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A Game of Thrones Meal Plan

Updated on May 1, 2016

A Unique Approach Dinner, Inspired by A Feast of Ice and Fire

WINTER IS COMING.

(But first, I need to figure out what we're eating for the season premier of Game of Thrones!)

I enjoy cooking, and I love to eat with my family all around me! But over the years, I have fallen into a rut. Lasagna, pot roast, chili, chicken, barbecue in summer, the usual suspects for sides; repeat.

This year, I decided to make a big change. When I read that there was an official Game of Thrones cookbook being published, I was inspired to attempt some completely different family dinners.

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A Feast of Ice and Fire: The Official Game of Thrones Companion Cookbook
A Feast of Ice and Fire: The Official Game of Thrones Companion Cookbook

A Feast of Ice and Fire is a cookbook that is informative and inspiring, with recipes ranging from simple enough for a kid to do solo, to moderately difficult. Every single one is delectable! The pictures are amazing, and the informative, casual writing style is a pleasure.

 

Feasting at Winterfell

...or Kings Landing...or the Wall...

A Feast of Ice and Fire, by Chelsea Monroe-Cassel and Sariann Lehrer, is a cookbook of delectable recipes based on meals described in the Song of Ice and Fire series. Full of gorgeous photos, suggestions on how to decorate a Game of Thrones table, and an introduction by George R.R. Martin himself, it is easily followed by cooks of any level of experience. It's perfect for creating the meal for my Game of Thrones premier party.

The authors researched old medieval cooking practices and recipe books to find real foods like the ones in the series, then adapted those recipes for modern methods and ingredients. Both the historical recipe sources and the modern adaptations are included, which makes for a fascinating read.

The menu below comes entirely from the book. It's impossible to not drool while you read it! I have also been inspired by the authors' suggestions for medieval or Game of Thrones tableware and decorations.

The Game of Thrones Meal

A Feast of Ice and Fire

This is the Game of Thrones menu I have chosen for the premier this year. I think it's going to be amazing! I hope it inspires you to branch out a little too - even if you incorporate just a few of the recipes and decorations from A Feast of Ice and Fire into your feast, it will make the celebration unique and fresh for your guests.

Southron Mulled Wine

Cabernet simmered with clementines, ginger, cinnamon, cloves, honey...yum.


Dean Jacobs Mulling Infuser & Spice Set, Mulled Cider & Mulled Wine , 5.5-Ounce Bag (Pack of 3)
Dean Jacobs Mulling Infuser & Spice Set, Mulled Cider & Mulled Wine , 5.5-Ounce Bag (Pack of 3)

Don't want to bother with making your own mulling spice bag? Here's an easy shortcut that's just as tasty. It's delicious warm, especially in cold weather, but you can chill mulled wine too!

 

Sweet Pumpkin Soup

Pumpkin, yam, butternut squash blended with cider, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg and chicken stock, served steaming.

Sansa Salad

Sansa is probably the character I like least from Game of Thrones, but the salad named for her is refreshing and different - a base of spinach, lemongrass and mint, with candied walnuts, prunes, and edible flowers (such as violets), in raspberry vinaigrette. I think I will replace the prunes with dried cranberries.

Black Bread

Made with rye, white, and whole wheat flours, dark beer or porter, and honey, this loaf will be dense and flavorful.

Quails Drowned in Butter

Marinated overnight in a butter and lemon sauce, and stuffed with apples, these will be loved by the kids for their size - they look like mini Thanksgiving turkeys!

Aurochs Roasted with Leeks

Unfortunately, aurochs are extinct, so I am substituting a top round roast of bison, roasted with leeks, carrots, and served with Medieval Pepper Sauce.

Peaches in Honey

Hot grilled peaches in a honey and lemon sauce, served with home made ice cream.

Tyroshi Pear Brandy

Aristocrat brandy (or any inexpensive brandy) and sugar syrup over sweet comice pears left for a few weeks in a dark pantry, then filtered through cheesecloth, is an invaluable aid to relaxing after dinner!

The Game of Thrones Table

My family dinner tables usually consist of a crisp white tablecloth and my beloved Fiestaware in appropriate colors (Persimmon, Ivory, and Chocolate for Thanksgiving, Scarlet and Shamrock for Christmas), but a Thanksgiving Feast of Ice and Fire requires a different aesthetic.

So far, I have a large piece of salvaged burlap for a tablecloth, a dark brown corduroy and velvet table runner I found at a discount store, and an ugly candelabra I'm going to paint black and use as a centerpiece with some faux "wolf fur" from the fabric store. Black Fiestaware dishes and wooden and pewter serving bowls, platters, and place settings will be perfect, and I am hoping to find some on my eBay and Salvation Army adventures.

Don't watch Game of Thrones? Well, start!

Game of Thrones: Season 1
Game of Thrones: Season 1

A visual masterpiece, fantastic, complicated characters, and an unpredictable storyline detailing the epic changes in a world ready for the return of dragons; how can you not be fascinated?

 

Old World Ambiance, Winterfell Style

Lighting provided only by candles, oil lamps, and a fire in the fireplace, with medieval or perhaps Elizabethan music on the CD player, will be the finishing touches. And of course, a screening of the latest Game of Thrones episode during dessert!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Very cool! :)

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      Joh2xny 4 years ago

      Cool, I like Game of Thrones!

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      RedHairedRockHead 4 years ago

      @tonybonura: That's a great time to have a birthday. I'm glad you enjoyed my lens! These recipes are amazing, I have made most of them, except for the quail.

      Sorry about the keyboard.

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      Tony Bonura 4 years ago from Tickfaw, Louisiana

      Very interesting. I love Thanksgiving, not the least because my birthday is always either on Thanksgiving (like last year) or around Thanksgiving (like most years). When I was in school I used to pretend that the week we got off for Thanksgiving was actually a week off for my birthday. :-) Your recipes made my mouth water, and my keyboard hates drool.

      TonyB

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      Kumar P S 4 years ago

      Interesting ! Thanks for sharing.

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      RavingMadAsAHatter 4 years ago

      I want the cookbook! :D

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      RedHairedRockHead 4 years ago

      @anonymous: I love the Pottery Barn, but the price point is a little out of reach for me - besides, I love hunting up a bargain at resale shops and yard sales.

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      RedHairedRockHead 4 years ago

      @jbush2404: Me too, in fact I'm a little obsessed!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      You can also find good feastgear at pottery barn, if there's one in your area.

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      jbush2404 4 years ago

      Cool Lense...I loved the books!

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      RedHairedRockHead 4 years ago

      @JoshK47: Thank you! I'm having a lot of fun preparing.

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      RedHairedRockHead 4 years ago

      @tobydavis: Thank you! I hope my family loves it as well.

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      Dan 4 years ago from CNY

      Different approach.

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      tobydavis 4 years ago

      What a cool idea! Love it!

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      JoshK47 4 years ago

      A very unique approach, indeed! I love it! :)