In honor of the new season of Game of Thrones, I decided it was the perfect time to cook something from the GOT cookbook: A feast of Ice and Fire. Long story short, this cook book is amazeballs. Like I recommend it 100%. Let me tell you why!

Let me talk about just the cookbook itself for a minute. (don't worry, I'll get to testing a recipe, but you HAVE to know these awesome things).

Look at that spread.

Look at that spread.

This cook book has some amazing features. It's got beautiful pictures and well written recipes. But my favorite two things about this cook book are these:

First of all, it pairs each recipe with a quote from the GOT books mentioning the food. Each of these recipes is something that a character from GOT encountered. How wicked cool is that? You really CAN dine like a Lannister.

But here's the BEST thing. You might be thinking right now, anyone can make a recipe and call it by a name that sounds like it would fit in the Game of Thrones universe, right? It doesn't mean that food is going to TASTE like it belongs in Game of Thrones. It could be newfangled hokey pokey, right?
WRONG. Most of these recipies, and there are a LOT of them, offer a 'modern recipie' and an actual medieval or historical recipe. Like, these things are made to taste just like they would in ye olden days with castles. You can ACTUALLY eat the dense and rich wonderful foods of Medieval times. Like the delisious types of food that would be covering a long table in the great hall, that a room full of cooks laboured over for hours to impress the nobility. THAT IS THE FOOD YOU CAN COOK.

So are you excited yet? BECAUSE YOU FREAKING SHOULD BE.

Granted, none of this so far guaruntees that the food is going to be good, right? Well, that's what I'm here for. Your own personal recipe tester TO the RESCUE!

Finished Product!

Finished Product!

I decided to test the medieval Pork Pie recipe. because that sounds delicious. Things that are called for by this recipe include saffron (just a pinch), dates, currants and lots of honey. So it is meant to be a sweet and dense hot pie to warm your belly in the cold winter, but also satisfy the sweet tooth that nobility could afford to have.

The pork pie was really quite easy to make. it took a little bit of time, but I didn't have anything but fun while making it. And the best part is that it was SO FREAKING YUMMY. Seriously. It was so good.

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This pie was not light and fluffy. It was dense and sweet and wonderful. It was the type of pie that you could take with you on a long trip without worry of it collapsing. It was a solid, beautiful piece of food. It was very clear that it was in fact a medieval type recipe. There was nothing made up about it. it was solid.

If this one recipe is ANY indication of what the rest of the book is like, YOU NEED TO BUY IT NOW. Seriously. I'm going to buy it. And I'm going to make Roman peaches with a honey and cumin sauce. It's happening.

 

 

LOOK HOW STURDY THIS THING IS I CAN EAT IT WITH MY HANDS

LOOK HOW STURDY THIS THING IS I CAN EAT IT WITH MY HANDS

Medieval Pie crust

Pinch of saffron
½ cup water
½ cup unsalted butter
3 cups flour
2 egg yolks, slightly beaten

Dissolve the saffron in the water. Meanwhile, rub the butter into the flour with your fingers until there are only crumb-sized pieces of butter left, then add the egg yolks and the saffron water. Stir until entirely incorporates, adding more water very gradually if needed, until everything just sticks together.

 

Medieval pork pie

1 ½ pounds ground pork
½ teaspoon salt
4 egg yolks
2 teaspoons ground ginger
¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
1/3 cup honey
½ cup dried currants
½ cup chopped dates
1 batch of medieval pastry crust unbaked

Preheat oven to 375

Brown the pork in a skillet over medium heat. Let cool slightly and mix well with the salt, egg yolks, spices, honey and fruits. (the filling should be very moist.) place the mixture in the pie shell and add the lid. Fold the top dough under the edge of the bottom crust and pinch the edges shut. Cut decorative steam holes in the top of the pastry, and bake for 45 min to an hour, or until golden brown.

So, what do you think?