It was time for another Nom Nom Club this weekend, and in honour of a very special housewarming we visited Exeter via Westeros for a Game of Thrones themed feast.
We ate: a beef, mushroom and red wine (two bottles) pie (I can’t emphasise enough how good this was), two slowed cooked pork – one in Guinness and one in cider (the cider sweeter, the Guinness more smoky and deep in flavour), a huge bowl of garlicky mash, roasted beetroots and carrots, onion and cider gravy and an adapted Sansa salad. We finished up with a wonderful plum and blueberry cake and lemoncakes (of course) with lemon curd over the top. After a quick break we also had a little cheese board with some Dorset knobs (!).
Whilst we took inspiration from the cookbook A Feast of Ice and Fire most of these were adapted recipes (in particular the Sansa salad) based around the themes of good, hearty, medieval style cooking. We could certainly have been more Westeros-authentic, but probably not more delicious.
We drank: both red and white wine from King’s Landing (otherwise known as Croatia, where our lovely hosts recently honeymooned!). A drop of port with the cheese.
We talked about: moving house, new plans, mash techniques, going skiing, how to support people, the wedding, making friends in new cities and all our exciting hopes for the next year. We played a surprisingly successful game of Articulate too.
I always say this but this group of people really are a wonderful, inspirational lot and I’m so proud of everything they’re achieving – it was absolutely beautiful to spend 24 hours with them in the most fantastic home.