I am one of the many fans that undertook the enormous challenge of reading “Game of Thrones” the Song of Ice and Fire epic series of books written by George R.R. Martin. I since discover this great website called “Inn at the Crossroads” AKA the official Game of Thrones Cookbook. Inn at the Crossroads is food blog written in response to the amazing food described in the books, giving history and recipes for each region described in the book series. Sometime even noting some long forgotten recipe found in old English for a few of those mouth watering dishes the author described in great detail in his books.
I was quite impressed by the actual research and attention to detail these women undertook to recreate these recipes for their blog as I am sure that only dedicated foodies would even undertake this daunting task.
So impressed in fact that I decided to throw a “Medieval dinner party” and try my hand at some of the recipes as just reading them over made my mouth water.
Here is an actual recipe from the website that I tried, very simple to follow and straight forward.
Medieval Roast “Honeyed” Chicken Recipe
- 1 whole chicken for roasting
- olive oil/butter
- 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
- 1/3 cup honey
- Dash of mint, dried or fresh (abt. 1 tsp.)
- Small handful of raisins
- ~tbs. butter
Rub the chicken down with olive oil/butter and salt. This makes the skin crispy and delicious. Cook in an oven at 450 degrees F for approximately an hour, or until the juices run clear, and the thick meat of the breast is no longer pink.
While your chicken is roasting away in the oven, combine all ingredients in saucepan and allow to simmer, until the raisins plump and the sauce reduces slightly. Remove from heat, and when the chicken is done, spread the sauce and raisins over the bird.
I served my bird with some root vegetables roasted with some fresh rosemary (ie carrots, potatoes, onions and parsnips), and some nice crusty olive bread and I can tell you the bird was quite flavorful and juicy and the honey glaze was fabulous.
Although I served the meal with a nice hearty red wine I am sure a smooth ale would have definitely have complimented the meal for you beer drinkers.
So if you feel adventurous and want to try your hand around the kitchen, I recommend trying some of these recipes and maybe dressing the part, a serving wench perhaps? Add a little candlelight and viola a simple roast chicken can become a medieval supper. Go ahead enjoy…My family loved the unconventional treat, I am sure your family will too. Bon Appetite!