Thursday, September 18, 2014

The South-Arya's Tarts

Hey there! 
Okay I finally made Arya's Snitched Tarts from the Game of Thrones Cookbook. I chose to do the modern version, which is a little less complicated. 
Still...I had some problems with execution, but the overall taste of the tarts turned out really well. 

The problem I had involved not having the right "tools" and that the instructions on how to prepare the dough-sheets is a little confusing. I did not have a round cookie cutter and none of my glasses turned out to be sharp enough to make a proper circle (that was the plan). I ended up with only a few to work with. I should have been more prepared to begin with LOL! But that's how we learn. Shall we begin?

To start you want to lay out your pastry sheets on a flowered surface. Then use a 3 to 4 inch round cookie cutter or glass to cut out 4 rounds from each sheet to make 16 total. Place 4 pastry rounds on each baking sheet and pierce with a fork, all over.  
 Next use a 3 1/2 inch round cutter to cut out smaller rounds from the center of the remaining 8 rounds, to form rings. Brush the outer edges with whisked/beaten egg, and top each with the pastry ring. Then set in freezer for 30 mins. Preheat the oven to 375. 

Unfortunately I am pretty sure that I did this part wrong (making the pastry rounds)...or just not exactly as they intended me too. Either way they still turned out delicious, maybe I can play around with the extra dough and find myself a good cookie cutter he he. 

Remove pastries from freezer. 
Mix the cheese, salt and lemon juice together. Spread mixture inside the rings of each frozen pastry round. 
Cut Gala apple into slices/wedges and overlap on top of rounds. Combine butter and honey and brush over top of the apple slices. Add a sprinkle of allspice and candied nuts on top (optional). 
Then place in the oven for 30 mins or until apples tender and pastries are golden. Remove tartlets from oven, let cool for a few mins. Drizzle some extra honey on top and serve!

Arya's Tarts are savory and as the name suggests, tart. You can taste the goat cheese well and it mixes wonderfully with the apples. The bit of candied pecans and allspice really add more flavor too, so would suggest using them.

I will definitely try these again. 


Monday, September 15, 2014

Preview--Arya's Tarts

The next item out of the Game of Thrones Cookbook is going to be: 

Arya's Snitched Tarts

Stay Tuned! he he

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

The North: Medieval Armored Turnips

Are we Cooking?
Yes Jacky! We are making our first-ever dish from: 
For our very first dish, I wanted to choose something relatively easy but interesting and since I can't recall ever having turnips...this seemed like a good choice. I decided to make the Medieval version as well, Turnips in Butter or Medieval Armored Turnips
One cool thing about A Feast of Ice and Fire is that you can choose between making the Medieval version or the Modern version, of a dish. 

Okay, for our Turnips in Butter we start by peeling 5 to 6 turnips then boiling them until tender.

Remove turnips from water and let cool. 
While waiting, butter the bottom and sides of your baking dish and grate the mozzarella and Parmesan cheese. This was Jacks favorite part. 
You can use either mozzarella or provolone...but I decided mozzarella is the yummiest he he. 

Next you slice the turnips thinly and get ready for the layering process. 

This dish also call for a little bit more melted butter and 2 teaspoons of spices. The spices are referring to a Poudre Douce found on page 5. I could only find a few of the spices: nutmeg, ginger, sugar and cinnamon

Layer in this order: cheese, turnips, butter then spice.
Put in the oven and bake for about 15 mins, until cheese is thoroughly melted. 
Let cool and then serve. 
To be honest, turnips are not that bad, actually a little bit sweeter than potatoes. The cheese also adds more flavor as this dish is very it is a little bland. :(
I would definitely suggest adding some salt and pepper. 

I can see making this recipe again but maybe the modern take which includes garlic and a few richer seasonings. 
I can't wait to dive deeper into the Game of Thrones Cookbook! I'm thinking something sweet for our next treat! 

Tuesday, September 9, 2014


HAPPY HIPPO LIEN: Bep: Many of you have heard me say: "I do not collect plushy hippos anymore!" But what to do, when a plus-sixty-centimeter or two-foot...

Monday, September 8, 2014



Going to attempt this today. Can't say I have ever had

turnips...guess there is a first time for everything!

Thanks, Bunny

Saturday, September 6, 2014


Okay! Ready to start the weekend!

I made some breakfast for my darling. Cooked a bit of chopped yellow onion in a skillet, then added eggs and a little shredded cheese. I also toasted one piece of bread to make this dish a little hardier and added the eggs to it. Of course, don't forget the bacon! 

And now I am paging through the Game of Thrones cookbook for the perfect starter dish! Can't wait! 

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

This is awesome! A much watch! #frozen #funny

Christina Bianco's 'Let It Go' cover as Idina Men…:

Monday, September 1, 2014