As Game of Thrones comes to its conclusion on Sunday night, we think it’s worth marking with a feast. Try these recipes for your watch party.
It’s hard to actually grasp the reality that after Sunday night, Game of Thrones will be no longer. Since 2011 we’ve watched the ruthless jockeying for position among the families of Westeros. Now almost all of them are gone.
Our Mother of Dragons has gone full Targaryen and turned King’s Landing into charcoal, her loyal servant Ser Jorah expired last episode. Cersei and Jamie were buried under the Red Keep, the Hound is gone, as is his brother Ser Gregor. When we sift through the ashes of the remaining characters, there’s not many left, of course for Sansa, Arya, Jon Snow, Brienne, Davos, Tyrian and Brann. Just who will sit on the Iron Throne? well that’s anyone’s guess.
It’s hungry and thirsty work watching all your favourite characters, you’ve spent the last eight years with getting picked off one by one. So for the committed Game of thrones fan, who’s going to be left with an empty feeling after the grand finale, it’s time to feast – eat, drink and be merry and enjoy a goblet or two, or three, or four of red wine.
If Game of Thrones has left one real legacy in our day to day lives it is that every home should be equipped with a ‘wine station’. That is, a brass jug and goblet filled with wine so that you can break off mid conversation, walk to the ‘wine station’, fill your glass and drink, for dramatic effect. As our GOT characters drink copious amounts of red wine, it’s advisable to replace it with something a little lighter. We want to actually be able to remember the final episode, so we’re recommending sangria. We all remember Joffrey’s last scene and the poisoned chalice. So this sangria is in honour of the dead boy king.
Arya’s Oysters, clams and cockles
Arya Stark, the faceless assassin and saviour of Westeros went from independently minded young girl to lion-hearted hero over the course of the eight seasons. Her first kill as a follower of the faceless Man she disguised herself as a vendor of oysters, cockles and clams. Here’s a refined recipe for grilled oysters for the faceless fine dinners among you.
Roast chicken for the Hound
Be like the Hound, broken, remorseless, pitiless, hell bent on revenge… no don’t actually, eat like the hound. Before the final episode starts, everyone should sit down with their own roast chicken and then proceed to tear it apart and eat it with their hands. Napkins shall not be used, instead, wipe any grease from your face with your sleeve and wash it down with goblets of sangria (see above).
Sansa’s lemon cakes
Another character who has grown up in front of our eyes is Sansa Stark. The ‘Little Bird’ is now an ice cold bitch who will do whatever it takes to protect her family and the North. What a long way she has come from the days when she was held hostage in King’s Landing spending her days staring into the sea. It was from that period that we learned of her penchant for Lemon Cakes (spawning a thousand memes) when Olenna and Margaery Tyrell offer her favourite delicacy in return for info on the King’s character. Probably best to serve this cake after the last episode when you need something sweet to leave a good taste in your mouth rather than the taste of bitter disappointment the conclusion is certain to leave.
OK, so she’s gone bats and massacred an entire city, but she used to be the great hope for a peaceful future in Westeros. That scene of her Dothraki marriage to Drogo when she eats a horse’s heart with gusto was a turning point for her. We don’t recommend chowing down on a whole raw horse’s heart, it might cause indigestion, but heart is one of the tastiest cuts and should be used more. Try this lamb’s heart wrap and feel empowered by the symbolic strength it gives you. Eat it the same way Daenarys does.
Stew on the Wall
All those episodes of the Night’s Watch huddled around dwindling fires looking morose seem like a long time ago. The Wall might have fallen, but it’s still cold up north. Try this recipe for Irish stew, serve with a wooden ladle in a wooden bowl and get together with your fellow Crows, huddled around the then for the final episode. Dust each other with caster sugar and maintain a grim silence for added effect.
King Robert’s Boar Feast
If anyone was a foodie on Game of Thrones it was the Fat King Robert Baratheon, just look at that face. HE came to an untimely end when fatally injured while out hunting boar, but he certainly enjoyed his life. He spent his time swilling wine from a horn, feasting on the likes of wild boar and fathering countless ‘bastards’, hunted and not much else. So in Robert’s honour, here’s a recipe for wild boar, enjoy.
Game Of Thrones Finale Feast
It’s the last episode you may as well go all out. Gather your friends and keep your enemies closer. Suckling pig is the centre piece to your GOT-inspired feast.