Grilled California Chopped Salad

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Nope, not a typo. I’m making salad on the grill. After a little hiatus due to a lot of houseguests in the last little while, I’m back with a recipe for one of our summer staples. The lemony notes in the dressing scream summertime and let’s be honest, everything tastes better with a little char on it. Even lettuce! The trick is to make sure your lettuce is really dry so you don’t end up with a wilted mess. Not a fan of shrimp? Try it with chicken.

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Lemoncakes with Blueberries

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As Game of Thrones season 4 comes to a close, so do my Game of Thrones themed Sunday dinners. Sad Face. I’ll give you a sweet ending because the show (most likely) will not. Lemoncakes with Blueberries. 

Anyone who watches the show knows that Sansa loves her lemoncakes. And why shouldn’t she? They are sweet, tart and they scream summertime. Hell, I’m starting to love lemoncakes! This recipe has minimal ingredients and is fairly quick to make. I think it took me 25 min from start to finish. For a medieval treat, you can try the Elizabethan Lemoncakes straight from the Game of Thrones Cookbook. They are more like lemon cookies and they are fantastic!

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Roasted Aurochs with Leeks and Onions in Gravy (aka: Pot Roast)

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Summer is coming! 

It doesn’t have the same ring to it, does it? Even though Winterfell has been burnt to the ground, this weeks Game of Thrones meal celebrates the family that began it all, namely the Stark men (what’s left of them). Boys really. Before his trek beyond the wall, young Bran was used to feasting on Roast Aurochs, Onions in gravy and other such fare meant for royalty. Now it’s all oatcakes and acorn paste. Mmmmm.

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Fish Stew

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This weeks Game of Thrones meal is dedicated to the young Kraken, Theon Greyjoy. He started off as a giant douche, but man, you’ve got to feel sorry for the guy! Er… is he still a guy? 

His family makes it’s home on the Iron Islands which are plentiful in fish and other delectable creatures from the sea. I think a good Fish Stew is in order! 

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You should taste her Fish Pie!

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This weeks Game of Thrones meal is inspired by Stannis Baratheon. Elder brother of the late King Robert and the self proclaimed One True King. Your thoughts? Stannis doesn’t like fish but, his home, Dragonstone, is an island that is surrounded by them. I’m not the biggest fan of fish either and the words “fish” and “pie” give me the creeps when strung together. I will however try anything once. So today we try, Fish Pie with Leeks and Herbs. It was great. My one year old gobbled it up and asked for more. I shall never doubt anything that can be put into pie form again. Ha!

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Buttered Turnips and Greens

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I don’t think I had ever had a turnip until I started making food for my little one. I began to obsess (just a little) with making sure she had a variety of nutrients and colours of vegetables – you know, for the antioxidants. I started to explore the vegetable department and find things to do with odd and/or unpopular vegetables.

Now a lot of recipes will tell you that adding sugar will help to bring out the flavour of the turnips but, this recipe will show you that it’s not necessary. It was a hit with the whole family! 
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Honeyed Duck Legs

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This weeks episode takes us across the narrow sea. If you want to make a day of it see my post for Breakfast in Meereen. A great recipe for Mother’s day, or any day. Serve with Buttered Turnips and Greens

Illyrio smiled enigmatically and tore a wing from the duck. Honey and grease ran over his fingers and dripped down into his beard as he nibbled at the tender meat. – A Game of Thrones

Duck has always sounded too fancy for me to be able to make at home, but I swear to you, it was super easy! In the GoT cookbook there are some recipes for whole duck but, a whole duck would be too much for our little family so I opted for duck legs. The trick is too roast them low and slow for a couple of hours and then crank up the heat at the end to crisp the skin. The end result was perfection! The meat was fall off the bone tender and that skin – so crisp and flavourful! A dinner easily fit for a queen – no, not a queen, a Khaleesi!

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Breakfast in Meereen (Recipe for Ultra Smooth Hummus included)

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Breakfast fit for a King! I mean Queen! Er… Khaleesi! A plentiful dish worthy of Mother’s Day and the Mother of Dragons. I finally found some ducks eggs. Yay. I’ve always wanted to try them. For some reason I thought they would be bigger… Slightly larger than a chicken egg, duck eggs are much creamier in flavour. We tested them this week both hard boiled and scrambled. Both were delicious!

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