wherein I curse the existence of scallops
AM: 94 Bells
PM: 86 Bells
The majority of the day was occupied with Harvest Festival activities. But before I get to that I just need to tell you that Katrina cursed me! Ok. I’ve been running. On my paths. Just a little. And now I bite the dust all the time. And of course I think it’s hilarious so I run everywhere now.
Museum Upgrade Rumors
I went to get my fossils identified this morning and Blathers (also known as フータ or Hooter) was all in a funk. There was something he wanted to discuss with me. Our collections were growing nicely, but there aren’t as many visitors as he’d like. He envisioned a second floor where customers could display their own collections. And he made a request with Shizue.
Unfortunately I couldn’t run and see how much it cost and build it straight away because my fountain was still under construction. I paid that off today, so hopefully tomorrow I can look into a museum addition.
OMG, what did I get myself into? I owe 428,000 bells for something the size of my teeny teeny upstairs room. Buyer’s remorse!
But here it is all harvested up. And it has a pikmin from a fortune cookie.
The residents walking around outside told me that everybody was in their houses cooking. It was pretty cute. When you walk in on someone at home (even though they have no visible kitchen) they are all wearing chef coats. And they beg you to help you gather ingredients. But I’m getting ahead of myself.
Perched in the town square was Franklin wearing a chef’s hat with a bunch of cooking implements on a table in front of him. He claims that Shizue requested that someone come and cook for the harvest festival. Unfortunately he’s run out of ingredients and wants to use fresh ingredients from the village. He tells me three ingredients to get for a dish. And off I go to beg, borrow, or fish for it. For example the first dish he wanted to make was Fish Salad. He needed vinegar, horse mackerel, and red snapper. Obviously I could catch the mackerel and snapper. Vinegar though? Well, you have to go to your townies inside their house who are busy cooking in their houses.
For example Lillian wanted a horse mackerel as well. I gave her one and she gave me the vinegar. She also gave me a bit more advice about a secret ingredient. When making a fruit pie she puts honey in it. For fish food she usually adds lemon or vinegar.
So Franklin asks for 3 ingredients, but really you give him 4. Here’s a breakdown on the courses and what you need for them. You only make 1 dish for each course. So 4 dishes total. The rows in red are what I had to make.
|Dish Name||Ingredients||Secret Ingredient|
|Salad||Oyster Salad||vinegar, oyster, seaweed||lemon|
|Mixed Salad||apple, horse mackerel, thin mushroom||vinegar|
|Mushroom Salad||flat mushroom, round mushroom, vinegar||apple|
|Fish Salad||horse mackerel, red snapper, vinegar||lemon|
|Fruit Salad||vinegar, orange, apple||honeycomb|
|Soup||Shellfish Cream Soup||milk, clam, scallop||butter|
|Mushroom Stew||milk, flat mushroom, round mushroom||butter|
|tom yum goong||vinegar, lobster, thin mushroom||coconut|
|Fruit Soup||milk, cherry, peach||lemon|
|Soup de Poisson||flounder, red snapper,sea bass||lemon|
|Main||striped beakfish saute||butter, striped beakfish, round mushroom||lemon|
|righteye flounder meuniere||flour, righteye flounder, thin mushroom||vinegar|
|sea bass saute||butter, sea bass, round mushroom||lemon|
|butter-roasted red snapper||flour, red snapper, thin mushroom||lemon|
|flounder meuniere||flounder, flat mushroom, flour||vinegar|
|Dessert||Apple Pie||flour, apple, lemon||honeycomb|
|Assorted Fruit Pie||orange, pear, butter||lemon|
|Cherry Pie||flour, cherry, lemon||honeycomb|
|Banana Custard Pie||banana, lemon, sugar||honeycomb|
|Coconut Cream Pie||sugar, lemon, coconut||honeycomb|
Getting the ingredients for the salad was rough because the red snapper was elusive, but it took me probably two hours to get everything for the soup. I had to get a clam and I didn’t know where to get that and a scallop (fish, not the shell) and I didn’t know where to get that either. After a bit of googling I found I could dive around my village for the clam. And so I did. That wasn’t too bad. The scallop was another matter. I finally found that supposedly you could only get it by diving at the island. So I put on my diving gear and I went to the island.
And dove. and dove. and dove some more. I googled again to make sure. And found that it was apparently one of the larger shadows (even diving spots have sizes) and that it moved in a zig zag pattern (i.e. it runs from you). Some of the diving things run and they’re really hard to get and some of them just stay there easy peasy. I chased and chased and chased and I was quite exasperated with scallop hunting. Finally I gave up. Kc (my hero!) took over and caught one.
I should mention that after you turn in the ingredients for a dish—you must give them all at once + the secret one—Franklin gives you a reward. I got a Harvest Lamp, Harvest Wall Lamp, Fruit Basket, and Cornucopia.
The Harvest Set has been on special in Nook’s store this month, so I have a few pieces of it already. He seems to have a piece a day since he upgraded stores. Each piece costs 3,333 bells. I don’t know if you must get the lamp and wall lamp through the festival or if they’re sold in the store. I haven’t seen them there yet.
This was a grueling festival. You could easily be screwed if you don’t have a diving suit of your own to get a clam, or if you don’t have either bananas or coconuts. I got lucky. So, the moral of the story. Before this festival rolls around next year, check the ingredients and stash them away. I found that you can put fish in your dresser. Could you do that in City Folk? You can also stack fruit in your inventory. It’s quite handy.
And after all that diving I saw the Scout Master wandering about ready to give me another badge.