Game of Thrones Feast

I mentioned that we had a big party planned this weekend, and oh man, it was a big one. We’re big Game of Thrones fans. While it is airing, we watch with our friends every week, then spend a ton of time talking about everything. Last year, we got this crazy idea to have a medieval-style feast for the premier. It turned out fantastic, so we knew we had to do it again this year. Unfortunately, Amanda was out of town last week and we weren’t sure she was going to make it back in time for the premier, so we decided to push the feast to this week.

Obviously, for a Game of Thrones feast, we have to watch Game of Thrones, but, we decided to make a whole day of it. Since Saturday was International Tabletop Day, we decided to play some board games to kick off the day. What was supposed to be a few different games turned into a single marathon game of Run, Fight or Die. There was a heated debated over who the Heroic Dog belonged to (if we go by who ended up with him, he belongs to me), the most massive overflow of zombies, a zombie-proof van that kept getting stolen, and possibly the worst conditions that you could have with a zombie apocalypse: a full moon and really alert zombies. Overall, it was a lot of fun.

Afterwards, we spent a while playing Word Gush, the geeky “guess the word” game app made by Loot Crate. We really like Loot Crate. They get us. This app? It gets us. It’s freely available on Android and iOS, with the option to buy additional categories of clues. The free version ha great categories like movies, toys, super heroes, and comic books. There is also a charades mode, which we can guarantee will make you laugh. We took turns going around the room being the guesser while everyone else shouted out clues (or performed ridiculous, ridiculous actions for charades). After a few rounds each, we were hungry, so it was dinner time.

Our friend Cathy is a great cook. She put together a mouth-watering menu of honey-glazed chicken drumsticks topped with raisins, roasted mixed vegetables, rustic bread, and a chilled apple soup. We brought the same dish as last year: our take on the Sansa Salad (recipe below), an herb-infused salad we found on the Game of Thrones food blog Inn at the Crossroads. Also, we bought a few kinds of the official Game of Thrones beers brewed by Brewery Ommegang, so we enjoyed the Iron Throne blonde ale with dinner, saving the other 2 varieties for the coming weeks. For dessert, there was a delicious warm apple pie with vanilla ice cream.

After dinner, we played a few more rounds of Word Gush. For those keeping score at home, today has been about tabletop games, mobile party games, and a giant feast. For any other day, that’d be enough, but there is only one thing we say to Death: not today. How do you get even more epic from here? How about spending some time with the Clone Club? Yeah, we went there: we watched the most recent episode of Orphan Black. And a fantastic episode it was. There were some fun Helena moments, some focused-up Alison moments, and Sarah is always off doing what Sarah does best: getting into trouble. I won’t say anything more to avoid spoilers, but that show is amazing and you should watch it.

Finally, after we finished the episode of Orphan Black, we got to our feast’s namesake: Game of Thrones. Since this is being posted so soon after the episode aired, I’m not going to say much about this episode to avoid spoilers, but after it was over, we discussed all of the amazing scenes and plot points and came to the conclusion that this episode was in the top 5 best GoT episodes ever, and arguably even in the top 3. If anyone from Game of Thrones (either in front of or behind the camera) ever happens to read this, you guys are awesome.

Here is the recipe for our take on the Sansa Salad, which yields 6 servings.
Ingredients:

  • 3 cups leaf lettuce, hand shredded
  • 3 cups arugula, hand shredded
  • 3 cups spinach, hand shredded
  • 2 Tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
  • 2 Tablespoons chopped fresh sage
  • 2 Tablespoons chopped fresh rosemary
  • 2 Tablespoons chopped fresh thyme
  • 2 Tablespoons chopped fresh mint
  • 6 ounces blueberries
  • 3-4 ounces walnut pieces
  • raspberry vinaigrette salad dressing

Directions:
Hand shred all of your salad greens and mix them together thoroughly in a large salad bowl. Sprinkle on the chopped, fresh herbs and mix thoroughly again. Top with blueberries and walnuts. Serve with raspberry vinaigrette on the side so the greens don’t wilt in the salad bowl while you’re eating. (That might have happened to us last year. Oops.)

Today’s date was so long, but so fantastic. It’s always great to spend so much time with each other and with friends, especially feeding all of our geeky habits, and our stomachs.

Links:
Buy Run, Fight, or Die on Amazon
Sansa Salad recipe from Inn at the Crossroads
Iron Throne blonde ale from Brewery Ommegang

Triumphant Return of Puzzle Mania

Our poor, poor puzzle addiction. This whole time that we’ve been too busy to post, we’ve also been too busy to finish puzzles. My friends, the drought is officially over. We started Thomas Kinkade’s Lady and the Tramp puzzle… Hold on. I actually have to go look at that post to find the date… Wow, all the way back at the beginning of February. It has been sitting on our puzzle board (a repurposed shelf that we didn’t use from a prefab cabinet) since then, just mocking us. Tonight, we finally conquered it.

Similarly to last time, we pulled up a high-res image of the finished work on our TV, but this time we focused in to a small section at a time to find the pieces missing from that area. That helped for a little while since we hadn’t placed a few pieces in color transition areas and they were really stumping us. Finally, we got down to the last few (30 or so) pieces and separated them into shapes to start trying to match a few holes we had across the board. We were convinced for a while that we were missing a bunch of pieces because the ones we had weren’t fitting. We even (unfairly) blamed the cat for walking off with a few pieces (though he never did admit it), but by some miracle, even after all this time of the puzzle sitting out, every single piece was there and the puzzle came together at last. It always feels good to complete a puzzle, but this time especially since it has been so long since we started.

Completed Lady and the Tramp puzzle

Our next puzzle is on loan to us from our friends. They either like us or hate us, but we can’t tell which. The Doctor Who fans among us will probably remember the Vincent Van Gogh episode, and the follow-up painting of the TARDIS exploding as part of the Season 5 finale. They loaned us a puzzle of that painting. It’s going to take us a whole weekend (or maybe longer) to put that together. It’s nothing but white, black, dark blue, orange, and yellow. Puzzle Mania marches on…

Links:
Buy Thomas Kinkade Disney 4-in-1 puzzle from Amazon