Claire and Frank originally cruised down Loch Ness in Book Outlander, but it looks like, from the photos, that TV Outlander has changed their day trip to a wander through the ruins of Castle Leoch. Nothing like a bit of foreshadowing to start us off, aye?
This Romantic Picnic for Two is the first of FIVE Outlander Kitchen themed menus I’m sharing this week, in preparation for the premiere of Outlander on STARZ on August 9th. Here’s the whole lineup, in the order they will appear:
- Romantic Picnic for Two
- Ladies’ Afternoon Tea
- A Potluck Gathering
- Flying Solo
- Single Malt Pairings
Of course, you’re free to mix and match among the menus, and to add favourite dishes of your own — I know many of you already have your menus planned out to the last detail — these are just my suggestions, with about 95% of the dishes coming from recipes already published in the OK Recipe Index.
This Romantic Picnic for Two is designed to travel, whether it’s to a friend’s house, or the coffee table in your living room. If you are leaving the house, you’ll need a cooler for the cold stuff, and a thermos for the Cullen Skink…but I don’t imagine many of us will be traveling very far that night. I mean, what if there’s a traffic jam on the way? GAH!
This refreshing sherry, orange and mint cocktail was originally published in A Taste of Outlander, an Outlander-themed Tastebook put together by myself, Tastebook.com and Random House, and pays homage to Frank’s penchant for sherry, no more than two glasses, in the evening.
Watch for a post with the recipe here on Outlander Kitchen next week. In the meantime, you can view it as a Google doc just in case you need to make a shopping list — and at least one glass — you know, for practice.
Despite the unfortunate name, Cullen Skink is a bowl of pure deliciousness. It’s smoky richness is more than a soup, but not as thick as a chowder.
Authentic cullen skink requires Finnan haddie, a haddock caught off the Moray Firth and lightly cold-smoked using green wood and peat. You can order it online here for delivery in the US. Alternatively, you can use cold-smoked cod or pollock, which are more readily available, at least where I live.
There are few things better than a fresh bun loaded with cold, medium-rare roast beef from the night before. At least in my world. If you want to go all out, you could bake a fresh batch of Jenny’s Everyday Bread as buns, but a trip by the nearest bakery would also do the trick quite nicely.
Horseradish and mayo are the traditional condiments for a RB sandwich in our house, but if you’re going #OutlanderAllTheWay, you’ll need:
Piccalilli is a British adaptation of an Indian pickle. It’s a delicious, mustard-based relish that’s full of veggies and a great choice to balance all of that meat on the bun!
Again, you can make your own, or hit your local British specialty market on your way home from the bakery. If that’s not an option, I’ll bet you now, without even looking, that Amazon has it and can get it to you by tomorrow.
Fiona’s Ginger Nut Biscuits are one of Outlander Kitchen’s most popular recipes, and an easily portable snack that you can munch while you watch.
You could also crumble two or three up, then toast the crumbs lightly to use below.
I can’t remember who the first OK fan was to post their individual Banoffees on Twitter, but I loved idea so much, I made my own version for this picnic. I used mason jars, but champagne flutes, parfait glasses or any other small clear vessel will do!
Use whatever type of cookie crumbs take your fancy. I used graham wafer crumbs, because that’s what I had in the cupboard, and mixed them with enough melted butter to moisten. Start with a layer of crumbs, then a layer of dulce de leche, one of banana, another of dulce de leche, and another of crumbs. Top it all with whipped cream and grated chocolate, and you have an easy no-bake dessert that pretty much everyone loves.
Not a banana fan? Try pears, or another fruit.
I made these in the morning for the photo, then covered and refrigerated them for a few hours. We had them for our Canada Day dessert last week, and both My Englishman and I declared them the BEST BANOFFEE EVER.
Happy Picnicking, Outlanders. Enjoy every minute of Outlander on STARZ…and don’t forget the cutlery and serviettes!
Ith gu leòir! (Eat Plenty)