Linky Love

Hi readers!

Today’s post title is one that i’m going to use for the posts where I will be sharing links to things I found interesting, inspiring, exciting etc…. I will talk a little about the site I’ll link to, why I like it and where I found it (if from someone else’s blog/pinterest/blog facebook) So here is my first batch of Linky Love 🙂

  • I love history and art and creative things so I was really excited when several people on facebook posted about the MET in New York putting a whole bunch of their print catalouge online, available as downloadable PDF’s! (there are 370 titles available) History of textiles, 18th century fashion, ceramics, paintings just to name a few. Go check it out at The MET website.
  • Historical cookery as you know is something I like to explore and while reading the Two Nerdy History Girls blog recently they mentioned going to Colonial Williamsburg (as have many other costumers whose blogs I read) But these ladies mentioned food being prepared on their visit by members of Colonial Williamsburg’s Historic Foodways program who have a website called History is Served! full of original source recipes with modern versions for home cooks to try!!!
  • Staying with historical cookery for another moment I’d like to share a resource I found a long time ago when I played in The SCA as a Uni student and which I still like to go and use when I want to make something a little different. Introducing Gode Cookery a big fat rambling collection of Medieval and Renaissance recipes adapted for the modern kitchen. Have fun and be prepared to  stay there a while 🙂

Well that’s it for today and I hope you enjoy them. Hopefully I’ll get myself organised and put some pictures to some other posts I’m working on, so you can all see what else i’ve been up to lately.


Cooking adventures with a Feast of Ice and Fire cookbook


Well as I mentioned not to long ago I bought a copy of A feast of Ice and Fire cookbook and have been trying various recipes from it and I must say that I am really enjoying the medieval recipe adaptations they have used as they have tasted great so far!

I should probably admit that I am a fan of historical cookery books and such, as I find them facinating insights into the lives of people from the past. They also present us with some intereting flavour combinations that can be a challange to our modern pallete. I particularly enjoy the medieval period (have found it fascinating since I was a young teen) and was introduced to medieval cooking when I was part of the SCA when I went to University. My historical food interest has branched out into other era’s since then and I am slowly collecting some very nice books too 🙂

So! Considering the title of this post I should probably post some pictures of the recipes I’ve tried from a Feast of Ice and Fire shouldn’t I?

Elizabethan fruit buns:

Which had a mix of currants, apple, pine nuts and a mix of medieval spices. These were sooooo addictive and smelled really wonderful while I made them. They are quite time consuming to make as it takes several hours to make the dough then you have to assemble the buns, but it’s worth it.


Breakfast in Dorne:

Which consists of “fiery” peppers and a scramble of spicy eggs which I served with toast spread with Hummus (that last one is me taking liberties with the suggestion of flat bread with chick pea paste) and it is fabulous! I loved this so much and the recipe made enough for me to have 2 meals out of it 🙂 The really good thing about this recipe is you can adjust the “fieryness” by using chillies that suit your spicy tolerance

Elizabethan Lemon cakes:

These were more like a biscuit (cookie for my friends in North America) than a cake and were really sweet which is not suprising as the Elizabethans had massive sweet tooths! I felt while I was making them that the mix was a bit dry so I added some of the juice form the lemon that was used for it’s rind in the recipe and it seems to have worked out ok as they were really popular with some of my friends 🙂



I’ve also made the bean and bacon soup recipe which I really loved, but I ate it all and forgot to take a photo before I finished it. As I was all about the soup eating and not the picture taking at the time.

In the near future I want to make the blueberries with sweet cream as I have a blueberry bush in a pot in the yard that is loaded with immature fruit. So that will give me another way to eat them and hopefully convince me not to eat them all straight off the bush!

Have any of you tried a recipe from times past? what did you think of it? I’d love to hear about other peoples experiences.

Well that’s it for now! if you want more Game of Thrones food posts make sure to visit Inn at the crossroads  as it’s run by the same two lovely ladies who wrote the book.