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  • Hey all. As some of you know and thank you for being so kind to reach out to me and speaking to me, though I work in the medical field nopw I am a culinary school graduate and worked for over a decade in the culinary arts field. Have always been very interested in the foods of Avatar, though they are rarely mentioned. As such, based on seeing them and the brief mention some food are given, thought I would open up a discussion about the food and recipes from ATLA and LoK. Want to share my recipes. All of the recipes I'll share have been tested by me yes? Please enjoy.

    Fire Flakes
    Inspiration: The Deserter
    These give a solid one two punch of sweet and spicy.
    1 .lb unsweetened corn flakes or bran flakes
    1 cup honey
    3 tbs crushed red pepper flakes
    Over medium-low heat, cook the honey to a gentle boil. Remove from the heat. Add the corn flakes and stir gently to thoroughly coat the flakes. Spread out on a lightly greased sheet pan and allow to cool. Once cooled, gently break up the flakes until they are no longer clumped together. Place in a large bowl, add the red pepper flakes, and toss lightly. Enjoy whilst watching ATLA.

    Many more recipes to follow if this discussion garners interest. I've got Unfried Dough, Dumplings, stir-fried My Cabbages!, steamed duck, and many many more.

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    • I'm gonna make fire flakes now

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    • I hope that you do! They turned out exceptionally good. Are there any other recipes I can tempt you with? It doesn't seem as though this post is going to garner much interest but I will be happy to feed you well anyway, Only.

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    • Have something that's alittle less spicy?

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    • While I'm nowhere near a culinary master (I'm not even qualified to be a beginning 'foodbender'), I think this is a great idea! It's cool to be able to make a part of the show come to life. It's like cosplay for your meals

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    • I love Dumblings! I wonders what it will look like when it was made from Fire Flakes

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    • Thank you all for replying! :D Kubernes, how about this?

      Pema's Amazing Comfort Bread
      Inspiration: Legend of Korra, Turning the Tides
      I devised this recipe after becoming fascinated with the 'bread' that Korra is eating after being rescued for her Tarrlok abduction.

      1 1/3 cups sugar
      2 cups water
      3 cups All-Purpose Flour
      1/3 cup cornmeal
      1 envelope dried yeast
      1 egg

      Stir the sugar into the water until it dissolves. Add the flour, cornmeal, egg, and yeast and mix everything thoroughly until you form a dough. Leave to stand for 10 minutes. Line heatproof bowls with baking parchment and divide the dough evenly between each bowl, which will give the finished bread it's characteristic round shape. Place the bowls in a steamer containing boiling water and steam over high heat for 15 minutes.

      Enjoy! Bersarker, what sort of dumplings would you like the recipe for? Sweet, savory, vegetarian, meaty?

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    • Naressa wrote:
      Thank you all for replying! :D Kubernes, how about this?

      Pema's Amazing Comfort Bread
      Inspiration: Legend of Korra, Turning the Tides
      I devised this recipe after becoming fascinated with the 'bread' that Korra is eating after being rescued for her Tarrlok abduction.

      1 1/3 cups sugar
      2 cups water
      3 cups All-Purpose Flour
      1/3 cup cornmeal
      1 envelope dried yeast
      1 egg

      Stir the sugar into the water until it dissolves. Add the flour, cornmeal, egg, and yeast and mix everything thoroughly until you form a dough. Leave to stand for 10 minutes. Line heatproof bowls with baking parchment and divide the dough evenly between each bowl, which will give the finished bread it's characteristic round shape. Place the bowls in a steamer containing boiling water and steam over high heat for 15 minutes.

      Enjoy! Bersarker, what sort of dumplings would you like the recipe for? Sweet, savory, vegetarian, meaty?

      I loves meat! Meat is the best!

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    • How about some sea food from the water tribe?

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    • How about this, Intelligence?

      Five-Flavor Soup
      Inspiration: The Puppetmaster
      1 small ginger stem, sliced thin
      3 1/2 cups fish stock
      2 Tbs fish sauce
      3 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
      1/2 pound raw shrimp tail on
      7 oz cod or other firm white fish cut into cubes
      4 spring onions, chopped
      handful of coriander leaves
      handful of mint leaves, torn
      pinch of salt

      In a wok or large pot heat the fish sauce. Add the garlic and cook for one minute, then add the fish stock. Bring to a gentle boil and let it cook for five minutes before adding all of the remaining ingredients except the spring onions. Simmer gently for seven minutes. Distribute evenly among bowls, and top each bowl with some of the spring onion. Serve piping hot.

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    • unfortunately, cooking in a dorm isn't an option... but one can imagine, right? haha

      do you have a recipie for air nomad custard pies? (the ones aang and gyatso threw)

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    • I love everything that made of meat! They're my favorite! Can you said more about foods that made from meat please?

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    • Unfortunately I don't have any recipes for any Air Nomad food, as I've not seen any aside from Gyatso's cakes. I will certainly experiment though and see if I can devise something that would be acceptable.

      Ha ha, meat. Alright. How about this?

      Song Family Roast Duck
      Inspiration: The Cave of Two Lovers

      For the Sauce
      3 cups dry sherry
      2 cups dark soy sauce
      1 cup light soy sauce
      2 cups brown sugar
      1 tsp sesame oil
      4 sticks of cinnamon

      For the Duck
      1 8-10 pound duck
      1 head garlic, crushed
      Salt and pepper.

      Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
      Bring all of the sauce ingredients together in a saucepan or stockpot and bring to the boil, then turn the heat down and let it simmer for 10 minutes. Rub the duck inside and out with the salt. Place the garlic inside of the body cavity. Roast the duck for 20 minutes per pound. Let the duck rest for ten minutes, then pour the sauce over it. Serve with rice pancakes or noodles and soup for a complete meal.

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    • where does one buy duck?

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    • Most supermarkets carry them. Check in the refrigerated section, where you would find frozen turkeys yeah? They usually have duck and geese there as well.

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    • What about game hens? Typically duck isn't sold in many markets here but there's always other fowl.

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    • How did you know about these stuffs? I means about the recipes to cook these?

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    • Kubernes, the recipe will work beautifully with game hens and chickens, I should think. If you try it, let me know yeah? Bersarker, most of my idea came from simply watching episodes, seeing the food laid out or mentioned, and wondering what it might actually be done. Of course I try to keep Asian flavors in mind as I'm experimenting. As for knowing where to begin, I attended an 18 month long culinary school.

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    • I wouldn't mind a egg tart custard or one of those fruity beverages from the library episode

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    • For your eating pleasure: Egg Custard.

      Inspiration: The Great Divide
      2 cups milk
      2 beaten eggs
      1/2 cup white sugar
      1 pinch Kosher salt
      1 dash vanilla extract

      Eat the oven to 350 degrees. Whisk all ingredients together until thoroughly combined. Divide the custard mix between six ramekins or one large bowl. Place those into a baking dish filled halfway up with water. Bake for 1 hour, cool, and serve chilled or (best) at room temperature.

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    • Naressa wrote:
      Kubernes, the recipe will work beautifully with game hens and chickens, I should think. If you try it, let me know yeah? Bersarker, most of my idea came from simply watching episodes, seeing the food laid out or mentioned, and wondering what it might actually be done. Of course I try to keep Asian flavors in mind as I'm experimenting. As for knowing where to begin, I attended an 18 month long culinary school.

      I'll try it out sometime this week or Sunday. Whenever I go by the local market again.

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    • What is the best food of the Water Tribes?

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    • Bersarker wrote: What is the best food of the Water Tribes?

      LOL I have no idea! I should say seawood noodles because I love seaweed and noodles. I've not yet found a way to combine the two yet though. Any way, more meat!

      Pema's Beef with Carrots
      Inspiration: Turning the Tides
      This dish is inspired by the small plate of food just on the edge of the screen when Korra is eating.

      1 lb boneless round steak sliced paper thin
      4 cups baby carrots, cut in half lengthwise
      1/4 cup water
      2 tbs peanut oil
      1/3 cup soy sauce
      2 tablespoons brown sugar
      1 tbs ground ginger

      Cook the carrots in a steamer until tender, 12 minutes. In the meanwhile, in a wok over medium high heat, combine the water and brown sugar and whisk until thoroughly combined. Cook for 30 seconds, add oil, soy sauce, and ginger and whisk to combine. Bring to a gentle boil, then add beef. The beef, if sliced thinly enough, will cook in no time, 30 seconds. Roll the beef out on a flat oblong plate. Serve alongside or top the beef rolls with steamed carrots and drizzle the sauce over. Serve with hot sticky rice.

      Tip: If you freeze the meat, it will be much easier to slice. Slice the frozen meats and let come to room temperature before cooking.

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    • more meat is always a good thing...

      how about a good sushi recipie?

      wait have we seen suchi in the shows? if so i can't remember when

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    • Intelligence4 wrote:
      more meat is always a good thing...

      how about a good sushi recipie?

      wait have we seen suchi in the shows? if so i can't remember when

      Agree with you about more meat!

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    • speaking of meat, or the lack thereof, i just had a thought:

      "pema's beef with carrots"

      air nomads are vegetarian though...

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    • And don't forget cabbage rolls. Gotta get Cabbage Corp off the ground.

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    • Intelligence4 wrote: speaking of meat, or the lack thereof, i just had a thought:

      "pema's beef with carrots"

      air nomads are vegetarian though...

      Mm. Very true. I suppose that dish could be tofu, but it sure looks like a beef roll to me. Air Nomads are vegetarian, yes, but Korra isn't. Don't find it inconceivable that Pema would cook beef for the kids and Lin if she, Tenzin, and her own children wouldn't eat it. Also, have not seen sushi in the show.

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    • How come fire nation does not have sushi? Did japan not have sushi in times that fire nation was based off of in A:TLA?

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    • Intelligence4 wrote:
      speaking of meat, or the lack thereof, i just had a thought:

      "pema's beef with carrots"

      air nomads are vegetarian though...

      Not only that, but egg custard?

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    • Tis true, they are. But that's not to say everyone in the air temple is. So it's quite likely that Pema or the cooking staff would serve a variety of foods, to satisfy the appetites of say perhaps members of the White Lotus or the help staff yes?

      Also, Vegeterians will consume animal by-products, but abstain from meat or animal flesh. Vegans don't cosume any animal product. So, being vegeterians, the Air Nomads would not feel it necessary to obstain from cheese or eggs.

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    • MysticNerd wrote:
      How come fire nation does not have sushi? Did japan not have sushi in times that fire nation was based off of in A:TLA?

      Agree with you in this. But it might because they accidentally burn the fishes everytime they are going to do.

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    • Bersarker wrote:
      MysticNerd wrote:
      How come fire nation does not have sushi? Did japan not have sushi in times that fire nation was based off of in A:TLA?
      Agree with you in this. But it might because they accidentally burn the fishes everytime they are going to do.

      There was avatar rolls, but apparantly seaweed rolls are from the earth kingdom. Is that culturally acurate.

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    • This is kind of a cool concept. While the OP sounds terrible, has anyone made the Fire Flakes? Are they good?

      Five Flavor Soup and Pema's Amazing Comfort Bread sound pretty interesting...I may need to make these.

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    • Naressa wrote:
      Tis true, they are. But that's not to say everyone in the air temple is. So it's quite likely that Pema or the cooking staff would serve a variety of foods, to satisfy the appetites of say perhaps members of the White Lotus or the help staff yes?

      Also, Vegeterians will consume animal by-products, but abstain from meat or animal flesh. Vegans don't cosume any animal product. So, being vegeterians, the Air Nomads would not feel it necessary to obstain from cheese or eggs.

      Good point.

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    • Awesome thread idea. I'm going try out all of these at some point; I might even have five flavored soup tonight. Hama may be bloody terrifying but she seemed like a good cook. :)

      Any idea how to make Pema's macaroons in The Calling? They look really yummy.

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    • I've made macaroons using this recipe, and highly recommend it (although I'd stick to shredded coconut).

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    • I literally am gonna try this recipe so me and my dad can have a cool snack to eat with ATLA.Thanks! maybe ill make a recipe

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    • Do you guys think that the Airbenders will drink butter tea? Made of Flying Bison's milk, of course.

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    • Bersarker wrote:
      Do you guys think that the Airbenders will drink butter tea? Made of Flying Bison's milk, of course.

      They're vegetarians as opposed to vegans; and they've got access to big tame mammals.  So probably. 

      I mean, the fact that they don't comb the bison for undercoat the way (IIRC) people do with yaks in Tibet creates a bit of a question on that count.  But then again, airbenders can warm themselves (suggesting that combing the bison for undercoat might just be unnecessary).

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    • Deist Zealot wrote:
      Bersarker wrote:
      Do you guys think that the Airbenders will drink butter tea? Made of Flying Bison's milk, of course.
      They're vegetarians as opposed to vegans; and they've got access to big tame mammals.  So probably. 

      I mean, the fact that they don't comb the bison for undercoat the way (IIRC) people do with yaks in Tibet creates a bit of a question on that count.  But then again, airbenders can warm themselves (suggesting that combing the bison for undercoat might just be unnecessary).

      If they can drink butter tea, I think that there is a high posibility for them to eat eggs as well.

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    • Bersarker wrote:
      Deist Zealot wrote:
      Bersarker wrote:
      Do you guys think that the Airbenders will drink butter tea? Made of Flying Bison's milk, of course.
      They're vegetarians as opposed to vegans; and they've got access to big tame mammals.  So probably. 

      I mean, the fact that they don't comb the bison for undercoat the way (IIRC) people do with yaks in Tibet creates a bit of a question on that count.  But then again, airbenders can warm themselves (suggesting that combing the bison for undercoat might just be unnecessary).

      If they can drink butter tea, I think that there is a high posibility for them to eat eggs as well.

      Aang was coveting an egg custard tart in "The Great Divide" (although he probably wouldn't have been if he'd known how far past its sell-by date said pastry was), so they do.  As I said: they're vegetarians, not vegans; no problem with eating—for example—eggs, honey, or dairy products.

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    • Try doing this with Food Fiction.Also,in Asia egg is non vegetarian.

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    • MysticNerd wrote: How come fire nation does not have sushi? Did japan not have sushi in times that fire nation was based off of in A:TLA?

      They did have Sushi but Fire Nation cuisine is based off of the cuisine of Sichuan(or Szechwan)region of China.

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    • Bender123 wrote: Try doing this with Food Fiction.Also,in Asia egg is non vegetarian.

      I know eggs aren't considered vegetarian in most of India and certain other southeastern nations, but I doubt it's universal. Asia is a huge continent with hundreds of cultures; as such, it's almost by definition hardly a monolith.

      And the Air Nomads are fairly explicitly ovolactovegetarians (which is the usual western definition of "vegetarian;" we've got something of a cultural bad habit of presuming that any vegetarian is either that or vegan). Aang was coveting that expired custard tart, big time.

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    • All these great Avatar food recipes and no one has posted directions for a yummy bowl of stewed sea prunes?!?! I was really looking forward to that alongside my onion banana juice!

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    • Salty pickled green stone fruit of some sort (plums would be obvious, but peaches or apricots could also work), maybe?

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    • Deist Zealot wrote:

      Bender123 wrote: Try doing this with Food Fiction.Also,in Asia egg is non vegetarian.

      I know eggs aren't considered vegetarian in most of India and certain other southeastern nations, but I doubt it's universal. Asia is a huge continent with hundreds of cultures; as such, it's almost by definition hardly a monolith.

      And the Air Nomads are fairly explicitly ovolactovegetarians (which is the usual western definition of "vegetarian;" we've got something of a cultural bad habit of presuming that any vegetarian is either that or vegan). Aang was coveting that expired custard tart, big time.

      Besides,although Mahayana Buddhism(Tibetan Buddhism) does not allow consumption of meat,it only says that one cannot eat any sentient being.Eggs aren't really sentient.

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    • MysticNerd wrote:
      Bersarker wrote:
      MysticNerd wrote:
      How come fire nation does not have sushi? Did japan not have sushi in times that fire nation was based off of in A:TLA?
      Agree with you in this. But it might because they accidentally burn the fishes everytime they are going to do.
      There was avatar rolls, but apparantly seaweed rolls are from the earth kingdom. Is that culturally acurate.

      Yeah,if you count Kyoshi Island.

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    • Bender123 wrote:

      Deist Zealot wrote:

      Bender123 wrote: Try doing this with Food Fiction.Also,in Asia egg is non vegetarian.

      I know eggs aren't considered vegetarian in most of India and certain other southeastern nations, but I doubt it's universal. Asia is a huge continent with hundreds of cultures; as such, it's almost by definition hardly a monolith.

      And the Air Nomads are fairly explicitly ovolactovegetarians (which is the usual western definition of "vegetarian;" we've got something of a cultural bad habit of presuming that any vegetarian is either that or vegan). Aang was coveting that expired custard tart, big time.

      Besides,although Mahayana Buddhism(Tibetan Buddhism) does not allow consumption of meat,it only says that one cannot eat any sentient being.Eggs aren't really sentient.

      On second thought,since the diets of Air Nomads are based on those of Hindu priests,who do not eat eggs,maybe I was right earlier.

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