Updated: Jun 8, 2019
The time is here! The day has come! Game of Thrones has hit the airwaves!
This is where it all started for me, with this show. Years ago, in Pufton Village, with my brother and a number of his friends. We gathered to watch these houses scheme, plot, battle, and wow us with their adventures. Every Sunday we would cook, drink beer, and eat cheap desserts. We would laugh and chat through one episode and remain completely silent as shock ran through the room during the second.
I was all of 19 years old. Bright-eyed and bushy-tailed, ready to tackle on the world. It seems so long ago!
Now I am almost 26, and I would like to think I am still bright-eyed and bushy-tailed. I like to think that I am still tackling the world. I am just a little more tired come Monday morning.
The friends have changed and the food and drink have evolved, but the warm feeling this brings me is still the same. This is something I look forward to. I am excited to go back to a ritual that will continue for the remainder of this show. Because Game of Thrones has become a cult classic for us. We all have the drive to come together and watch this show every week.
I will be sad when it ends because the ritual will end. We can try to take on another show as we have done in the past, but it probably will not stick. So we will make the most of it while we can.
To mark this glorious occasion I have decided to add a theme to these Sunday dinners. Each week I am going to plan a menu that surrounds one of the great houses of the show. What would they eat? What would their land give them? What would the climate desire? You may have noticed that the colors on my menu have evolved to the house colors, not just yellow.
Our first house, one of my favorites (and probably many others) was House Stark, the people to the North. Their climate chills the occupants to the bone, they have large open spaces, I would imagine difficult soil to farm once the cold sets in.
I want to make a note that I did not do extended research, this is all based on general observation and speculation.
What would this family eat as they gather around their communal table in their great hall? I would like to think Cornish Game Hens, something that they would pick apart with their fingers, stuffed with plums and pears along with Roasted Rosemary Root Vegetables, resilient spuds that are easy to grow.
What would fill their flagons? Something warm most likely. Something that would be made in a large batch and served in a pitcher. I decided on Mulled Wine with flavors of plums and sweet cherries.
Hopefully, a meal worthy of the King in the North!