"There were great joints of aurochs roasted with leeks, venison pies chunky with carrots, bacon, and mushrooms, mutton chops sauced in honey and cloves, savory duck, peppered boar, goose, skewers of pigeons and capon, beef-and-barley stew, cold fruit soup. Lord Wyman had brought twenty cakes of fish from White Harbor packed in salt and seawood; whitefish and winkles, crabs and mussels, clams, herring, cod, salmon, lobster and lampreys. There were black bread and honeycakes and oaten biscuits; there were turnips and pease and beets, beans and squash and huge red onion; there were baked apples and berry tarts and pears poached in strongwine. Wheels of white cheese were set at every table, above and below the salt, and flagons of hot spice wine and chilled autumn ale were passed up and down the table." A Clash of Kings, George R.R. Martin
It seems that what A Song of Ice and Fire has in abundance, besides violence and incest, is food. From hot pies to brown stew to lemon cakes, the GOT world has its own index of food to add context and realism to the realms. Martin must have done some insane research to convey the detail and sheer mass of the great feasts of the middle ages, as well as the deprival of war and famine.
But you don't have to make a venison pie to get into the spirit of Game of Thrones. A particular favorite in King's Landing, this is a super quick bake for all ya'll GOT fans gathering tomorrow for the season finale. I'm super duper psyched, especially with a season that's been punching up the ladyvenge and hustling the plot along. Summer cherries add a little tartness (and bloodiness) to the treat.
Total Time: 1 hour
Bake Time: 45 minutes
4 medium sized apples, (I used Gala)
4 tart cherries, pitted and cut in half
2 tablespoons butter
1/3 cup oats
3 tablespoons light brown sugar
1 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1/4 cup sliced almonds
Whipped cream or creme fraiche, to serve
1. Set the oven to 350 F. Core the apples with a sharp knife and spoon.
2. Crumble the butter, sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg with your fingers until completely incorporated.
3. Stuff the apples evenly, add cherries and almonds on top. Place in a baking pan filled with 1-inch water or cider (optional). Bake 45 minutes.
4. Allow to cool about 5-10 minutes. Serve with whipped cream or creme fraiche!