How were your weekends? What did you do? As promised, I made my Game of Thrones meal, and it was spectacular. The meat pies, which I made with ground veal, lamb and pork (this is usually what’s referred to as a meatloaf mix, I guess- I use it for meatballs), were the best thing we ate last night. They were such a pain to make, but it was completely worth it.
Making the filling was a cinch, but making the pie dough thin enough (but not too thin!), while still reaching the edge of the each hole (what should I call that? I don’t even know), was very difficult. In the directions they say to use a glass to cut out the pie dough, but I have larger muffin tins, so I used to a coffee cup, which was the right choice for the bottom part.
I might as well admit that I forgot to take pictures throughout this process because I was literally doing five things at once… Timing was everything. I get into a zone where I can cook a bunch of things simultaneously sometimes, so there was no time for pictures.
Anywho, I rolled out the dough further after cutting it out, and then delicately put the dough in each hole. The top part (which I do not have pictures of was *such* a pain. If you decide to do this dish (which I recommend you do!) cut out very large pieces of dough so that there is tons overlap, then when you are ready to place the top part on, you will be able to cut the over lap down, just enough so you neatly pinch the edges of the top and bottom together. Also, next time I make these, I will definitely be adding more meat to each pie. I was afraid that if I put too much in, it would somehow end up tearing the top and all the juices would run off the side… It didn’t happen, and I think that the pies will look more attractive if they are mounded on the top.
The Fall Bread Salad I made was delicious. Unlike the recipe, I used pine nuts instead of hazelnuts (what I had on hand), my salad dressing was made out of red wine vinegar, olive oil, salt and pepper, and I used ciabatta bread. Super super tasty, and easy to do in a hurry.
And because no Game of Thrones meal would be complete without some sort of bone to gnaw on, I made Honey Roasted Chicken with Lemon and Tarragon, I did not roast a whole chicken, I got some drumsticks and made only enough for the two of us. I have to say, we didn’t really like this chicken. It was kind of sweet (and I halved the amount of honey used!) and the tarragon came off as kind of sweet as well… I probably won’t make this again… At least everything else was a success! Especially my cake!
For dessert I made Lemon Tea Cake with Blueberry-Red Wine Sauce, and it was delicious!
There is something very soothing about baking. The aromatics of the cake were excellent (tart and lemony, yum!), and it was so simple to make.
The only thing that I’ll say about this recipe, is that the blueberry red wine sauce needed tweaking. I added sugar (maybe three tablespoons) to the recipe, because it was bitter. The red wine when it began to boil was not very pleasing to smell, but I have to say that the end result was very good. It tasted kind of like a blueberry mulled wine.
Here’s the sauce before it boiled down a little.
And there’s the finished product.
I just love trying new recipes out on Brendan… No disasters so far. : )
That’s all for now.
p.s. I am working on my shades… DIY post TBA.