Our Mini Royal Feast for the “Purple Wedding” {Game of Thrones}

Having read the GoT books, I knew what was {hopefully!!} coming in last nights episode and it only seemed right to have a mini feast of our own to celebrate the royal wedding of Joffrey Baratheon to Margaery Tyrell and then the susequent demise of Joffrey {Ding Dong the King is dead…}.

I pulled a couple dishes straight out of the wedding feast in the book for our dinner. Based on these two passages,

“The wedding feast began with a thin leek soup, followed by a salad of green beans, onions, and beets…”


“Hamish left them, his place taken by a smallish elderly bear who danced clumsily to pipe and drum, while the wedding guests ate trout with a crust of crushed almonds.”

we had almond crusted trout and salad of green beans, onions and beets. I was a little skeptical, as were hubby and the kids but both were super good!


For dessert, I REALLY wanted to have pigeon pie but it is impossible to find pigeons here {even duck has to be special ordered} and I didn’t plan ahead far enough in advance so instead we just had pie.  Plain ole’ boring and actually quite delicious Berry Pie. Since we had been camping in a blizzard all weekend, Ms. Marie Calendar helped me out on this one. Funny thing is, I bake so much that the rest of the family just assumed that I made it.  I never told them otherwise – a smart women keeps her secrets. 😉

“My uncle hasn’t eaten his pigeon pie.’ Holding the chalice one-handed, Joff jammed his other into Tyrion’s pie. ‘It’s ill luck not to eat the pie…”


If you are still reveling in Joffrey’s very unheroic death like I am, you might enjoy these other quick reads about last nights episode:

55 Best Twitter Reactions to the ‘Game of Thrones’ Purple Wedding
‘Game of Thrones’ Recap: 9 Reasons to Be Sad Someone Really Important Is Dead

And if you are really a fanatic {ahem, like me 😉 }, you may enjoy these interviews with the creators {David Benioff and Dan Weiss}, the author {George RR Martin } and King Joffrey himself {Jack Gleason} :

‘Game of Thrones’ showrunners talk royal wedding twist
‘Game of Thrones’: Jack Gleeson talks royal wedding shocker — EXCLUSIVE
George R.R. Martin on why [spoiler] died THAT way — EXCLUSIVE


Game of Thrones, Season 4 Premier Cake

I loved lasts nights episode.  Nothing HUGE happened (there was no Red Wedding type of situation, thank God!) but it clearly set the stage for season 4 and caught us up on our favorite characters.  And how wonderful was it that Arya finally got a little justice and can mark one person off her list?

As I mentioned previously, last night was also the “Name Day” celebration for one of my dear friends and fellow uber fan so we had to have cake! A GoT cake no doubt.  It tasted perfect with spiced wine. 😉


Game of Thrones Season 4 Premier is TODAY!

Have I mentioned how much I love Game of Thrones? Or how excited I am for it to start up again?  Those are rhetorical questions, I KNOW I have mentioned that. At least a time or two. 😉

True to our form, I have been mulling spiced wine in the crock pot all day, we are listening to the GoT soundtrack and I am working on a cake for the Name Day celebration we are having for my good friend Kelly.

But while I wait for the cake to come out of the oven, I thought I would share some family sigils that I created last year for us and a few friends using the Join the Realm Sigil Creator from HBO and picture from our Name Day celebration last year.

For each sigil, I looked up the family crest and if available used the family motto.  If not available, I just used one that I liked. 😉  Ours (Chesney) and my brother, also my maiden name (Knisley) are actual historical mottos. How cool is that?!

Chesney_sigil Behrens_sigil

knisley_sigil   Flenniken_sigil


I also made a facebook cover photo for my personal page!




Last years Name Day celebration for my husband and Kelly (who both have April birthdays) was a lot of fun!

I made a Weirwood cake topper from a incense burner I found at Walmart (then painted of course) and made the cake red velvet (seemed fitting) with cream cheese frosting and pirouette cookies around the edge.


I printed Winterfell beer labels from here and made spiced wine (of course!).


And then printed a few small decorations like these cards from Hero Square .


It was just the four of us so I wanted to keep it festive but still simple!


So what are you doing for the premier of Game of Thrones tonight?  Only 2 more hours!!!