Cooking From Video Games – The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker’s Elixir Soup

I’m a lousy cook, but that doesn’t mean I don’t try my best.

Having only done two of these silly cooking pieces, failing at one and succeeding at the other, I thought it would be a good idea to keep going. This time, with actual cooking rather than baking.

It seems to me that baking is more of an exact science; if you get one measurement wrong you can go from a moist chocolate cake to a flat, burnt pudding. Cooking leaves a little more room to screw up but still redeem yourself, while making recipes your own along the way.


The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker is one my favourite games of all time. And that’s why it made sense to me that I should give the elixir soup a try in real life. Let’s face it, I never get enough sleep and if this soup is as invigorating as it clearly is in the game, why not give it a try? I mean, this is basically the energy drink of soups, right? This time around I took a simple yellow squash soup recipe and tweaked it in quite a few places in order to make it my own. In the end, I really liked the soup, though there are still things I’d change about it.

Ingredients:

  • 1lb yellow squash
  • An ungodly amount of butter (about 6 tablespoons)
  • 6 mini orange and yellow bell peppers (or one big one)
  • 2 carrots (or one bag of snack sized carrots because you’re not going to waste your money buying a bag of whole carrots that you’re never going to eat)
  • 1/4 cup of cauliflower (or until you think you’ve got enough based on the amount of mess you’re making on the table)
  • 4 tablespoons of lemon juice (if you want a less tangy soup go down to 3)
  • 2 cups of chicken or vegetarian broth
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • Salt and Pepper to taste

Equipment you will need:

  • A large pot
  • A large bowl
  • Cutting board and knife
  • Blender or food processor
  • Bottles with corks (if you’re making it authentically otherwise just put it in a regular bowl ya dingus)
  • The only clean spoon you can find in your kitchen
  • A funnel (if you’re putting the soup into bottles)

More video game cooking fun:


How to Make the Elixir Soup from The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker

1. Chop up your garlic and put it in a large pot with your six tablespoons of butter. If you’re a lazy fu*k like me and don’t feel like chopping garlic because it’s the worst, you can use pre-chopped jar garlic. The recipe calls for three tablespoons but I put in four and a half. This is because the recipe originally called for onion but my roommate can’t stand onion so I omitted it and felt like adding extra garlic was an appropriate substitute. The choice is yours.

2. If you’re confident that you can chop up all of your vegetables before your garlic is done cooking then you can start cooking it while you chop. Otherwise, put your garlic/butter mixture off to the side and start chopping. It doesn’t really matter what size you chop your vegetables because everything will be ground into unrecognisable mush once you throw it in the blender.

Halfway through your chopping venture, invite a friend or family member to finish all of the chopping for you because, again, you’re a lazy fu*k.

3. If you didn’t start cooking your garlic before, start cooking it now, until it starts to smell amazing. I started by putting my oven on medium-high to which my roommate suggested that probably wasn’t right and turned it down. Like to live on the edge? Do whatever temperature you like the sound of. Don’t let ‘The Man’ order you around. The butter will be all bubbly and the garlic will start to brown when it’s ready.

4. Add your chopped vegetables, lemon juice and broth and bring this to a boil. Put your face down really close the pot at the demand of your friend or loved one who insists that you’ll love the smell. Let the steam waft over your face. Why? I don’t know, it’s probably good for your pores or something.

5. Remove from heat and let cool. You’ll be placing this mixture into your blender/food processor so you don’t want the contents to be horrifically steaming hot.

6. Once cool, pour soup inside your blender and blend until smooth. (We couldn’t find my regular blender so I used my friend’s ninja blender which is meant for smoothies, so we had to do this in two batches. It made a mess, but was otherwise successful.)

7. Return your soup to the pot and season with salt and pepper to taste. I hate the saying “to taste” because who knows what the heck that means. So to help you a little bit, I did four shakes of pepper and three shakes of salt. Still doesn’t help? Well, then I guess “to taste” actually works. Add salt and pepper until it tastes good. What do you want from me?

8. This step is for those that are putting their soup inside of bottles. Because of course it needs to be in a bottle. It’s not just any soup, remember, it’s Wind Waker elixir soup. So if it’s not in a bottle it’s just regular soup and what are you even doing reading a recipe on a gaming website? I recommend getting a funnel for this part because none of my methods worked out the way I had planned.

First I tried using a boba straw, placing it inside of the soup mixture, putting my finger on top of the straw so the soup would stay inside, putting the straw into the bottle and letting go. This process sort-of but would have taken hours to fill up the bottle.

Next I decided I would go with using a measuring cup with a tight funnel on the end to pour it into one of my bottles. This worked pretty well, although if you pour too fast a lot of it will fall over the outside. And, using this method, the inside of the bottle looked gross, drippy and not anywhere close to runway ready.

In the end, I filled the bottle up to close to the top so that it looked pretty good in a picture rather than like a steamy, orangey, hot mess.

9. Enjoy piping hot on its own or with bread or crackers!