Game of Thrones season eight

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A Game of Feasts: How to prepare food from Westeros [videos]

The perfect winter food to keep you warm for Games of Thrones season 8 episode 2.

Game of Thrones season eight

Photo: HBO

Game of Thrones is everywhere you look at the moment – billboards, magazines, social media, streaming television and even the cinema. Now it’s time to get some Game of Thrones goodness in the last place that matters, in your belly.

We’re halfway through the week, and it’s almost time for the second episode. It seems that the war is coming to Winterfell quicker than they thought. That leaves us with enough time to practice some of the dishes before Game of Thrones season 8 episode 2 on Monday.

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Throughout the show, and probably more so the books, food plays a significant role throughout the story.

Whether it’s the decadent tables of King’s landing or the warm comfort of a campfire meal, a lot of the intrigue and storytelling happens with a handful of grub.

We’ve collected some of our favourite dishes from the Game of Thrones universe, for those of you with a bit of skill in the kitchen and who are finding the long nights between episodes to be dark and full of terror.

If you need a catch up of the first seven seasons before you dig in to Game of Thrones season eight (literally), we have your back: A season-by-season breakdown of all the major events.

Lemon Cakes

These tiny delicacies are Sansa Stark’s favourites. It’s hard to think of anyone in the show who more deserves the comfort of home-baked cakes.

This recipe for a light lemon cupcake and lemon-cream cheese frosting perfectly blends Sansa’s beauty and northern strength.

The end product is a delicious no-nonsense cake that will help you channel your inner Stark, while reminding you of happier times before George R. R. Martin killed off everyone we loved.

Hot Pie’s Brown Butter Crust Pie

Ah Hot Pie. I, for one, am very glad that he survived so long. All the way to Game of Thrones season 8. Well, he was still alive at the end of season 7 so we live in hope that he is one of the few characters who makes it to the end.

Hot Pie once told Arya, when she was still Arrie, that his secret is browning the butter, something most people don’t have time for. That doesn’t sound so hard.

Whole roast chicken

Now if there’s one person in the Game of Thrones universe who loves him some chicken, it’s the nicer Clegane brother, aka The Hound. Eight seasons later and I really hope someone gave him those chickens.

This doesn’t look too hard, does it? Serve with potato wedges and vegetables, and some good ol’ mulled wine. Speaking of mulled wine…

Mulled wine

Mulled wine is spicy and rich but also medium bodied and easy to drink. The sweetness of the honey and sugar combines brilliantly with spice of the fresh ginger in this recipe.

“The Old Bear was particular about his hot spiced wine. So much cinnamon and so much nutmeg and so much honey, not a drop more. Raisins and nuts and dried berries, but no lemon, that was the rankest sort of southern heresy…”

A Clash of Kings

Frey Pie

The infamous Frey pie is a moment that many Game of Thrones fans may prefer to forget, but it served to remind us of a fundamental lesson, don’t mess with Arya Stark. Ever.

We beg you not to try the Frey pie recipe from the show. That pie had pieces of Black Walder in it… However, a short rib and ale pie is just what the doctor ordered for the cold April and May we have ahead.

‘Purple wedding’ pie

Ding dong, that evil blonde-haired king is dead. If you’re still celebrating that time Joffery turned every shade of purple and shuffled off his mortal coil, you’re not alone.

My only regret is that the producers didn’t find a way to resurrect the slimy psychopath as a white walker so we could watch him get killed again. As a special treat, try this pie recipe and put that scene of Joffery clutching at his throat and turning Barney purple on repeat.

Pork Sausage

A simle yet delicious dish, but you sould probably forget about the episode. Seriously, for Theon’s sake just go forth and try this yummy Bratwurst recipe and leave poor Theon out of it, he’s suffered enough.

Bowl o’ Brown

Nothing quite like a beef and barley stew on a cold winter night. This recipe looks fit for a king, and that’s more than some characters on Game of Thrones can say.

Beef and barley stew, also referred to as bowls of brown, is served primarily in Fleabottom, the poorest district in King’s Landing. In Flewbottom, the meager, slow-cooked stew contains meat of questionable origins.

Melisandre: “When I was your age, I lived on one bowl of stew a day, and ‘stew’ is a kind word for it.
“Gendry: “In Flea Bottom we called them ‘bowls of brown’. We’d pretend that the meat in them was chicken. We knew it wasn’t chicken.”

Oysters, Clams and cockles

For this recipe, we’ll try for a taste of Braavos. The Bravosi seafood and wine are unrivaled but be warned! Steer clear of any waifs when doing your oyster shopping, no good can come of it.

This ‘dish has no name,’ or you can just call it Oysters with Prosecco and Mignonette. The recipe will be well worth your time though, if you happen to survive your trip down to your local oyster seller. Need more inspiration?

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