By Nevin Martell
Non-spoiler alert: you can still read this post if you haven’t seen the season two finale of Game of Thrones.
Trekkers learn Klingon, Star Wars devotees make stormtrooper costumes from scratch, and Potterheads write millions of pages of fanfic, but many Game of Thrones enthusiasts have a tastier way of showing their love of the books-turned-HBO-hit. Since author George R.R. Martin often describes food in mouthwatering detail (or with vomit-inducing graphic language), fans loyal to every banner in Westeros are showing their love by cooking up his creations. Here are our favorite GoT-inspired dishes and drinks from around the web. If you’re looking for ways to amuse yourself until season three hits the airwaves in 2013, you may even want to try making some of them yourself.
Dothraki Horse Heart
Doesn’t every mother-to-be want to eat Dothraki horse heart to ensure that their offspring will be the Stallion Who Mounts the World? This gelatinous recreation by Not Your Momma’s Cookie definitely tastes a lot better that the one that Daenerys Targaryen had to choke down, but you may still end up covered in suspicious looking red stains.
Followers of the Old Faith pray at the base of weirwood trees for guidance. This epic cake by The Inn at the Crossroads will inspire many to beseech their god(s) of choice for a knife and fork so they can dive into this white chocolate masterpiece.
To celebrate the first season of Game of Thrones, Gastro Park restaurant in Sydney, Australia offered up a lavish dinner option for fans. Food blogger Not Quite Nigella took some beautiful pics of the fantastical fare, including this quartet of suckling pigs heads. The Imp is a big fan of the other white meat, so we’re sure he’d heartily approve of this dish.
If you’re seeking sweet, dreamless sleep, then this potion is for you. The recipe developers at The Inn at the Crossroads mixed together herbs and botanicals like chamomile, dried rosebuds, willow bark, and Saigon cinnamon to create a potent potion that’s guaranteed to have you dreaming of a three-eyed raven in no time.
Head-on-a-Stake Cake Pops
Oh Ned Stark, we barely got to know you before your head was decorating a spike. In honor of the late Hand of the King, Not Your Momma’s Cookie has whipped up these head-on-a-stake cake pops, which would look good on the walls of Kings Landing or on your dining room table.
Iron Throne Cake
The original Iron Throne was forged from the hundreds of lords who swore their fealty to Aegon the Conqueror, but this one is made with pounds of sugar, eggs, flour, and fondant instead. This massive cake greeted diners at the Game of Thrones themed dinner Gastro Park, though we think that this would make a kickass groom’s cake. As long as the groom didn’t keep yelling, “The Iron Throne is mine by rights. All those who deny that are my foes.”
Photos of weirwood cake and sweetsleep courtesy of The Inn at the Crossroads.
Photos of throne cake and suckling pigs courtesy of Not Quite Nigella.