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#GamingGastronomy – Tarta de Santiago by Laurence O’Brien

#GamingGastronomy – Tarta de Santiago by Laurence O’Brien

#GamingGastronomy – Tarta de Santiago by Laurence O’Brien

Do you like playing games? Do you enjoy cooking? Do you like to occasionally have more than just soda pop and potato chips as snacks for game night? In this Monday blog series, game industry personalities will be sharing some of their favorite recipes for game night munchies. Welcome to Gaming Gastronomy! This week our sweet Spanish treat comes from Laurence O’Brien of Wotan Games.

I will let Laurence O’Brien (Facebook, Twitter, Website, YouTube) tell you his story in his own words.

Laurence O'BrienBorn in London and never moved away, I know, not even from the apartment I grew up in. I travelled a lot for work over the years but always return to West London. Been ‘working’ in games since I was at school. I play tested games at the original Wotan Games that was set up in the back of a game store. Demonstrated the games at conventions and worked along side the original owner.

Moved in to the world of work after college and only returned into gaming with the return of Wotan Games in 2013. Since then I have become the owner and am looking to taking us forward into fun games that try not to take longer than an hour to play. I still have a ‘muggle’ job where I work for a very large software company which is still great.

Wotan GamesOn the back of the Wotan Bus at the UK Games Expo we have just finished Kickstarting the newest game War of the Nine Realms and looking forward to bringing that to the backers before the end of this year. Learned a lot with this, including working with the people at BackerKit which has been amazing.

What’s Next?

Well with the passing of Bastille Day last Friday, we have launched our next project which is Bastille Breakout, a fun light game of escape, all around the Man in the Iron Mask!

So to the food, having a sweet tooth I decided to bring you a Spanish treat, brought to me by my wife Laura, that has very few ingredients, is real easy to prepare, and very delicious to eat.

Tarta de Santiago


  • For every egg you use (this allows for variable sizes),
    • 50g sugar
    • 50g ground almonds
  • Add lemon rind and cinnamon to taste.
  • Standard size is 5 eggs, so use 250g each of almonds and sugar.


  • To prepare mix thoroughly altogether in a bowl and add to lined dish and bake.
  • 180 centigrade in a standard oven or 170 centigrade in a Fan assisted Oven is the cooking temp, adjust to other temperature scales as required. For the Standard size cooking time 30 – 40 minutes, check after 30 mins, touching the top should not leave an indentation it should be bouncy, or push in a skewer which should come out with nothing stuck to it.
  • Dust with icing sugar once it is cooked and cooled.

Enjoy with as many games as you can, because there is so much fun out there and so much more coming from Wotan Games and so many other fine publishers.

Wotan Recipe 1

Wotan Recipe 2

Wotan Recipe 3


Camelot Full Plate

Wotan Recipe 4

Camelot Empty Plate

Camelot the Build


In the coming weeks, check back here on Mondays for more delectable recipes from personalities around the game industry.