A Feast of Ice and Fire | Photo Credit :: Kristin Teig
Yes, I am one of them. I like medieval art and stories. Especially when rich in mythical creatures like witches and vampires and dragons . So naturally, I fell in love with George R.R. Martin’s books and the series that took the TV-viewing public by storm.
Today marks the return of the Kingslayer and all of the beloved members of his house to the small screen. I can’t wait to passionately hate Joffrey again, applaud Tyrion’s witty jabs at Cersei and marvel at the genius, evil schemes of the Hand of the King.
While I patiently wait for our local network to air the first episode, I’m delving deep into the kitchens of the Lannisters (and later, of the Starks, the Tyrells and the Brotherhood of the Night’s Watch) and put myself in the shoes of their cooks. How was it like to prepare dinner for the current occupants of King’s Landing, I wonder. Luckily, we can get this book.
Chelsea Monroe-Cassel and Sariann Lehrer co-penned what is known as the Official Game of Thrones Companion Cookbook, a compilation of recipes from their blog The Inn at the Crossroads. Yes, they’re one of us, massive fans of the books. What began as a culinary exploration of GRRM’s fantastical world gradually became a collection of cleverly-tweaked historical recipes, echoing the richness of the Westerosi landscape.
Chelsea and Sariann take you by the hand and serve as your culinary guides through the icy terrains of the North, where the tables are laden with roasted fowl, root vegetables and meat pies; the bountiful lands of the South, where meals often include fresh bread, fruit tarts and sweet biscuits; the scorching dunes of Dorne, where the daily diet features fiery peppers and desert-dwelling creatures; and of course the capital, King’s Landing, where a typical highborn dines on cheese tarts, roasted boar, honeyed fruits and various birds drowned in butter.
This book is a great read for food enthusiasts and followers of the series, as well as an amazing source of inspiration should anyone decide to host a GoT-themed party. If you are adventurous enough to stock up your pantry with medieval ingredients (assuming you can find them), there shouldn’t be any problem recreating the lemon cakes that Sansa so loved or blood pies that a Dothraki might prefer over rape. If you’d rather steer clear of exotic ingredients, you’d be glad to know that the authors have provided a modern version of each recipe so you can still prepare a spread that resembles those during the Dark Ages.
In any case, leaf through this gem of a book, feast your senses and worry not. No King Joffrey nor any Lannister will put your head on a spike for being a nerd.
Valar ipradis. (All men must eat.)
P.S. If you can’t get hold of the book, visit the following links below for other recipes and ideas. Enjoy!
10 Royal Recipes for a ‘Game of Thrones’ Feast
Game of Thrones Banquet
A ‘Game of Thrones’ Feast Fit for Kings