Finally, Quinn was obliged to draw breath, giving Jamie the chance to stick a word in edgewise.
“No,” he said definitely. “Not for all the tea in China.”
Quinn’s long face creased in puzzlement. “China? What’s China got to do with it, for all love?”
Ah. Another of Claire’s sayings, then. He tried again. “I mean I will not try to persuade my uncle Alexander to pry this thing out of FitzGibbons’s hands.”
-Jamie & Quinn
-The Scottish Prisoner, byDiana Gabaldon, Chapter 3
Who doesn’t love the wealth of sayings that are elicited from Claire Randall Fraser during moments of frustration, passion, or to share points of humor? Better yet, we love it even more when Jamie attempts to utilize her quick responses and statements as his own, such as this one found in The Scottish Prisoner. Isn’t it remarkable to think about how a literary character can become so appreciated and admired by avid readers and series audiences alike? With Diana Gabaldon’s poetic words and the Starz team’s uncanny ability to capture the best qualities of these beloved personalities, there is cause for so much celebration! To honor one of our favorite heroines, we have chosen to revel in the gallant nature that comprises Claire Randall Fraser in order to celebrate her strength, ingenuity, compassion, and dedication to her family. As mothers and wives, we can certainly relate to her on many levels – particularly in providing and caring for those we each hold most dear to us. It is the personal connection Jamie and Claire have to each other and their family that reminds us that there will always be this shared perspective that continues to link the 18th and 21st century:
“If you have the love of family, a few dear friends, food on the table, and a roof over your head – you are richer than you think.”
As we enjoy the magic of this holiday season, why not try one of our favorite recipes that is guaranteed to bring your entire family or dearest friends to your own hearth. Preparing the table in traditional holiday fashion will bring your own clan closer together, just as Claire and Jamie often did for theirs. This particular recipe is a family favorite that was found hidden in my mum’s collection. Baking is a favorite past time for us and always brings us closer together across generations. We have made these scones on many occasions and they never disappoint!
- 4 cups of all purpose flour
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 4 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 1/2 sticks of chilled, unsalted butter, diced
- 1/2 cup golden raisins (if desired)
- 1 cup whipping cream
- 3 large eggs
- 1 tbsp grated lemon peel
- 2 tsp of water
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line baking sheets with parchment paper.
- Sift flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt in a large bowl.
- Add butter and rub in with your fingertips until the consistency of the mixture looks like course meal.
- Stir in raisins.
- Whisk cream, 2 eggs, vanilla, and lemon peel in the medium bowl to blend.
- Add egg mixture to flour mixture; hand stir with wooden spoon just until combined.
- Gather dough into a ball and kneed lightly. Roll out dough on floured surface until approximately 3/4 inch thickness.
- Using a 2-inch round biscuit or cooking cutter, cut out the scones. Gather scraps and preroll as necessary. Place scones on prepared baking sheets.
- Whisk remaining egg and 2 tsp of water in a small bowl to blend. Brush the mixture over the tops of each scone.
- Bake scones until golden brown – approximately 20 minutes.
- Transfer scones to rack and cool slightly. Serve warm or at room temperature.
- Enjoy scones with fresh jam, honey, or lemon curd.
They are a perfect compliment to your favorite tea or coffee. We always use special tea cups and saucers to serve family or guests to add a bit of personalization to this delightful dessert. In our case, my daughter decided to serve this well loved dessert with her favorite tea cup and matching tea pot from the artist Michael Kincaid with the quote, “Home is where the heart is.”
Food Will Always Bring Us Together
We truly hope you enjoy this simple recipe that is guaranteed to delight family and friends. Outlander will always serve as a reminder to cherish the relationships we value the most. From friends to family, the offering of good food and a welcoming table will always spark conversation and secure the connection we have to one another. We hope you enjoy this recipe as much as we do, and please feel free to share your results. It would be wonderful to see them!
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