Game of Thrones Feast 2014: All Men Must Die

Tuesday, 8 April 2014

Season 4 of Game of Thrones premiered yesterday! I was so sad that we missed the Gastropark Game of Thrones feast last year and was determined to go this year... But it doesn't seem to be on? Come on, Sydney! Singapore has a Michelin-starred chef making a feastWe had to make do without, so like last year, we had a feast at home to commemorate. 

The worst thing about Game of Thrones is the waiting game. There are only ten episodes a season and a whole year's wait in between. The books are a whole other story. Luckily we have George R. R. Martin's surprise spoiler chapters to look forward to, and his regularly updated blog and numerous games and such. And re-watching the episodes and rereading the books helps when you're feeling too sad in the interim. But once you get to the last book, you're back where you started and wanting more.

I would highly recommend having a Westerosi feast should you be feeling resentful toward G R R Martin, and HBO, as a reminder that this incredible man dreamed up not only this food but this entire world. With different languages and seasons and a political system that I sadly understand more than I do my own. Just please don't kill anyone else (: thanks!

'The stewards began to bring out the first dish, an onion broth flavored with bits of goat and carrot. Not precisely royal fare, but nourishing; it tasted good enough and warmed the belly.' - A Dance with Dragons

For starters, we had a dish from the Wall - onion broth with goat and carrots. This recipe was inspired by Inn at the Crossroads, the official Game of Thrones food blog (can I come and work for you?). I learned from last year that there is a GOT food community that has thousands of inspiring recipes based on real medieval recipes. Amazing.

I have only ever eaten goat in curry, so was a bit unsure about this and was going to substitute for lamb. Luckily I didn't. The goat is slow cooked with speck so the meat falls off the bone, and tastes like Icelandic Lambmeat Soup. It is delicious and wonderfully comforting.

'And they dined in the solar with cheese, capons and brown oatbread'. - A Clash of Kings

The broth is supposed to come with 'loaves of coarse brown bread, warm from the oven. Salt and butter sat upon the tables'. I wanted to make breadrolls instead Oat breadrolls. I could have bought these but because I have three essays due this week I made them from scratch, and they were fluffy and light and delicious and oaty.

'Her cooks had prepared them a magnificent meal of honeyed lamb, fragrant with crushed mint and served with the small green figs she liked so much.' - A Dance with Dragons

Dany feasted on this with the Green Grace in Meereen, and when I made it was as delicious as it sounds. The lamb is crusted with garlic, mint, rosemary and breadcrumbs, and glazed with minted honey and mustard.

'This evening, they had supped on... quails drowned in butter. Lord Janos allowed that he had never eaten half so well.' - A Clash of Kings

I couldn't find quails so I used spatchcock instead, swimming in butter and lots of paprika. It was the most buttery, melt in your mouth piece of poultry I have ever had.

'Then came lamprey pie, honeyed ham, buttered carrots, white beans and bacon, and roast swan stuffed with mushrooms and oysters.' - A Clash of Kings

White beans and bacon is yummy. White beans, bacon, and onion.

Dutch carrots always looked so rustic to me, so I roasted them with coconut oil and cinnamon, because the quail had enough butter in it.
'My fellow magisters have doubled the size of the city guard,' Illyrio told them over platters of honey duck and orange snap peppers one night at the manse that had been Drogo's.' - A Game of Thrones

Pentoshi honeyed duck, from before the wedding to Khal Drogo. Adapted from The Inn at the Crossroads. The duck is glazed with a mixture of honey, orange, lemons and butter, on a bed of sweet potato purée. and is so deliciously divine. I imagine this is what duck a l'orange tastes like, and everyone were all pleasantly surprised by how much we liked it that I might even try making duck a l'orange one day. Maybe.

'In the Queen's Ballroom they broke their fast on honeycakes baked with blackberries and nuts...' - A Storm of Swords

Dessert. The honeycakes are airy and light, made with almond meal and served with berry compote and fresh whipped cream with vanilla and honey, and almond brittle.The blackberries were freshly picked from Duffy's Forest, because I didn't know they could be bought and I am a master procrastinater.
Full recipes to follow.

What did everyone think of the first episode? xx


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