I always get hungry when I’m reading about food, feasting, or eating. My interest in British food began when I read Harry Potter. The Hogwarts delicacies that made me salivate most was treacle tart, chicken and ham pie, and steak and kidney pie. I love any kind of food that comes with a buttery, flaky crust.
I even received a copy of the Unofficial Harry Potter Cookbook for Christmas one year. I’ve never had to use it because the Chip Shop in Park Slope helps me scratch that itch. Their treacle custard totally hits the spot. It will give you cellulite for sure, but it’s so delicious.
Then, when I started reading the Game of Thrones series, George R. R. Martin introduced me to a whole new world of medieval eats – lamprey pie, roast capon, roast boar, beef and barley stew, bean and bacon soup, goat cheese and apples… mmm… I’m so sad I missed the Game of Thrones food trucks in Midtown last year.
Since I love eel, I salivate every time Littlefinger noshes on lamprey pie. These prehistoric fish are pretty ugly, but I still fantasize about this rich, artery clogging delicacy that was a favorite amongst the royal families of England.
I couldn’t find any recipes for lamprey or eel pie online so I’m tempted to buy A Feast of Ice and Fire, the official Game of Thrones cookbook. I’m so eager to try lamprey pie that I’d buy some Japanese unagi and pop it into a pie crust. I’d serve it at a season finale party along with all these tasty treats:
The first course would be Tully trout with deliciously creative dragon dipping sauce.
Followed by roast capon, mostly because it’s easy.
The third course would be a mysterious bowl of Flea Bottom brown…
For the sweet course, I’d coerce Kim into making lemon cakes, Sansa Stark’s favorite dessert.
And I’d bring out that Dothraki horse heart I’ve been saving for a special occasion.
I’m certain Queen Cersei would approve.
Funny thing is, I just had dinner.