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Crunchy Veggie Rings // Loop Hero


Round and round and round it goes. You know what's the definition of insanity? Doing the same thing over and over again and still expecting a different outcome! Good thing that us gamers, we not only enjoy this special type of madness, we actually turned it into a whole genre: Roguelikes. Fight, die, repeat! Loop Hero takes this gameplay loop and turns it into a literal loop. Your character awakens in a big bunch of nothingness, slowly relearning the world, building it as they go. It all starts with a simple looping path full of slime, sounds a bit disgusting, doesn’t it? Thankfully you don’t have to wade through kneedeep goo, but rather fight neat little globs.

Enemies drop equipment and cards. Equipment obviously makes you stronger, duh. The cards are what this game is all about. Your character automatically walks on this seemingly endless loop, day after day, but you can pause them to place cards and thereby changing the whole world.


Cocoons that spawn spiders, mountains that bolster your health points, forests that let you harvest wood, but simultaneously crawl with rat wolves, et cetera, et cetera. New tiles fill the nothingness, fill your loop and expand your limited world. There’s a lot of trial and error here. Some cards react differently depending on where you place them, some spawn unintended monster habitats, some let you destroy all that you’ve built.


The power of a small god is at your command, but don’t get too lightheaded, if you don’t keep an eye on your resources and life points, you might end up dead before reaching the safe camp and lose most of the stuff you collected. Which would keep you unable to expand the small safe haven the humans that survived this unknown calamity built. And that in turn would keep you, the player, from ever unlocking more classes, traits, artefacts and ultimately finding out who’s behind this big nothingness that seemingly devoured this world. Dum Dum Dum.


Thankfully our real world is still okay, well, as okay as it can be with all the craziness going on. Loop Hero definitely turned out to be a fun little distraction. Almost an idle game(I don’t like those), almost a roguelike(I like those a lot), but not quite either. It’s tempting to start up and take your warrior, rogue or necromancer for a quick spin around a loop and before you know it, 2 hours have gone by.


One of the best things to keep me from forgetting about time is having something in the oven and that actually sparked the idea for today's recipe. Oven baked, crunchy vegetable loops(see what I did there?) with a yogurt-avocado dip. Quick to prepare, delicious to munch on and a great reason to stop playing for a moment. You wouldn’t want those beauties to turn into coal, just because you need to finish your current round, right? Or can you maybe squeeze in one more? Just...one more loop?



 

50g Bread Crumbs 50g Cornflakes

50g Grated Hard Cheese (Parmesan,Grana Padano,etc.)

1 Eggplant 1 Zucchini

2 Peppers 1 Avocado 100g Yogurt 15g Lemon Juice

3 Eggs 75g Flour

3g Garlic Powder

3g Paprika Powder

3g Onion Powder

Salt

Pepper

  • preheat the oven to 220°C degrees top/bottom heat

  • line a baking sheet with parchment paper

  • cut the vegetables into 1cm slices

  • punch out the seedy bit of the zucchini and eggplant slices using a cookie cutter

  • crush the cornflakes into smaller pieces

  • mix bread crumbs, cornflakes, cheese, the spices and some salt and pepper in a bowl

  • add the eggs to a separate bowl and whisk

  • add the flour to a third bowl

  • dredge rings in the following order: flour, eggs, and breading mixture

  • arrange the rings on the baking paper covered baking sheet

  • bake for ~25 minutes until golden brown

  • spoon the insides of one avocado into a bowl and mash it

  • mix with yoghurt and lemon juice

  • salt and pepper the dip to taste

  • Guten Hunger!



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