Medieval Cooking – Modern World: Pork Pie

After many a day, you and your companion have finally reached Blastenburg Castle to discuss business with the lord who resides within its walls.  Upon you arrival, Lord Covenbrand greets you with open arms and ushers you into his study to discuss the reason for your summons.  The room is decorated with ornately carved dark oak and lined with shelves of old leather-bound books.  Many hunting trophies adorn the walls that surround you; the heads of deer, bears and boar stuck in a fixed gaze on any who enter the dimly lit room.  A single desk has been placed at the back near a large fireplace holding softly glowing embers.  Lord Covenbrand sits behind the elegant piece of furniture and motions for you both to take the two empty seats that remain.

After a short discussion, you are both charged with the capture of a dangerous thief who is reported to be hiding in the mountains nearby.  As you carefully ponder the task set before you, Lord Covenbrand pulls a purse filled with coins out from a drawer hidden inside the desk.  You smile, accept the contract – and the purse – and bow.  Lord Covenbrand lets out a pleased laugh and decides to invite you to his hall this evening for a feast.  You graciously accept and before long you and your companion are sitting at a long table being served freshly baked pork pies and mulled wine while a pair of musicians play a lively song on the flute and tambour.  The roar of talk and laughter fills the room and it becomes apparent to you that the lord’s people have much to celebrate tonight.  Bellies full, you both raise your mugs to cheers to your good fortune and luck in the coming days.

Feasting halls are notorious for roasted meats, baked goods, barrels of beer, and abundance; there are plenty of options to please even the pickiest of eaters.  This time, while tasty, a simple soup isn’t adequate for two adventurers about to head out on a quest.  Of course, a Lord or Lady would offer up some of their best to show their hospitality and impress their guests.  This little savoury and sweet recipe from “The Official Game of Thrones Cookbook” will have you inviting all your friends over for a feast of your very own!

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Ingredients:

  • 1.5 lbs. ground pork
  • 1/2 TSP salt
  • 4 eggs yolks
  • 2 TSP ground ginger
  • 1/4 TSP ground black pepper
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1/2 cup dried currants
  • 1/2 cup chopped dates
  • 2 pie crusts 9″ (I bought pre-made pie crusts rather than making my own because I suck at making pie crust)

Directions:

  • Preheat oven to 375°F
  • Put a small amount of oil in the bottom of a pan and brown the pork over medium heat.  Once done, let cool slightly and mix with salt, egg yolks, ginger, pepper, honey and fruit.
  • Place one pie crust in the bottom of a pie plate and add mixture into it.
  • Place the second pie shell on the top as a lid and fold the top dough under the edge of the bottom crust, pinching the edges shut.
  • Cut steam holes on the top crust and bake for 1 hour.

Soon your whole house will start to smell like a medieval kitchen; the scents of pork, pastry and spice delicately wafting through the halls is enough to make just about anybody’s stomach growl.  So start baking and show them who is lord (or lady) of your neighbourhood!

Tasty trails friends!

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