Topic: Njerpez Cookery Mod v1.01  (Read 22272 times)


« on: February 12, 2018, 07:53:58 AM »
for URW 3.30+ Steam and Free-version

Cook like Picasso, eat like a steppe chieftain. A fascinating variety of new Njerpez-culture inspired cookery recipes to play with.

The mod features dozens of new dishes and reworked old favorites, carefully balanced for gameplay purposes. There are no "filler" recipes, everything here has its proper use and a strategic importance in the life of the nomad warrior. No longer will you cringe when opening your cookery menu, to just give up and "stick to my smoked cuts", with this mod you always have a wide variety of synergistic and exciting new options to work with. Most have some kind of real-life link to the prototypical Njerpez culture.

What's new at a glance:
  • Wholesome and filling recipes that last longer than vanilla, both in terms of calories and with regard to spoilage. The cookery menu is now your gateway to superior food, as it should be, yet is not too overpowered and invites roleplay depth. All recipes in this mod are tuned to use the whole pot capacity as a concession to gameplay flow, so the days of making 1.4lbs of porridge over and over again are finally behind you. Here you make 6lbs at once, and it will be more rich, manly porridge too, because water use in this mod is more abstract than vanilla.
  • New concepts for URW, like legit small-game shishkebabs (with makeable "shampur" sticks and all), traditional loaves of oven bread that can be twice-baked and made into salty Njerpez "traveller biscuits" for preservation and the sustenance of a warrior on the move, Njerpezit kvass (a truly delicious, tangy fermented non-alcoholic drink made with rye bread) and salo (salt-cured animal fat with berries and condiments)!
  • All-new uses for flour, salt, milk, many vegetables, grains & herbs. Now you can make easy and quick roast-turnip in the embers of a fire, and enjoy them like that. OR, take the roast turnips and mash them in a bowl sprinkled with minced smoked meats... Delectable!
  • The ability to use one recipe to enhance another, e.g. make mashed turnips and some roast pike, then use these as stuffing for your own oven-buns (Njerpez pierogi). Fingerlicking good.
  • New tile-graphics for many of the recipes, thoughtful balancing to make your cookery options expand meaningfully and satisfyingly the more variety of ingredients you possess. Flour and milk are the key advantage of a well-settled character, as they will allow you to make previously unimaginable delicacies. But even if you don't have those luxuries at hand, the potted dishes, whole cooked fish, unique Njerp soups like Hunter's Borsch and Okroshka, will encourage you in the exploration of the traditional culinary arts.

Basically, the only thing we're not going to be cooking in this mod is Njerpez cuts. So sorry, our cannibal brothers and sisters, this is not the mod for you despite the misleading title. If however, your interest is piqued to try some of these steppe goodies, then I am hopeful you will enjoy it at least as much as I do in my games. Njerpez cooking has many interesting "strategies" in it to discover, and I will dedicate a whole post below to offer a guide to both enlighten you to some new possibilities and give a little historical context. Meanwhile... grab it below.


Copy archive contents to your URW folder and overwrite when asked.

For Steam version, the URW folder is going to be in: YourSteamFolder/SteamApps/common/UnRealWorld/

What changed in version 1.01:
- updated the salo recipe with lingonberry improvements suggested by steppe cook PALU
- fixed issue with kebab stick truetile on linux (thanks koteko!)
- updated recipe guide with some new pics & descriptions

Download Mirror (it's the same file as in the attachment):
« Last Edit: February 12, 2018, 08:55:19 AM by Bedlam »
URW cooking overhaul - the Njerpez Cookery Mod v1.01!


« Reply #1 on: February 12, 2018, 07:54:17 AM »
Bedlam's Dirty Visual Guide to Njerpez Recipes


The mod introduces many new uses for humble flatbread... It's the same trusty flatbread you love, but bigger, and you can add some seeds to make it more crunchy and nutritious. It is eaten by itself, or used to prepare bean tacos, and to ferment a special Kvass beverage (rye variety only). Can be made with a campfire.

Korovai loaf

The Loaf of Sunshine... Milk, a pot, and an oven are required. This bread has a deep ritual significance for the Njerpez people, and it can be very fancy, a work of art, usually prepared to welcome someone of importance, weddings, etc. Korovai evokes the sun, and at the same time, eternity. But with a pot and an oven, less fancy versions of the same tasty loaf can happily be produced for daily nourishment...

Salted biscuits 

Dry biscuits made from Korovai loaf. They are also known as "sukhari", "traveller's biscuit" or "rusk". Salt is required. Expensive to make, but once dried will last forever without spoiling... Archeologists these days are still finding (edible) egyptian and roman sailor-biscuits made using the same basic twice-baked bread technique.

Bean taco

Make those with broad beans and any flatbreads. No oven needed. How did the Njerpez obtain this signature recipe from the Mexicans? Answer is simple: Stealing.

Stuffed oven buns

With flour and an oven, you can treat yourself to these. Twist: Njerp pierogi-buns are stuffed with ALREADY ROASTED ingredients, this is their pecularity in real life and here in the mod too. That's what possibly makes them the most versatile recipe in the game. Very useful, and you can use up those bland or stale roast cuts, getting delicious buns back if your cooking skill serves!

Goulash stew

A very thick, meaty stew, usually dark brown.Takes a long time to stew, but steppe chieftain's nutritious favorite. Veggies and smoked cuts, and spices, stewed together. Along with Okroshka soup, it's a champ at lasting without spoiling for a long time, ten days give or take. Longer in a cool cellar. Pot and oven required.

Porridge (4 new varieties)

Now porridge is worthwhile to make, filling and convenient, but it's still the same good porridge.


Make kebab sticks from branches (Lumber menu under Make), then use any raw cuts of meat, fats, and herbs to complete your delicious kebab. Lasts the same as any other roast meat, but slightly more convenient and nutritious if enough herbs are used. According to Njerpez traditions, you're not a real man if you can't make proper "shashlyk" (kebabs) to blow your guest's minds on the weekend. Techniques for soaking the meats in the right mix of herbs and spices are a close-guarded family secret, each Njerpez family claiming theirs is the best kebab technique... In the game, these offer you the easiest and fastest way to efficiently utilize leaves from hemp, nettle, milkweed etc. in your cookery.

Hunter's Borsch

A hearty meat and root veggie soup, that gives you options on top of options in game. Based on stock made with dried meat or fish, add root vegetables, seasoning... Can be very nutrient rich, depending on ingredients used.

Pelmeni soup

Njerpez Pelmeni are doughy dumplings, filled with minced meats or fish. They are boiled and make for an excellent soup. Slightly more long-lasting than other meat soups. Requires flour...


Delicious, salt-cured animal fat, the staple of Njerpez cuisine as it's addable to most veggie soups as thickener, used in frying, and is an excellent non-perishable snack by itself. The best-made Salo tastes mildly chewy, smooth and rich in salty flavour. It melts on the tongue almost like icecream, and has a bouquet of tastes from the berries and herbal sesonings used to cure it. Lasts for well over a year properly stored in a cellar...

Whole-cooked fish

This is a method of prepping raw fish on a campfire, without gutting the fish first. The fish is wrapped in herbs so it will not burn, and then left on top of the smoldering coals to slowly boil in its own juices. The result is scary tasty... In URW the herbs add to nutritousness and the recipe is faster than generic roast fish. Lasts the same as any roasted fish. Tip: Use for large fish like salmon, pike - and try to put other fish away from your inventory temporarily when making this - due to how the game works, it will use the first fish it finds in your inventory and you may not want to bother whole-cooking tiny roach-fishes!

Fish soup ("Uha")

Called "Uha" by the Njerpez, it's a basic fisherman's soup. Good for preparing many smaller fish. The soup lasts about a day longer than generic roasted fish.

Roasted turnip

Njerpez people often say "oh that's simpler than roast turnip" when they want to say that something is stupidly easy. In recognition that you don't have to be an Owl Tribe scientist to enjoy turnips roasted in the embers, we have this recipe. It's simple but actually quite good! More nutrient-rich per pound than uncooked turnip, worth making for sure. Also more convenient to eat than individual turnips. Lasts for 4 days or so, once cooked.


Using milk, roast turnips, and optionally smoked cuts and herbs, you can make this delicious filling. Eaten by itself or used as stuffing for oven buns. Lasts a whole 2 days longer than roast turnip before going stale. Can be incredibly nutritious with the right ingredients.

Kvass drink

Gives a whole new life to Rye bread. Why do people plant rye, if barley is 20% more nutritious? Now you know why - because KVASS! This drink is made by fermenting rye flatbreads with herbs and berries. Nutritious, delicious, lasts for a very long time, and is the keystone ingredient for Okroshka soup. It has a fizzy, tangy taste that is very refreshing and helps with thirst reduction. Despite looking like beer from a distance, it tastes nothing like it, apart from perhaps being just as addictive... A Njerpez warrior's highest pleasure: to come back home alive from that Kaumo village raid, sit with the wife on the steps of the house and sip cold, fresh-from-cellar Kvass... Interestingly, in real life the best kvass requires STALE rye bread. I left this out of the mod, but if you're hardcore, you can edit it back in. Then you can set out rye breads in the summer and eagerly check up on them to see if they went stale yet...

Okroshka soup

Unique "summertime" cold soup, Njerpez version of the Green Soup, but uses Kvass instead of water, making it more refreshing, tasty, and longer lasting than most soups you can make. Also incredibly fast to prepare if you already have ingredients ready. Add salty toppings to taste... Try adding salty biscuit crumbs or salt meats for max authenticity and nourishment. As to how it tastes, the soup's closest relation outside the game is perhaps japanese Miso-soup, though Okroshka is more fresh and green-tasting, and of course it's always served ice-cold!

Pea soup

Good old pea soup, optimized for more nutrition, and optionally you can add some Salo to thicken it. Lasts about 5 days, like most soups in the mod.

Veggie soup

Simple vegetable soup, except this version is more flexible than others you tried. Make sure to utilize those milkweed roots and lakereeds (counts as veggie). One Njerp trick is starting the soup with 1 bear pipe root, then adding all the other vegetables you want, like turnip or beans, or roots. The resulting soup will refresh you (tiredness) and nourish you (hunger) at the same time.

Mushroom soup

Provides decent nutrition now, not useless like it was in prev versions. Soup will be poisonous if the mushrooms were poisonous. You can boil the mushrooms first and then make soup to get rid of the poison for most mushrooms.

Dried mushrooms, Dried berries

You can sun-dry these now in the summer for preservation in large batches, with a board and some patience. Lasts more than a year in a cellar. Careful with poisonous mushrooms, they will still be poisonous after you dry them. For most mushrooms the solution is to boil them first to remove the poison, then you can dry them for preservation. Extremely poisonous ones like the Sand Mushroom will be deadly even when boiled, you best know what mushrooms you're using!
« Last Edit: February 12, 2018, 04:40:45 PM by Bedlam »
URW cooking overhaul - the Njerpez Cookery Mod v1.01!

Dungeon Smash

« Reply #2 on: February 15, 2018, 04:30:09 PM »
awesome!! have always loved this mod.  Thank you!


« Reply #3 on: April 06, 2018, 02:07:56 PM »
Does your mod work with 3.50?

(please-please-please  :))


« Reply #4 on: April 06, 2018, 02:14:14 PM »
It does (I haven't updated to the very latest version, but ported the previous one). There's nothing in it that's affected by the updates to UrW as far as I know.
My character eats Hunter's Borsch when possible, and Goulash otherwise, with a smattering of stuffed buns (got to do something with the roasted meat robbers and Njerps donate, and it's also the best usage for fish, in my view), with dried meat as a fallback when running out of "real" food during trips.


« Reply #5 on: April 10, 2018, 10:03:50 PM »
Just chiming in to say I love this mod and very much appreciate how well balanced it is. It's been a staple of my games since you first made it. I've owed you a nice korovai loaf as a thank you for a while now, I'm gonna go make one now. :)


« Reply #6 on: July 09, 2018, 11:24:32 AM »
Regarding the mod, you are allowed to dry already dried mushrooms, creating "dried dried mushrooms." Is that a bug? Also, is rehydrating fruits and mushrooms a future possibility?

Love the mod btw.


« Reply #7 on: July 09, 2018, 01:04:29 PM »
Regarding the mod, you are allowed to dry already dried mushrooms, creating "dried dried mushrooms." Is that a bug? Also, is rehydrating fruits and mushrooms a future possibility?

Love the mod btw.
If's a function of how the scripting works. You need a wild card to be able to match multiple kinds of mushrooms, but wild cards are just string matching functions that don't know that "dried" isn't a kind of mushroom, and so can't block it (wild card don't know about mushrooms or anything else at all).

I don't know why you'd want to try to rehydrate dried items, as the results aren't going to be very palatable. Dried items are good for cooking, though.

Dungeon Smash

« Reply #8 on: April 20, 2019, 03:29:22 AM »
Encountered one minor issue with this mod - due to new modding architecture, my Fine wooden tub of water did not work for the Kvass Drink recipe.   Changing it to {*wooden tub*} resolves the issue.
« Last Edit: April 20, 2019, 03:34:48 AM by Dungeon Smash »


« Reply #9 on: July 08, 2019, 02:02:45 AM »
What seeds would be best to get highest nutrition flat bread? I am currently using Hemp seeds, which seem to be quite easy to get but I wonder if any other would be better.


« Reply #10 on: October 17, 2019, 02:23:41 AM »
Hemp seeds are a great choice since they're common, but I believe nutrition-wise, clayweed seeds beat them.
Turnip seeds are poor and kinda not worth cooking unless you just had some around and don't mind throwing them in.

It's too bad all the pics have vanished from the mod guide, I will try to get some time to fix it and update the mod (it should still work in the latest 2019 version, but might need small convenience changes for cooking pot size etc).
URW cooking overhaul - the Njerpez Cookery Mod v1.01!


« Reply #11 on: October 18, 2019, 06:01:19 PM »
fyi Tinypic no longer showing the graphics in post 1