Game of Thrones Series Week 8
Well, here we are at the end of another season of Game of Thrones that feels like it came and went far too quickly. This I think has been the strongest season yet, with something jaw dropping and shocking happening in just about every episode. I say ‘just about’ because of last week’s episode “The Watchers on the Wall”. If you guys have been following the GoT I’ve been doing on the blog so far, then you’ll know that I’m not as interested in the Jon Snow/Sam and Gilly/Castle Black storyline as I am in some of the other ones in the series. Of course, Jon Snow and his curly black hair make it pretty interesting to look at, if nothing else. (Random fact: I read in an interview with Kit Harrington that it’s literally written in his contract for the show that he is not allowed to cut his hair. Clearly, the producers are thinking of us ladies in that stipulation and for that, I say bravo to them.) However, I’ll still recap some of my thoughts from last week’s episode, as it did have some pretty important plot twists happen.
- I know I’m not the only one who was glad to see Sir Alliser Thorne humbled when he realized that Jon had been right all along in his pushes to strengthen the defenses at the wall and that the hazing Throne’s been subjecting him to have really placed all of his men and their fortress in danger against nearly insurmountable odds. However, I will say that the speech that he gave him about feeling the need to defend his leadership against every snot nosed kid who dares to challenge him did resonate with me. Under any other circumstances, it’s fair to say that Thorne would be right in what he did; he’s older with more experience. Jon Snow just happens to be one of those young people who seem to have ‘old souls’, if that makes any sense. Such are the benefits to being raised by Nedd Stark, I guess. I also felt like Thorne’s speech did seem like a subtle apology to Jon, or at least the closest to an apology as someone as proud as him can get. If nothing else, Thorne did prove himself to be a leader in the strong, fearless fight he put on with Tormund. True he was wounded and forced to be pulled out of the battle, but he went down fighting well.
- Well color me happy, Sam finally got his first kiss with his beloved Gilly. He also had “The Talk” with Jon. Coincidence? I think not. I don’t sense very much chemistry between the actors playing Sam and Gilly (at least not on her part),but I’ve seen enough GoT episodes to know where this is going.
- Whoa, GIANTS. Giants that go crazy when you kill one of their friends. And elephants. The Wildlings just pulled out all the stops. They really wanted to win this thing.
- And yet, they didn’t. At least not that night. Bravo to the Crows for holding that Wall at any cost- and it cost them a lot. I’m pumped at Jon’s plan to go and (try to) kill Mance Ryder because it means we’ll be seeing Ciaran Hinds again. He’s one of my favorite, most underrated actors and I love watching him perform.
- Finally, the most important moment of the episode: Ygritte finally confronts Jon. Ah Ygritte, you made the classic, same mistake as our beloved Prince Oberyn last week: YOU FRIGGIN HESITATED. Never, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever, EVERRRR hesitate before killing your enemy if you are a character in a GoT book. It will (literally) be the nail in your coffin. However, Oberyn’s and Ygritte’s reasons for hesitation were different from each other. Oberyn hesitated before finishing off The Mountain because he wanted vengeance and a confession. Ygritte hesitated out of love that she still felt for Jon. Now even though she hesitated, I’m still not sure she wouldn’t have pulled the trigger, so to speak. There was love in her eyes as they looked at each other, but there was also a lot of anger and pain. Ygritte’s one of those women that I think would rather kill the guy that hurt them rather than let him live and perceive her as weakened by love. However, we’ll never know for sure, will we? I knew that “You know nothing, Jon Snow.” would be her last words to him. They felt like a subtle, but even more poignant way of saying “I love you.”
I knew that the last recipe for the series would have to be a big one. I was trying to go out with a bang with this thing. And guys, whoa. Whoa, whoa, WHOA did I ever. This is one of those foods that make you feel as though you’re literally committing a crime for even making. The first thing that passed through my mind was something along the lines of: “Ummm, food like this just shouldn’t be legal.“
Keeping all of that in mind, today’s final post for the GoT series on the blog is dedicated to the entire Lannister clan. First, the name itself should say it all since one of the chief physical traits of the Lannisters is their golden hair. Second, these blondies are some of the most decadent, rich things I’ve ever made- and as we know, decadence and richness is what the Lannisters are known for. Third, the blondies taste just as ‘bad’ and scandalous as they look, and no one does bad and scandal like the Lannisters. So yeah, these are Lannister Blondies to T. Now onto the taste: you guys may think you’ll be ready for how a blondie is supposed to taste. But you.are.not.ready.for.these. I’ll say it right up front: there’s a crazy amount of sugar in them. In-sane. I think the amount of sugar does a lot to make these extra gooey and soft in the middle, while the outer edges are juuuuust enough to have a little but of chew. The brown sugar gives the blondies a rich, molasses flavor. The white chocolate chips and toffee bits give the perfect amount texture to contrast with the softness of the blondies themselves.
Word of warning: these are NOT your average ‘cookie’ like blondies. I myself could probably only handle a couple of bites of these, so feel free to make them for a large crowd, then cut into tiny pieces. It’ll be plenty enough, trust me.
Last week of GoT for a whole year-WHAT?! Are you telling me I won’t be making a GoT recipe next week to share? How did this happen? What I am supposed to do with myself now?! (I suppose the answer would be to find another focus for another series of themed recipes.)
Anyway, I hope you guys have enjoyed the Game of Thrones series that I’ve done on the blog for the past 8 weeks. I know I’ve had a blast making and testing new foods, and linking them back to one of my favorite shows. I’ll post all of the recipes one more time below for all those who wanted to catch up or remember what’s come already. Thanks guys- until next season!
Game of Thrones Series
Vanilla White Chocolate Blondies
- 1 1/2 sticks unsalted butter, plus more for buttering the pan
- 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup light brown sugar
- 1/2 cup dark brown sugar
- 2 large eggs
- 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 1 cup white chocolate chips
- 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons toffee chips
1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Butter and line a 9-by-9-by-2-inch baking pan with parchment paper, allowing a 2-inch overhang. Butter the lining too.
2. Whisk together the flour, baking powder and salt in a medium bowl and set aside.
3. Melt the butter in a medium saucepan; add both sugars and whisk until combined and the sugar is melted, about 5 minutes. Transfer the mixture to a medium bowl and let cool slightly.
4. Whisk in the eggs and vanilla extract until combined. Add the flour mixture and whisk until just incorporated.
Fold in the chocolate chips, almonds and toffee chips and transfer the mixture to the prepared pan.
5. Bake until the top cracks slightly and is firm to the touch and a skewer inserted into the center comes out with moist pieces clinging to it, 24 to 27 minutes. Remove to a wire rack and let cool completely. Remove the bars from the pan using the parchment handles, transfer to a cutting board and cut into 2-inch squares