looks like some sweet pastry. Similar to the Franks and Beans, I needed to deep dive on the internet and figure it out. I was anything but excited when I saw it was bread, a Mexican bread to be precise. Gluten-free breads are a bitch to make and I knew finding a recipe would be anything but easy. Very soon in my difficult journey of trying to find a recipe that will be Cassy friendly, I stumbled on what the Pan de Muerto means. This next part is the introduction to the recipe I’m going to attempt.  Pan de Muerto (“Bread of the Dead”) is a traditional Mexican sweet bread that is commonly made during Day of the Dead (Día de Muertos). It is very important during this season, and the meaning behind it is as rich as its flavor.

I immediately chose this recipe because they truly explained everything but it wasn’t gluten-free. So, I decided to do some research on how I can replace the normal flour with my gluten-free flour and still have the end result be successful. As far as I know, if I add Xanthan gum everything will be good. Sure enough, I found a website that said just that and I decided to jump right in and make it. Before we start, I do want to add that I truly appreciate the meaning that comes along with this bread. I think it’s wonderful that they do this and I think more cultures should do this. We should all appreciate dead and thank them for being in our lives.

The recipe (link is below) is incredibly detailed and very easy to follow but that doesn’t mean it was easy to make. I took a lot of pictures (or well the Husband took a lot of pictures) so let’s get this started.

Step one is: place the eggs, margarine (I just used butter), salt and half of the sugar in a mixer bowl. You need to mix this for 2 minutes.

Next, you need to add the flour in small amounts while alternating with the water. Now, this is when I needed to use my hands. In a separate bowl, I had already mixed gluten free flour they recommend for bread and pizza and added the Xanthan Gum. The website I followed recommended 2 teaspoons for every cup of flour. The thing you need to know about Xanthan Gum is that you can’t mix it with an electric mixer. The mix/dough will climb up and clog the mixer so I normally fold the flour in (for cake recipes) and in this instance I used my hands. Also, this is just from my experience, the gluten-free and Xanthan Gum mixture is drier than normal flour and you will need a tiny bit more moisture. This is especially needed when the recipe you’re following isn’t a gluten-free recipe. The next step is to add the dry active yeast and mix until it’s well combined.

Step two is to add the butter, one at a time. You also need to add the orange zest, the rest of the sugar and the orange blossom essence (I just used orange juice).

You need to mix this well. I had to do this by hand as it’s not possible to use the electric mixer anymore. Once you add the Xanthan gum it’s game over.

Now it was finally time to knead the dough on your work surface. You need to knead it for a good couple of minutes until it’s nice and smooth. You then need to transfer the dough and cover it for plastic wrap. It needs to stand in a warm place until it doubles in size. I can see now that my dough looks quite different than the recipe I was following. Hers is smooth and sticky and it’s clear now mine needed more liquid. I do want to add that the butter that a greased the bowl with did help with that as it melted while I had it sit. My dough also didn’t double in size. A lot was working against my bread as it was 1) gluten-free and 2) hand mixed in almost every step where the lady in the recipe had a special mixture.

The dough rested for two hours before I started to shape them. I followed the instructions and decided to make two big ones instead of a lot of smalls ones. It was already 11pm and I just wanted to be done for the night. My dumbass didn’t think to adjust the amount of time so most of the bread turned out raw. I put the timer on for the small pieces of bread and didn’t take into account that my large bread will need more time. I did double the time but that wasn’t nearly enough. We only noticed just how raw they were the next morning and by then it was too late. In the end, we could only taste the top parts.

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Now, drumroll, please…Here is the finished result.

Our bread was also super dense but that might be because it couldn’t mix it as well and it’s still raw.

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We did end up throwing most of it away as well it was raw and inedible but the little I could taste, I enjoyed. I don’t think I will make this again but I definitely want to play around with sweet bread in the future.

Now, how did Sims Susan make her pan de muerto? It was so easy for her it is considered cheating. She literally just mixed in her little mixing bowl for a few Sims minutes before putting it in the oven. And that was it. No kneading. No hours of waiting. Nothing like that. I’m not salty. At all. I’m not jealous of a game character. Not. At. All.

Okay, let’s compare our two.

Other than that my bread was raw and inedible, I did a pretty damn good job. I’m actually really proud of the outcome. At least it resembles the bread I was trying to make. That has to count for something. Okay, before we wrap up this blog with the rating, I do want to say one thing. I decided to always take a 3-month break every ten parts with all of my blog series. The reason for this is to switch things up. At this moment my website is just Sims Meals and Reviews and I love that but there needs to be a balance otherwise…it can get old real quick. At the moment my Mondays’ look like Sims Meal, something else, Review, Sims Meal, something else, Review, Sims Meals and etc. It’s a bit boring. Okay, now that is out of the way, let’s rate this puppy.

Taste: 8/10 – The little I can taste, tasted quite nice. I’m not the biggest fan of sweetbreads, a shock I know, but this one tasted quite nice. I really liked the orange taste.

Look: 9/10 – It definitely resembles a Pan De Muerto but you can tell it’s homemade.

How easy it is to cook: 3/10 – It’s anything but easy. I definitely made a lot of mistakes along the way but it requires a lot of time and effort. I’m lazy when it comes to cooking and baking. I want to mix for ten minutes and leave the rest to the oven.

That’s it! I hope you enjoyed this meal. The next one is a bit boring but aww well. This is still Level One of this challenge so I guess it makes sense. If you’re interested in making this bread, I definitely recommend you follow the recipe I used. It’s very detailed and only an idiot (me when it comes to baking bread) can mess it up.

Thank you so much for reading and I will see you in a click!

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Recipe — https://www.mexicoinmykitchen.com/pan-de-muerto-mexican-bread-of-dead/

Xanthan Gum — https://nuts.com/cookingbaking/leavenerthickener/xantham-gum-gluten-free.html

 

Sims 4 Meals

Remaking Sims 4 Meals | Normal Cooking Level One: Franks And Beans | Part 6

For a full explanation of what this challenge is, please follow this link here — https://fitcouchpotato.com/2018/10/29/challenge-remaking-sims-4-meals-introduction-and-index/

For the previous meal, please follow this link here — https://fitcouchpotato.com/2019/01/18/remaking-sims-4-meals-normal-cooking-level-one-chocolate-cake-part-5/

Remaking this meal was probably the one was looking forward to the least. Not because it’s difficult or any of that. It just sounds and looks really disgusting. I’m not the biggest fan of beans so my skin is just crawling with the idea of this one. I’m going to start off with what I thought was Franks and Beans. I thought it was beans on toast. I was way off.

I knew from the start that I wouldn’t be able to just wing this one and that I had to find some sort of recipe online. It was then when I learned what Franks and Beans truly were. I still don’t like the look of it. Finding a recipe was easy enough although to make it gluten free so I could actually taste it I had to make very small changes. I also had to look some things up because what the hell is molasses? Okay so by a quick glance on Google, Molasses looks like a sweetener. It did pop up that I could buy it at the health store close by but I couldn’t immediately see if it was gluten free. Maybe I should just make this meal as is and then use the excuse that I couldn’t find a gluten free option for this and that. I mean then I won’t be able to taste this. The husband can eat it. Insert evil cackles. And that thought didn’t last two seconds. Turns out this molasses is gluten-free. Fuck. We still have ketchup, mustard and Worcestershire sauce. We don’t really have these products in the house mostly because taste wise they are not my favorites. Looking at this ingredient list is only making me less excited to make this dish. So many gross ingredients are going into this. Can’t I just get a can of beans, some hot dog sausages, throw some onion and sugar in and let it boil? Do I have to go super fancy with this one? It’s going to work out so expensive. I will have to buy ketchup, molasses, brown sugar, mustard and Worcestershire sauce just for the basics of the recipe and for what? One tablespoon of this and that? What a waste. As you can tell I’m not excited about this one. I’m going to look online a bit more and see what I can find. I really love the idea of this challenge but I also don’t want to be wasteful. I know that we won’t finish some of these products and I just can’t convince the poor South African in me to spend an easy 10 euros on products to only throw away more than half of it. The struggle is real. When I started to look into different recipes and variations of making this, I gathered that almost every recipe required mustard, ketchup and Worcestershire sauce. At this point, I’ve done enough research and now it’s only a matter of deciding how far I want to take this challenge and actually make some version of Franks and Beans.

Some time has passed and I decided that I should at least look into some substitutes for mustard, ketchup and Worcestershire sauce before I just make the franks and beans my way. Turns out it was relatively easy to find substitutes for almost each of the main ingredients with products I already have in the house. For the mustard, I simply had to replace it with mayonnaise of equal amount. We always have mayonnaise in the house. The Dutch love to eat mayonnaise with their fries. For the ketchup it was just a simple; 1 cup of tomato sauce, ¼ cup of sugar and 2 tablespoons of vinegar. The Worcestershire sauce was a little more complicated. The website I found (linked down below) for the Worcestershire sauce substitute was incredibly informative and after browsing the sight I decided to wing the making of this sauce. Raise hands if any of you are surprised. I gathered that as long as I use lime, honey, onion, garlic, chili powder, and vinegar I will get a similar taste. Honestly, my main goal was to use as much of products I already had in the house so I didn’t have to buy too many things, especially for this meal.

The first part of this blog was just me thinking out loud on how to make this franks and beans and what I think I would need. Some things changed when I went to the shops. I ended up buying beans, ketchup, and hotdogs. I worked off the recipe (the link will be down below) and just kind of winged it. This is what I did.

I started off by cutting up one onion and cutting up one piece of garlic. I mixed this with two tablespoons of sugar and one teaspoon of white vinegar. The garlic and vinegar would be the substitute of the Worcestershire sauce. I skipped out on the cayenne pepper as the beans had some heat to it. I also forgot about the lime and honey. Oops. I added the beans, half of the hotdogs in the can with a sauce mixture of 3 tablespoons of ketchup (was cheaper to just buy ketchup) and one tablespoon of mayo (substitute of the mustard). I will add that it was a bit too much mayo and the mixture looked a little light in color.

I popped it into the oven at 150°C for two hours. It did two things at this time. 1) It darkened and started to look more like the Sims and the picture. 2) It stank up the entire house.

Onno was the first to try it. His words: “It’s not that bad.” I was less than excited to try it mostly because it looked so gross. Onno had to forcefully help me. My words after tasting it: “It’s not the worst thing I’ve ever tasted and it’s definitely not the best thing I’ve ever tasted. It’s okay. Or just little below okay. I won’t make it again though.” I seriously doubt we will make this again, taste aside, it made my husband fart a lot. It was some potent stuff. No thanks.

The Sims version of this meal was ridiculously easy to make. Susan barely broke a sweat making it but I do want to add it made her gassy as well. She just went straight to the stove top, mixed it a bit and then it was done. Lucky. We had to air out our house after making this.

Before we rate this one, let’s compare the two.

Taste: 4/10 – It gets a low score because for the two of us personally, it’s not our favorite. I hate the look and texture of it but I was okay with it. I won’t make it again but let’s just say I would rather eat this than olives or broccoli.

Look: 8/10 – I’m giving it a high score because it really does look franks and beans and quite similar to the Sims meal. There isn’t much else I can say. Personally, it looked like a 1/10 in my books but that’s just because I don’t like beans.

How easy it is to cook: 10/10 – It’s really easy and quick to make. I just had to cut up a few things and mix all of the ingredients together. I love meals that I can just mix and put in the oven. Barely no effort.

That’s it! I hope you enjoyed this meal. I’m super excited for the next one!

Thank you so much for reading and I will see you in a click!

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Recipe — https://www.thespruceeats.com/slow-baked-beans-and-franks-meal-3051239

Mustard — https://www.thespruceeats.com/mustard-substitute-1387977

Ketchup — https://culinarylore.com/substitutions:substitute-for-ketchup-in-recipes/

Worcestershire sauce — https://ritely.com/substitute-for-worcestershire-sauce/

 

Sims 4 Meals

Remaking Sims 4 Meals | Normal Cooking Level One: Chocolate Cake | Part 5

For a full explanation of what this challenge is, please follow this link here — https://fitcouchpotato.com/2018/10/29/challenge-remaking-sims-4-meals-introduction-and-index/

For the previous meal, please follow this link here — https://fitcouchpotato.com/2018/12/31/remaking-sims-4-meals-normal-cooking-level-one-grilled-cheese-part-4/

I postponed making this cake for a long time. I wasn’t entirely sure if my recipe will work and I didn’t want to make it only to have to remake it within days. I’m not the biggest chocolate cake lover. I don’t always love normal chocolate; my favorite is white chocolate so most chocolate cakes it just too much chocolate. Wow, that was a messy sentence. Take a shot every time I say chocolate. Just don’t drive anywhere afterward because you’re going to blackout before you get to the end of this blog. Chocolate. Chocolate. Chocolate. I’m just getting the party started. You’re welcome.

Long introduction aside, I just wasn’t excited to make this cake because 1) I wasn’t sure if the recipe will work and 2) I don’t love chocolate cake. I should probably explain why I was worried about the recipe. Finding a simple gluten-free cake recipe is incredibly hard. Most of the time it’s so overcomplicated that it’s just a bitch to make. I managed to find the perfect cake recipe that can be switched into any flavor, I’ve made it a lemon cake, a honey cake, and even a coffee cake. The recipe just always works with me, but I was worried that adding an entire bar of dark chocolate would take the recipe too far. The balance between dry and wet ingredients will be off and the cake will be a dense weapon of destruction. This is how my recipe works and no I will never share the recipe. It’s mine. I just don’t like to share my favorite recipes. This cake recipe, my milktart recipe, and my pancake recipe are going with me to my grave. I will divorce my husband if he ever shares my recipes.

You have two bowls in the beginning. The one bowl has almost all of the dry ingredients, the flour, the blended almonds and etc. The second bowl has the butter, sugar, eggs and etc. With this recipe, once you added all the eggs you start to fold in the flour with a little milk on the side. What I did was, I only used half of the milk that I normally add and added the melted dark chocolate at the end. I was convinced this cake would be a failure. The batter was very thick, hard to mix and it was just this thick blob that I had to spread with some effort to cover the entire pan. While it was baking, I was looking into a gluten-free chocolate cake mix as a possible plan b but I know I would’ve probably bought a normal cake mix at the shops and send the chocolate cake off with Onno to his work.

The cake was a massive success and it actually turned out very nice. Onno loves it and has been the main person eating it. I had one slice for the picture and that was it. I’m not a massive chocolate cake person. For icing, I just used the gluten-free version of Nutella.

The Sims cake was really easy. No worries there. Susan mixed the batter and popped the thing in the oven and that was it. There really wasn’t anything complicated to it.

Susan’s cake was a two-tier chocolate cake with a lot of icing but I couldn’t be bothered to make a two-tier cake. We are only two people in the house and only one of us likes chocolate cake. It would be a shame to waste it. Susan’s chocolate cake seems to have sprinkles on the top. We were out so I skipped it.

Let’s do a fun little comparison between the Sims cake and the real thing.

Taste: 8/10 – If you would try this cake with your eyes closed you would easily be able to tell that it’s a chocolate cake. The taste is very strong but it’s not one of those moist almost wet chocolate cakes that melts in your mouth, hence why there isn’t a full score. I asked Onno what he would score this cake and he was just like tens, tens, tens across the board. I lie, he didn’t say that. He scored it 9/10.

Look: 8/10 – It is quite clearly a chocolate cake. It’s only nine out of ten because it’s not a two-tier like Susan’s. Wait, let’s make it 8/10 because of no sprinkles.

How easy it is to cook: 9/10 – Very easy. I just had to add some melted chocolate to my normal cake recipe. It was difficult to mix and transfer to the cake pan but that is the finer details.

Thank you so much for reading and I will see you in a click!

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Part 6 — https://fitcouchpotato.com/2019/02/11/remaking-sims-4-meals-normal-cooking-level-one-franks-and-beans-part-6/ —

Good Old Fun, Sims 4 Meals

Remaking Sims 4 Meals | Normal Cooking Level One: Grilled Cheese | Part 4

For a full explanation of what this challenge is, please follow this link here — https://fitcouchpotato.com/2018/10/29/challenge-remaking-sims-4-meals-introduction-and-index/

For the previous meal, please follow this link here — https://fitcouchpotato.com/2018/12/10/remaking-sims-4-meals-normal-cooking-level-one-honey-cake-part-3/ —

First of all, I’m doing the order of these Sims Meal in whatever I feel like making next and this time around I just wanted something easy and not so complicated. I know it’s a really bad idea on my part to cross all the easy meals off on the first level but well too late now, they are almost all crossed off. This time around we have grilled cheese. Similar to the fruit salad, it’s so easy it might be considered cheating. You would think because it’s so easy I would’ve done it weeks ago. It took me a month just to feel like making grilled cheese and my first attempt burned to the crisp. I don’t know why though, I love cheese but it was just so much effort. You can’t read it but I’m writing this in that bratty I don’t want to do my homework way.

Cooking it in real life is pretty damn straightforward. I put a nice layer on butter on one side of the two pieces of bread and then I put cheese in the middle and just popped it in the pan on medium heat. The butter would make it nice and crispy and I would just remove the bread once it’s nice and golden. I did pop some mayo in the middle just to break up the cheese flavor. Boy, it’s a fatty meal.

Susan on Sims way of making a grilled cheese was just as simple and straightforward. In the game, she just immediately moved to the oven and suddenly there was a buttered up bread with cheese in the middle on the pan. She fried it for a bit, flipped it over and that was it. It’s grilled cheese. There is really just nothing else to it. It’s a quick fry in the pan and then you’re done.

Let’s compare the real thing with the Sims meal so we can make this blog look longer than what it actually is.

There really isn’t much else to say. I guess I could milk this blog out like I’m kind of doing now but I don’t have much else to say so let’s rate and finish this up. Oh, but the next meal will be one of the many cakes I still need to bake. I’m tossing it up between the chocolate or white cake. You bet your sweet ass that I’m saving the hamburger cake for last. Oh and while I’m here, in one of my Sims Gameplay I noticed that as you unlock different events and whatnot you would have more meals in all the different levels. For now, I’m just going to do the standard stand-alone Sims Gameplay meals. I have no idea if that made sense but well here is the rating…

Taste: 9/10 – It’s grilled cheese, I mean if you like cheese then it’s a win. I did have to add some mayo just so it would suit my taste so I guess there goes one point. Boo!

Look: 10/10 – It looked pretty nice at the end. The picture didn’t turn out super Instagram worthy but in real life, it looked pretty yummy.

How easy it is to cook: 10/10 – Ridiculously easy. Unless you leave it on too long on a high heat and you burn it to a crisp.

Thank you so much for reading and I will see you in a click!

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You can find the next meal here — https://fitcouchpotato.com/2019/01/18/remaking-sims-4-meals-normal-cooking-level-one-chocolate-cake-part-5/ —

Sims 4 Meals

Remaking Sims 4 Meals | Normal Cooking Level One: Honey Cake | Part 3

For a full explanation of what this challenge is, please follow this link here — https://fitcouchpotato.com/2018/10/29/challenge-remaking-sims-4-meals-introduction-and-index/

For the previous meal, please follow this link here — https://fitcouchpotato.com/2018/11/19/remaking-sims-4-meals-normal-cooking-level-one-fruit-salad-part-2/ —

These last few months I started to get back into baking. I just love the entire process of it. Very early on I learned that the process of baking anything gluten free works a little differently. I learned this after three failed cakes. I turned towards the internet for an easy gluten-free vanilla cake recipe. You will be surprised how overcomplicated most of them are. It’s absolutely ridiculous but after hours of searching, I found it! The perfect gluten-free vanilla cake that can turn into anything. I’m not kidding. I’ve made it into a lemon cake, a chocolate chip cake, a coffee cake and finally a honey cake. A very delicious honey cake and I only added eight tablespoons of honey near the end. That’s it.

I made this cake twice. The first time around I used less honey but the honey was almost a faint aftertaste so I couldn’t exactly get away with calling it a honey cake. Since this week we’re remaking the honey cake for the Sims, I remade it. After all, even though you only need to take my word for it, I needed to taste like a honey cake. The batter is basically a glutenfree vanilla cake. You mix your butter and sugar separately before adding one egg at a time. You then add your dry ingredients (flour and ground almonds) in between. I do recommend you mix the second part by hand because otherwise, the batter climbs your mixer and it’s not pleasant. It’s the Zanthum gum. Once everything was mixed I added the honey. It was mostly just guesswork on the amount by my part.

Well, the next three pictures are pretty self-explanatory. I did feel the cake was a little dark. It wasn’t burnt or anything but ideally, I would want the top to be more golden. In the previous attempt with the five tablespoons of honey, the color was perfect. When I make the cake again I will take it out sooner if I can. A dark golden brown cake is better than a raw inside cake.

And, finally, the moment has arrived…here is the end result! I drizzled some honey over the cake at the end because I figured it might look pretty but it really wasn’t needed. It took the honey flavor too far. For the rest of the cake, I would just eat it as is. We do store the cake in the fridge and I heat it up for 30-40 seconds in the microwave before I devour it.

Baking the actual cake was easy enough but boy having the Sims character bake the cake was a nightmare. So a part of the Sims 4 Seasons expansion pack is bees. In order to make a honey cake, you need to bond with the bees and spend a large amount of effort on them in order to get good quality honey so well you can bake the honey cake. This entire process took me an hour of nonstop fussing with the honey. It was the only thing I did with the character too. First, you need to gain some skill in gardening and then you need to bond with the bees for a good hour (Sims time) and then repeat the process a few times. Growing the garden was the most annoying part. If you have enough plants to can send the bees to pollinate the flowers which in return with improve their honey production. In order to get good quality honey your bond with the bees needs to be high otherwise you get trash. It was a journey I avoided doing for a good month. I mean I love playing Sims don’t get me wrong, but I like my Sims characters to have a purpose. I always start a new game with this big challenge and then build myself up too it. So just having this character that I just use to cook and take screenshots isn’t my idea of a fun game. Plus the bees were so fussy.

The batter process looked surprisingly simar to mine. She mixed everything together and added the honey at the end. The Sims creator really took time and effort to make things realistic.

I’m so obsessed that the two baking processes were quite similar to each other. Also, I just noticed the little star in between Susan’s legs and I’m having a big old laugh.

And we can’t wrap up the blog without comparing the two cake next to each other, now can we? Although looking back I haven’t always done this. I’m just really proud of this one.

I had so much fun with this cake. I hope you’re enjoying this blog series as much as I am. Without further ado, let’s rate this bake.

Taste: 10/10 – Anyone could try this cake blindfold and swear it’s a honey cake.

Look: 8/10 – As I mentioned before I wasn’t completely happy with the dark golden brown layer at the top. I also saw that in the Sims version it has quite a nice honey comb design at the top. I don’t even know where to start if would want to recreate this.

How easy it is to cook: 10/10 – It was truly very easy. It also helps that I’ve made the same recipe every week for these last two months. It literally take me ten minutes at most to bake this cake. So easy.

Thank you so much for reading and I will see you in a click!

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