My New Outlander Kitchen

My New Outlander Kitchen

If you follow on Facebook or Twitter, you’ll have seen me mention a kitchen renovation at least once or twice in the last few months. We started the process last October, but unfortunately ran into some trouble with our initial contractor. When the quote comes back at double the budget, it’s time to get a second opinion.

Enter IM Design, located right here on little old Pender Island. Santi and Patricia came over the day I called them to ask for help. They set my mind at ease immediately, especially about the budget. Our kitchen really isn’t that large, and they assured me that they could transform our 14′ galley into something special while sticking within the budget.

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Jamie’s Rusty Nail – Outlander on STARZ Episode 115

Jamie’s Rusty Nail – Outlander on STARZ Episode 115

Jamie’s Rusty Nail

This isn’t going to be easy, and there’s not a food on earth that pairs well with Wentworth Prison — instead, let’s toast our favourite fictional hero, and have a few drams to get through the night.

  • 2 oz Scotch Whisky
  • .75 to 1 oz Drambuie
  • crushed ice

Pour the whisky and Drambuie into a glass filled with lots of ice.  Stir and serve with a lemon twist, if desired.

Notes:

  • Traditionally made with blended whisky, I used what we had on hand: The Dalmore 12 YO single malt.
  • Drambuie is a liqueur made from whisky, heather honey, herbs and spices. It adds a spiced sweetness that should flavour the whisky without overpowering it.
  • For a spring-like lemon twist, wrap a length of zest tightly around a chopstick and hold for a few seconds until it stays put on its own.

Chicken in the Heather with Cauliflower, Whisky & Cheese – Outlander on STARZ Episode 113

Chicken in the Heather with Cauliflower, Whisky & Cheese – Outlander on STARZ Episode 113

At the end of the last episode, there was trouble in the parlour, and I’m not talking about another cat fight between Claire and Jenny. No my dearies, it seems The Black Watch has come to Lallybroch, and our hero a wanted man without his pardon…what are the Frasers and Murrays to do?

Host their unwelcome guests to dinner, of course!

While looking for inspiration for this week, I found a couple of recipes on Rampant Scotland with flavours that caught my eye. Although probably from the mid-20th Century, almost all of the ingredients (or variations thereof) were available in Jenny’s pantry at Lallybroch.

The recipes were rather old-fashioned, though. Sometimes, as in the case of Scotch Broth, a 200 YO recipe needs no updating at all. But most of the time, even recipes from the middle of the last century need a little help to fit into our lives here in the 21st.

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