Valentine’s Day. When every major store throws brightly colored, heart shaped decorations and overly sugared desserts in your face.
While those things can be great for last minute needs, I like to add a little creativity to my Valentine’s Day plans.
Pink and red lovey-dovey plans your thing? No problem! I am not here to bash what you’re into, but for people like me who like things to be a bit on the geeky side, planning a creative, out-of-the-box Valentine’s Day dinner can be a bit difficult when everything looks the same.
So I am here to give you a fun, geeky Skyrim themed dinner idea! Not a fan of Valentines? Use this idea for other occasions such as anniversaries, birthdays, or even for dinner on a weeknight to add a little fun!
Can’t seem to leave the warm comfort of Breezehome to walk on over to the Bannered Mare to get some food? Of course not! It seems so far away, plus there are pesky thieves and dragons out there! So, what’s a Dragonborn to do?
What? You mean, were not in Skyrim? Oh…
Well, lucky for you I have some dinner ideas for you anyway! So pour yourself a big stein of Ashfire Mead for those 40 stamina points and let’s get started!
Let’s Get Started
Note: All recipes will be linked at the very end of the post.
Now, I highly doubt the Nords are one for appetizers before dinner, too fancy! But, let’s pretend they are!
Like every meal, the best appetizer is usually bread and butter. Rye bread to be exact.(History fact: Viking bread was made from rye, not wheat. Wheat is originally from southwest Asia.)
I have found a simple recipe for you, but it can easily be storebought. You can find the German Dark Rye Bread linked at the end of the blog post. Now, I have no history on “Viking butter” so any would do.
If bread and butter don’t cut it, maybe some Elsweyr Fondue would work!
The Main Course
The land of Skyrim has many dinner options, but I will only be giving a few ideas.
Let’s start off with some Grilled Chicken Breast. No, not from the chickens running around Whiterun. (You’re really going to kill me for that?!)
Fancy looking, right? If only it were as simple as it is in Skyrim. Find a piece of chicken and throw on 1x salt pile and cook. Ta-da! Instant 5 points health acquired. Unfortunately, we need a few more ingredients to actually cook chicken. Again, store-bought is completely fine, but I found a recipe for you. Add a side of Grilled Leeks and Baked Potatoes and you’re good to go!
Don’t forget to wash it all down with some Spiced Wine! Of course, any wine you choose will be perfectly okay.
Feeling like some seafood instead? No problem! There are plenty of Mudcrabs to go around! Don’t let their rock-like exterior scare you off, their meat is actually quite tasty. Why not try some Mudcrab Legs?
Salmon Meat is also quite delicious. Pair it with Potato Bread and some nice wine.
If you want a little red meat in your diet, a Mammoth Steak never hurt anyone. Don’t forget to eat the Mammoth Snout, too!
Not a big meat eater? You can always cook up some Vegetable Soup, which gives you plenty of stamina for those extra powerful shield bashes. (Disclaimer: Not useful for mages.)
Add plenty of sides to your dinners such as Goat Cheese Wedge, Garlic Bread, Ash Yam, or some delicious Charred Skeever Meat and you have a hearty dinner to satisfy any Nord!
Time for dessert! My favorite part of any meal. If you’re not too full from all the delicious food Skyrim has to offer, I have some dessert ideas here for you.
I’m going to start off with my personal favorite, and possibly the most iconic Skyrim food, Sweet Rolls!
(“Let me guess. Someone stole your sweet roll!”)
As delicious as they are, I don’t think you need that many! But, it would be nice…right?
Sweet Rolls are insanely easy to bake. All you really need is boxed cake mix, sugar icing and the mini bundt cake pans for that sweet roll look. Bundt pans are harder to find than I thought! My local grocery stores didn’t have them, so I got mine from Joann’s.
Next up is a Jazbay Crostata. I’ve never heard of these before, but they look delicious!
If you want to go the simple route, Apple Pie is always delicious! Plus, every grocery store will have them if you don’t feel like baking. If you don’t want a full pie, there are always Apple Dumplings.
What’s a Skyrim themed dinner without the atmosphere? If you don’t want to get too crazy, you can always use good old fashion imagination, but it’s fun to decorate!
There are metal plates and cutlery in Skyrim, but not everyone can afford those “finer things” like the Jarl can. Plus, I much like the look of wooden dinner plates. I found a few sites that have some for cheap and I will link those below.
Candles, candles, candles! To get that perfect tavern feel, use plenty of candles! Luckily, most arts and crafts stores sell basic, non-scented colored candles for super cheap. If you have time to plan, (unlike me) you can easily do a search online for some fun themed candle holders.
Again, if you have time to plan you can do a quick internet search for some cool drinking horns and steins. But I don’t think anyone would judge you if you use regular cups.
For that FINAL touch, throw on some Skyrim Tavern music (without Mikael), some ambiance, and there you go! The perfect Skyrim themed dinner for Valentine’s Day or ANY day of the week!
“The meals I serve aren’t exactly what I’d call a Jarl’s feast, but they’ll fill your belly.”
As promised, here are all the links.
Bread: German Dark Rye Bread Here
Elsweyr Fondue: Beer Cheese Fondue Here
Grilled Chicken Breast: Viking Chicken Here
Grilled Leeks: Grilled Braised Leeks Here
Baked Potatoes: Swedish Baked Potatoes (Hasselbackspotatis) Here
Spiced Wine: Scandinavian Glögg Here
Mudcrab Legs: Classic King Crab Here
Salmon Meat: Salmon with Gravlax Sauce Here
Mammoth Steak: Scandinavian Steak and Potatoes Here
Vegetable Soup: Nordic Winter Vegetable Soup Here
Jazbay Crostata: Rustic Berry Crostata Here
Apple Pie: Eplepai Here
Apple Dumplings: Swedish Apple Mini Dumplings Here
Drinking Horn: 17oz Drinking Horn Here
Ambiance and Music: Lively Skyrim Tavern Atmosphere Here