Finding time to gather with friends is always enjoyable, but when you add the ambiance of a true British tea house, it’s an absolute pleasure!
On a rainy Southern California morning, I had the opportunity to attend a themed tea tasting at Shakespeare’s Corner Shoppe and Afternoon Tea, hosted by Outlander SoCal Edition members Rhena and Stephanie. Continue reading Outlandering at Shakespeare’s Corner Shoppe and Afternoon Tea – A Review
What he didn’t know was what had possessed Fraser to make the accusasion now, and in such a public manner. He got up, used the pot, then splashed water from the ewer over his face and, tilting the pitcher, drank most of the rest. It was nearly evening; his room was growing dark, and he could smell the luscious scents of tea pouring downstairs; fried sardines, fresh buttered crumpets, lemon sponge, cucumber sandwiches, sliced ham. He swallowed, suddenly ravenous.
-Lord John Grey
The Scottish Prisoner by Diana Gabaldon, Chapter 30
Lemon cake is a perfect addition to a spring or summer meal. It was my father’s favorite, and I always made a point to make it for him on his birthday or any special occasion. My mum and I found a simple, homemade recipe in her collection that is incredibly easy to bake. Once again, seizing the opportunity, my daughter took charge of the recipe to create a delicious dessert that is bound to be loved by everyone.
Continue reading Lord John Grey and his Lemon Cake
Whisky – the preferential drink of Claire in Outlander. It can warm the belly as well as soul. The quote below makes me think of the Outlander fandom reading Diana Gabaldon’s books.
“I know some who are constantly drunk on books as other men are drunk on whiskey.”
― H.L. Mencken
Many fans of the books enjoy having a dram of whisky as well as reading. Just as there are many books in the Outlander series, there are many types of whisky, one being Fireball Whisky, which is so versatile! Below is a simple and delicious concoction made with this tasty liquor.
Continue reading Hot Pepper – Right up Claire’s Alley!
Back in September 2016, we posted a great article about going whiskey tasting with our husbands. To honor Saint Patrick’s Day, we thought we would repost it. We also hope to reintroduce a great place for whiskey – enjoy the read!
Fraser didn’t ask but poured them each a dram of whisky, warm-smelling and smoke-tinged. There was something comfortable in drinking whisky in company, no matter how bad the whisky. Or the company, for that matter.
Written in My Own Hearts Blood by Diana Gabaldon,
Of course, today our company was the best and the whiskey was right in line with the quality of our companionship. We, Sass3, took our Jamies – our wonderful husbands – out whiskey tasting together on a triple date. The men whom we just adore are loving, supportive, honorable, and caring – the Jamies of our lives who tolerate our fanatic worship of Outlander and who say with endearment, “Yes, dear…” every time we ask to attend another Outlander gathering or event. How could we not cherish them? So, our intimate group spent an afternoon savoring some spirits and took pleasure in simply being together.
Continue reading Whiskey Tasting with Our Jamies
“America,” I said softly. “The New World.” The pulse beneath my fingers had quickened, echoing my own. A new world. Refuge. Freedom.
Voyager by Diana Gabaldon, Chapter 63
History – it’s all around us. While in school we may not have fully appreciated it, but, as adults, we can see the importance of it, and even come to enjoy it.
Continue reading A Voyage to the Past at Green Dragon Tavern and Museum
“I may be able to link just about everything back to Outlander. Some posts, like this one, may not have anything to do with Outlander, but I still want to share it with you. It lends itself to a meal that can be made with kids’ help, adding quality time with family.
“I could make an association in saying that Jamie was well-educated, spoke Greek, and knew a lot about the Greeks – and this recipe uses Greek cheese. I know it’s a stretch, but still… Continue reading Jamie’s Greek Comes in Handy with Mizithra: A Blog About One of My Favorite Recipes