Bannocks at Castle Leoch – Outlander on STARZ Episode 102

Bannocks at Castle Leoch – Outlander on STARZ Episode 102

I can’t imagine the men of Clan MacKenzie were belting out the last chorus of the road trip favourite 99 Bottles of Beer on the Wall as they rode the final stretch into Castle Leoch at the end of last week’s premiere episode of Outlander on STARZ.

It was a long couple of days — our Highlanders skirmished with multiple groups of Redcoats, rode all night through forest and glen, and, along the way, picked up a bewildered, bewildering and bossy Englishwoman wearing nothing but her mud-encrusted underclothes and a very sturdy-looking pair of loafers.

I bet even smart-mouth Angus is a little shell shocked and reduced to nothing but the occasional grunt of discomfort.

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Outlander on STARZ Premiere – Comic Con 2014

Outlander on STARZ Premiere – Comic Con 2014

Thousands descended on San Diego last week for Comic Con 2014, including a few hundred #Outlanders there to see the world premiere of Outlander on STARZ.

I was invited along by another big fan, Karli, who generously offered her “plus one” ticket to me. We spent the weekend with 6 other fabulous women in a house in the Hillcrest district of SD.

None of us had ever met in person, but as I’ve learned before on previous Outlander-related trips, when you travel to meet other fans of Diana Gabaldon’s epic tale of love and adventure, you’re sure to meet a group of like-minded women all up for a good time.

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Strawberry-White Balsamic Shrub (Inspired by ABOSAA)

Strawberry-White Balsamic Shrub (Inspired by ABOSAA)

“Lemon shrub, ma’am?” A wilting slave, gleaming with sweat, offered me yet another tray, and I took a glass. I was dripping with perspiration, my legs aching and my throat dried with talking. At this point, I didn’t care what was in the glass, provided it was wet. I changed my opinion instantly upon tasting it; it was lemon juice and barley water, and while it was wet, I was much more inclined to pour it down the neck of my gown than to drink it. I edged unobtrusively toward a laburnum bush, intending to pour the drink into it, but was forestalled by the appearance of Neil Forbes, who stepped out from behind it.

Diana Gabaldon, A Breath of Snow and Ashes (Chapter 54 – Flora MacDonald’s Barbecue)

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North African Rice Pilaf from Claire’s Apothecary Cabinet

North African Rice Pilaf from Claire’s Apothecary Cabinet

To survive in the 1700s, it was vital ye had knowledge of the local plants and herbs. Some were as deadly as they were beautiful, and only a skilled healer could use them. In Claire’s Apothecary Cabinet you’ll find 14 different plants that were used to treat everything from warts and corns to heart attacks and infection. If you learned them well, you were invaluable to your clan.

(From Claire’s Apothecary Cabinet on STARZ.com)

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