I fried these wings up last, late, night and covered them in a hot sauce of my own creation. A friend of ours wanted wings and likes spicy food, both of which I can do well. My only condition was bring over the wings. Which she did and I lived up to my end of the bargain. I was not feeling very motivated to create a batter, deal with the batter mess, and batter mess clean up instead I tossed the wings into the fryer for roughly 12 minutes. While the wings were frying away I whipped up the sauce. Here is a list of the ingredients in the sauce, measurements are approximations as I rarely measure precisely when making a sauce.
- Clove of garlic, minced
- 1 drop of sweet chili oil
- Sweet Baby Rays Chipotle BBQ sauce, I would guess around a 1/2 cup (trying to get rid of the last of the pre-made BBQ sauces as I can now make my own for cheaper)
- Sriracha, around a tablespoon-maybe two
- Gojuchang #3, around three tablespoons
- two dried jalepenos, minced
- 1 or 2 pats of unsalted butter
- 1/4 teaspoon sichuan peppercorns, ground
- honey, around a tablespoon
I highlighted all of the heat in red. 🙂 To make, just toss into pot, mix and cook until warmed through. The sauce was a good nose running hot, and hit all of the areas of the tongue and throat, something I like to have happen with my sauces. Flavor was smokey BBQ with hint of garlic.
That was my last night. My today, was our first attempt to play the new Dungeons and Dragons Starter Box. Before I get going, this is NOT a review of the game or the contents of the box, this is what happened with us. The kids were excited to try role-playing again. We love Pathfinder Adventure Card Game, this is an established fact, but our efforts to role-play using Pathfinder RPG were fun, but unsuccessful due to the complexity of the game in relation to our children’s ages.
And that is what was the problem here, their ages. I know the box says 12+, but I have faith that our children (what parent doesn’t) could give roleplaying a go, for a second time. We do a lot of gaming, they remember the rules, are good with playing, and in general what I hope will turn into good gamers. What they are not, is patient, attention paying, and experienced enough with life to take the reins and just go. In this case, read the character sheet and ask questions.
So I laid out everything and asked each of them to choose a character. Pathfinder Beginner Box has these beautiful pre-generated character sheets with a vivid illustration of each character, thus easy to look at and make a choice just based on the picture. Dungeons and Dragons Starter Box has five pre-generated, undecorated character sheets (you can see them in the photo), which means you have to read to find out who you might want to play. Interestingly and hopefully enough, this process went well once our girl learned that she could make any of the pre-generated characters a girl.
Character sheets in hand, I start to go over the character sheet. There is a lot of information on the front and back. Now the information is presented clearly in most of the boxes, but there are a few on the front that are dense with text; abilities, equipment, spells, and so on. These boxes combined with all of the text on the back of the character sheets was too much for the children and being honest, myself and Barb. I wanted pre-generated character sheets like the Pathfinder Beginner Box, where the information is large, clear, and most of all brief. The goal being, get them hooked and playing quickly. We made our way through the character sheets and at the end I asked if anyone had any questions.
I will spare you the questions, suffice to say none of them were related to the character sheets. In an attempt to regain their attention we went through the die rolling mechanics of initiative, combat, skill, and attribute checks. As I hoped, they picked that up with ease. When told that they needed to read their character sheets, just the powers section, the eyes glazed over. I called a brain overload break.
Looking at what happened, what still has to happen, and the possible outcomes here is what I am doing. I am waiting for the children to come back and ask to play. If that happens, then they are interested. If not, too much for the kids and not interesting on the surface to get their attention. Which means we put the Dungeons and Dragons Starter Box on the shelf to try again at a later date. I will let you know what happens when I know.