I’ve been reading the Song of Ice and Fire series (the books that inspired Game of Thrones), and I love reading about the regional cuisines of Westeros. Food scenes often makes me want to get into the kitchen to recreate the foods as an extra way to experience the story, so when I found this blog and cookbook packed with ASoIaF-inspired recipes, I really wanted to try and veganise some of them. Some Westerosi meals seem to be close to vegan already (mostly soups, breads, and salads), others would need adapting (maybe a Winterfell meal with lots of root vegetables, gravy, and a seitan roast?), and there are some that even the writers of the GoT cookbook haven’t attempted to make (Joffrey’s wedding pie with a hundred live doves baked in comes to mind).
From what I’ve read so far, it seems that Dornish cuisine would be the easiest to navigate as a vegan. In any case, they grow pomegranates, olives, and citrus fruits, their wines are prized throughout the Seven Kingdoms — and they have chickpeas! I think I could subsist on Dornish meals quite happily.
The scene that inspired the meal in the photo below is also set in Dorne:
When the sun set the air grew cool and the children went inside in search of supper, still the prince remained beneath his orange trees, looking out over the still pools and the sea beyond. A serving man brought him a bowl of purple olives, with flatbread, cheese, and chickpea paste.
– George R.R. Martin, A Feast For Crows
The cheese in this case is the Vegetarian Times almond feta, the chickpea paste is a very basic hummus, and the flatbread is made from flour, salt, yeast, and water rolled out and cooked in a frying pan.
Serve with red wine.