#ABOSAA — Bridies! And Whisky, of course…

Flora MacDonalds Farewell to Bonnie Prince Charlie Joy oil

Flora MacDonald and “Bonnie” Prince Teàrlach (Charlie)

In my re-reading, I’ve just come upon the scene in A Breath of Snow and Ashes (Ch. 54) where the North Carolina Highlanders all gather for a ginormous barbecue at Jocasta’s plantation, River Run, in celebration of the emigration of the heroine Flora MacDonald to the colonies. Flora MacDonald, for those who don’t know, was the lady who helped Prince Charlie escape after the disaster of Culloden. (Frankly, I think I’d have mixed feelings about both the Prince and Flora, if I lost everything but my life in a war in Charlie’s name… but hey, it’s not my place to say.)

Anyway, Jamie recounts a story of a previous occasion upon which he met the famous lady:

“Oh, I suppose I might say that I’m glad the weather has kept fine for her. It was raining the last time we met.”
Rachel’s jaw dropped, and so did her fan, bouncing on the lawn. Her husband bent to pick it up for her, groaning audibly, but she had no attention to spare for him.

“You’ve met her?” she cried, eyes wide with excitement. “When? Where? With the prin—with him?”

“Ah, no,” Jamie said, smiling. “On Skye. I’d gone wi’ my father—a matter of sheep, it was. We chanced to meet Hugh MacDonald of Armadale in Portree—Miss Flora’s stepfather, aye?—and he’d brought the lass into the town with him, for a treat.”

“Oh!” Rachel was enchanted. “And was she beautiful and gracious as they say?”

Jamie frowned, considering.

“Well, no,” he said. “But she’d a terrible grippe at the time, and no doubt would have looked much improved without the red nose. Gracious? Well, I wouldna say so, really. She snatched a bridie right out of my hand and ate it.”

“And how old were you both at the time?” I asked, seeing Rachel’s mouth sag in horror.

“Oh, six, maybe,” he said cheerfully. “Or seven. I doubt I should remember, save I kicked her in the shin when she stole my bridie, and she pulled my hair.”

~ JAMMF, ABoSaA, Ch. 54


Forfar Bridies

These are said to have been made by a travelling food seller, Maggie Bridie of Glamis (in the days when the county of Angus was called Forfarshire). They were mentioned by J M Barrie (author of Peter Pan) who was born in Kirriemuir in that county. The original recipe used suet but since that is not always to everyone’s taste, you can use butter or margarine.

Ingredients (for six bridies):

1½ lbs (700g) boneless, lean rump steak. Lean minced beef can also be used.
2 oz (2 rounded tablespoons) suet or butter or margarine
1 (or 2) onion, chopped finely
1 teaspoon dry mustard powder
Quarter cup rich beef stock
Salt and pepper to taste
1½ lbs flaky pastry (home made or from a pastry mix packet)


Remove any fat or gristle from the meat and beat with a meat bat or rolling pin. Cut into half-inch (1cm) pieces and place in a medium bowl. Add the salt/pepper, mustard, chopped onion, suet (or butter/margarine) and stock and mix well.

Prepare the pastry and divide the pastry and meat mixture into six equal portions. Roll each pastry portion into a circle about six inches in diameter and about quarter of an inch thick and place a portion of the mixture in the centre. Leave an edge of pastry showing all round. Brush the outer edge of half the pastry circle with water and fold over. Crimp the edges together well. The crimped edges should be at the top of each bridie. Make a small slit in the top (to let out any steam). Brush a 12 inch square (or equivalent area) baking tray with oil and place the bridies in this, ensuring that they are not touching. Place in a pre-heated oven at 450F/230C/gas mark 8 for 15 minutes then reduce the temperature to 350F/180C/gas mark 4 and cook for another 45/55 minutes. They should be golden brown and if they are getting too dark, cover with greaseproof paper (vegetable parchment).

Not really my thing, I confess — I’m not much of a meat eater. But hey, JAMMF liked it enough to kick Flora MacD for it…

claire's whiskey of the day

Claire hasn’t been sober since she was left splatted flat on her breast upon Black Jack’s desk. Wow, that sounds like really bizarre, kinky poetry, doesn’t it?

Anyway… I was thinking about Fraser Ridge Whiskey, and wishing there was a real one. And then I found this — it’s not currently brewed for the public, but the clan is considering crafting it in the future:


That’s right, the 11th Lord Lovat, Jamie’s grandfather, the infamous “Old Fox.” The clan has a private reserve meant for their chief, “Legend has it that the infamous 11th Lord Lovat brewed a whisky so potent that it gave his clansmen extra strength and courage before charging the English in the first wave at the Battle of Culloden, 1746. Each Lord Lovat since has relied on a private reserve to bring strength in times of need.”



SO COOL! And speaking of cool, guess what? You can answer the current Chief of Lovat’s Fiery Cross and join the virtual clan. Whether you are a Fraser, or just a friend of the clan (there are two kinds, check them out), if you don’t have Scottish (or Irish) blood, and an ancestral clan of your own (I have several, but I still joined as a friend) you can be part of Jamie’s clan. Check it out!



Remind  me some day to talk about my own ancestral clans — Elliot and Ferguson. Especially the former. We were cursed by the 16th century church and everything!

Well, I need to get back to work now. What’s up with ya’ll?

The Frasers, ladies and gentlemen

Aw, that 2 seconds when all was right with Claire’s world. I mean, besides the smexing.


FRANK RAGE in #Outlander Land. Not mine, but WOW is it there! *Spoilers for the Books & Show*

This is what happens when you leave off in the middle of a season for SIX MONTHS.There is a new meltdown in fandom that rivals even Ring Gate. This one I may understand a little bit better, because I agree to some degree. I’m just not melting down about it because I suspect the reasons for it are solid, and it will be repaired later.


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Oh, #Outlander, How You Eat My Days… #KillingTime Wedding Recap

Wow, that could sound really dirty to a perv like me.

So I started an all eps marathon which I will hopefully be able to finish today, but there are premieres on tonight, and I don’t want to miss those either. Of course, if it comes down to a REAL choice, everything else loses. Except Bones, because it’s the last year. Even though I haven’t watch the last few seasons.

ANYHOO. Mah, how I do go on. /Scarlett O’Hara voice

I just finished reading Killing Time’s AWESOME screen cap & commentary of THE WEDDING. These are one of my favorite recaps, just because of her commentary on the pics. I think I hurt myself laughing, and yet you know she loves the material. Actually, all of my favorite recaps and commentaries are like that. But Connie makes me LOL a LOT. Heh. LOL a LOT. Try typing that ten times past.

Can’t recommend this recap enough. WARNING: Avoid drinking liquids near your computer while reading.

(c) Killing Time –

Seriously. My gut hurts. I think I pulled something. She’s not done yet, so I’m waiting here for part three. *FANGIRLS!*

I don’t even think I’m going to do the blow by blow commentary I planned — why, when there are so many great ones out there that already say exactly what I would, and better? With pictures?

Am I the only one who, for the first time since the series started, actually DREADS Saturday? I mean, it looks like a great episode, but THEN IS HIATUS and I fear what fandom can devolve into when they’re bored.

Okay, actually going to put some footwork in on outlining and characters for my new novel. /pretentiousness

THE Episode! #OutlanderWedding *SPOILERS for Episode 107 The Wedding* VERY LONG!

THIS IS YOUR LAST WARNING — THERE WILL BE SPOILERS! RIGHT NOW! JUST UNDER THIS! So if you are somehow trying to stay spoiler free and yet hanging out on the internet reading blog posts that say “Spoilers for The Wedding,” then… I got no time for you. 😉

Manipulation of gorgeous photo by me.

People, if you think I usually yammer, you are in for a seriously long read. Feel free to skim. Or, you know, check out my Twitter or OUTLANDER SQUEE Facebook Group (if you ask to join, I’ll approve you. It’s a very small group with a very small set of rules that basically boil down to DON’T BE A POUTLANDER — which is why I do my poutlandering here.). In fact, this will be only the first of at least TWO posts about the wedding. This sort of general thoughts one, and another when I do a blow by blow. Heh. Yeah, I stole my own title, what of it?

Anyway, I do go on, so grab a snack, a dram, and buckle in. I’ll tap you if you fall asleep.


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#OutlanderWedding OMG TODAY’S THE DAY! *freaks out like giant weirdo dork*

(Sorry about the giant picture, I can’t figure out how to get rid of it.)

Dudes and dudettes, it has been many moons since I was this much of a freak over a TV show. There’s so much going on (and has been for the past two days), I haven’t had a chance to capture any of it in blog form! You can check out my Twitter to see most of it. (Virtual bachelorette party for Claire? FUN!) It will probably be a day or two before I get a chance to gather my thoughts *coughgetthemoutoftheguttercough* and write a post about Episode 7.

DO NOT miss Tonight’s event! There will be nerves, the first sparks of true love, unflagging joy, and FINE ASSES. (Herself said that very thing about poor Sam — he must already be struggling to get to the wild attentions from legions of fangirls and boys of a certain persuasion lavish upon him. After tonight? He just has no idea. I just wish people would keep their perving to themselves and their fangroups, and NOT CC Sam every damn thing on Twitter. Seriously, it’s embarrassing.)

This couple have been my very favorite for over 20 years, and it began in earnest with this very chapter — the one (well, two-ish) we will see onscreen tonight. Allow me to quote, because I’m sure none of  you have it all memorized by now.

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A Verra Exciting Day in #Scotland! The #indyref Goes Down Today — All Ye Scots, Get Out and Vote!

It sort of makes me want to throw back my head and roar. Think I was maybe a rebel in another life? *G*

It sort of makes me want to throw back my head and roar. Think I was maybe a rebel in another life? *G*

Best of luck to my adored and admired #Outlander #YES gents: @heughan, @grahammctavish, @An_Comhghallach and @GrantORourke. May you finally get the Scotland you dream of.


I’m sure there will be more yammer later, but now I have to get ready for an appointment, and I doubt I’ll be thinking much about #Outlander today — I’m much more involved in the vote! I know, *gasp*, right? Well, the more I think about Outlander, the more I realize there are still TWO MORE FULL DAYS (and 3/4) until my Jamie & Claire’s wedding! Wow, you know, I’ve been waiting over 20 years to see this onscreen, you would think a couple more days wouldn’t be a prob, right?


“Unflagging joy,” people, UN-FREAKING-FLAGGING JOY. Oh, and did I mention that @writer_DG declared Sam @heughan ‘s ass “FINE?” So… that’s all I needed to know. Not that @caitrionabalfe doesn’t deserve her lovely lady props — hello!