Seven Blessings to you all, dear friends.

If you know me, you know I LOVE cooking a themed dinner party. And you KNOW that I ADORE Game of Thrones. If you don’t know that…04f

Expect a lot of those coming up.

Anyhoozle. Six of our closest friends came over for the weekend and we cruised some Autumnal standards: Farmer’s Market, apple orchard, wine tasting, etc. Look how much fun I had with goats!

We were fast friends.

We were fast friends.

And later, while my friends played a very complicated Game of Thrones board game, I was cooking away in the kitchen.

Let’s start with appetizers:

My Dorne inspired Feta and Olive platter. I marinated the feta and olives in olive oil, lemon juice, and some great herbs. Whole fennel seeds added a great Mediterranean kick.

My Dorne inspired Feta and Olive platter. I marinated the feta and olives in olive oil, lemon juice, and some great herbs. Whole fennel seeds added a great Mediterranean kick.

Of COURSE, we had to have a plate of smoked meats. I definitely enjoyed naming it The Greyjoy Platter. You see some bresaola, salami, and I had an extra pork tenderloin so I made a BBQ herb rub.

Of COURSE, we had to have a plate of smoked meats. I definitely enjoyed naming it The Greyjoy Platter (poor, Theon!) You see some bresaola, salami, and I had an extra pork tenderloin so I made a BBQ herb rub.

Another look at The Greyjoy Platter

Another look at The Greyjoy Platter

Don't lie. You'd love to be sitting at a long table, drinking red wine, and nibbling on grapes and cheese with Tyrion and Bronn. Or maybe Shae and Sansa. Or maybe Marjory and Lady Olenna.

Don’t lie. You’d love to be sitting at a long table, drinking red wine, and nibbling on grapes and cheese with Tyrion and Bronn. Or maybe Shae and Sansa. Or maybe Marjory and Lady Olenna.

Next, let’s take a look at our cocktail. I found this recipe while adventuring through the magical land of Pinterest. The drink is called The Lioness, and is an homage to the baddest lady in Westeros.

2 oz Bourbon, 1 oz simple syrup, 1 oz lemon juice. Shaken with ice, poured over ice. Pour Cabernet Sauvignon slowly over the back of a spoon for this layered look.

2 oz Bourbon, 1 oz simple syrup, 1 oz lemon juice. Shaken with ice, poured over ice. Pour Cabernet Sauvignon slowly over the back of a spoon for this layered look.

These cocktails went over VERY well. We used Woodford Reserve for the bourbon, and a WONDERFUL red called Chime. It’s a cheap red, in the $12-$15 range. Go get this wine NOW and let it be your jam.

Now, my friends, on to the main course.

I made roasted pork tenderloin, wrapped in prosciutto, with an herb-tastic rub underneath. I made an apple chutney to go with it. It was crispy and tender and a crowd favorite. And very aptly named.

The Boar that Killed Robert Baratheon

The Boar that Killed Robert Baratheon

SO GOOD.

SO GOOD.

Other dinner notables:

 

Roasted Cauliflower goes from ordinary to extraordinary, as they transform into the Weirwood Tree of Winterfell.

Roasted Cauliflower goes from ordinary to extraordinary, as they transform into the Weirwood Tree of Winterfell.

TA-DA!

TA-DA!

UNREAL golden potatoes. Baked garlic-herb mashed potatoes. DELICIOUS. Lannister-approved.

UNREAL golden potatoes. Baked garlic-herb mashed potatoes. DELICIOUS. Lannister-approved.

A delicious roasted grape salad a la Highgarden:

Roasted Grapes, Arugula, and Bleu Cheese with an apple cider dressing.

Roasted Grapes, Arugula, and Bleu Cheese with an apple cider dressing.

Now, the worst thing about this, is that there wasn’t a single decent picture taken of any of the cupcakes!! 

So I will definitely have to make some more this week, and post about them. But the savory dishes from the party were definitely noteworthy and photogenic, so there you are.

I hope you enjoyed this post. I definitely enjoyed remembering our Dinner Party!