Welcome to the holiday season, Outlanders! The Outlander Kitchen Wish List/Gift Guide has become a bit of a tradition around here for the past few years, and 2016 is no exception! Whether you’re looking for ideas for an Outlander-obsessed friend, or making a list of suggestions for yourself, we’ve got some ideas that you may not find anywhere else. First up, I have the rather obvious suggestion of an Outlander Kitchen Cookbook! Now in it’s third printing, I’m thrilled and proud of OK’s top-selling ranking, and the stellar reviews it continues to get from fans and cooks all over the world.
The Outlander Kitchen:The Official Outlander Companion Cookbook is available anywhere books are sold. Find a list of online sources, as well as locations where you can buy signed copies, here.
Outlander Kitchen is also available as an ebook. I have mine loaded onto the app on my tablet, and I use that in the kitchen instead of my hardcopy. It’s easy to wipe the screen clean after the cooking and baking is done, aye?
There are a few OK-related stocking stuffers, or perhaps a giant gift basket, waiting for you at Red Stick Spice Co. I LOVE this place! So much, in fact, that despite RSS is in Louisiana, and I am in British Columbia, Canada, I buy the majority of my spices from them. Shipping costs within the US are much lower, so I suggest including in a bottle of their Jalapeno Extra Virgin Olive Oil in your order!
From today until December 9, Red Stick Spice is offering all Outlander Kitchen fans a 20% discount off your online shopping. Use the code OUTLANDER20 at checkout.
Some of my favourites from RSS include:
- Long Pepper (pictured) – the first spice to make its way west from the Spice Islands hundreds of years ago, and much more aromatic and flavourful than regular black pepper from the grocery store. A fun way to make your Outlander Kitchen dishes a little more 18th C.
- Whole Nutmeg – another popular spice in the 18th C. There is no point to pre-ground nutmeg. It’s tasteless. Buy a couple of these and grate them as needed on a rasp.
- Smoked Porcini, Shallot and Mustard Blend – My secret ingredient and umami boost to soups, sauces and somewhat strangely, chicken wings and hamburgers. I use a tablespoon or two in a number of OK recipes, including Pigeon Rolls with Truffles, Cream of Non-Toxic Mushroom Soup, and Chicken Fricassee.
- Coffee BBQ Rub – an easy way to grill a fabulous, flavour-filled steak any time of year. I rub this into chicken wings on top of the Smoked Porcini blend, and then bake them at 350F for about an hour for crispy, tasty, home-cooked wings.
(I should interrupt here, just for a second, to clarify that although it looks like I might be, I’m actually not making any money from this post. These are Outlander-themed gifts that appeal to me personally, and I am not receiving any compensation in exchange for links. It probably would have been smart for me to set up an Affiliates account with Amazon, if only to make an extra bit from cookbook sales, but I’ve had other stuff to do. I’ll keep it on my to do list.)RockLove is having a promotion on her Official Outlander Jewelry collection until December 15. Use the code OUTLANDISHGIFTS for 15% off everything in the collection, as well as free gifts!
Back in the kitchen, the most important tool any Outlander cook has is their chefs knife. I recently received this knife that I purchased as part of a crowd-funded campaign. Made from Japanese steel, Misen is a high-quality knife at an affordable knife. When I checked the website just now, there was a waiting list, but they hope to have more knives in stock before Christmas.A Coddled Egg for Duncan has long been one of Outlander Kitchen’s most inquired about recipes. One of my fondest memories from my childhood is cooking coddled eggs with my Dad on the weekends. We had ceramic coddlers back then, that you can still find on etsy and ebay, and in thrift stores across the land.
My Englishman and I now have glass coddlers that we bought on Amazon, and these very funky bone spoons that I bought in northern Denmark a couple of years ago. I can’t say enough about how much better eggs taste off bone, rather than silver or stainless steel.
A quick google of bone egg spoons brought up several sources where you could find one for the egg-lover in your life who is tough to buy for.
‘Nuff said.Double Chocolate Icebox Shortbread with Smoky Whisky Sugar makes a very welcome gift from your Outlander Kitchen. If the cookies are for little ones, I decorate them with crushed candy cane instead!
Mrs. Bug’s Piccalilli can be packaged up in cute little jars and taken along as hostess gifts to all your holiday parties.
You’ll find lots more holiday food ideas in the Recipe Index.
I wish you and your families all the very best and a joyful month of celebrations!