When we were in South Korea for 10 days, aside from the tour to the DMZ D was most looking forward to the Starcraft Tournament in Seoul. Back before our blogging and travel planning days started, D was a part-time computer gamer – limited to the computer game Starcraft II. When I would be cooking away in the kitchen and making a mess D would be conquering and defeating alien races and territories.
To each their own I guess.
Back in DC though, D was almost alone in his hobby - but in South Korea the computer gaming industry is so intense – especially for Starcraft II that they have their own TV channel dedicated to the games themselves. Luckily for D our timing in Seoul happened to overlap with the semi finals of a major tournament so at the gaming studio we actually got to see the two main players in their little boxes viciously playing away.
Each country seems to have their own top gaming industry. In Japan we spotted tons of arcades where the mostly male clientele would get comfortable, with pack of cigarettes and wallet on the table, usually a smoke in hand, and some multi-dextorous rapid speed mortal combat game movements. They also have their own form of gambling, known as Pachinko. In the US the major focus seems to be on poker, particularly among young males playing 5 card draw. I personally never played myself but all my guy friends and male relatives would go crazy for it. With all the hands memorized they could go back and forth with various strategies and techniques. For those of you not interested in putting in the time to learn the rules of poker there are always online money making games out there like CheekyBingo.
And so for all you gamers out there, stay away from the trashy, junk food that usually goes along with these addictive habits, and make yourself a quick vegan side dish instead.
Feel free to eat the whole bowl and go back for more as this recipe is healthy, nutritious and delicious.
Swap out the fried potato chips for kale chips and popcorn for oven roasted cauliflower. Some essential health tips for the online gamer include munching on dried berries instead of candy and replacing your chocolate jar with almonds of walnuts.
When spending hours beyond hours on the computer playing various games at least spare your body the harm of fast food and make yourself a quick, healthy meal instead.
For all the non-gamers out there this still applies — eat healthy anyway!
- 1 pound frozen green beans (preferably haricot verts)
- 1-2 shallots, thinly sliced
- 3 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
- 2 tablespoons pine nuts
- Rinse and drain green beans.
- Heat pan over medium heat and add green beans, lightly cooking them for 4-5 minutes.
- Add small amount of water to the pan to lightly steam the green beans for 4-5 minutes.
- Once the water has evaporated add the vegetable oil and lightly sautee green beans for 3-4 minutes. Using a spatula spread the green beans to the other side of the pan and add the shallots to the pan.
- , Lightly saute the shallots 3-4 minutes and add the garlic, lightly cook 1-2 minutes.
- Mix shallots and garlic with green beans and add the pine nuts. Cook 3-4 minutes more or until pine nuts are lightly toasted.
- Add salt and pepper to taste. Serve hot.