Tuesday, September 27, 2011

King's Landing

As I mentioned on Friday, my B.Ed. class went on a field trip to King's Landing. The weather was beautiful; the sun was shining and the temperature was in the mid-twenties (°C). It was so nice to get out of the classroom and get some fresh air.

We went on a tour and then had time to explore on our own. Some highlights from the day:

Eating at the King's Head Inn. All week I had been talking about how excited I was to eat "back then" food and it didn't disappoint! Everything was fresh and homemade and so tasty.

To start, I had "Hunter's Soup." I don't remember exactly what was in it, but it's comparable to hamburger soup.

For the main course, I had the "Beggar's Purse." (I ordered a half size). It was a flaky pastry "purse," filled with chicken, carrots, peas, corn, green beans, and onion, served in a puddle of gravy. It came with potatoes, the vegetable of the day, and the soup I mentioned above. I was a bit dismayed when I realized the vegetable of the day was peas but I shouldn't have been. Turns out, I love fresh peas! 

Because the main course was so delightful, I had to order dessert. The "Bang Belly" is made with whatever fruits are in season and served warm with whipped cream. You guys, I had no idea apples, cranberries, and blackberries could taste so good! My mouth is watering just thinking about it. 

All of the buildings were so picturesque. I loved this yellow house, especially with the geese wandering around in the yard. 

Another favourite building was the Print Shop. Oh, you guys, the Print Shop. I literally sighed when I walked inside. It felt like a magical little place, with type everywhere, and it smelled oh so wonderful. 

My absolute favourite part of the day was feeding the sheep. There were a set of triplets, only about a month old! I don't think I have ever felt anything as soft as these guys and they were so cute, nibbling the handfuls of grass we held out for them. 

I'm already looking forward to my next visit. Maybe it will be with a class of my own? 

P.S. The "Beggar's Purse" came with a basket of brown bread as well, homemade of course. I ended up buying a loaf to bring home and enjoy! 

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