Something natural for dinner with Battleborn's Eldrid

Courtesy Gearbox Software/2K

Courtesy Gearbox Software/2K

In a far-flung future, the universe is dying. While there are scientific theories saying this is inevitable, the end is coming much sooner than originally planned in “Battleborn.”

The first-person shooter from Gearbox Software and 2K lets players be saviors by taking on one of more than two dozen different characters to battle an enemy attempting to extinguish every star in the universe. While this force has been dimming the skies, worlds battled amongst themselves, trying to claim any planet that could still keep them alive.

Around the final star, Solus, and at the last battlefield, five different groups have ended their long war and joined forces to keep the lights on. These survivors will combine their unique skills and abilities to defeat the darkness and continue to survive around the last source of light in the universe.

But what were these different groups like before they banded together? What were their worlds like?

More importantly, what did they eat? By taking a look at the heroes, I got a sense for what they liked, what they didn’t like and what they expected on their dinner table. While I’m sure their own planets had their individual animals and plants to consume, I was left with figuring out what earthbound dishes might be appealing to them.

Courtesy Gearbox Software/2K

Courtesy Gearbox Software/2K

Out of all the factions, the Eldrid are the most natural and potentially graceful group with one notable exception. Each member of the group uses some biological element to fuel their power.

Miko and Kelvin are the most naturalistic in their forms as a fungal colony in the shape of a mushroom, and a colony of microorganisms that thrive in extreme conditions detrimental to most life in the shape of an ice golem.

Thorn appears as a slim archer, at one with her surroundings and fueled by the wilds, while Boldur is more of a dwarf and in touch with the earth and roots of nature. Except when he’s showing off his bum during a taunt.

Their home world of Ekkunar was once a lush and green planet with diverse climates and organisms. It was very much a planet that thrived on it's natural ecology, before it shattered into very large chunks of mass.

Dinner  for this group would have to be something that would reflect the natural elements of the Eldrin, while still giving a nod to the rough and tumble side. Vegetarian would be the way to go but with a dash of something extra.

A springtime spaghetti carbonara offers the freshness of seasonal vegetables and herbs with the flavor of bacon, eggs and cheese. Let’s get cooking before Boldur shows his bum again!

Those wonderful vegetables are all cooked in bacon fat. No, it doesn't ruin them. You shut up!

Those wonderful vegetables are all cooked in bacon fat. No, it doesn't ruin them. You shut up!

Building blocks

·        6 slices of bacon, cut into ¼-inch pieces

·        1 cup of shelled peas

·        1 pound spaghetti

·        8 ounces of asparagus, sliced on bias in bite-sized pieces

·        1 tablespoon dried basil

·        5 eggs, whisked

·        2 tablespoons milk

·        ½ cup Parmesan cheese

·        Salt and pepper

Let’s do this

Cook the bacon in a medium skillet over medium heat until crispy. Remove the bacon with a slotted spoon to a plate with a paper towel. Save that bacon fat!

While the bacon is cooking, bring about 3 quarts of water to a boil, adding a couple pinches of kosher salt. Once it gets going, add the peas and cook for about 5 minutes, then removed with a slotted spoon to a bowl.

Add the pasta and cook as directed. While that is going on, reheat the bacon fat over medium heat and add the peas and asparagus, cooking them, stirring frequently, until the pasta is finished.

In a separate bowl, whisk together the eggs and milk. Once the pasta is done, drain and quickly add it to a large serving bowl. Pour the egg and milk mixture plus the cheese, cooked vegetables and basil on top of the still hot pasta.

Toss the entire mixture together. The heat from the pasta will cook the eggs enough to make a creamy sauce. Season with salt and pepper. Serve with some garlic bread on the side.

Dig in.

Dig in.

The crisp vegetables partnered with savory bacon and an egg and milk sauce offers plenty of flavor, and since it is a pasta dish, it should be filling for those in the faction with big bellies. Plus the ingredients are fairly basic and work together well, like a colony of microorganisms.

The Jennerit Empire is the last in the series and perhaps the most difficult to plan.