Before joining the SCA, I came across a series of books by George R.R. Martin, A Song of Ice and Fire. George is an amazing writer and I fell in love with the books. One of the truly great things about the books, and I am know I am not alone in thinking this, is his descriptions of the feasts. They leave me hungry and make my mouth water no matter how many times I read them.
Reading a discussion board devoted largely to GRRM and ASoIaF, a woman started a discussion about ASOIAF Dinner Party. The first thing that popped into my mind was recreating some of the dishes from the books. This wasn’t what the author of the topic had in mind, but the idea stuck with me.
With the help of a few others, I went through the books finding descriptions of the feasts, used those ideas and have expanded upon them using knowledge of historical food preparations and feasts. Using primarily traditional recipes from medieval and renaissance Europe and the Mid-East and some that were fully created by myself based on the descriptions from the books.
The first feast in the books is to welcome King Robert to the North and is shown to us through the eyes of fourteen year old Jon. The description tells us the feast has already lasted four hours; the hall is smoky and filled with the smells of fresh baked bread and roasted meats. Only two items are mentioned, honeyed chicken and roasted onions dripping in brown gravy.
We know that breads and roasted meats are also served, and this would fit with a typical medieval feast, so I have filled in the rest of the feast using information from a later feast held at Winterfell as my guide.
Soft Cheese Spread
Spicy White Fish
Vegetable Beef Soup
Wild Boar (a pork roast)
Current Wine Sauce
Roast Duck with Orange Sauce
Tarragon Lemon Salmon Fillets
Baked Sole stuffed with Crab
Roast Prime Ribs
Roast Beef with Mushrooms in Wine Sauce
Roasted Onion with brown gravy
5th Course (dessert)