Farm Meal and Game of Thrones

So we have been sucked in by the Game of Thrones.  It started a few years ago Halloween when I rented a DVD of the beginning of Season 1, and we were hooked.  We power watched the first 4 seasons and have been watching it since.  I just finished reading the books as well.

In the books, unlike the shows, there is an emphasis on food.  It was fascinating to read about, then I stumbled upon recipes for Pigeon Pie and Lemon Cakes online, and I was intrigued.  So I purchased “A Feast of Ice & Fire”, the official cookbook.  My thought was I could make some of the recipes, and we could eat them when the new season starts.  But after receiving the book 2 days ago I am thrilled.  There are quotes from actual recipes from the 14th century.  There are spices I have never heard about.  There are things I would never consider eating, but other things that sound wildly intriguing.  And many of the recipes I can make now with things we have available now on our farm.

So last night we got started with a couple of Winterfell recipes.  I made Aurochs Roasted with Leeks.  Now Aurochs are extinct so beef is substituted.  I managed to forget to make the Medieval Black Pepper sauce (I now just realized) so I will make that tonight to go with the leftovers.  Here it is just out of the oven.aurochs-roasted-with-leeks

And I made Buttered Beets to go with it.  These recipes meant I had to go out in the snow yesterday and harvest the carrots, beets, leeks, sage, thyme and parsley.  I ended up frozen so was worried it would not be worth it.  Here are the beets as they are finished sauteing.

buttered-beets

So the food did not look as good as the photos in the cookbook, but man was it good!  It was a flavorful, warm, winter’s meal that I had with homemade plum wine (and Tom had with his cider).  Totally worth the effort.  And I felt just a little bit medieval.

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PS  The next night we had the leftover beef with the Medieval Pepper Sauce which was quite spicy.

medieval-pepper-sauce

I paired it with Buttered Carrots from King’s Landing.

buttered-carrots

It made for a good meal.

buttered-carrots-and-medieval-pepper-sauce

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