Jamie's Rusty Nail from Outlander book A Breath of Snow and Ashes

Jamie's Rusty Nail

A sudden roar from the roof above startled me out of my thoughts.

I walked out into the dooryard and looked up, shading my eyes against the morning sun.  Jamie was sitting astride the rooftree, rocking to and fro over one hand, which he held curled into his belly. 

"What's going on up there?"  I called.

"I've got a splinter," came the terse answer,obviously spoken through clenched teeth. 

I wanted to laugh, if only as small escape from tension, but didn't.

"Well, come down, then.  I'll pull it out."

"I'm no finished!"

"I don't care!" I said, suddenly impatient with him.  "Come down this minute.  I want to talk to you."

A bag of nails hit the grass with a sudden clank, followed instantly by the hammer.

First things first, then.

A Breath of Snow and Ashes, Chapter 30 - The Captive


Technically, I supposed, it was a splinter.  It was a two-inch sliver of cedar wood, and he'd driven it completely under the nail of his middle finger, nearly to the first joint.

"Jesus H. Roosevelt Christ!"

"Aye," he agreed, looking a little pale.  "Ye might say that."

The protruding stub was too short to grip with my fingers.  I hauled him into the surgery and jerked the sliver out with forceps, before one could say Jack Robinson.  Jamie was saying a good deal more than Jack Robinson -- mostly in French, which is an excellent language for swearing.

"You're going to lose that nail," I observed submerging the offended digit in a small bowl of alcohol and water.  Blood bloomed from it like ink from a squid.

"To hell wi' the nail," he said, gritting his teeth.  "Cut the whole bloody finger off and ha' done with it!  Merde d'chevre!"

A Breath of Snow and Ashes, Chapter 30 - The Captive

Jamie's Rusty Nail

I don't know about you, but I don't have a sliver (nor Lionel Brown awaiting interrogation nearby), and I need a drink.

Rusty Nail, anyone?  I have no doubt wee James and his middle finger would be grateful for a dram

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12 Apr 2012 - 9:21am

Gerri Jarvis

I love reading your post about The Outlander series. Thank you for yout time.....

12 Apr 2012 - 10:21am

Robin D

I subscribe to your blog via email. I really enjoy your recipes and snippets of the Outlander books.

12 Apr 2012 - 10:29am

Jen C.

I have to confess that I don't like the taste of whisky, but I would adore one of those lovely bars of soap!


Don't give up on the whisky, Jen! You never know...it took me until 40 to develop a taste for it...Theresa

12 Apr 2012 - 10:37am


I love homemade soaps. These sound wonderful!

12 Apr 2012 - 10:45am


Wow! What a great site! Glad I found it! And here's my extra entry..you def have a new reader!

12 Apr 2012 - 10:48am


Glad I found this site! Hope I don't post twice..sorry if it did..Made me comment again for some reason..I also suibscribed..I'd love to try this soap!!

12 Apr 2012 - 11:28am


I don't drink alcohol, even though my ancestry is Scottish, but I'd love the soap! Just thinking about the smell is relaxing me.

12 Apr 2012 - 11:48am


Very cool! The soaps look lovely and the cocktail sounds tasty!!!!!

12 Apr 2012 - 12:02pm


The soap ....uniquenThe drink...temptingnJamie and Claire....priceless!!!

12 Apr 2012 - 12:03pm


The soap...lovelynThe drink...temptingnJamie and Claire...priceless!!

12 Apr 2012 - 12:13pm


I've always wanted to try handmade soap. They both look very pretty.

12 Apr 2012 - 12:16pm

Tryphena R.

The drink sounds delicious! The perfect ending to a hectic day.

12 Apr 2012 - 12:29pm


I already subscribe because I love your blog!

12 Apr 2012 - 12:40pm

Pauleta Hendrickson

So, when is the cookbook coming out? I love the Bucholz book "Unofficial Harry Potter Cookbook" and plan to pick up the one based on Game of Thrones. Now I'm waiting for your's!

12 Apr 2012 - 12:59pm

Susan Shannon …

Trying to subscribe to your feed, but it isn't working for me. :-( I follow you on FB and Twitter! The soaps look and sound WONDERFUL!nnBut, I think I'll stick with my single malt straight up. :-)

12 Apr 2012 - 1:02pm


Ooh, what a brilliant idea for a post. Mmm, scotch whisky...nThose soaps are gorgeous!

12 Apr 2012 - 1:11pm


Hi Theresa,nI also already subscribe and look forward to your posts :-)nI might have to try a Jamie's Rusty Nail tonight on account of it being my birthday :-) . And those soaps look and sound fab.n:-)

12 Apr 2012 - 1:13pm

Michelle Benne…

I've followed your blog with my Google reader for ages, but I signed up for the email notifications. :) nnThe soaps look amazing - I've never tried homemade soap!

12 Apr 2012 - 1:15pm


I'm so delighted about your blog. I love to cook and always looking to try something different. Needless to say, I'm thuroughly enjoying reading Diana's books and think it's awesome that you've thought to do Outlander Kitchen! I look forward to new posts!nBtw.. it's reading her books that got me to try Scotch... and I can still remember that first sip of 10year old Ardbeg. It.was.Magical! I have to say that nothing beats a smoky, peaty Islay scotch while reading Outlander.nThose soaps sound so good that even if i don't win, I'll likely get them ;)

12 Apr 2012 - 1:15pm

Tina Carrington

Ohh that sounds so good and the soap sounds like a long bath delight....thx :)

12 Apr 2012 - 1:20pm


I've been following you on twitter for a while but now I'm subscribed properly. ;)nnThe drink and soaps look lovely, but I have to admit that the mental picture of the splinter still makes me want to heave. :/


Thanks, Jessica! Yes, the splinter makes me feel more than slightly nauseous as well. Hence the whisky...:)

12 Apr 2012 - 2:00pm

Kathy C

I've been a subscriber for a while. I'd love to find out what Jamie smells like!

12 Apr 2012 - 2:04pm


My mum turned me on to the Outlander series, so if I win, I am sharing the soaps with her.

12 Apr 2012 - 2:05pm

Ms. Aaron Brown

I was so relieved to see J&C acting more themself at that part of the book, for me Claire's ordeal was much worse than Jamies. Thanks for the chance!

12 Apr 2012 - 2:08pm


Thanks for the chance to win some awesome-looking soap!

12 Apr 2012 - 2:11pm

Kate Johnston

I love soap. And whiskey. And JAMMF. And TCS.

12 Apr 2012 - 2:24pm

Dedra Stotts

Love your website and your recipes! Thankyou for the chance to win some of your amazing soap!

12 Apr 2012 - 2:25pm

Nicole M.

Ooh, how I love Drambuie! A Rusty Nail is such a perfect drink. Oh yeah, the soaps look wonderful, too! Thanks for the giveaway (and the awesome blog!)

12 Apr 2012 - 2:38pm

Anne Hayward

love the drink and the soap, and this little vignette of a more normal day for J & C.

12 Apr 2012 - 2:46pm


My husband loves Rusty Nails--he must be pre medicating!!

12 Apr 2012 - 2:55pm

Heather Glenn Holl

My dad used to drink those! I don't know if I'm brave enough!

12 Apr 2012 - 2:58pm


Just reading that little bit made me want to go back and read all of the books all over again. And the soaps look fabulous!


You wouldn't be the first to do a re-kilt on the Outlander books, Metalchick!

12 Apr 2012 - 3:02pm

Shannon Pike

I just love this site! Thank you for having a contest, so much fun! :)

12 Apr 2012 - 3:03pm


Wow this is a really fun giveaway. I found your blog a few weeks ago and have to say that I love it- mixing my food blog and Outlander loves together. Thanks for sharing your passion and creativity with us!

12 Apr 2012 - 3:05pm

Judith Huffer

LOVE your books! And my Da and I love Rusty Nails! I would be "beyond the Moon" happy if I manage to win a bar of Jamie's, and a bar of Claire's soap! Keep the recipes coming! You ROCK, Diana Gilbaldon!


Thank you for your enthusiasm, Judith! I (of course) love DG's books too...Theresa

12 Apr 2012 - 3:28pm

The Suzzzz

I don't drink, but I'm glad I kept scrolling, what a fun giveaway! Keep up the great work on the recipes, I love reading your blog.


Thanks so much, Suzzzz! I try to have a little bit of everything for everybody...

12 Apr 2012 - 3:47pm

Dorothy Gilbert

To Dianna, here's to you! Keep feeding us the wonderful stories-- the only books I read and re- read.

12 Apr 2012 - 4:10pm


Ouch Jamie!!! I cringe with that very vivid description!!!

12 Apr 2012 - 4:18pm

Michele J

I love your blog! And everytime I read one of your posts I want to re-read the series all over again! Those soaps sound wonderfull!

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