Mereneese Lamb with salad of raisins and carrots, hot flaky bread

“That night her handmaids brought her lamb, with a salad of raisins and carrots soaked in wine, and a hot flaky bread dripping with honey.  She could eat none of it.  Did Rhaegar ever grow so weary? she wondered.  Did Aegon, after his conquest?” -A Storm of Swords

Roman Lamb and Carrots


This was a delicious dish.  Hands down one of our favorites so far.  The sweetness of the sauces suited carrots, raisins, and lamb alike, while drawing out their natural flavors.  We served our with Naan bread, warmed in the oven, and iced milk sweetened with honey.

Cooks’ Notes: The original recipes come from Apicius (3.21.3, 6.2.7), the Roman writer of recipes.  He details the ingredients for a carrot/parsnip side dish, and a sauce for cooked meat.  I added the raisins to the carrot dish, and in both cases took out the garum (fish sauce) because of our tasters’ diet restrictions.

Carrots and Raisins


  • Carrots
  • 2 Tbs. olive oil
  • 2 tsp. cumin (roasted & ground seed is best, but powdered works well)
  • 2-3 Tbs. honey
  • equal portion of raisins as of carrots
  • 2 Tbs. sweet wine
  • 2 Tbs. wine vinegar (we used fig infused…YUM!)
  • black pepper to taste

Cut the carrots into discs and chunks.  Put in a pot of water and bring to a boil.  Remove from heat and drain immediately.  Add carrots, raisins, honey, vinegar, cumin, and pepper to an ovenproof dish.  Drizzle the oil over top, then shake well to coat carrots, and roast in an oven at 400 degrees F until the carrots are tender.  Add the wine to deglaze the sticky pan, and serve.



  • lamb for 4 people
  • 2 Tbs. honey
  • 2 Tbs. wine
  • 1 Tbs. wine vinegar (again, we used fig infused)
  • 1Tbs. olive oil
  • handful of currants
  • ground pepper to taste

Mix all ingredients over low heat until they blend and begin to thicken.  Pour over the meat and allow to marinate, or use as a sauce when the meat is served.  We cooked our lamb outside on the grill for just a few minutes on either side.

18 thoughts on “Mereneese Lamb with salad of raisins and carrots, hot flaky bread”

  1. duckchick says:

    Wow, all of these ideas!! My party’s going to rock, thanks to all your suggestions!

    1. Needs Mead says:

      Hooray! Let us know how it all turns out!

  2. Julia says:

    I was looking at your Carrots & Raisins recipe, and while you call for the oil in the ingredient list, there’s no mention of it in the recipe. I’m assuming it’s added in with everything else?

    1. Needs Mead says:

      Good catch! Yes, the oil goes in with everything else. I’ll fix that asap. :)

  3. Justin Juan says:

    Did you make the bread as well? Martin has some of the most wonderful descriptions of breads in his work and I’d be interested to see what sort of interpretations you might have on those.

    1. Needs Mead says:

      We used storebought naan for this particular meal, but did make some flatbread for our Casual Dornish Dinner. That recipe calls for ordinary pantry ingredients. We’ve also just recently stopped in at King Arthur, and gotten several more quirky flours, so check back for some more bread recipes soon!

  4. Dyane says:

    I’m making the carrots & raisins with the honeyed chicken for dinner tonight, along with couscous, artisan bread & grapes, everything is starting to smell amazing!

  5. Tim says:

    I just made the carrots and raisins. It’s fantastic!

    I (deliberately) used a dry wine instead of a sweet one, accidentally added it to everything else prior to roasting instead of later, and due to lazy translation on my part I even managed to confuse cumin (which I didn’t have at hand anyway) with caraway seeds – but apparently this dish can’t go wrong.

    It tasted awesome, and will be prepared again (although I’m probably going to experiment with the carrot/raisin ratio).
    I’m also going to prepare the poached pears from Highgarden within the week, possibly tomorrow. Your recipes are great!

    1. Needs Mead says:

      How funny! It’s amazing to us how versatile and forgiving so many of these recipes are… Glad you liked it, and hope your pears turn out equally well!

  6. Tapani says:

    It is spelled Meereen. Thanks for all the recipes, have to try some of them! Good photography as well.

  7. Sandy Fox says:

    I think a hot Paratha would be lovely with this – it is truly flaky and also rich.

  8. Oystein says:

    I assume when the recipe says wine, it means red wine? :)

    1. Needs Mead says:

      Yep! Although white also works in a pinch. :)

  9. Kit-kat says:

    Hey guys I’m a very new cook and trying these recipes is a little daunting. I’m cooking for a group of about 9 would anyone have a suggestion on which main coarse to serve?

  10. Raven says:

    The lamb used to cook with here, is it medallions or some other cut?

  11. Sweetsister says:

    Just trying the carrots & raisins salad recipe, adding some Jerusalem artichoke to the carrots. I used red pineau as a wine and just a few raisins, the dish is still in the oven but already smells really, really nice. As there is quite a lot of liquid I’ll probably end by making the sauce reduce on the gas before serving.Thanks a lot for your recipes !

  12. Yani says:

    is there any substitute for lamb that will be just as good? My daughter does not eat lamb.

    1. Chelsea M-C says:

      Beef should work fine with the recipe.

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