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I said in my introduction post that I loved to cook.  So, of course, I was quick to pick up on this little number just in time for Thanksgiving.  Remember in Twilight Princess, you’d think you were finding the boss key, but you were really finding something for Yeto to put in his soup?  Have you ever really wondered about that soup – how it had magical healing abilities?  How Link was able to down something with fish, pumpkin, and goat cheese?  That’s what I was thinking when I came across this recipe on a blog called The Geeky Chef.

Yeto looking over his fine creation.

The blog’s owner swapped out the Reekfish for Halibut Filet, making it seem a little bit less disgusting, so I thought I’d try making it.  In the interest of saving money, I switched out the Halibut for Tilapia, and I had some pumpkin parts saved from Halloween, so I used those (along with just a little bit of grated pumpkin “innards” to add flavor).

To tell you the truth, it wasn’t half bad – so hit the jump for cooking directions and a summary of the recipe, and get cooking!

Recipe Summary (from The Geeky Chef):

So now it’s time to change it up a bit and do a more obscure and savory dish. This one appeared in the newest Zelda game, Twilight Princess, in the Snowpeak temple as a soup that Yeto makes for his sick wife, Yeta. The soup, thanks to it’s reekfish base, has healing properties that increase as Link finds more ingredients to add throughout the temple, namely a pumpkin and goat cheese from Link’s hometown, Ordon. I took a basic pumpkin soup and made some modifications. I decided to make the fish stock and the filet optional because while I think pumpkin and goat cheese are a match made in heaven (or Hyrule), fish and pumpkin and goat cheese might seem like a strange mix for some. Fish or no fish, this soup makes for a perfect winter dinner!

Ingredients

2 pounds seeded and peeled pie pumpkin, diced

¾ c. white onion, chopped

4 cloves garlic, cloves cut into quarters

4 ½ c. fish stock (alternative: chicken or vegetable stock)

½ c. Goat Cheese or as desired

1 ¼ c. cream (optional)

Fresh basil

¼ c. olive oil

Salt to taste

Pepper to taste

1 halibut filet or any white fish (optional)

Cooking Instructions/Directions

Roast pumpkin, onions, and garlic in a roasting pan with a bit of olive oil. In a soup pot, put the roasted items and turn to medium heat. Add 3/4 of the stock and simmer for up to 45 minutes, or until fully cooked. Put in a food processor and blend until smooth. Blend in small amounts of the goat cheese along with the cream if desired. Adjust thickness with the leftover stock. Add more cream if desired and finish seasoning with herbs, salt, and pepper. If you add a filet of your chosen fish, pan-fry it first with oil, salt and pepper, then add it to the soup.

Source: GeekyChef.com (Thanks to Cassandra Reader for the tip!)
  • homicasa

    Well it seems I'm off to the store to pick up some ingredients…

    • Querulous

      Yeah, much luck with that… B(

  • http://twitter.com/CPnieuws @CPnieuws

    Awesome idea! Might actually cook this, I love pumpkin soup!

  • Morgan

    thank you soooo much for this recipe!!! i got a pumpkin this year TO MAKE A SOUP! i am very inspired by Zelda in my day to day life since 1988, so this is very fitting! :)

  • ChainofTermina

    alright. now this is cool. ZU has it's own personal chef now. that's awesome. keep an eye out for more Zelda-related dishes, Caleb, I see a promising staple in this site's future.in fact, you should have your own segment n the ZUcast; Cooking with Caleb! that'd be so cool.

    • homicasa

      I second Cooking with Caleb!

      • starwebs1

        I third it!

      • Decrepit Nightmare

        Instead of Zelda-related dishes why don't we call them Zeldishes.

      • ILiekZelda

        I Fourth it! I hope for an Ocarina Steak, like in a few articles back how to make food out of Gannon.

      • ChainofTermina

        That's excellent! I'm glad you thought of that.

    • http://www.ncocsr.webs.com/ Caleb

      This might actually happen, I emailed Cody, and he said "as long as it's Zelda related :P."

  • http://mytriforce.deviantart.com/ Ezlo

    I'm making this. For thanksgiving. And I'm going to force my family to eat it. Muahahahaha!

  • Lach Menel

    All that we have to do now is find Grandma and force her to give us her recipe, then we will be unstopible! Or at lest full of soup ( Mum, soup…)

    • Chad

      I bet she makes the exact same soup as yeto

      • BitF Adict

        Dude, imagine if you could eat it out of a bottle. Then i would be in a perfect world.

    • Blizzeta93

      Grandma's soup looks more like chicken broth.

  • Headphoneguy

    Too bad I can't cook….

  • Darth Goron

    yummy yummy! all it needs is some tastey Dodongo's Carvern rocks and its perfect! :P

    • OoTfanatic

      don't forget the lon lon milk! :)

  • LadyBastet

    I don't care if it tastes good or not, I'm making it and will keep the recipe forever! :D

  • Jubilee

    I'm making this for my friends' huge Thanksgiving get-together on Saturday. THIS IS EPIC.

  • Sam

    Great! I just baked around 6 cups of pumkin meat a couple of weeks back, and I really have no idea what to do with it (except for pie).
    Reekfish resembles salmon, and I know salmon is not white meat, but would it still taste good? I'm asking because I don't like to eat fish, so I hardly know what's good and what's not good with fish.

  • http://www.geekychef.com Cassie

    I’m really happy you guys posted this. Thanks!

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/Thareous Thareous

    It seems with all the random ingredients most people wouldn't want to try it, but I bet it would taste great!

  • http://www.geekychef.com The Geeky Chef

    I'm so glad you posted this. Thanks!
    This is actually the recipe that inspired me to create geekychef.com in the first place. There wasn't a recipe for it anywhere on the internet at the time, so I just made one myself. Zelda is my all time favorite game and you can definitely expect there to be more Zelda inspired recipes appearing on my blog in the future.
    Again, thanks!

    • http://www.ncocsr.webs.com/ Caleb

      No problem. Just feel free to submit any more tips if you have any nintendo/zelda/gaming related dishes! :)

  • Joko tree

    Yes! I am So going to go and make this for dinner, and breakfast, maybe Lunch…and maybe even for supper…No wait not supper…Umm late night snack is not right either…LETS GO MAKE THIS NOW!!!

    • Decrepit Nightmare

      Joko tree you have a crap name I know I had that name because I am the Real Joko.

      • Get Lost

        Beat it, Nitemares.

        You might have had a big mouth when you still had a ID profile, and before that even, but now you're just being a troll. I sat back and watched you bully everyone before, but now you pick on 15 year-olds? That is beneath even you. You might could have picked on Cody all the time you were there, but now it's time for you to get a life, and get lost.

      • http://www.ncocsr.webs.com/ Caleb

        Did you know that you can block an IP address from a site? Yeah, you can. I can probably convince Jason or Cody to do it. So you might want to stop picking on people. I have enough of that to deal with now.

      • Mask of Sorrow

        I'm not a troll I'm just very angry that someone would steal my name and turn Joko into a bad name. But what do you know my life can get worse why don't I just end everything and stop being.

      • BitF Adict

        No, i'm the real Joko! And so is Get Lost! And Kieth! And MrBaconodSock!

      • Mask of Sorrow

        Dude I take that back you can keep the name so you've got an item music plays you've got an optional name.

      • Mask of Sorrow

        darn my stupidity the comment that i sent on top of this one should go under the Decrepit nightmare comment under Joko tree.

    • BitF Adict

      If you remember, a few articles ago someone who kept using your name? That was me. Sorry, i'ts just the other guy did it, and I thought it would be funny. Looking back it was very dumb, so I'm sorry.
      P.S.- I was also 12 year old kid. And I am 12.

      • Decrepit Nightmare

        What the. Wait hold on a second I just changed my name to this yesterday I used to be Joko tree but then someone else used that name and I changed my name to this and someone else is useing this name. Right fine This is the last time I do this I will change my name into something perfectly me.

  • Topaz Mutiny

    Sounds yummy! Though I think I might mix things up and substitute Salmon for the fish, since it seems like the closest real-life fish to a Reekfish, rather than Halibut or Tilapia (which I commonly refer to as poo-fish, due to their diet). Plus, I much prefer salmon over those other kinds of fish. ;) Not sure what the salmon's distinct flavor will do to the soup though – it'll be a mystery!

    • http://www.ncocsr.webs.com/ Caleb

      One of the comments on the blog I got this from said that he had substituted with salmon, and that it tasted amazing, so give it a try.

      • BitF Adict

        Wait, isn't salmon an actual fish in TP?

  • Decrepit Nightmare

    I've got to try this.

  • ILiekZelda

    Dang! I really have to make it! When I go exploring and encounter some Wolfos, I'll just drink it and restore some hearts! It is a good think I went on that side-quest to get that bottle!

    • BitF Adict

      That was a pretty weak joke.

      • ILiekZelda

        Not as weak as a Dodongo!

  • LuX

    I bet you've waited a long time to tell people that without seeming like you randomly screamed 'I live next door or a supermarket!' lol

  • MrBaconsock

    When I first saw that soup in the game and watched how it gradually changed with each added ingredient, I thought : "That looks delicious!"

    …Now I can try it!

  • floatisland

    Awesome I'm so gonna go out and get the stuff to make this!

  • COOL POOPER LOLOLOL

    im not afrad o jue you bib ugly :) is dum as but LOLOLOLOL IM SOOOOOOOO FUNNY!!!!!!!!!!!111111

  • BitF Adict

    Dude, screw hells kitchen.

  • BitF Adict

    Well, i'm 12, so I wont be able to make this. But still sounds good!

    • Sam

      Yeah you can! Get someone with more experience to help you if you need to.

  • Sam

    Well, I gave this puppy a try. Overall it's a great tasteing soup. Flavors are rich and completmenty and texture was smooth. However they felt the fish was a little strong and that white fish would've been better. Next time I make this soup, I'd probably do just that.

    • Sam

      Oh, eham… "they" mean my family.

      • Porker

        Ooh, a ham! I love ham!

        …And Zelda more! I should try putting ham into this TP soup when I try it out. Not as a replacement with anything; just as a little addiction, er, I mean addition. :D

      • Sam

        Oh my gosh, mom is that you? lol
        My mom suggested smoked ham should be put into this soup, too.

  • ZFAN

    That was my favorite Dungeon in Twilight Princess cause it's a house!

  • rae

    I sadly can not try this because I am alergic to Pumpkins :(

  • LadyBastet

    Does anyone know if/how you can use canned pumpkin in this recipe? I'm not skilled at cutting up pumpkins really…. but I really want to try this recipe :)

  • Margar

    Oh I should clarify- If it were me making it using canned pumpkin, I would not use a roasting pan and oven, since that's mainly for the pumpkin. Since you're not raosting the pumpkin, just saute the onions and garlic in the oil in the pot and do everything in the pot. It'll be one less dish to wash.

    • Mattocks

      Don't listen to that silly Margar. She's not all there, just smile and nod;).
      (<3)

      I would still recomend using the roasting pan. Since this is a dark soup it gives you lots of opportunity to add flavour. By roasting the vegetables you let all the sugars carmamelize which will drastically enhance the flavour. This can be done in the pot on the stove, but roasting in the oven is a much better way and helps prevent burning since it's more even and constant heat. But still be sure to check on them and stirm them around!

      To add onto that, i would also roast the canned pumkin (note: be sure to used canned pumpkin, not canned pumkin pie filling). much like tomato paste, it is cooked, but doesn't have the nicest flavour in the world. Add it in with your vegetables wether you use a roasting pan or do it right in the pot. Make sure it gets some really nice brown colour on it.

      • Margar

        Thanks Mattocks! I made sure to add the disclaimer, "If it were me…" in my reply, but I know my soup would not turn out nearly as tasty as yours ;)

  • mrnjlw1090

    Just reading this takes me back to playing the dungeon. Every time Link brought back an ingredient, Yeto shoved Link across the room, and as an apology, (sort of) he would let him taste the soup.

  • Aaron

    Well I think this is quite the intresting dish. Ive always been one to mix food and try new things, and im a loving Zelda fan so I asked my mom if it was possible to make this for tomarrow and she sounded intrested. DADADADAAAAAAAA!

  • QueenxLink

    Oh my goodness, who would have thought that a freaky Zelda dish would become real…? Interesting ^^

  • Artimus-Maora

    Heh…I may just have to try this….XD I've always loved pumpkin soup, and wondered hwo this would really taste! XD

  • Elienkae

    This was…interesting…I can't say it was bad, it just had a really weird flavor. The goat cheese had an after-flavor very reminiscent of sour cream.

  • dogman15

    I thought I would find a recipe for this somewhere on the internet!