Note: This post may have a few spoilers.
I find joy in sharing my experiences on things that I love only because I have a vast friend circle that shares the same interests. It becomes easier to reach out to so many people at the same time. As a foodie and a GoT fan, I’m incessantly drawn to the description and depiction of food in its lore. When I first read the Song of Ice and Fire books I knew I had to write about the food references made in them. There were many instances where the author, R.R. Martin has described food more erotically than sex, which made it more desirable than the latter. From drinking milk of the poppy to Arya selling oysters, clams and cockles to the food at the red wedding, food has played an integral part of the show. There is a part in the book that talks about 77-course feast after Joffrey and Margaery’s wedding but we as an audience haven’t gotten a chance to experience it all. Since food has been the center point of most main events, here are a few recipes of dishes mentioned in the show/book that millions have come to love.
Breakfast at Winterfell mostly consists of bread, butter, honey and blackberry preserves, a thin slice of bacon and a soft-boiled egg, a wedge of cheese, a pot of mint tea. We see this reference when Catelyn Stark is at Bran’s bedside. During the feast thrown for Robert Baratheon honey-roasted chicken, roast onions dripping with brown gravy and bread trenchers was served. With lots of wine.
Honey-roasted chicken-Baratheon’s welcome dinner
1 whole chicken, cut into pieces
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder 2 teaspoons salt
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
1 egg yolk
1 1/2 tablespoons honey
4 tablespoons margarine, melted
Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C).Rub chicken pieces with garlic powder, salt and pepper. In a small bowl, beat egg yolk with honey and butter or margarine, then brush this mixture over chicken pieces. Place chicken pieces, skin side down, in a lightly greased 9×13 inch baking dish.Bake at 325 degrees F (165 degrees C) for 45 to 60 minutes or until chicken is cooked through and juices run clear, basting with remaining butter or margarine. Just before serving, turn chicken over and bake for another 10 to 15 minutes to cook the skin on the other side.
Dinner has begun at the Small hall in King’s Landing. Ned Stark enters looking upset. At the dinner table is Arya who notices her father’s worry. In this scene we see thick sweet soup made with pumpkins, platters of ribs, roasted in a crust of garlic and herbs set on the table. Food at the castle was sumptuous, however the people here most times ate a Bowl of brown which was a cheap, meager stew served in the slums of King’s Landing, particularly in Flea Bottom.
Bowl of brown-Gendry’s daily meal
500 grams boneless beef chuck cut into 1-inch cubes
3 cups water
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon pepper
2 medium carrots, cut into 1-inch pieces
1 large unpeeled potato, cut into 1 1/2-inch pieces
1 medium green bell pepper, cut into 1-inch pieces
1 medium stalk celery, cut into 1-inch pieces
1 small onion, chopped (1/4 cup)
1 teaspoon salt
1 dried bay leaf
1/2 cup cold water
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour or maida In 12-inch skillet or 4-quart Dutch oven, heat oil over medium heat 1 to 2 minutes. Add beef; cook about 15 minutes, stirring occasionally, until brown on all sides. Add water, 1/2 teaspoon salt and the pepper. Heat to boiling. Reduce heat to low. Cover; simmer 2 hours to 2 hours 30 minutes or until beef is almost tender. Stir in remaining ingredients except cold water and flour. Cover; cook about 30 minutes or until vegetables are tender. Remove bay leaf. In tightly covered jar or container, shake cold water and flour; gradually stir into beef mixture. Heat to boiling, stirring constantly. Boil and stir 1 minute until.
Dothraki dried pork jerky- Dany’s wedding feast
Creamy fish stew- Theon’s home-coming meal