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Your Whispering Homunculus: 50 Local Delicacies

Chris McFann, Dinner!(Illustration by Chris McFann)

Master Pett’s Your Whispering Homunculus presents only the finest in British gaming. Indeed, you are not likely to find a more comprehensive assortment of miscellany anywhere.

(So much more than just another bloke in a dress.)

[previously]

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“Stew!”

“Lord?”

“Dumplings!”

“Master?”

“Tripe!”

“Your worship?”

“All delicious meals in their own right, slugthing, but I have need of more exotic meals tonight. I need those meals that truly stay in the minds (and possibly stomachs) of the true connoisseur.”

“I have the very thing here master. Hundro Ockpot’s Guide to Obscure, Unusual, and Occasionally Revolting Meals, Volume I…”

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Meals (Cost/Day)
Good (5 sp)
Common (3 sp)
Poor (2 sp)

The Pathfinder Core Rulebook gives an excellent potted description of meals, but categorizing all food in one of three ways misses out on a potentially interesting piece of interaction and color that gives an added dimension to your gaming table.

Regional meals vary enormously, and food within a fantasy campaign offers you a great chance to indulge in some imaginative delights: a meat pie in one town could be a significantly different meat pie in another. People tend to live off whatever happens to be abundant locally, but they soon grow tired of the same old dishes and try to spice them up a little.

Here are some foods to throw at your players to keep them on their toes, pique their interest, or just make them feel queasy as they tramp the byways and valleys of your villages, outposts, and camps. In each case, as they are local delicacies, you should consider them common local meals, or where more exotic ingredients are found, up the price to 5 sp. In general, meals with stranger parts—such as roast stirge—is the result of a happy chance encounter although if you really wish to have that stirge farm outside town feel free to develop it and its insane owner.

As usual, use these variations sparingly. A town full of truly weird food could be an unusual diversion.

  1. Roast hedgehog with spinach
  2. Pot Luck Pie
  3. Whole roast stirge with cauliflowers
  4. Pig’s blood with scrambled eggs
  5. Stewed dormice with greengage jam
  6. Beef tongue with pumpkin
  7. Calf’s feet jelly
  8. Deep fried monkey toes
  9. Fermented herring
  10. Cow’s heart with fresh vegetables
  11. Jellied eels
  12. Bison liver with boiled potatoes and parsley
  13. Grouse pie and cucumber soup
  14. Boiled shocker lizard and cabbage
  15. Owl soup with black bread
  16. Roast magpie with courgettes and pickled gerkins
  17. Fried snails and asparagus
  18. Giblet soup
  19. Veal cake with marrows
  20. Hashed dire game and cabbage
  21. Lark pie and jumbles
  22. Pickled tongue with apples and hard cheese
  23. Roasted whole songbirds with dried fruit
  24. Sea slugs with red pepper sauce
  25. Steamed dire boar tripe with onions
  26. Deep fried blind toad with turnips
  27. Strips of dried darkmantle flesh with apple chutney
  28. Rook pie and sprouts
  29. Boiled giant frog with broad beans
  30. Stirge livers and mushrooms
  31. Larks in onions
  32. Potted lobster
  33. Goat’s head with stewed celery
  34. Fermented giant crab meat
  35. Ram casserole with horseradish sauce
  36. Fried ugly fish with baked mushrooms
  37. Curried cockatrice
  38. Turnip soup with cottage loaf
  39. Deep fried dire bat and hardbread
  40. Stewed kidneys with sprouts
  41. Broiled ox-tails with orange brandy
  42. Rabbits stewed in milk
  43. Pickled hams and eggs
  44. Barley gruel
  45. Roast sturgeon with turnips
  46. Tapioca soup and fried whitebait
  47. Toad-in-the-hole
  48. Potted turbot
  49. Boiled sea kale
  50. Garlic fried sparrows with roast potatoes and chives

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11 Replies to "Your Whispering Homunculus: 50 Local Delicacies"

Curt

July 1, 2011 at 1:30am

I once knew a fellow that ate an owl. He said he’d rather be shot in the face than eat it again.

satyre

July 1, 2011 at 5:00am

This post reminds me of old school dinners with their ‘esoteric’ ingredients. Hilarious!

Charles Ryan

July 1, 2011 at 7:05am

As always, an awesome touch of color.

James Thomas

July 1, 2011 at 7:37am

You’ve been watching Bizarre Foods again haven’t you Rich? Great article!

Simon

July 1, 2011 at 10:08am

I am only thankful I at lunch before reading. Glorious list for next game!

Marc Radle

July 1, 2011 at 10:18am

“another bloke in a dress” ????

Was that an Eddie Izzard reference? If so … well done!

GeraintElberion

July 1, 2011 at 11:05am

Lovely stuff.

I now have more pages of whispering homonculus bookmarked than anything else, a faultless resource.

Richard Pett

July 2, 2011 at 2:12am

Thank you kindly everyone, I’m glad the homunculus continues to be useful.

James, without giving too much away, hopefully when you read a foody reference in the Jade Regent AP I’ve just drafted it’ll raise a smile and you’ll see why this one came out at the same time.

Ha, Eddie Izzard, cool – that would be the marvellous Mr Gable’s touch however, he seems to think I ought to be wearing tiaras.

There was a brilliant list in an early Dragon that had lots of unusual foods, so this is a little homage to that – huzzah!

Owl pie – yum.

Thanks again everyone, have fun.

Rich

Doomedpaladin

July 3, 2011 at 8:25am

All ethnic food was created on a dare.

Otookee

July 3, 2011 at 4:36pm

I’ve made Toad-in-the-hole numerous times. It’s pretty easy, and quite tasty if you use the spicier sausages.

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