MTS has all free content, all the time. Find out how YOU can help to keep it running. Tell me how...

Cooking and Ingredients Overhaul + More Nectar Ingredients

by Cinderellimouse Posted 22nd Feb 2015 at 1:19 PM - Updated 15th Jul 2015 at 1:20 PM by Cinderellimouse
156 Comments / replies (Who?) - 15 Feedback Posts, 10 Thanks Posts
Update 1st June 2015:

Uploaded a new version of Cinderellimod_GreekRecipesPlantsIngredients_Light.package which fixes an issue. Please re-download if you are using this 'Light' version.

Thanks to Icemunmun for the heads-up.
Thanks to igazor and J4K for help and for providing the fixed version.

Update 15th March 2015:

Beware the Ides of March: Cinderelli is updating a mod! ^.^

* Fixed an incompatibility issue between the Overhaul and Greek mods. If you had the issue where the Greek items were not showing, this should be fixed.

* The missing recipe ingredients issue has also been fixed.

The wonderful icarus_allsorts has provided a better way of allowing the nectar maker to accept any ingredients in the form of a script mod. There is now a separate file for this feature in the downloads section. You can use this mod on it's own or alongside the Overhaul and Greek mods, the three mods are compatible. However, the Overhaul mod adds nectar values added to all ingredients, so both files are recommended.

What this means is that the mod is much cleaner, and the game loads the mod in a more straightforward way. The Overhaul no longer requires douglasveiga's CCLoader but the Greek mod still does.

Look out for some sweet new treats available at the grocery store!

Please redownload!!!

Update 26th February 2015:

Added information about compatible mods (details below)

Update 24th February 2015:

Woo! Three new versions of the Greek Recipes Plants and Ingredients mod are now available! I updated the mod to include more custom models (including a new olive oil ingredient and a new 'fixed' Greek honey!), so the mod uses less resources from the game files. This means I can now offer three flavours:

* Light Version - only requires the base game and World Adventures

* Store Version - requires the base game and World Adventures and also makes use of the extra ingredients that came with store premium content, specifically the cucumbers and eggplants [aubergine].

* Full Version - The same as the Store Version but also requires the Ingredients Overhaul and More Nectar Ingredients mod to be installed and the new ingredients are properly categorised using the new shopping tabs.

Remember you must only choose ONE of the Greek mods, and remember to remove the old version before installing a new one.

All three versions require douglasveiga's CCLoader to run! Download here:

You may also need to delete your 'Thumbnails' folder from your Documents/Electronic Arts/The Sims 3 folder if you have problems getting the new models to show accurately in the UI (don't worry... it regenerates itself).

Update 22nd February 2015:

* Renamed and replaced the Overhaul and Nectar download file because it was downloading as a '.packa' instead of a '.zip'. If you were having trouble with this before, please download the new version ''


This mod combines the awesome Cooking and Ingredients mod (originally by BlackCat007 and updated by anak_ponti) with two of my own mods: More Nectar Ingredients and Greek Recipes, Plants and Ingredients. When I released my mods, I received requests to make them compatible with the Overhaul mod. This was previously impossible for me because they were overriding the same resources. Fortunately, the wonderful douglasveiga has made a tool which allows players to add additional custom .xml plant/ingredient/recipe files! I was able to combine the three mods, improve my nectar mod, and also make the Greek Recipes, Plants and Ingredients mod available without overriding any game files (so no conflicts)! Anak_ponti has kindly given me permission to re-upload his version of the Overhaul mod. *smiley face*

So... What does this mod do exactly?

Everything it did before and more! I tried to maintain everything from anak_ponti's Cooking and Ingredients Overhaul (main version):

* The grocery store still has the new produce tabs and I have added strings for the 'bread' and 'dairy' tabs.
* All the ingredients available with anak_ponti's version of the Overhaul mod are still available, such as: dragon fruit, cantaloupe, milk, spaghetti and more!
* The recipe and ingredient details are the same.
* The new and 'missing' plants are still available: dragon fruit, cantaloupe, zucchini, tofu, roast and links.
* 'Hidden' ingredients should now be available at the grocery store, including world specific ingredients and rare ingredients like the life fruit and cherries.

* I have re-categorised some of the ingredients, such as moving the shawarma roll (kebab meat) to 'meat', and the cheese wheel to 'dairy'.
* I have made more ingredients compatible with the nectar maker (everything excluding meat and fish) so simmers can be more creative with this feature. For example, you could add honey, cinnamon or lavender to your nectar recipes! Or even make vegetable based recipes like tomato juice! But be warned... you might find some nasty combinations available at the nectary, and might even get a few strange pancake flavours! But hey... if your mermaids want to drink kelp juice, who are we to argue?

* The Greek Recipes, Plants and Ingredients package is optional, and it will add the following things:

New Ingredients:

- Colossal Olive (the name is an in-joke *waves to Jim*)
- Greek Honey
- Feta Cheese
- Lamb
- Mint
- Spinach
- Elderflower (not particularly Greek but I really wanted it *^.^* )
- Olive Oil

Some of the ingredients simply use existing in-game resources (for example, the 'feta cheese' is based on the tofu). Others are new objects, cloned from original ingredients and re-coloured (such as the olives and mint).

New Plants:

- Olive Tree
- Mint Plant
- Spinach Plant
- Elderflower Plant
- Feta Cheese Plant
- Lamb Plant

The plants unlock at various points in game. Some are available at a low gardening skill, others are unlocked at higher skills. To plant the feta and lamb your sim must complete the in-game gardening opportunities that unlock the meat and cheese plants.

New Greek Recipes:

- Tzatziki
- Moussaka
- Spanakopita
- Souvlaki
- Greek salad

All five recipes require three ingredients, at least one of which will be a new custom ingredient. They unlock automatically as your sim’s cooking skill improves. Tzatziki which is a snack and only had a resource for a single serving, but all other recipes have both single and group servings. I mixed and matched the existing resources to try and get the preparation of the meals as logical as possible, so the sim will use the oven to make moussaka, for example.

Why Greek recipes? I love Mediterranean food! Also, a lot of simmers were requesting a Greek inspired world in the official forums and I was planning on creating one. While I was playing around with custom ingredients it seems like a nice idea to be able to offer themed food and plants too.

Important information:

The Overhaul mod overrides the following xml resources:

- Plants (0xD7254D7A48A94584)
- Bars (0x270C087EF75701F3)
- Shop Tabs (0xEEF06251680758F9)
- RecipeMasterList (0xC804E72F531C6AAD)
- Ingredients (0x918403294B7A0B63)
- Ingredients_Store (0x54987D38B61E6AE1)
- and a large number of recipe (cooking process) files.

The mod is likely to conflict with any other mod which uses the same files, so please check your mods folder carefully before installing.

I am currently working on uploading different flavours of the Overhaul mod. For now please assume it requires all the expansion packs. I will be looking at this in more detail and will have more information soon. Thank you for your patience.

I have tested this version of the mod on three separate 'The Sims 3' folders: a brand new one; my usual mod testing folder with a previously saved game; and my actual main game. I have been testing it with ErrorTrap with no issues (well... there were issues but I fixed them and haven't had any since). I have played with it extensively and tried my best to check out as many details as possible and everything seems fine as far as I can tell. If you do find issues, please do let me know in the comments section.

Compatible Mods:

I have briefly looked at the files, and tested all the following mods in the game and all appear to be compatible with my Overhaul and Greek mods. Please be aware that some of these mods are continually updating.

- icarus_allsorts - Ingredient Moodlets From Meals + More Filling Kelp & Fish Meals For Mermaids
- icarus_allsorts - The Professional Juice Bar Mod
- icarus_allsorts - Nectar Glass Replacement
- icarus_allsorts - Cook With Any Ingredient
- icarus_allsorts - Reheat Food in Microwave
- anak_ponti - Higher Quality Purchased Fruits and Vegetables from Grocerystore
- Buzzler - Nectar Combinatorics
- Darkcloudwalker - Better Bartending!
- ani_ - No Shopping from Fridge: icarus_allsorts edited version


BlackCat007 - The original creator of the Cooking And Ingredients Overhaul mod:
anak_ponti - Who continued to maintain and update the mod, and who gave me permission to take over the maintenance:
icarus_allsorts - For help with troubleshooting and providing the MakeNectarWithAnyIngredient script!
douglasveiga - For being amazingly helpful on numerous occasions! For going out of his way to help people. And for providing the CCLoader:
Arsil and Zerbu - For also being very patient with me and sharing their superior knowledge!
Inge Jones and Simlogical - For the marvellous creation that is S3pe!
And all the wonderful people who take the time to write modding tutorials and run helpful websites like MTS because most of my modding knowledge comes from these sources.

Eeek... I hope that's everything! Please let me know in the comments if you have any issues or questions. And do let me know if you have suggestions for improvements, I'd love to hear them!


* Overhaul: for the Overhaul features download and install Cinderellimod_Edited_CookingAndIngredientsOverhaul.

* To use any ingredient to make nectar download and install icarusallsorts.MakeNectarWithAnyIngredient

* For the new Greek plants, recipes and ingredients download install ONE of the Cinderellimod_GreekRecipesPlantsIngredients files. AND douglasveiga's CCLoader. The 'Light' and 'Store' versions of the Greek mod can be installed on their own, or alongside the overhaul mod. Only the 'Full' version of the Greek mod requires the Overhaul mod to be installed as well because it makes use of its features.

All the mods compliment one another, and all three are recommended for the most fun! However, you can use them all individually if you want to pick and choose (except for the 'Full' version of the Greek mod which requires the Overhaul mod) Happy simming! :D

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

Sims 3 World Adventures Ambitions Pets
Built with Game Version: 1.63
Key: - File was updated after upload was posted
Filename - Tip: You can click the magnifying glass to see the archive contents Size Downloads Date | Same as the other cooking and ingredients file but with original bar/venue opening times.

Size: 91.1 KB · Downloads: 7,917 · 15th Jul 2015
91.1 KB 7,917 15th Jul 2015 | Only choose one Greek mod! Adds new Greek themed recipes, plants and ingredients. Optional. Requires douglasveiga CCLoader, see description for link and details.

Size: 2.82 MB · Downloads: 6,233 · 1st Jun 2015
2.82 MB 6,233 1st Jun 2015 | Only choose one Greek mod! Adds new Greek themed recipes, plants and ingredients. Optional. Requires the Overhaul mod, and store content, and douglasveiga CCLoader, see description for link and details.

Size: 2.82 MB · Downloads: 13,991 · 15th Mar 2015
2.82 MB 13,991 15th Mar 2015 | Only choose one Greek mod! Adds new Greek themed recipes, plants and ingredients. Optional. Requires store content and douglasveiga CCLoader, see description for link and details.

Size: 2.82 MB · Downloads: 5,528 · 15th Mar 2015
2.82 MB 5,528 15th Mar 2015 | Adds new ingredients and plants, also adds nectar values for all ingredients, see description for more details. Override mod. Optional but recommended. Compliments Nectar mod.

Size: 91.2 KB · Downloads: 19,361 · 15th Mar 2015
91.2 KB 19,361 15th Mar 2015 | Allows more ingredients to be added to the nectar machine. Script mod. Optional but recommended.

Size: 4.1 KB · Downloads: 14,674 · 15th Mar 2015
4.1 KB 14,674 15th Mar 2015
Don't forget to Thank the creator after downloading! Use the Thanks button located above the screenshots above.
Basic Download and Install Instructions:

See: Game Help:TS3 CC Basicswiki for a full guide!
156 Comments / Replies (Who?) - 115 Feedback Posts, 35 Thanks Posts
Hide Thanks Posts for this thread (Show only feedback)
Page 1 of 7
Icy Spicy
#2 Old 22nd Feb 2015 at 2:10 PM
I love it.Thank you so so much!
Field Researcher
#3 Old 22nd Feb 2015 at 3:35 PM
u are not going to redo the old one right.
Test Subject
#4 Old 22nd Feb 2015 at 6:42 PM
This looks like a great mod and I'm looking forward to using it. Could I just check though, the "Cinderellimod_Edited_BlackCat007anak_ponti_CookingAndIngredientsOverhaul_RemoveStoreDuplicate" is downloading as a packa file not a package file. Is that correct? Thank you.
Lab Assistant
Original Poster
#5 Old 22nd Feb 2015 at 6:53 PM
@icemunmun *waves* I'm so happy the mods can be used together without conflicts now! ^.^

@lataya25 Hi, is there something you would like me to look at in particular?

@Kimlupai the file should be a .zip file and inside that (when you unzip it) you should find the .package file. It is possible that you might have to download it again, if there was a hiccup while downloading the first time.
Lab Assistant
#6 Old 22nd Feb 2015 at 7:48 PM
I've downloaded Cinderellimod_Edited_BlackCat007anak_ponti_CookingAndIngredientsOverhaul_RemoveStoreDuplicate.packa twice and both times it was not a .zip file, but a .packa file.

The GreekRecipesPlantsIngredients.package downloaded as a proper .zip file with a .package file inside.
Test Subject
#7 Old 22nd Feb 2015 at 8:14 PM Last edited by Rawrz180 : 22nd Feb 2015 at 8:26 PM.
If the mod downloads as a .packa instead of .package, change the extention to .zip and extract it. There should be the actual .package inside.
Edit - Just noticed on the download, it does indeed say .packa on the link. You might want to fix that when you get the chance.
Lab Assistant
Original Poster
#8 Old 22nd Feb 2015 at 9:08 PM
How strange! It does seem to say 'packa' on the link but it actually downloads as a .zip for me. :-/ @Rawrz180, thank you for advising. Do you know how I would go about changing it?
Lab Assistant
#9 Old 22nd Feb 2015 at 9:17 PM
I changed the .packa ending to .zip, and it worked. Thanks to the both of you, Rawrz180 and Cinderellimouse!
Lab Assistant
Original Poster
#10 Old 22nd Feb 2015 at 9:22 PM
Originally Posted by Admiranda
I changed the .packa ending to .zip, and it worked. Thanks to the both of you, Rawrz180 and Cinderellimouse!

Yay! I'm glad that fixed the problem for you!

I think the issue was because of the long title, so I re-uploaded the mod with a new title, 'Cinderellimod_Edited_CookingAndIngredientsOverhaul_NectarMod'. This new version is showing as a .zip for me. Please let me know if there are any more issues.
Test Subject
#11 Old 22nd Feb 2015 at 11:26 PM
I'm not sure how to check my files to make sure they don't conflict. But I'm guessing from the complexity that this probably conflicts with IcarusAllSorts "Cook with any ingredient" mod?
Lab Assistant
Original Poster
#12 Old 22nd Feb 2015 at 11:44 PM
Hi marissg3! I just downloaded icarus' mod and opened it with S3pe. It appears fine on the surface (it does not directly override the same XML files) but I can't be 100% sure that it won't conflict. I can try it in my game but it will have to be tomorrow.
Test Subject
#13 Old 23rd Feb 2015 at 4:00 AM
question! - before I download it, it is not commented it the description, can you make virgin olive oil with the olive tree? am I asking too much? I am a greek and in my mind olive oil is much more common and useful than simple olives :P
Lab Assistant
Original Poster
#14 Old 23rd Feb 2015 at 8:03 AM
Portokalia, you certainly can make nectar out of the olives! You can then name it 'olive oil'. I really liked doing this!
Test Subject
#15 Old 23rd Feb 2015 at 10:52 AM
Yey! My dreams come true :D.

It would be even better if you edit/add ingredients for (I don't know if you add ingredients for this items, but asking never hurt):

- Wood Fire Oven (
- Sauna (
- Baker's Station (
- Teppanyaki Grill (
- Deep Fryer (
- Tea Set (
- Icarus's Extra Recipes form Cook With Any Ingredient mod

If you are able to do this I would have been fantastic.

Can you check conflicts for:

Icarus mods:

- Ingredient Moodlets From Meals (
- The Professional Juice Bar Mod (
- Nectar Glass Replacement (
- Reheat Food in Microwave (

Other people:
- Higher Quality Purchased Fruits and Vegetables from Grocerystore (
- Nectar Combinatorics (
- Better Bartending (
Test Subject
#16 Old 23rd Feb 2015 at 11:41 AM
Originally Posted by Cinderellimouse
Portokalia, you certainly can make nectar out of the olives! You can then name it 'olive oil'. I really liked doing this!

CoolCoolCool! :D

Hoard - Collect - File - Index
Lab Assistant
Original Poster
#17 Old 23rd Feb 2015 at 5:50 PM
Portokalia, I've been continuing to work on the Greek mod today and I *think* I might be able to add olive oil as an actual ingredient. I'm not 100% sure but I'm definitely going to try! Thank you for the suggestion.

kociara81, thank you so much for the ideas and questions! As I continue to work on the mods I'll refer back to the list and see what I can do. I would really like to make more use of the store content!

I use Icarus' Nectar Glass Replacement (I love their mods!) and I can confirm this is safe to use, I have it installed in my main game. I'll start checking other mods soon.

Thank you for your patience everyone!
Lab Assistant
#18 Old 24th Feb 2015 at 1:08 AM
I love gardening and nectar making in Sims 3, so I'm always excited when there are new plants. My sims thank you!
Top Secret Researcher
#19 Old 24th Feb 2015 at 6:06 AM
Thanks for this and I am glad you're uploading at MTS now. Your mods are great!
Test Subject
#20 Old 24th Feb 2015 at 11:12 AM
Sorry for taking so long to reply. When I downloaded the mod originally I tried changing the file extension from packa to package and of course that didn't work. Being an idiot, I didn't think to change the extension to zip. It's downloaded now and ready to go in my game. Thank you.

Not sure if it helps, but I have been using anak_ponti's cooking & ingredients overhaul together with Icarus_Allsorts cook with any ingredient mod and I haven't had any problems. Icarus_Allsorts mod picked up the recipe changes made by the cooking overhaul.

As you are continuing to work on this mod, could I second kociara81 ideas? If you have the time and inclination, I've often wished that there was a "flour" ingredient for the baking station and pizza oven. I did look at Douglas_Veiga's CC Loader generator and while I think I could have done the tuning, I was totally at a loss for how to add the graphics, I know there was a deco bag of flour in the Deliciously Indulgent Bakery store set but how to use those resources was beyond me.

Sorry for rambling on and thank you for some great additions to a great mod.
Test Subject
#21 Old 24th Feb 2015 at 3:48 PM
do you think you could make scrambled eggs? it was the only thing cool about sims 4 but im sad sims 3 doesnt have it
Forum Resident
#22 Old 24th Feb 2015 at 8:46 PM
Finally!! I can make MEAD! I've been mad that we couldn't make nectar with Honey ever since I installed SN and tried to but couldn't. Now, here's hoping honey's been rated high enough to get decent ratings for my snobs.
Lab Assistant
Original Poster
#23 Old 24th Feb 2015 at 11:27 PM Last edited by Cinderellimouse : 25th Feb 2015 at 12:12 AM. Reason: update
Hi all! I just uploaded three different versions of the Greek mod, including a 'light' version for people with less content. Next I'll be focusing on checking for mod conflicts. Then I'll be looking at the Overhaul mod... seeing if I can offer a 'light' and a 'full' version and seeing what other features we can add! \o/

Portokalia, I've added 'olive oil' as a new ingredient with the Greek mod.

Alawren, I love gardening and plants in the game too! I think it's because I'm so bad at gardening in real life. I've been trying to add custom harvestables to the game for well over a year, so I'm so excited to finally be able to do it!

Tuney, aww thank you so much! I actually prefer uploading here, because I dislike the pop-ups and ads on Mediafire. I might just use my site for blogging... if I ever quit messing around and actually play the game! XD

Kimlupai, thank you so much for the information on Icarus' mod! That's good to know. [edit: I just tested it too and it seems fine... if a little weird to be able to make moussaka out of candy! It made me laugh that the oven coincidentally caught on fire!] I'll hopefully be able to get some info up on other mods within the next couple of days. Funnily enough... I found a resource for 'flour' in the main game files and when I added it to my working version of the Overhaul mod it turned out to be what the current mod thinks of as 'rice'! It's the same object! I was thinking I'd leave it as 'rice' since I guess people will already be familiar with it, and either add the store flour, or make a recolour... I don't know but it's on the jobs list. ^.^

At some point I want to post a tutorial on how to add custom ingredients but I want to improve the Overhaul mod first.

grittylomein... hmmm... maybe I'll take a look.

skmt999 I'm really excited about this too! I've wanted to add extra ingredients to the nectar maker for the longest time and I was so happy to figure it out. I like adding the uni life herbs to nectar as well, like lavender and cinnamon. I did give honey a slightly higher nectar quality rating than average. Actually, I made 'Nectar of the Gods' today while I was testing the new Greek honey model and it was 'very nice quality'. :D
Field Researcher
#24 Old 25th Feb 2015 at 5:43 AM
Thank you for making the sims 3 the game it was meant to be.
Test Subject
#25 Old 25th Feb 2015 at 6:05 AM Last edited by Mistletoe143 : 25th Feb 2015 at 6:59 AM. Reason: Additional Question
Cinderelli, I have so many of your mods in my game now! You have wonderful ideas!! Great job!!

I would love to know if there are no conflicts with Icarus' mods. I use his "cook with any ingredients" mod and "professional juice bar" mod.

Keep up the good work. I look forward to more of your creative mods!!


One more question, if I have your nectar ingredient mod from your blog, do I need to update it with this one at MTS? Are they the same?
Page 1 of 7