Barbecuing is a great pastime this time of year–and with these five spells it’s easier than ever to get your grill on.
Any chef knows the recipe to successipe is as much dependent on how you’re cooking as well as what you’re cooking. And all you really need to do is master four elements to master the kitchen. So ditch the the same old rations you’re used to scarfing down to get the job done. You’re worth more than 5gp every Tenday–yes, they have everything you need to survive, but let’s be honest, you’re not really doing yourself any flavor. After all, you’re an adventurer who’s out there seeing the world, delving deep and greedily into the treasure-filled encounter locations of life.
Shouldn’t your tastebuds get the same experience? Don’t miss out on a culinary adventure just because the party won’t stop for more than a few days. On the road? Here’s a handy guide to using those powerful spells to cook up some magical meals!
Let’s start with a classic. This should be in every party’s bag of tricks (and if it’s not, you should try and pick up a scroll or a wand as soon as you can manage). It’s a quick and easy way to cook your meals–though you’ll want to have some spices on hand to really help sear in the flavor. It’s a high heat that cooks over a short time, so you’ll want to really get a burst of flavor. We recommend putting together a bag of seasoning as a reagent–for best results cast Grease on your target the turn before, get a friend to toss the spices and then voila! 8d6 points of flavor seared in (more if you cast at higher levels)!
Of course quick and dirty isn’t always the way to go. Any chef knows that the secret to delicious flavor (and a perfect chili) is to keep it low and slow. Flaming Sphere is about as low and slow as it gets, dealing only 2d6 points of savory goodness per round for the low low cost of just a single 2nd-level spell slot. Whether you’re making chili for one or a stewed dish for your whole encampment, Flaming Sphere has got you covered. All it takes is a little patience, concentration, and enough cumin to taste.
Any good chef knows that you have to mix it up every now and then. And with a pillar of flames that roars down from the heavens providing both high heat and lingering radiant warmth, the humble Flame Strike is a fantastic way to produce a dish that tastes simply (and literally) divine. We recommend pre-treating your food with either a marinade or tenderizing it with a heavy mace beforehand for the best results. Or if you really want to get exotic, why not mix in a little fire-resistance spell beforehand and let the 4d6 points of radiant scrumptiousness do most of the cooking for a meal that’s heavenly–but that won’t burn the roof of your mouth.
For those of you a little more ambitious, looking to try eating foods that are hot and cold, Fire Storm is a godsend. Not only does it let you perfectly cook any meet you’ve got out there with a starting total of 7d10 points of flavor, you can also make sure it gets exactly where it needs to be, because this wonderful cooking tool lets you select what you do and don’t cook. That’s right. With Firestorm you can set out your meats and veggies and can keep the veggies out of it entirely. Want a nice refreshing salad served alongside your freshly cooked meal? No need to make them separate–instead deal 7d10 points of taste right to the meat and leave all that plant matter completely untouched. And with up to ten 10-ft cubes, you can have a meal fit for a king prepped in no time fast!
Speaking of preparation. You’re a busy adventurer. You don’t have time to prepare meals all the time–that’s probably why you keep eating rations. But with Blade Barrier there’s a whirling field of magical blades that are capable of slicing through anything. Prepare 6d10 points of food every round, and this spell will last up to 10 minutes, so there’s no meal too big that won’t end up too small by the time you’re through with it. Whether you need something diced or pureed, this is the spell for you.
And sometimes you don’t want to ruin the food you’re cooking with heat. Sometimes you need the flavor to be pure and bright. So why not show off how fancy you can get and whip up a little cuisine ceviche style? Let the food get cooked by acid. The perfect spell to use when you’re up against some sahuagin, or kuo-toa. We recommend getting some lemon juice and tracking down a hive of Mind Flayers and their Chuul servants. The texture might take a little bit of getting used to, and it’s an acquired taste to be certain–but you’ll be eating in the continental way soon enough.
So happy eating, and don’t forget to make sure that your food doesn’t have regeneration!
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