Three favorites of mine are root vegetables, dragons and our friends, Jen and Steve. Prior to touching down in BXL, our January was wrought with a stream of chimp errands performed at the behest of the Belgian Consulate and our Visa application. One such required a trek to Harrisburg, PA (from D.C.), where we would appear in the early A.M. to request our birth certificates; then wait for 4 hours while it was “processed” (printed out).
Harrisburg around this time could be a cold and unwelcoming place, if not for Jen and Steve who agreed to host us for the night. Knowing them, we should have anticipated that dinner would not just be fabs, but designed around our respective predilections; in this case, vegetarianism and Game of Thrones.
Clues about the evening emerged through a series of earlier emails and texts. Steve revealed that several dishes would be prepared from “A Feast of Ice and Fire: The Official Game of Thrones Cookbook.” During the drive up, he texted E the following, concerned message: “We are making a veggie stew for dinner on Sunday. The stew will have turnips in it. Is that ok?” We finally arrived and were greeted with an incredible stew (c/o Vegetarian Times) and several fantastical dishes inspired by Westeros and the mind of the gruesome George R.R. Martin.
We made the vegetable stew during our first weekend here with greens and a baguette. We’ve yet to attempt “Arya’s Snitched Tarts” and “Yoren’s Black Bread” ourselves; however they were also great. Valor Dohaeris Steve and Jen!