Cooking: Chicken and Spent Grain Barley Stew

Thoughts: This is a great use of leftovers, both chicken and spent grain. Although the broth is not especially thick, it is savory and satisfying. Chunks of root vegetables add splashes of color and substance. I didn’t have much meat left to go into my batch: just one large drumstick. But shredded up and torn…

Fortified Blood Orange Wine, 1690s

Thoughts: The Lucayos Cookbook uses predominantly raisin-based fruit wines, and so far I’ve found them to be interesting and tasty. This version is unique in that it is fortified with brandy after fermentation, giving it a bit of an extra kick. To stay closer to Game of Thrones, I swapped the Seville (civil) oranges called…

Basic Spent Grain Bread

Thoughts: I played around a bit and came up with this great, simple recipe for bread with spent grain. As with most recipes, it’s a starting point. Feel free to innovate and add other seeds, grains, flours, oats, sugars, etc. to make it your own. Just be sure to share your results! I certainly plan…

Metheglin Mead, 1655

Metheglin Mead Thoughts: I started my batch in April, bottled in May, and tried it at the end of August, about 5 months later. At this point, it’s ever so slightly fizzy when first cracked open, and a beautiful light golden color. It smells like honey. The flavor is somewhat herbal, but in a good,…

Wildling Cider

“Before Mance, Varamyr Sixskins had been a lord of sorts. He lived alone in a hall of moss and mud and hewn logs that had once been Haggon’s, attended by his beasts. A dozen villages did him homage in bread and salt and cider, offering him fruit from their orchards and vegetables from their gardens.”…

Plum Wine

“The queen took a flagon of sweet plum wine from a passing serving girl and filled Sansa’s cup. ‘Drink,’ she commanded coldly. ‘Perhaps it will give you the courage to deal with truth for a change.’” –A Clash of Kings Plum Wine Thoughts: Usually I wait with brewing recipes, but it’s just the tail end…

Violatium

“I’d give you some violets, but they withered all when my father died.” -Ophelia, Hamlet Thoughts: So get this: The Ancient Romans actually made this beverage where they immersed violet blossoms in wine. Naturally, I had to try it. The finished product is quirky. As the mixture ages, the color leaches out of the violets, leaving…

Apricot Wine I

“Before you came Meereen was dying. Our rulers … sat atop their pyramids sipping apricot wine and talking of the glories of the Old Empire whilst the centuries slipped by and the very bricks of the city crumbled all around them. Custom and caution had an iron grip upon us till you awakened us with fire and blood. A…

Ginger Beer

  Thoughts: To make your own ginger beer couldn’t be much easier. This recipe is based on the method detailed in the wonderful book, The Art of Fermentation, by Sandor Katz. It uses natural yeasts from the ginger (that’s why organic ginger is important), and produces a fizzy, effervescent beverage that is delicious. A wide…

Tyroshi Pear Brandy

Pear Brandy starting to age Although there are several pear brandies available commercially, we opted to try making our own. This beautiful beverage will have to age around two months before we can let you know how it has turned out. If you like, you can make some too, and watch it mature along with…