Happy Thursday! A day named after (you guess it) the Norse god of thunder, Thor. So today, I will be sharing a recipe inspired by this pagan god. ^_^ How? By cooking using ingredients that are believed to be sacred or related to him.
- 1 1/2 lbs goat meat (chopped)
According to legend, whenever away from home for more than a day, the god Thor will cook his two goats (then resurrect them the following day. Convenient and he will never starve for sure but I can’t imagine what the goats might have felt like. x_x By the way, the goats also pulls Thor’s chariots and the thunder? That will basically be the chariot and their hooves marching up the skies 😛 ) Thor is also known for his generosity and love for mankind and so, according to another legend, Thor generously shared goat meat to a human family. However, the boy broke one of the bones to suck out the delicious marrow. The following day, when Thor resurrected his goats, he found out that one of his goats was limping. He was furious and demanded those humans to be his servant.
But if you don’t feel like eating goat meat, you can opt for a lamb. 🙂
- 3 garlic cloves
Sacred to Thor, garlic protects against lightning, and is specifically a ward against the “unseelie” Alfar of Svartalfheim. Also, according to the pagan lore, wearing it while there invokes Thor’s protection.
Other herbs below… because Thor is a patron of farmers. He brings lightning, storms and rain. So we’re talking about water and rain here, something prayed for by farmers to grow crops. 🙂
- 3 teaspoon fresh rosemary
- 3 teaspoons fresh thyme
- 1½ teaspoon cracked whole peppercorn
- ½ teaspoon red pepper flakes
And something to put a bit more taste to the dish. 🙂
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
Directions for cooking:
- Put the rosemary, garlic, thyme, salt, and red pepper flakes in a food processor. Hit the pulse button until the ingredients are fine and mixed well.
- Pour the olive oil in the food processor with the rest of the ingredients. Push the pulse button for 3 to 5 seconds.
- Arrange the chopped goat meat (or lamb if you prefer that) in a Ziploc bag. Pour-in the olive oil mixture and add the cracked whole peppercorn. Make sure that the chops are fully coated. Seal the bag and refrigerate for 4 hours.
- Remove the bag from the fridge. Let the chops reach room temperature.
- Heat-up the grill. Grill each side for 3 to 5 minutes.
- Serve with your favorite vegetable side dish.
- Share and enjoy! (Because hey! The god of lightning is a generous god according to legend! 😀 )
There it is.. this will serve around 4 people. ^_^
Happy Thor’s day!
(PS: recipe inspired from chef V. Merano post)