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
The trembing did begin to ease within a minute or two, and Jamie opened his eyes with a sigh.
“I’m all right,” he said. “Claire, I’m all right, now. But for God’s sake, get rid of that stink!”
It was only then that I consciously noticed the scent in the room – a light, spicy floral smell, so common a perfume that I had thought nothing of it. Lavender. A scent for soaps and toilet waters. I had last smelled it in the dungeons of Wentworth Prison, where it anointed the linen or the person of Captain Jonathan Randall.
Outlander, Chapter 38, The Abbey
Some of the most profound scenes in the Outlander book and television series can be associated with lavender. Black Jack Randall was a character centered in each of these scenes. He was a character that was brilliantly portrayed by Tobias Menzies. He described Black Jack Randall as “someone with absolute self-belief, arrogance, and feeling of indestructibility.” These attributes were painfully seen in the episodes at Wentworth prison. The use of lavender left such a permanent emotional memory for Jamie that it was difficult to read, let alone watch. Continue reading Outlandish Uses for Lavender
My daughter loves to cook and bake with me. So when she saw me reference my beloved Outlander Kitchen Cookbook, she was immediately by my side to help. This is what I treasure the most: this cookbook brings my family together to create these amazing recipes, while also supporting my wee addiction to all things Outlander.
Continue reading Black Jack Randall’s Chocolate Lavender Fudge
The finale of Outlander season 2 brings a conclusion to the dynamic adaption of Dragonfly in Amber. The anticipation of the emotional roller coaster ride at the series conclusion required the planning and preparation of a comfort food that I could share with friends as we watched. Thankfully Outlander Kitchen provided a wealth of choices. My daughter, age 9, was intent on helping prepare a special dessert. We ultimately chose the “MacKenzie’s Millionaire Shortbread” on p. 252. Continue reading The MacKenzies’ Millionaire’s Shortbread