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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Atholl Brose – Outlander on STARZ Episode 103

Atholl Brose –  Outlander on STARZ Episode 103

We last left Claire deposited in Davie Beaton’s old closet, quietly shedding a few tears while her erstwhile saviour, the tinkerer, bounced back to Inverness in his little wagon without her.

It’s that last scene of Claire, left alone in the dungeon of despair, that convinced me we need ALCOHOL for Episode 3 of Outlander on STARZ: The Way Out.

Put in the same position, I’m sure most of us would welcome a liquid escape – although I think we’ll put a two glass limit on the Atholl Brose – did you see the way Claire destroyed that Rhenish last Saturday?!

Be careful, lass. Lips loosened by drink generally result in some sort of mishap.

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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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