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