i Carly Groovy Foodie DS Game Review...



This week we got the chance to review a DS game i Carly Groovy Foodie. My 7 year old daughter loves her 3DS, luckily all DS games play on it, so I knew she would like to try it out.

We were not familiar with Carly so after a quick crash course on the series courtesy of the Internet, we were all set to see what the game had to offer.

The story of the game

In the iCarly Groovy Foodie DS game, Carly and Sam get into deep trouble. Someone cut into the line at the hot dog stand before you know it Sam shoved a chili dog down the line cutter's pants. They found it funny until he returned with the security guard now they must complete community service by making their imaginative food creations. You can play as both Carly and Sam, and interact with the cast, as they share special skills that tie into each character's attributes from the show.

About the game

  • You have to prepare endless dishes and serve them to quirky customers before time runs out.
  • Interact with the entire iCarly cast and earn special upgrades to have Sam trigger “Random Dancing”.
  • Gibby charge shirtless into lines of customers and more.
  • “Battle” 20 types of crazy hungry customers including costumed web mascots, troublesome goop throwing students, and intimidating prisoners from King County Prison!
  •  Serve 25 imaginative food creations including Spaghetti Tacos, Doughnuts on a Stick, and Fudge Balls!
  • Match wits with characters like arch nemesis Nevel Papperman, mean teacher Ms. Francine Briggs, Lewbert the nasty doorman and T-Bo as they bring the pressure to serve with extra special panache
  • Enjoy frantic fun in five locations from the iCarly show, including the popular Groovy Smoothie, Webicon, Ridgeway High School, King County Prison and Crown Ridge Mall!
  • Explore an abundant variety of dishes to serve in Spencer’s customizable food prep guide and create your menu at the start of each location!Utilize Freddie’s customer database to understand the unique preferences of each customer and concoct the perfect strategy to feed the crowd!
  • Master your serving skills and earn up to 50 game achievements to unlock bonus content like special abilities, additional dishes, helper utilities and other awesome upgrades from Gibby’s shop!

What my thoughts are on the game

The first thing that came to mind playing the game was of the classic Tapper or Root Beer Tapper. A early arcade game where you slid drinks down a bar to serve ever more thirsty customers. Anyone of a certain age will remember this game, Google it, if you are not sure. Essentially iCarly Groovy Foodie! is a modern day version of this. Instead of sliding beer it's food. Bright colourful graphics, with fast arcade action gameplay. Like a lot of movie or TV game tie ins, it helps if you are a fan of the show. Anyone who watches the show, would I am sure get many hours of fun out of the game. If you have never seen the show I would suggest you need to like quick reaction based games, to enjoy it.

The game is suitable for all ages 3 and up, children from aged about 7 upwards would find it about the right level of difficulty. A fan of the show and own a DS or 3DS and you would be pleased if this was in your stocking this Christmas. If not a fan for a TV based tie in there is a good game underneath the licencing which is a nice change. I would rate it 6.5/10 add a extra point or two depending on how big a fan of the show you are.



  •  i Carly Groovy Foodie is available now and only available on the Nintendo DS hand held game console.
  • Game type - Platform
  • The age rating is 3 +
  • Priced at around £22-99 (Amazon 05/11/2012 )

  

About this review - 

I was kindly sent this game i Carly Foodie Groovy for the DS for the purpose of this review. All thoughts on the game are my own honest opinion and I was not paid for this post...  
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Poached Eggs Benedict With Quick Hollandaise...


Serves 4

516 calories / 429 fat per portion


Ingredients 
  • 4 fresh eggs
  • 4 slices hot buttered toast
  • 8 rashers bacon, grilled
  • 4 tbsp Hollandaise sauce (recipe below)
  • 1 tbsp finely chopped chives
For the Hollandaise sauce
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 110g (4oz) Kerrygold butter, now softer, cut in to roughly 1cm (½ inch) dice
  • 1 tsp lemon juice

Method – Hollandaise sauce
  • First make the hollandaise sauce. 
  • Place the egg yolks in a heavy bottomed saucepan on a low heat and whisk thoroughly.
  • Add the butter bit by bit whisking all the time. As soon as one piece melts add the next. 
  • Do not leave the pan or stop whisking.
  • Keep cooking very gently until the sauce has thickened, enough to coat the back of a spoon. 
  • If there are any signs of the eggs slightly scrambling, remove from the heat immediately. 
  • The whole process should take 5-7 minutes from start to finish.
  • Finally add the lemon juice to taste.
  • Keep warm as you poach the eggs.
Method – Poached eggs
  • Place a saucepan of water on a high heat, add a splash of vinegar and bring to the boil.
  • Reduce the heat to a simmer, gently crack in the eggs and cook for 3–4 minutes or until the whites have just set.
  • Carefully remove the eggs from the pan with a slotted spoon.
To serve
  • place two pieces of bacon on the hot buttered toast, then place 1 egg on top. 
  • Spoon over the sauce and sprinkle with chives.
About this post-

Recipe and photo credit by-
 This recipe comes from a collection of 6 brand new and exclusive recipes created by Rachel Allen featuring in The Kerrygold Community Recip-e-book.



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  • Shoes - Primark

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Sweet Potatoes And Orange Soup...


Ingredients

  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 small onion
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 1 litre vegetable or chicken stock
  • 1 large sweet potato
  • Salt and pepper
  • Juice of 1 orange

Method

  1. In a heavy base pan on a medium heat, place the oil, garlic and onion and cook for a few minutes until translucent.
  2. Add the peeled and chopped sweet potato, cook and stir for a further five minutes before adding the stock.
  3. Bring to the boil and turn down the heat to a gentle simmer
  4. Cook until the potatoes breaks when squashed with a fork against the side of the pan.
  5. Remove from the heat and with the help of a hand blender or food processor cream the soup.
  6. Return to the heat, add the orange juice and adjust the seasoning.

Tips:

  • The thickness of the soup will depend on the actual size of the potato. 
  • If it’s too thin you can either add more mashed sweet potatoes or boil it a little longer to reduce it. 
  • If it’s too thick add a little extra stock or water.
  • You can add cream if you like, but we prefer it without, as the soup will taste good even if served cold.
  • For extra velvetiness add a couple of white potatoes

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Blackberry Or Strawberry Macaroons..


Pretty gift ...

These pretty patisseries are very fashionable at the moment but can be very expensive to buy, so why not make your own and give as a gift in a recycled box lined with non-stick baking paper and a lacy paper doily tied with ribbon.

Makes 20

Preparation time: 40 minutes
Standing time: 20 minutes
Cooking time: 20-22 minutes

What you need-

 Macaroons
  • 175g (6 oz) icing sugar
  • 125g (41/2 oz) ground almonds
  • 3 large egg whites
  • 75 g (3 oz) caster sugar
  • Little violet or pink food colouring
To finish
  • 75g (3oz) blackberries or strawberries
  • 100g (4oz) butter at room temperature
  • 150g (5oz) icing sugar
Method
  • Preheat the oven to 140oC/275oF/Gas Mark 1. 
  • Line 3 baking sheets with non-stick baking paper.
  • Grind the icing sugar and ground almonds to a fine powder in a food processor or liquidiser then press through a sieve.
  • Whisk the egg whites in a large bowl until they form moist peaks then gradually whisk the caster sugar in a little at a time. 
  • Whisk for 2 minutes until the mixture is thick and glossy, then whisk in a few drops of violet or pink food colouring.
  • Spoon half the icing sugar and ground almonds into the bowl then gently fold together. 
  • Add the remaining mixture and continue folding in until just mixed. 
  • Don’t over-fold or the mixture will go very runny and be difficult to pipe.
  • Spoon into a piping bag fitted with a large plain tube and pipe 2.5cm (1 inch) rounds on the paper lined trays. 
  • Give each baking sheet a sharp tap to ensure a good ‘foot’. 
  • You should make about 40. 
  • Leave to stand for 20 minutes for the macaroons to dry out.
  • Bake for 15-20 minutes or until the macaroons may be lifted easily off the paper. 
  • Leave to cool.
For the filling
  • Puree the berries until smooth then press through a sieve. 
  • Beat the butter and icing sugar together in a food processor until smooth then gradually beat in 2 tbsp of the fruit puree. 
  • Use to sandwich the macaroons together in pairs. 
  • Arrange on a serving plate or in a pretty box.
Tips:
  • Once sandwiched together the macaroons are best eaten within 24 hours. 
  • Plain macaroons can be kept for 2-3 days in a cool dry place covered with extra non-stick baking paper and the filling in a covered container in the fridge.
  • You might also like to flavour the macaroons with ½ tsp of raspberry, lemon or peppermint extract when adding the colouring to the meringue.

Recipe and photo credits Seasonal Berries

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