A few weeks ago my friend came to me and asked if I would cater a dinner party feast for this tv show’s premiere Game of Thrones. Even though I don’t watch any tv or know anything about shows on these days, I thought it was pretty cool that a tv show had its own cookbook, A Feast of Ice & Fire. If you’re a fan of the show, you should also own this cookbook.
After looking through the book, I realized how pretty simple but yet gourmet all of the dishes were. I came up with a menu of Mulled Wine, Caramelized Pears, Buttered Carrots, Pigeon Pie, Potato Leek Soup, Bread, Lemon Cakes, and Goat Cheese with Strawberries/Crackers. One interesting feature of the book is how each menu is divided among the houses from the show: The Wall, The North, The Vale, The Riverlands, The Iron Islands, The Reach, Dorne, King’s Landing, and Across the Narrow Sea. Each region has its own specific fare. There are also two versions of each recipe; the traditional more rustic version and the modern version that’s a little more sophisticated.
There was one contingency, and that was I wasn’t going to cook any meat at this Feast of Fire & Ice. I chose dishes using many of the same ingredients but in different ways. This made the meal very economical. At a quick calculation, the total food purchased equaled to around $80. This meal fed 11 people (doubling each recipe), with enough seconds and leftovers for more. It even included plenty of wine!
The South: Caramelized Pears
The South: Potato Leek Soup
King’s Landing: Buttered Cumin Carrots
King’s Landing: Vegetarian “Pigeon” Pie
King’s Landing: Lemon Cakes
Everyone had a grand feast while watching the show. They noted that they liked the ‘Pigeon Pie’ the best, although some said the carrots and some said the lemon cake. They really didn’t even notice or care that it was all vegetarian. While reading through the cookbook I also realized that there is an official food blog, by the chefs and authors of the book. There is also the blog, Game of Brews to follow as well.