Dorne has a beautiful place by the sea called the Water Gardens. It’s where Prince Doran hangs out most of the time, while nursing his gout. If you’re hoping to live a bit like a Dornish prince (minus the gout, hopefully), keep reading for an easy and delicious Dornish snack or simple meal, fit for royalty.
When the sun set the air grew cool and the children went inside in search of supper, still the prince remained beneath the 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. He ate a bit of it, and drank a cup of the sweet, heavy strongwine that he loved. When it was empty, he filled it once again.
-George R.R. Martin
Sounds pretty simple, no? And just as tasty, believe me. It seems a bit vague, but when we keep in mind that much of Dorne is inspired by Mediterranean areas, we can choose some good stuff!
Easy Dornish Meal
- Kalamata olives
- pita bread
- Manchego cheese
- ruby port
For the purple olives, go with Kalamatas. They're Greek and purpley in color. Not to mention delicious!
Some whole wheat pita bread will serve nicely as your flat bread.
I did a bit of research and decided Manchego would be a great cheese for this dish. It is sheep's milk cheese from Spain and its rich and buttery taste pairs fairly well with the strongwine or, in this case, ruby port (Portuguese fortified wine). Stick to Manchego that is younger as it gets sweeter with age. No doubt still delicious, but the sweetness might be overpowering for some when paired with the sweetness of the port.
All that's left is the chickpea paste! I chose to use hummus that I bought from the store, but it is also easy to make some if you have a mind. I personally like my hummus a bit spicy and since the Dornish are very into fiery peppers, I went with my favorite jalapeno hummus.
By the way, check out the list of GoT wine recommendations I made if you want to learn more about why I chose port for the strongwine or you’re interested in other Westerosi wines!
And if you’re planning to make your own hummus, check out this collection of different hummus recipes from Pick Up Limes.
Now spread out under the orange trees by the fountains and enjoy your meal while staring wistfully out at the sea.
What area of Westeros or Essos has the most appealing food in your opinion?