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Russian Food Pack, part1: 5 new meals in bowls

by Jasana_BugBreeder Posted 20th Apr 2007 at 6:35 PM
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This is a featured upload! It showcases the best talent and creativity available on MTS and in the community.
Do your sims want something to eat? If yes, here are 5 meals from Russian Food pack I'm working on now. The pack includes meals that are either traditional for Russian menu, or use traditional ingredients, or just I'm used to them

Common notes.
1. All meals use custom bowls - attached in OBJ_bowlshohlomaJasana.rar - so make sure you downloaded and placed both serving and single bowls to your Downloads folder (or any subfolder) if you are downloading any meal.
2. All meals are created in Base Game and are compatible with any addons.
Due to Base Game compatibility, they don't have Call To Meal interaction.
If you have Seasons addon installed, these meals have additional behavior:
- if there's fresh food in your fridge, these meals turn 'magic' like other meals
- some meals - currently only borshch and okroshka - affect Sim temperature when eaten
3. Meal menus are currently available in English, German and Russian. If someone wants proper menus for other languages - please help me to translate meal names to your language.

Preparation and cook stages may differ from real life somewhat, but I tried to make them as close as possible
Now, let's review each meal.

Borshch is a 'first dish' - a kind of soup, and every cook puts differnt ingredients into it Common to all are beet-root and cabbage.
Sims will chop the ingredients, then boil them.
Cooking skill 3 is required.
Borshch can be eaten for Lunch and Dinner.
Only with Seasons addon, only withing 2 hours after cooking, eating borshch heats up sim a bit.

Okroshka, or 'summer soup', is also a soup, but it isn't boiled - ingredients are chopped, then kvas (bread-based drink) is added. (Well, potatoes and eggs are boiled before chopping, but I can't make such sequence in Sims2). Since okroshka isn't boiled, sims cannot burn it
Cooking skill 1 is required.
Okroshka can be eaten anytime - for Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
Only with Seasons addon, only withing 2 hours after cooking, eating okroshka cools down sim a bit.

Semolina was traditional breakfast when we were kids, and I guess most kids hated it. To be more likeable by sims, this semolina has a smiley - note that it doen't smile happily when it's burned
Cooking skill 1 is required.
Semolina can be eaten for Breakfast only.

Dumplings - well, it's not the best translation of word 'vareniki', but I can't found another - are another traditional meal, cooked similarly to ravioli: you get some stuffing (can be almost anything) wrap it with dough, and boil.
Sims can now eat 2 kinds of dumpings - cherry (served with sour cream) and
and potato (served with chopped&fried onions).
Preparation part is the same as for Maxis hamburgers - the closest available.
Cooking part is improved by me to be more realistic:
- when placed to pot, water is transparent and dumplings lay on pot's bottom
- when cooked, water becomes whiter and less transparent, and dumplings float up
- when burned, no water is left, and dumplings lay on bottom, all burned
Cooking skill 4 is required.
Dumplings can be eaten for Lunch and Dinner.

That's all for now. If you are interested, wait until I make more

Technical details.
Foods, as usual, are animated by changing graphic; therefore, I'll give poly counts only for one of states, where they are highest (usually preparation state).
- bowl single - 352 faces, 272 vertices
- bowl serving - 700 faces, 531 vertices
- borshch - 1028 faces, 778 vertices
- okroshka - 2246 faces, 1607 vertices
- semolina - 866 faces, 606 vertices
- dumplings - 1226 faces, 852 vertices
Borshch, okroshka and dumplings were cloned from Chili Con Carne, Semolina - from Mac'n'Cheese. However, a lot of changes were done after cloning (including importing states from other meals) so this info isn't really useful
To make borshch and okroshka affect temperature, I added the code into CT - Dec tree (imported from semiglobal), which now checks whether it's a single meal, whether Seasons installed, whether meal age is less then 2 hours, and then simply adds/substracts temperature. Therefore temperature changes by steps, not smoothly, but this seems to be the only choice where I wouldn't need to import non-tree semiglobals (therefore, wouldn't need to create different versions of food for each addon).

To skankyboy, for the smd plugin.
To Peter Jones, for PJSE plugins.
To HystericalParoxysm, for helping me to find the cooling/heating code.
To Akulina, for the screenshots.

Meals aren't recolorable - you have to clone them even if you want to just change texture. Ask for permission if you want to clone a meal. I'm likely to give permission if result is going to be free :D
Please don't redistribute these meals, as well as other my objects - give link to the thread where you got them instead.

You must have the expansion or stuff packs listed below installed to use this custom content. Please see the post text for any exceptions.

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Lab Assistant
#2 Old 20th Apr 2007 at 6:41 PM
Hmm looks yummy. Thanks for sharing
The Quiet One
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#3 Old 20th Apr 2007 at 6:52 PM
oh fabulous! i love "cookable"/"preparable" foods (as buyable foods still spoil). my food choices are getting enormous and i love watching my Sims make stuff. i can't wait for part 2 as these are making me hungry!

MTS2 Hot Pepper
#4 Old 20th Apr 2007 at 7:17 PM
It s a pity no "call to" menu
I like dumplings much, and I do not have to get these foods from pcsims now

Currently playing Sims 4 full collection. (and fixing my mods folder)
Forum Resident
#5 Old 20th Apr 2007 at 7:31 PM
All I've got to say is that the detail is amazing, not only in the textures, but the meshes and the way the food is prepared. Thank you for making these amazing new foods.
Field Researcher
#6 Old 20th Apr 2007 at 7:32 PM
oooh these are lovely thanks!

you're all a bunch of nerds like me <3
Mad Poster
#7 Old 20th Apr 2007 at 7:47 PM
Yummi!! I love borsch and dumplings! Thank you for making and sharing them. They look wonderful.
#8 Old 20th Apr 2007 at 7:48 PM
A Jasana. The meals and the bowls are nicely made. I'm eager to give them to my sims. Thank you !

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Field Researcher
#9 Old 20th Apr 2007 at 7:55 PM
Those are really great, how creative and beautiful!

Thanks for sharing,

SIMcredible's Painter
Field Researcher
#10 Old 20th Apr 2007 at 7:59 PM
I *LOVE* the smiley face! What a clever idea. I'll have to try this with my kids to get them to eat their oatmeal.

is it can be sims tiem now plees?
#11 Old 20th Apr 2007 at 8:22 PM
Wow thats darn awesome holy Russian cow, man your textures are so darn good, i'm in awe :o

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Greatest Dad Ever
#12 Old 20th Apr 2007 at 9:24 PM
They ae Awsome Jasana , keep up the great work !
Test Subject
#13 Old 20th Apr 2007 at 9:37 PM
Эта очень вкусна!
These are great, and they're spot on! I'll have to go to the store so I can make some cold cumcumber soup and pirozkhis...and lots of my other favourites...
Ooh, I'd love to see some pirozkhis in my Sims, too!
Test Subject
#14 Old 20th Apr 2007 at 10:44 PM
I love borsh but that is the only traditional russian food I eat. But these are great. Now my simmies can eat my favorite food. !
#15 Old 20th Apr 2007 at 10:48 PM
Your food are very realistic.

Update: July 2009-I am back now to make invisible and tranparent recolors again in sims 2. You can pm me if you want your objects to be invisible and transparent from now.
Test Subject
#16 Old 20th Apr 2007 at 10:56 PM Last edited by IgnorantBliss : 25th Apr 2007 at 8:10 AM. Reason: converted to Thanks post
It's really cool to see unique ethnic foods being made. Keep up the good work!
Test Subject
#17 Old 21st Apr 2007 at 8:22 AM
hurray! down with sushi (it's good of course but...) viva Borshch!
Lab Assistant
#18 Old 21st Apr 2007 at 9:12 AM
I love it!
Top Secret Researcher
#19 Old 21st Apr 2007 at 3:31 PM
When i saw the thread i wasn't too thrilled, soup and bowl foods are generally just a texture pasted... on a bowl lol. But then i saw the pics and i nearly fell off my chair!^^
Everything is so beautiful! Food preparation stage, servings, individual bowls and dumplings are simply amazing! These are the most beautiful prep stage i've seen by the way - specially the dumpling one
The smiley soup at burnt stage made me laugh out loud ROFL

I'm gonna test them today and report back if something 's wrong
And i'll make a new category "Russian Food" in the menu since you're making another russian set (and i've already downloaded a beautiful russian cake on another site)

Thank you so much for these awesome new foods, Jasana; You made my sims a beautiful gift! I love these SO MUCH!
And i can't wait for the part 2!! *thrilled*
Field Researcher
#20 Old 21st Apr 2007 at 5:59 PM
These are just beautiful with great attention to detail! It's terrific to be able to add such high-quality foods to my sims' meals. Thanks so much for sharing your hard work! BTW Is the rest of the kitchen set (counters, table etc.) available somewhere? The textures look beautiful!

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Field Researcher
#21 Old 21st Apr 2007 at 6:26 PM
Very nicely done Jasana,
this has to be the best looking soups and replacement bowls i have seen
makes me wish i could do as well but unfortunatly i dont have an imagination :P
Thank you these will go great with the game.
Original Poster
#22 Old 21st Apr 2007 at 7:04 PM
Originally Posted by amythestfenix
BTW Is the rest of the kitchen set (counters, table etc.) available somewhere?
Yes, I uploaded it to Sims Mod Board - I believe it needs some improvement and additions (i.e. I didn't recolored transhcompactor and dishwasher), but I'm quite tired of recoloring, so I decided to share current version there
Originally Posted by fireflies
this has to be the best looking soups and replacement bowls i have seen
makes me wish i could do as well but unfortunatly i dont have an imagination
Thanks :o
At first, I certainly wouldn't say that you are person without imagination Your creations are wonderful.
At second, I'd say it's not the question of imagination - I just tried to 'simify' common foods (they are common, really - I cook borshch about 2-3 times a month, not more often just because I lazy and we do eat dumplings often, but I skip preparation stage - buy already prepared - because my own cooking skill isn't enough for them :D). I mean, why not trying to create a meal that looks common to you - in such multi-national community as MTS there'll always be people for whom your meals will look unique and unusual
#23 Old 21st Apr 2007 at 8:34 PM
Gorgeous perfect aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa!
my fav meal!I cookin Semolina every day on brekfast for my daughter and Borsch on dinner

could you make Pelmeni??Dumplings its ukraine food not russian(love them)))i hope you make)

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Lab Assistant
#24 Old 22nd Apr 2007 at 5:33 PM
thank you so much :D

Love is the Greatest Power!!! :)
#25 Old 22nd Apr 2007 at 6:21 PM
Большое спасибо, Jasana! С огромным приветом!!! <3 <3 <3 Яша

Thank you very much, Jasana! My best wishes!!! <3 <3 <3 Yasha

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