Scottish Rarebit – Outlander on STARZ Episode 108

Scottish Rarebit – Outlander on STARZ Episode 108

Soon, we’ll be as lost as Claire. Just one more episode before we enter that black hole of Outlander nothingness until early 2015, when the last half of the season will appear to pull us out of our post-holiday doldrums.

Well, it’s something to look forward too, right? Even if you are dreading this final hour before the break…

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Cranachan – Outlander on STARZ Episode 107 – The Wedding

Cranachan – Outlander on STARZ Episode 107 – The Wedding

Can you believe we’ve made it? We’re actually here! After months and months of waiting (decades, really, for some), The Wedding is less than 4 days away.

It looks as though some of the finer points have yet to be taken care of in the negotiations, but the horse is happily munching away on his hay, and Jamie seems more poised to make a smart-ass remark than a engage in a shout fest, so I don’t think too many obstacles remain.

Except maybe a dress, a priest in a kirk, and a few days space from the MacKenzie boys while he and Claire become acquainted. But that’s just a guess…

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Homemade Crowdie Cheese – Outlander on STARZ Episode 105 “Rent”

Homemade Crowdie Cheese – Outlander on STARZ Episode 105 “Rent”

Mission accomplished! Claire is out from behind the castle walls, and off with the lads to collect the rents and “attend to a wee bit of business here and there.” (TV Dougal can be so damn ominous.)

Along for the ride with Claire and the MacKenzies is an old book favourite of mine, Ned Gowan. Gentleman Ned, an adventurous solicitor originally from Edinburgh, looks after all of the MacKenzies’ legal requirements, including the recording of rent monies and their equivalents.

In place of coins, Ned will take bags of grain or turnips, well-trussed fowl, perhaps even a goat. On no account, however, will he take a live pig, which seems pretty reasonable to this semi-rural girl, who has hopped the gate of a pig pen just in time on more than one occasion.

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Roasted Pork Tenderloin with Cider Sauce, Neeps and Tatties – Outlander on STARZ Episode 104

Roasted Pork Tenderloin with Cider Sauce, Neeps and Tatties – Outlander on STARZ Episode 104

We’ve got a big night coming up at Castle Leoch this Saturday! MacKenzie men are traveling from near and far to pledge their troth to the Laird, and once the dirk kissing and quaich quenching are done, they’ll spend the night in the Great Hall, drinking and feasting until the sun once again glows through the thick glass to wake everyone for the tynchal.

(Because it’s always a  good idea to get yourself a knife-sharp, eye-blurring hangover before heading out into the woods to bring down an animal with tusks as sharp as your sword.)

I think I’ll stay in the kitchen with Mrs. Fitz and her maids. I’m of much more use once the boar is on the butcher’s block.

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