Previous Outlander update: https://timeslipsblog.wordpress.com/2014/08/15/outlander-update-2/
Yes, It is Outlanderday!
In anticipation of the evening event, I am now getting everything ready to prepare our first Outlanderday meal! Of course silly me… I assumed that I would now have all of the necessary ingredients for the meal? What I forgot was probably the most important part! We always have some type of oatmeal in the house, and usually it’s the big bulk container of rolled oats. Naturally, the one time when I do need that particular item for cooking, is the one time that all we have are some instant flavored packets. I am thinking that those are not going to quite make it as improvisation on the rolled oats called for in the Bannocks recipe, so it’s off with the son on a trek to the grocery forest to forage for the appropriate rolled oats!
The rolled oats are part of the recipe for Bannocks at Castle Leoch from Outlander Kitchen. You can find the recipe here: http://outlanderkitchen.com/2014/08/13/bannocks-castle-leoch/
I will post the results of my attempt at them later this evening!
Now, of course we must eat something else along with the Bannocks, not that they wouldn’t be fine on their own, but we have already discussed what a bit of skimpy meal that might be!
Not really wanting to spend my entire day in the kitchen cooking and experimenting, I did choose to purchase some pre-made individual Pork Pies and some Steak and Ale pies. I do feel a bit guilty about the fact that they are pre-made and Sassenach products as well. Please do forgive me Mistress Glenna Fitzgibbons. Seeing as I could not get her to come into my kitchen and prepare the meal authentically, I had to make my own sad improvisations!
Well, now have the Bannocks and the meat set, we must as Claire so often insists upon, add some greens to our meal! I did some research on what might be appropriate or suitable and found that my initial idea of Brussels Sprouts is acceptable! Forerunners to modern Brussels sprouts were likely cultivated in ancient Rome. Brussels sprouts as we now know them were grown possibly as early as the 13th century in what is now Belgium. The first written reference dates to 1587. During the 16th century, they enjoyed a popularity in the southern Netherlands that eventually spread throughout the cooler parts of Northern Europe. I do love Brussels sprouts now- it has been a recent taste acquirement. Here is a recipe from allrecipes.com that we use most often for them! No I am not taking any credit for this recipe! I am only posting it here for your convenience. It is available on AllRecipes.com
Garlic Brussels Sprouts with Crispy Bacon
1 1/2 pounds fresh Brussels sprouts
8 slices bacon
1 teaspoon butter
2 teaspoons olive oil
4 cloves garlic, chopped
1/2 cup reduced-sodium chicken broth
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper
2 teaspoons butter
|1.||Cut an ‘X’ in the core end of each Brussels sprout. Set sprouts aside.|
|2.||Place bacon in a large skillet and cook over medium-high heat, turning occasionally, until evenly browned, about 10 minutes; drain and cool on paper towels. Crumble.|
|3.||Heat 1 teaspoon butter and olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat; cook and stir garlic until golden brown, 3 to 5 minutes. Add Brussels sprouts; toss to coat. Stir in broth, salt, and black pepper; cover and cook until Brussels sprouts are tender, 12 to 14 minutes. Drain liquid from pan.|
|4.||Stir remaining 2 teaspoons butter into Brussels sprouts mixture until melted. Mix in bacon and serve.|
|ALL RIGHTS RESERVED © 2014 Allrecipes.com||Printed from Allrecipes.com 8/16/2014|
In addition to the meat, the veggies and the Bannocks, I will be serving some fresh rasberries with a topping of mascarpone cheese and crème fresh… I will experiment with this and let you know later how it turns out! We also have some blue cheese and some blueberry vanilla goat cheese to go along with the Bannocks after dinner! As far as the wine goes, if any of you were or are as slightly unknowing as I was… Rhenish wine is Rhine wine! I knew I should have picked up a bottle when I was at the Deli yesterday! Seeing as I was neglectful in that respect, we will have to sample wine from my daughters excellent little collection! I will let you know later which one of those we chose as well!
Alright, Now I am off to the kitchens to begin preparations for our little feast. I want to be sure to have everything in readiness so that our viewing will be uninterrupted! Yes, Yes I am full aware that I could simply watch it again later- which I do plan to do anyway- What I am trying to here is enjoy the meal and the show together! Enjoy your own viewing and I will return later this evening with post eating/viewing update!