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Neil Forbes's Smoked Ear

No time to be lost; people on the docks might know where the Anemone was headed next.  He turned and took a step toward the door.  Then a red wave washed through him and he whirled back, smashing his fist into Forbes's face with the full weight of his body behind it. 

The lawyer gave a high-pitched scream, and clutched both hands to his nose.  All noises in the inn and in the street seemed to stop; the world hung suspended.  Roger took a short, deep breath, rubbing his knuckles, and nodded once more.

"Come on," he said to Ian.

"Oh, aye."

Roger was halfway to the door when he realized that Ian was not with him.  He looked back, and was just in time to see his cousin-by-marriage take Forbes gently by one ear and cut it off.

A Breath of Snow and Ashes (Chapter 103 - Put to the Question)

"When ye set about a difficult quest -- if ye're Kahnyen'kehaka, I mean -- ye generally go aside for a time, to fast and pray for guidance.  We havena time to be doing that now, of course.  But often, while ye're doing that, ye choose a talisman -- or to be right about it, it chooses you --"  He sounded completely matter-of-fact about this procedure, Roger noted.

"And ye carry it with ye through the quest, to keep the attention of the spirits upon your desire and ensure your success."

"I see."  Jamie rubbed the bridge of his nose.  He appeared -- like Roger -- to be wondering what the Mohawk spirits might make of Neil Forbes's ear.  It would, probably, ensure their attention, at least.  "The ear...did ye pack it in salt, I hope?"

Ian shook his head.

"Nay, I smoked it over the kitchen fire at the inn last night.  Dinna fash yourself, Uncle Jamie; it will keep."

A Breath of Snow and Ashes (Chapter 105 - The Prodigal)

smoked ear

Three fine Scots men, and an EAR, all on their way.

Things are looking up for Bree, kidnapped and passed on to Stephen Bonnet and his little ship of horrors.

I mean, an extra appendage here and there certainly isn't going to hurt the hunt, now is it?


By now, you've probably figured out that this particular EAR is from a pig - but what you don't know yet is that I'm smoking this EAR, not as a talisman, but to eat it.

I wouldn't go to all this trouble just so the dog could eat bits of braised, smoked and charred pig's EAR after walks.

Cause that would be a little over the top.

smoked ear salad

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01 Apr 2012 - 1:44pm


I'm amazed at how creatively you connect recipes to the story, you are truly talented! I can't say that I'll be trying this one, but I enjoyed reading it

01 Apr 2012 - 2:21pm


Ummmm, where did you acquire the ears???


Ears are pretty easy to come by, Mary! An Asian supermarket is a good would be a good, old-fashioned butcher.

01 Apr 2012 - 2:46pm

Michelle Benne…

Is that a celebratory meal in honour of _today_? :)

01 Apr 2012 - 2:46pm


I'm sure Koda would appreciate the effort! What about smoking an ear of corn??? Would that work? The pig ear freaks me out a tad...I know, I prob wouldn't last a day at Lallybroch! :D


I love the ear of corn idea, LeeAnn! Smoked corn is verra yummy. Theresa

01 Apr 2012 - 2:58pm


It looks more appetizing than any ear I have ever seen!


Well that's something, Aaron! Thanks. :)

01 Apr 2012 - 3:20pm


This is so funny! Not sure I would make it either, but it would be perfect for an April Fool's prank! Another brilliant recipe taken straight from my favorite books! Thank you Outlander Kitchen!!! nWhen does the cookbook come out?


The cookbook question is an excellent one, Dearli...I'm working on it...anyone know an agent? lol

01 Apr 2012 - 3:50pm

mrs graham

i was worried for a sec, but now i get it! a whole lotta work, just to get back at lawyer forbes by eating his ear!!

01 Apr 2012 - 5:38pm


What a fun idea! I keep thinking of the poor guy, missing his ear... even though he wasn't very nice, and it actually is a pig ear... maybe Rollo should eat it!

02 Apr 2012 - 2:06pm


April Fool's or not, this is one of your recipes I will NOT be trying, even as adventurous as I am in the kitchen...... LOLn Helen in Ark.


Glad you got the joke, Helen! A few didn't. I'm afraid they thought I had gone over the deep end...

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