Cookiesaurus Zacharius

Cookiesaurus Zacharius“This year I’ll make dinosaur cookies,” I thought.

“It’s a great idea, because I work in a museum of dinosaurology and stuff,” I thought.

“They’ll be totally easy to make and look super-duper awesome,” I thought.

Sometimes, as it turns out, my brain doesn’t work so good.

Anyway, can’t help but think that even ugly dinosaur cookies are kind of cool. And here’s a little something that I found on the internet that might go well with dinosaur cookies. Have you ever wondered which dinosaur would be the best to eat?

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I Can Haz News

Much is new in House Kyratzes and it’s all terribly exciting.

The best news is that a few days ago I officially started work on the graphics for the new Lands of Dream game. This one is going to be close in size to Desert Bridge and will have oodles of locations and gadgets. While doing the children’s book and the Oneiropolis Compendium I’ve improved my technique used for the Lands of Dream images dramatically, which makes me all the more excited about this project. We’re aiming to release the game in March, so you won’t have to wait too long.

I’ve also finished the last images for the Oneiropolis Compendium. This project has been a lot of fun, with silly pop culture references and deeply serious philosophical questions – often in the same entry. And it’s not over yet. The Compendium really saved us when things got tight financially in November and December, and while we needed the money, I was also genuinely pleased to draw these pictures. So if you still feel like donating to get an original, framed Lands of Dream image, please feel free to do so.

If you read Jonas’s blog or come to my page every now and then, then I’m sure you’ve heard of our IndieGoGo campaign to finance a webpage for our cooking show. It’s another project that I’m very happy about, since I love cooking and cookbook recipes can sometimes drive one barmy. Instructions like “add italian spices” or “use a lug of olive oil” just make me want to tear the cookbook into tiny little pieces of confetti and set fire to them. The other day I had a recipe that told me to prepare an ingredient ten minutes before the  sauce was done, without ever mentioning how long the bloody sauce was supposed to cook in total (and it’s confetti time!). So yes, the Starving Artists Kitchen Show is something I’m happy about and that should help lower my blood pressure. And you can help. Our IndieGoGo campaign still hasn’t reached its goal. Also you can expect a new episode and the website to be up soon. We’re just experiencing some minor difficulty connected to dark German winters and our kitchen light being broken.

That’s it on the creative front, I think. There’s more to tell, as always, but that will have to wait until later. Expect a post on The Who’s Tommy and creative responsibility in the next 24 hours and something about bad postmodern writing by the end of the week. Now to draw a room with crazy wallpaper.

IndieGoGo: The Starving Artists Kitchen Show

Our cooking show now has an IndieGoGo campaign. We’d be very grateful if you could spread the word, or even contribute. The first episode we produced went over really well, but we need a tiny bit of funding to be able to afford a website and repair some things in our kitchen; if that works out, you can look forward to regular episodes of the Starving Artists Kitchen Show. Yes indeed! So let the world know about this campaign.

Starving Artists Update

The response to The Starving Artists Kitchen Show has been great so far. We’ve even had some feedback from people who have tried the recipe, which is just too awesome to put into words. The next instalment will likely have to be wait until we’re back from Greece, as we didn’t take the camera, but we both can’t wait to get started.

If anyone has any ideas or requests for future instalments I’d be happy to oblige them (if they make sense). I’m already looking into recipes for gluten-free bread, which I’ve never tried making before. The concept of making bread with egg is certainly… interesting. So if there’s something you’ve always wanted to make, but didn’t know how to do or something you’ve tried but that always ended in disaster, let me know. And then you can see how it ends in disaster for me too.

The Starving Artists Kitchen Show

I’m very proud to present the very first episode of The Starving Artists Kitchen Show. You can find it on Youtube, Facebook and for your convenience there’s also a page on this blog that’s dedicated to it.

Jonas and I have been thinking of doing a cooking show for a while now. I really love cooking and this show will focus both on countering a lot of the myths about what’s impossible to do or hard to get right, and on low-budget cooking. Because good food doesn’t need to be very expensive and you’ll be surprised what you can do with a sharp knife, a cutting board and a medium-sized saucepan.

The first episode is about making white bread, something that has become ridiculously expensive to buy in a supermarket (let alone a proper bakery) and that is actually very easy to make and shockingly cheap.

I hope you’ll enjoy the first episode. If you do, please spread the word on Facebook, Twitter and/or Google+. And let me know how your own bread turns out.

P.S. A few people have asked how much the ingredients used in the recipe cost. In the next episode we’ll remember to put that information in the actual video. As for the bread: assuming that you have some olive oil at home and that you can scavenge some sort of filling from the fridge or decide to go without that, the yeast is about 15 cents and one kilo of flour comes to about 25 cents (in European cents).

Food and Things

I’ve once again not been doing as much blogging as I’d like to, but people constantly come here and demand our attention. Friends, such a pesky lot. Oh, yes, and when I’m not cooking amazing three-course meals for the hordes of locusts people that keep showing up, I’m making graphics for Jonas’s next game. I’m really excited about this project.

Until I find the time to do some real blogging you could, for example, have a look at this review of the Book of Living Magic, which the incredibly nice Gregory Weir has written.

Or you could try your hands at making Meatballs and Pasta as detailed in this recipe by Jamie Oliver. Yes, he’s not kidding about how much rosemary you’re supposed to use. And it does taste awesome.

And if you’d rather read something more narrative, maybe some sci-fi, you could always buy Life Support.