“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)
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)
After a peaceful and not unpleasant sit with Mrs. Baird, I made my way upstairs, to ready myself before Frank came home. I knew his limit with sherry was two glasses, so I expected him back soon.
The wind was rising, and the very air of the bedroom was prickly with electricity. I drew the brush through my hair, making the curls snap with static and spring into knots and furious tangles.
Diana Gabaldon, Outlander (Chapter 1 – A New Beginning)
Here we are, Outlanders! It’s the end of a week of STARZ premiere party menus, and I can’t help but admit to all of you that I think I’ve saved the best for last. This Single Malt Pairings Sampler Menu is close to my heart, both as a chef and whisky lover.
Outlander, and my first trip to Scotland in 2011, are responsible for my appreciation of a fine single malt.
My Englishman, as someone who
can’t won’t drink wine, is responsible for my inspiration over the years to create several menus designed to pair with both beer and whisky.
Much like Jerry MacKenzie, you’re headed into the unknown alone. But you’re not flying covert ops over the English Channel…instead, you’ve closed the door to the TV room, dimmed the lights and have a pile of tissues standing by for the happy weep fest that is about to begin as the STARZ Outlander premiere finally gets underway…or is that just me?