A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin

19 Nov

The “Game of Thrones” series (A Song of Ice and Fire) by George R.R. Martin is a rare find. Where many writers leave us wanting more at “soup”, Martin often tells us in elaborate detail exactly what goes into a particular soup; including the spices. Martin is clearly a man who loves his food and drink, and God bless him for that. There is a lot of eye candy in his novels, and I’ll do my best over here to do him justice.

“This evening they had supped on oxtail soup, summer greens tossed with pecans, grapes, red fennel and crumbled cheese, hot crab pie, spiced squash, and quails drowned in butter. Lord Janos allowed that he had never eaten half so well.”

– A Game of Thrones

So, hot crab pie. Close your eyes – what do you see? I’m torn; at first I see cutting into a browned, flakey crust to reveal a crabby version of a pot pie. Big chunks of crab meat, a gravy of sorts (and boy do I love gravy), maybe a few simple veggies. Hot, hearty and filling. Reminds us all that winter is indeed coming.

On the other hand, Martin clearly has set the scene with “summer greens” and grape salad; the description of which takes the chill of winter away…for a time. What does a summer hot crab pie look like then?

My grandfather (on my mother’s side) was a Colonel in the US Army through World War II and Korea – a career military man. One of his posts was to Alaska, and my mom, uncle and grandparents lived there for several years in the 1960’s. Astoundingly enough, or disappointingly enough, they could not see Russia from their backyard.

My grandfather loved to fish and would often trade fish and crabs for moose meat with other men stationed there. One of my grandmother’s most famous dishes is her recipe for “crab casserole”, which is baked in a pie pan and served in pie shaped wedges. It’s lip-smacking good either hot or cold. (Do you see where I’m going with this?) It’s a fantastic light summer supper or hearty lunch, especially when paired with a salad.

I can’t be sure what Martin saw when he wrote “hot crab pie”, but I think he would approve of this version nonetheless.

Grandmother Moore’s Crab Casserole

What you’ll need:

  • 1/2 cup mayo (Hellman’s low fat is great for those of us counting our calories)
  • 1/4 cup celery, diced
  • 1/2 cup onion, diced
  • 6 oz. or more fresh crab
  • 1 sleeve of saltine crackers, crushed
  • thyme, salt and pepper
  • 1 egg

What you’ll do:

  1. Sautee onion and celery in a little butter or olive oil.
  2. Mix everything together and bake at 400 degrees for about 30 minutes, until golden brown on top and cooked through.

 

Summer greens salad:

Get inventive….grapes, crumbled cheese, pecans and summer greens….

I used a mix of greens and goat cheese from our farmers market, some pecans and a simpleĀ balsamic/olive oil dressing.

 

Spiced squash:

Summer squash sliced and sauteed up in a little butter and spiced to your liking.

 

 

Don’t be afraid to get creative with these meals…in this Game, there are few rules

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