Today is our monthly Gourmet Lunch and I'm hosting with a theme based on Diana Gabaldon's Outlander series. You probably know that I'm a huge fan. I've read the books, listened to the books, watched the Starz new series... repeatedly. It's my background noise when I'm doing other things. So when our Gourmet Lunch coordinator was looking for hosts and new ideas - I suggested an Outlander theme based on the book series and the recipes from Outlander Kitchen.
I was up with the rooster's crowing puppies at the crack of dawn, so I took advantage of that time and got the dining room table all set.
I used BF's great great grandmother's china - which is the closest thing to a period piece I would have.
I found this huge length of plaid in my fabric stash and spent an hour steaming it. It's the perfect tablecloth for our Scottish theme. I tried to get heather and thistles for the floral arrangements, but it turns out heather is a spring flower and the thistles don't arrive until about noon today. Oh well. I'll have to make do with this arrangement which is the closest thing I could come to. And who doesn't like purple?
Here's our menu from Outlander Kitchen.
- Main Course
- Rhenish - I couldn't find it so I'm serving wine
- Water - I know - not really consumed, but I wasn't sure that ale would go over well.
- Sparkling lemonade - because not everyone wants something so strong to drink.
- Greens - there are some very funny quotes about how Claire tries to get the Highlanders to eat greens and vegetables. She collects watercress and convinces Jamie about the importance of eating greens to keep his teeth and ward off scurvy. She swears that tomatoes will NOT kill him - and also gets the Highlanders to eat onions. Perhaps a very simple salad of watercress, tomatoes and onions??? Otherwise, there were really not a lot of greens in the book series or at Outlander Kitchen.
Wish us luck. I'll post pictures of the food after our event. It should be great fun.