I don’t know what it is but I’m not much of a fan of fantasy. Anthony on the other hand is. I think I lack an imagination to find any interest in it; for me, there needs to be a scientific reasoning for everything! It’s been a mission and a half for him to get me to watch Lord of the Rings! I still haven’t watch any of the movies but I did promise him many years ago that if he proposes then I’ll watch it. When we are married, I’m still going to try delay it as much as I can because I can be stubborn like that… :p
One of his more successful missions though was to get me watching Game of Thrones. He had read the books before the tv series came out and I remember him being all giddy about this new “upcoming” tv show.
I can’t exactly remember how I stumbled upon this site but basically it’s a food blog called Inn at the Crossroads; where 2 Game of Thrones foodie fans recreate recipes from the novel series A Song of Ice and Fire. It was a while later that I discovered their hard work had paid off as they landed themselves a book deal to publish the Official Game of Thrones Cookbook; which is mighty impressive as a foreword is featured by the author of the books.
For Christmas last year, this was one of the presents I got Anthony. He likes food and Game of Thrones. What a better way to
get him cooking combine two things he enjoys!?
The recipes in this cookbook features some of those found in all 7 kingdoms this story is set in, ranging from savoury to sweet and includes some beverages. Most recipes featured in the cookbook (as well as the blog) contain 2 versions; a modern and medieval version (to keep up with the medieval fantasy world that the series is set in). The medieval versions are adaptations from actual medieval recipes, and are often amusing to read.
One day, Anthony and I finally decided to make something from this cookbook. One of the recipes we’d seen being harped on and on by one of the girls on Twitter was lemon cakes. “What’s so goddamn good about these lemon cakes anyway?!” So we decided to see what all the fuss was about.
If you follow me on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram, you would have noticed that I’ve been slightly obsessed with these so-called lemon cakes. They aren’t actually cakes as such, more like cookies, well the medieval version at least. No joke, within a matter of moments of taking these babies out of the oven, Anthony and I had eaten about 6 each in one sitting! They were that good! Moreish, chewy cookies jam-packed with lemon goodness.
Addiction is then what drove me to make another batch of these lemon cakes the following day! Now here is where I let you in on a secret… You would think that the first time someone tries a new recipe that they stick to the recipe right? Well not me! Unless I’m way out of my league, I don’t really follow recipes to a tee… The second time I made these lemon cakes, I followed the recipe (seeing as I’d modified it). However, it produced a different lemon cake with a slightly different texture and the lemon flavour wasn’t that strong.
Perfectionist. That is who I am. I can’t help it… So I set forth to recreate these lemon cakes to match the first batch we had made and it worked like a treat. These lemon cakes are ridiculously easy to make and even more ridiculously easy to eat a lot without realising it.
Then of course, I had to make the modern version of these lemon cakes (for research sakes)… And this version actually lives up to its name as they resemble cake and not cookies. These bite-size, pound cake-like morsels do require a bit more effort than their medieval counterpart. A lemon cake is baked, cooled and cut into small cubes and then covered with a zesty lemon glaze (which reminds me of lemon sherbet).
Having made both versions, I’ll think when I have cravings for Game of Thrones lemon cakes that I’ll stick to making the medieval version. Only because it’s quicker to make and they yield something incredibly addictive due to the texture and flavour.
Having said that, just about when I thought there couldn’t be any more lemon cakes, I find this recipe. It’s a lemon cake recipe from the HBO guys. What’s intriguing about this lemon cake is that it seems like you make a batter, cook it in ramekin moulds in a water bath and the final product results in a spongy cake that melts and an intense lemon glaze on top. I guess I have to test this for another day…