Governor Tryon's Humble Crumble Apple Pie

Governor Tryon's Humble Crumble Apple Pie

It was a mistake!  And one I have come to rectify, so far as I may!"  Tryon was standing his ground, jaw tight as he glared upward.

"A mistake.  And is the loss of an innocent man's life no more than that to ye?  You will kill and maim, for the sake of your glory, and pay no heed to the destruction ye leave -- save only that the record of your exploits may be enlarged.  How will it look in the dispatches ye send to England -- sir?  That ye brought cannon to bear on your own citizens, armed with no more than knives and clubs?  Or will it say that ye put down rebellion and preserved order?  Will it say that in your haste to vengeance, ye hanged an innocent man?  Will it say there that ye made 'a mistake'?  Or will it say that ye punished wickedness, and did justice in the King's name?"

The Fiery Cross (Chapter 72 - Tinder and Char)

Nothing can ever bring back The Thrush.  Not Claire's care, Jamie's anger, Bree's love, nor Tryon's land.

Most likely not even late 20th Century surgery...should Roger ever get back (again) to see what the doctors have to say.

sliced apple pie

At the same time, for an 18th C man of status such as Governor Tryon to admit a mistake of any size, never mind one that amounts to state-sanctioned (attempted) murder, shows that the man has at least a sense humility.

As does his devotion to duty, when we learn about his promotion to New York, and that he will most likely never return to North Carolina.  He really didn't have to deal with any of it.


But none of that really matters, does it?

A most beautiful voice has been choked, and the physical body and spirit of a truly honourable and humble man have been nearly destroyed -- yet again -- under all the horror the 18th Century and its sense of justice can muster.

As an historian, Roger knew better than Claire, Bree, even Geillis, what he was getting into by going through the stones.  And he went anyway.

“The bravest are surely those who have the clearest vision of what is before them, glory and danger alike, and yet notwithstanding, go out to meet it.”  Thucydides - circa 5th Century, BCE


One of the earliest recipes for apple pie is from the late 14th Century, about the same time Chaucer began writing Cantebury Tales.  The apples were tossed with figs, raisins and pears, heavily spiced, lightly sweetened with honey or cane sugar (a very expensive ingredient at the time -- approx $50/lb in today's prices), coloured with saffron and cooked in a pastry "cofyn."

Emigrants to the New World packed ship holds with barrels of apples, chosen for their storage and cooking qualities, to plant in their new homes.  Those first early trees grew into a tradition that is associated with the American way of life all over the world.


I've never been a fan of 2 crust apple pies, so I opted for a nutty crumble topping, all the better to rhyme with humble. :)

If you prefer, simply double the crust recipe, and Bob's your Uncle.

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