Cooking up a Stormcloak

Regular Later Levels visitors will be aware of my on-off obsession with The Elder Scrolls Online (ESO). Since being introduced to the game, I’ve had regular bouts of playing it non-stop before calling it quits for several months – only to go back to the MMORPG a short time later.

My addiction resurfaced again this year as a result of receiving a message from Tim at GeekOut UK asking me what ESO was like. After telling him it was Skyrim-but-with-other-people, he purchased the PC version and became hooked himself. He convinced his partner Jake to join him, then persuaded me and my other-half to move away from the PlayStation version, and now we can all be regularly found online chatting away in the guild chat. It’s the first time I’ve actually played for long enough to reach Champion points so the obsession isn’t going away.

For Tim’s birthday it therefore made sense to surprise him with a copy of The Elder Scrolls: The Original Official Cookbook by Chelsea Monroe-Cassel. Pete and I had read a few reviews online and seen photographs that readers had posted of their attempts at the recipes, so we thought it might be something he’d enjoy. Our gift must have gone down well because it wasn’t long after that we received a picture of the Sweetrolls Tim and Jake had made – and they looked so good that I promptly ordered a copy for myself so I could get my bake on.

The book itself is lovely and even if you’re not fond of cooking, it’s a nice purchase. Each chapter contains details about the food preferences of each culture in Tamriel along with notes on the celebrations of each region and the dishes made for these. Over 60 recipes are split between seven sections all the way from starters to desserts, with each being photographed in a typically Elder Scrolls setting. A single Sweetroll upon a metal plate is shown on a crate in a snowy setting with a sleeping bag in the background, for example.

I recently tried the recipe myself and I have to say that I was pleasantly surprised. Quietschisto from RNG had warned me the dishes featured within The Original Official Cookbook catered for a sweet-tooth and it could therefore be wise to reduce any sugary ingredients by around 20%. The Sweetrolls were the opposite however: quite light in texture and more bread-like than cake, and nowhere near as sweet as we expected them to be. My other-half has even asked me to add more honey when I make them next time!

The recipes themselves are easy to follow but the instructions sometimes fall into too-vague territory. For example, being told to ‘cook until soft’ while making Goatherd’s Pie isn’t specific enough for me; I like to be given timings so I’ve got a guideline to base my cooking on. It’s also worth pointing out for those of you in the UK that all the measurements in the book are given in US cups rather than grams so you’ll need to so some converting.

Saying that though, it’s not going to stop me from trying out the Oatmeal Raisin Shortbread. And I’ve had a request from my other-half to make the Orsimer Venison and Juniper Lamb Chops. Below are the photographs from my Sweetroll attempt – feel free to share your own in the comments if you have any!

Sweetroll recipe photo gallery

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22 thoughts on “Cooking up a Stormcloak

  1. Those look delicious!

    Glad to hear that you enjoy the book, Chelsea knows her way around food πŸ™‚
    I have never tried the sweet stuff in the books, maybe they are different. Or I’m just too little of a sweet guy.
    With many things, especially with longer cooking times, you don’t need specific instructions (although I can understand that it would be nice). Cooking isn’t an exact science.

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    • I’ve made the sweetrolls a couple of times since drafting this post, first adding more honey and then adding a touch a cinnamon too. Still not sweet enough for my other-half though ha ha! Next time I’m going to attempt raisins also, although eventually they’ll end up not being Sweetrolls at all. πŸ˜‰

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  3. I agree that they look delicious! And your description of the recipes made me laugh. That reminds me of some of my old hand-written family recipes that include directions such as “cook awhile” and “cook until done.”

    At any rate, it looks like you fared well and you’ve got me thinking about sweetrolls now!

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    • Ah, my stepson keeps badgering me to get the Fallout one because he’s not quite over his obsession with the series yet. If you get around to making something from it, make sure you share some photos! πŸ™‚

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        • He used to watch me play The Elder Scrolls Online but it was never something he seemed that interested in. Fallout on the other hand… well, I’ve written a few times about just how obsessed he got with it. It does seem like most gamers fall one side of the other though, you either enjoy bashing dragons in a fantasy setting or taking on a post-apocalypse.

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          • I personally prefer the world of Fallout. The 1950s subculture, the 1950s themes and motifs, the licensed music and the immense lore is fascinating. I should really pick up Fallout 76 but I don’t want to contribute to a walking meme lol.


  4. Must have missed this last year! Have seen a couple of the licensed cookbooks and always been curious, the lack of timings would bug me but the US conversion is easy enough especially now you can buy the measuring cup online. Not like the old days of importing food from the state’s and being flummoxed at cooking instructions 😏


    • There’s a conversion chart in the back of the book which helps, but the perfectionist in me freaks out a bit when you compare this to an online chart and the measurements are different! I haven’t made anything from this book in ages… I’ll have to dig it out and make something.

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      • I was giving musings of doing some baking pieces though gluten free, intolerance. Curious how easy some of these American scribed geeky cookbooks would be to convert. Usually just a case of switching out flour types. I’ve seen the ESO and Fallout books, kinda tempted by the Game of Thrones version and going further back, I remember Voyager released a Trek inspired cook book towards the end of its run. #foodchat


          • One technical thing I was curious on which admittedly is me just being a little lazy to research but I presume being an American Book the main conversion elements are cups and spoons? Seen a variety of measuring cups and spoons on amazon. Tempted to start with the Game of Thrones book


            • Yep, as far as I can remember it’s cups and spoons. The recipes I’ve looked at so far seem as though they can be adjusted to your taste too – adding more or less of a particular ingredient doesn’t really seem to negatively affect them, if you get what I mean.

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