Easy Eats: Recipes from “Game of Thrones”
If you’ve ever watched Game of Thrones on an empty stomach, you’ve probably gotten more than slightly jealous that the people of Westeros get to eat such delicious looking meals. In fact, if you could watch Arya tear into mutton stew served in a bread bowl and not want a taste, something is wrong with you, whether you’re hungry or not. If you’re reading the books, the effect is almost as bad, if not worse; George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice & Fire is littered with passages about intoxicatingly appealing meals, described in agonizing detail, from start to finish. With that in mind, it was only a matter of time until someone decided to see if they could bring the food from Game of Thrones to life themselves.
Using passages from the books, two fans of the series by the names of Chelsea Monroe-Cassel and Sariann Lehrer started a site called The Inn at the Crossroads to host recipes that come straight from the pages of A Song of Ice & Fire. The two have come up with a score of recipes made to match the food from the show and book series as accurately as possible. And if you’re a medieval history buff, take note that certain dishes come with two recipes, one modern and one medieval, in order to make sure that you get as close to the food from Westeros as possible. The authors even go so far as to suggest pairings with ales and meads specially selected to match the period.
The site’s creators have compiled all of their recipes into a cookbook, A Feast of Ice & Fire, but in what can only go to show that there is good left in humanity, they’ve also opted to keep a good share of the recipes available for free online. Here are few select recipes from the site:
“‘Hungry again?’ he asked. There was still half a honeyed chicken in the center of the table. Jon reached out to tear off a leg, then had a better idea. He knifed the bird whole and let the carcass slide to the floor between his legs. Ghost ripped into it in savage silence.” -A Game of Thrones
This main course is one of the site’s most popular, and for obvious reasons. The recipe takes a whole chicken, slathers it with butter, and then tops it all off with a honey, mint, and apple cider vinegar sauce. While certainly not something for those counting calories, it’s so insanely good that its hard to imagine that anyone who tries will likely forget their diet regardless.
“The food was plain, but very good; there were loaves of crusty bread still warm from the ovens, crocks of fresh-churned butter, honey from the septry’s hives, and a thick stew of crabs, mussels, and at least three different kinds of fish. Septon Meribald and Ser Hyle drank the mead the brothers made, and pronounced it excellent, whilst she and Podrick contented themselves with more sweet cider.” (IV: 467)
Few things can match a good chowder, and this recipe inspired by A Feast for Crows is downright regal. The stew is based on modern-day New England clam chowder with extra goodies like mussels, crab, and three kinds of fish thrown in to make it rich, thick, and meaty.
Breakfast at Winterfell
“There was much more than she’d asked for: hot bread, butter and honey and blackberry preserves, a rasher of bacon and a soft-boiled egg, a wedge of cheese, a pot of mint tea. And with came Maester Luwin.” -A Game of Thrones
Not only does this hearty meal seem to perfectly encompass the series’ iconic setting of the North, but its hard to imagine anyone who wouldn’t be running out of bed at the prospect of getting to eat it. While it does use some simple staples of breakfast that we’re all familiar with, the combination of a soft-boiled egg, sharp white cheese, mint tea, bread with honey and berry preserves, and thick bacon (which the author strongly advises you to splurge on) all at the same time isn’t necessarily the standard American breakfast you grew up with, and is definitely worth the effort.