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Onions, celery, and carrots, oh my!

Colorful veggies from chefranden on Flickr

If his heroic day job doesn’t pay off, Link could always become a French chef.

In the Zelda games, there is nothing so holy as the Triforce. The Triforce is triangular in shape, a triangle comprised of three smaller triangles. It’s a holdover from when Hyrule, the setting of nearly all Zelda games, was created. Each piece corresponds to one of Hyrule’s three creator goddesses.

Triforce

Singly, each piece of the Triforce is potent: one represents power, one represents courage, and one represents wisdom. To have any of these strengths is an asset. But combined, they are a force to be reckoned with.

In French cuisine, there is a base flavor that forms the foundation of most savory dishes. With the additional of seasonal vegetables and provincial spices, this aromatic base lends a certain je ne sais quoi to food that’s quintessentially French.

French cuisine’s Triforce is mirepoix.

Mirepoix is a finely chopped blend of onions, celery, and carrots. The components of mirepoix, unlike those of the Triforce, are not a 1:1:1 ratio. In mirepoix, onions take center stage, double the amount of celery and carrots. The tang of chopped onion plays counterpoint to the carrots’ sweetness, and celery adds a watery crunch.

Link would easily understand how even a flavor so bold on its own could take on a synergistic power when combined with other delicious aromatics.

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Of course, Link could master more than just French dishes. French cuisine isn’t the only cooking style with a triad of base ingredients.

In Cajun cooking, the base combination of veggies is known as “the holy trinity.” Like with mirepoix, the holy trinity consists of onions and celery, but the two are added in a 1:1 ratio. The third ingredient is bell peppers, piquant and sweet.

Sofrito (para el Conejo) from jlastras on Flickr

Garlic, onion, and tomato are collectively known as sofrito. Sofrito’s delicious blend of ingredients enhances the flavor of Spanish cuisine and the cuisine of former Spanish settlements, many of which are located in South and Central America.

Like with the idiosyncrasies of regional cuisine, the actual components of these cooking triads vary from place to place. Sofrito in Cuba, for example, is made up of onions, garlic, and bell pepper.

Perhaps the kingdoms of Hyrule have their own culinary Triforces!

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