Great Treasures at Gametraders – July 2012

It has been a while since we have given an update on our favourite store, so here are some of the goodies that are available this month!!

TRADING CARD GAMES

Gametraders Blacktown is your one-stop shop for Pokemon, Yu-Gi-Oh, Vanguard and Magic: The Gathering.   The store is even holding weekly competitions for each of these games.   The Yu-Gi-Oh comps have been running the longest, with a special month long-competition occurring in store for the month of August, with special prizes available at the end in addition to the regular weekly prizes.   Magic and Pokemon tournaments have recently started, with Vanguard also set to commence this Saturday.   Feel free to write to Revenge of the Film Nerds, or talk to the friendly staff at Gametraders, for more details.

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Star Wars Kinect Bundle out tomorrow!

Tomorrow, the Star Wars Kinect bundle is released, and to celebrate, Storm troopers will be in store at Gametraders Blacktown

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Great Treasures at Gametraders – November 23rd 2011

It has been a week of Nintendo releases, and Gametraders Blacktown was the best place to get them…

Super Mario 3D Land

This is the next big release for the 3DS, which up until now has been a limited field, with only Ocarina of Time being a stand out title, so of course that other Nintendo stalwart is now here to bring some life to the playing field.  Even better, Gametraders had it first!!

Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword

Mentioning Zelda above brings us to the next big Nintendo release, Skyward Sword, this one available on the Wii.   A special collector’s edition is available featuring a limited edition gold Wii remote.   For those lucky few that came into Gametraders this evening, you would be amongst the first in Australia to do so.

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Portal 2 – A Review by Film Nerd

Console: X-Box 360, PS3, PC

Developer: Valve

Synopsis: The sequel to a popular short game, most commonly released as a part of the “Orange Box”, this game sees you reprise the role of Chell, once again being tested by the evil A.I. GLaDOS.   This is primarily a puzzle game where you use a portal gun to solve the best method to get to the next exit.   The difficulty and number of challenges from each puzzle has also been expanded from the original game.

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The cake is a lie- Portal

First of all, this post is for Cyber Siren (who had the original idea) and Fourthverse (who egged me to do it). It is a tribute to the cake featured in Portal, a lovely looking black forest cake….

However making a black forest cake, although one of my favourite cakes, does not exactly make the cake a lie, does it?????

So Gourmet Geek presents a cake that is a lie…..

It is a meatloaf cake!!!!!!!

Not only is this cake a meal in one slice, it is also the perfect birthday cake for the carnivore in your life, or a great centrepiece at an anti- vegetarian function. Hell, it can probably even be modified to be a pet dog’s birthday cake if you so wish. So without further ado, here is how to make it.

 

 

 

 

 

Meatloaf Cake

Adapted from Martha Stewart

You will need:

  1. your favorite meatloaf recipe, preferably one that uses at least a kilo of mince (I would publish mine, however as it is a cherished family recipe, my mother would kill me if I did). Make sure that your recipe uses enough eggs to hold it together. Here are some links to similar recipes, if you have never made a meatloaf before.
  2. Two 20cm round cake pans
  3. 300g bag of instant mash potato (can also make your own mash, however I did not have time to put the mash through a potato ricer in order to get the smooth texture that is needed, so I used the instant kind)
  4. 1 cup (250g) frozen mixed vegetables
  5. 6 cherry tomatoes
  6. Piping bag fitted with star nozzle

1. Grease the cake pans and line with alfoil

2.  Make meatloaf mix according to recipe used. Divide mix evenly between prepared pans.

3. Bake meatloaves at approx 350°F/ 180°C/160°C (fan forced), until cooked through. Drain excess juices and leave to cool slightly in pans.

4. Meanwhile, cook vegetables according to packet instructions and make mash potato. Take a quarter of the mash potato mix and fold this through the cooked and drained vegetables (this will be the middle filling).

5. To assemble meatloaf, place one meatloaf round onto serving plate. Spread meatloaf with mash/veggie mix and top with second meatloaf round.

6. Spread top and sides of meatloaf with mash potato, adding more liquid if needed to keep mash at a smooth consistency. Pipe leftover mash potato using star-shaped nozzle around sides of cake and top. Top cake with halved cherry tomatoes.

7. Enjoy!