Today saw the airing of the final episode of Game of Thrones Season 5. What does this have to do with food? Uhmmm, everything. The end of this 10 week long emotional roller coaster requires comfort food.
Food inspired by the show itself, to soothe your soul and warm you up from the inside. I have been racking my brain for weeks trying to come up with the perfect recipe and then it hit me - the show's culinary scenes are centred around wine or ale served with a rich meat dish. Which makes this pie the perfect ode to the seasons ending.
I'm a fan, allow me to be melodramatic.
500g of beef cut in 2 cm chunks
2 tablespoons of olive oil
2 teaspoons salt
2 teaspoons pepper
2 tablespoons of butter
2 sprigs of fresh rosemary
1 medium yellow onion
2 cloves of minced garlic
2 stalks of chopped celery
2 medium carrots chopped
1 punnet of button mushrooms
1/2 can of dark ale (such as Guinness)
250 ml beef stock
2 teaspoons of tomatoe puree
1 heaped tablespoon of flour
1 cup of selfraising flour
50g of unsalted butter
1 teaspoon of salt
1 egg beaten
2 tablespoons ice cold water
3 tablespoons of grated chedder cheese
1 teaspoon of thyme
Place meat, olive oil, salt and pepper in a bowl and toss with your hands to coat.
Brown in a pan on a medium heat for about 10 minutes and set aside.
In the same pan place butter and let it melt add chopped rosemary (the smell, oh the smell). Add onions, minced garlic, carrots, celery and mushrooms and let cook until all the veggies are soft.
Add meat to the veggies, and top with beer and stock. All the ingredients should be covered in the liquid.
Lastly stir in the tomato puree and flour. Bring to the boil, turn the heat down and simmer for 1.5 hours (stirring occasionally).
While the filling cooks, you can make the scone topping,
In a bowl sift the flour and rub in the butter with your finger tips until the mixture looks like bread crumbs.
Add the egg, water, cheese and thyme and gently stir.
With a light touch gently press the dough together into a ball (kneading it will activate the gluten and your scones with be chewy).
Lightly flour a surface and gently roll out the dough till its about 1/2 cm thick.
Cut out into rounds (a cooking cutter or a tumbler works perfectly).
Place the filling in an oven proof dish, and top with the scones (remember they are going to expand so don't overlap them) and bake at 200 degrees celsius for 30 minutes.
I hope this manages to fill the void left behind by George RR Martin's twisted imagination!