A Very Thedosian Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is a time when many of us spend time with our friends, families, and loved ones. It’s also a time for us to sit down and enjoy our most favorite thing ever: food.

In honor of the holiday, we’re sharing two hearty recipes from The World of Thedas Volume 2: Pig Oat Mash and Dalish Deep Forest Comfort. These recipes come straight from the finest compilation of Thedosian culinary creations: The Whole Nug by Lady Ledoure. Preparing these dishes is sure to warm your belly and your heart and convince even the most distant bann to come over for dinner.

Planning on cooking one of these dishes? Tweet at us with the results!


Pig Oat Mash

The Hanged Man in Kirkwall always has a pot of this warming porridge boiling on the fire. Several patrons apparently swear by it as a hangover cure, but only if washed down with cider spiked with brandy, of course. Even if you aren’t an incorrigible liar, an inveterate gambler, a seafaring lush, or a bored noble slumming in the greasiest dive in the Free Marches, the pig oat mash, also called Hanged mash, makes a wonderful sweet-salty breakfast, perfect for starting off your day.


  • Four very ripe windfall apples
  • Two handfuls of dried salt pork or a good smoked bacon, torn into shreds
  • Three handfuls of dried, rolled oats
  • One handful of berries of your choice, fresh or dried
  • One to two cups of weak ale or water


Peel and core the apples and throw them, along with everything else, into a pot placed over a fire. Boil for an hour, until the apples have softened and melted into the porridge. Serve hot.


Dalish Deep Forest Comfort

The Dalish elf clans in southern Orlais have enjoyed this dish for hundreds of years, but the flavors are also pleasing to a civilized palate, with reasonable substitutions, of course. The original recipe calls for the use of the larvae of a wood-burrowing beetle, prized for the distinctive “pop and squish” of their “tangy innards.” No, thank you. I have used tomatoes in their place. You may also substitute for the squash a grain-based noodle of some kind, but for the purist who wants to experience a truly cultural dish, the squash is a must!


  • Three string squashes
  • Two good tablespoons of butter (halla butter traditionally used, but regular butter will do perfectly)
  • Four cloves of garlic, chopped
  • Two cups of wild, fresh-picked mushrooms, chopped
  • Two cups of the leaves of the elfroot plant, chopped (spinach will suffice)
  • Two cups of diced tomatoes
  • One pinch of crushed hot red pepper, for spice
  • Three pinches of parsley
  • Rock salt, ground fine
  • Three-quarters of a cup of halla cheese, freshly crumbled (or a brined goat cheese, which lacks richness but also the distinctive stench of halla, for which some may be thankful)
  • Edible wildflowers and pine nuts, for garnish


Cook the squash in any manner you desire. The Dalish roast it whole in a fire pit filled with hot coals, but you may prefer to use an oven. When fully cooked, the flesh of the squash will come apart in strings that resemble noodles. Remove this flesh by scraping it out with a fork and set the result aside.

Heat the halla butter and fry the garlic in it. After about a minute, add the mushrooms and cook until they are just tender. Add the elfroot or spinach and allow it to wilt. Elfroot leaves take much longer than spinach to cook, and if you are using spinach, watch it carefully. Mushy spinach is a sign of a poor and inattentive cook!

Finally, add the tomatoes, crushed pepper, and parsley. Season with salt to taste. Cook the mixture to your desired consistency.

N7 Day Recap

This year’s N7 Day was one to remember. Fans across the globe came together to celebrate the friendships, alliances, loves, and stories we’ve all built as a part of the Mass Effect universe. We are constantly inspired by your energy and enthusiasm, and N7 Day is a testament to the strength of the community. Thank you for being a part of the celebration.

Here are some highlights from N7 Day:

A tribute to exploration and a look at the future:

Because we are all explorers.

A selection of new eye candy to feast your peepers on:


In the spirit of exploration and N7 Day, we created these travel-themed posters:


We’re looking for the daring, the brave, and the adventurous. Explorers Wanted.

Download the posters here.


Fans showed off their N7 pride and favorite Mass Effect moments:

And last but not least, a thank you from the Mass Effect team:

Thank you for celebrating N7 Day with us this year. Your support is invaluable to us—it keeps us doing what we do. We’re excited about what’s to come.

Happy N7 Day

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Today we come together to celebrate our shared passion for Mass Effect. We’d just like to say thank you for coming along on this incredible journey with us.

N7 Day is a time when we come together to celebrate with fans how far we’ve come. In the nearly ten years since the release of Mass Effect, we’ve taken an incredible journey together. We’ve made friends, forged alliances, and built stories spanning the far reaches of the Milky Way.

As we look back on the trilogy, we think of the many amazing things your enthusiasm has created. Beyond the works of art, costumes, songs, stories, and recipes, you’ve built a community. Your passion has formed friendships spanning the globe, brought people together, and inspired a new generation of gamers. It’s the reason you can walk down an unfamiliar street in a strange city, share a knowing nod with someone in an N7 hoodie, and feel at home.

It’s this feeling that inspires us during development, and reminding us why we make games. Each day, as we build this next chapter in the Mass Effect universe, we work to ensure we’re carrying on the spirit and heart of the series that we all know and love so well.

So on this N7 Day, we thank you for being part of this great adventure. We can’t wait to share what’s coming next.

– The Mass Effect Development Team


N7 Day is Almost Here!

Ready your omni-tool, throw on your N7 gear, and get ready for a trip to the Citadel, because N7 Day is just through the next Mass Relay. This Saturday, November 7th, we’re celebrating the Mass Effect Trilogy with a marathon Extra Life livestream, giveaways, and awesome deals on Mass Effect merch. And while we won’t have any major announcements for Mass Effect: Andromeda this N7 Day, keep an eye out on Saturday for some surprises that we’re sure you’ll enjoy.

Here’s what we’ve got on deck for N7 Day:

Share What N7 Means to You: Without question, Mass Effect inspires pride and passion within our community and we want you to share that passion with us. What is your favorite Mass Effect memory? Got a cozy N7 hoodie to show off? Have an all-time favorite quote from the series you’d like to share? Did you cosplay as Shepard at the latest con? Whatever it is, we encourage you to share what N7 means to you by using #N7Day on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook. We’ll be retweeting some fan posts throughout Saturday, so get creative!


Extra Life Marathon Stream: This year we’ll be hosting a marathon livestream to help raise money for Extra Life. Join us as we play through the entirety of the Mass Effect 3: Citadel DLC, and let us know in the chat what choices you want us to make. With lots of great prizes to be won and a chance to chat with our devs, you don’t want to miss out! Tune in here starting at 9am PST on Saturday.

Can’t watch the stream? No problem. You can still donate to our Extra Life team. We’re matching every dollar donated, up to our goal of $10,000, making your donation go even further.


Show Off Your N7 Pride: We’ve created custom N7 banners and profile pictures to update your Facebook and Twitter.

Giveaways: Keep an eye on the BioWare and Mass Effect Twitter accounts, because we’ll be giving away some Spectre-approved swag.

Store Promos and Sales: Now is the time to stock up for your next mission, because the BioWare store will have some limited-time promotions on N7 gear and a week-long N7 Day Celebration Sale.

N7 Day at the Studio: The celebration won’t be limited to what happens online. We’ll be posting some photos throughout the day to show fans how we’re celebrating in the studios.

We look forward to sharing #N7Day with you on November 7th.