Anticipation

THE REUNION IS ALMOST HERE!

A. Malcolm

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The highly anticipated Outlander episode 306, “A. Malcolm,” will air Sunday night 10/22 at 6pm PT/8pm ET. After 20 years apart, Jamie and Claire will finally be reunited. And all the fans do an exuberant dance while letting out a squeal.  It’s more than sex. It’s the promise of brokenness repaired. It’s the fragile vulnerability displayed. It’s being fully seen and accepted. It’s nakedness of soul. It’s two halves coming back together. It’s love reborn. 

Jamie and Claire have both experienced great loss and life since they parted company at the onset of the Battle of Culloden. They never stopped loving each other, we know that for certain. Yet I wonder, how have the years apart shaped and changed them? How will the twenty years of living behind walls of self-preservation be slowly shed and peeled away? What secrets or stumbling blocks might exist to hamper their reconnection?

Claire is many things, a trailblazing physician, mother, and friend. She’s also a wildly passionate and physical woman when she’s with a man she loves. She’s lived without sex and emotional intimacy from the time Brianna was very young. When Frank challenged her for being only physically present in their marriage and their bed, the fragile link between them broke. Though she followed the letter of her agreement with Frank to leave the past behind, but couldn’t let go of Jamie in her mind and heart. Ultimately, she put her energies and efforts into her work, motherhood, and keeping up the Randall family facade.  After Frank died, the world re-opened to her, yet she was hesitant. Roger found Jamie working as a printer in Edinburgh in the precise timeframe traveling through the stones would land her. It took much cajoling and prompting from Brianna for Claire to agree to leave the 20th century behind. With quick preparations, she went back through the stones. The hope, worry, and excitement cling to Claire as she opened the print shop door. She took an incredible risk for the sake of love reborn. For the sake of being whole and truly herself.

Jamie had everything stripped away after he sent Claire through the stones back to Frank. He meant to die on the field of Culloden, but didn’t. He survived as a prisoner on his own land, a prisoner of the Crown, and a parolee at Helwater before being freed to return home. The men of Ardsmuir, including his Godfather Murtagh, were lost to him when they were relocated to the Colonies for 15 years indenture. His losses continued to grow as he left his biological son, William by Lady Geneva, behind to be raised by Lord John Grey and Lady Isobel Dunsany. Years of pain, separation, and living behind walls of self-protection. Jamie is a shell of a man. He’s a ghost of himself. We don’t know what he has done in the years after leaving Helwater and Roger finding him as A. Malcolm in Edinburgh. Is he married? Does he have other children? We have no idea what he’s up to, except surely not only the mild life of a printer.

I expect to see tender, humorous, and awkward moments as Claire and Jamie start to connect.  I imagine the episode unfolding as a slow burn toward their physical reunion, with plenty of interruptions along the way. It’s going to be a tasty extended episode treat.

I don’t know who we’ll meet in the episode, but my best guesses are Madame Jeanne, adult Fergus, teenage Young Ian, Old Ian, Mr. Willoughby, several working women, and Geordie. Claire will likely be mistake for a whore once again.

This season has given non-book readers ample reasons to love these characters, as much as book readers do.

Let me know what you expect, are pondering, or what you hope to see in this upcoming episode. Email contact@adramofoutlander.com or call 719-425-9444.

What’s Coming up? Episode 306 A. Malcolm.

How can you participate? To have your questions, comments for email or call in to the listener line after the show airs. Join the weekly Twitter chat Wednesday nights at 6pm PT/9pm ET to discuss the previous latest podcast chapters using the hashtag #ADoO. Comments or messages may be included in the podcast or a written post.

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Of Rogue Vegetables

Of Rogue Vegetables

A Conversation with Theresa Carle-Sanders, Outlander Kitchen

Episode 105

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I am so happy to bring you my recent conversation with Theresa, the professional chef behind Outlander Kitchen and The Official Outlander Companion Cookbook.  She is the perfect podcast fit for this week’s hiatus of Outlander Season 3.  If you haven’t listened to our last conversation from 2016, you must.  She’s wildy witty and smart. What character do you think she fancies herself being?

Since the launch of the cookbook in 2016, it has been translated into French, German, and a Polish version is on the way. Whether you dabble in the kitchen or are an aspiring chef, the recipes are doable and delicious.

Each week during Outlander Season 3, Theresa pairs a recipe to go with the episode. It’s fun to see what she comes up with. I tried my hand at the Goat Cheese and Bacon Tarts this season. They weren’t as pretty as the photo in the cookbook, but they were quite tasty. Be on the lookout for the culinary pairing!

Can you figure out which product is mine? Shakes my head. Hey, I tried!

During our conversation, I found out she would love to invite TV Murtagh over for dinner, she thinks book Bree is the most picky eater, she adores imperfect rogue vegetables, and she has a surprising guilty pleasure.

In this fast-paced world, we often don’t slow down enough to cook a meal from scratch. Outlander Kitchen recipes inspires us to slow down, try a recipe, share the love and food with our family and friends.  It’s heartwarming to Theresa that mothers and daughters, grandmothers and granddaughters are entering the kitchen once again because of the recipes she’s designed. The bonding and family memories that are created over cooking and eating together are priceless. The wonderful memories from her kitchen experiences growing up are put into each website and cookbook offering.

I hope you enjoy listening to our conversaton, as much as I had recording it with her. Be prepared to laugh (a lot) and learn some kitchen wisdom along the way.

Eat. Drink. Be merry. And watch Outlander.

All photos are property of Outlander Kitchen (except for my culinary foray). Go to Outlander Kitchen’s social media and like or follow! Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, and YouTube.

Theresa will be speaking at the upcoming Food Bloggers of Canada conference October 20-22, 2017.

What’s Coming up? OMG THE REUNION EPISODE, A. Malcolm 306.

How can you participate? To have your questions, comments for email or call in to the listener line after the show airs. Join the weekly Twitter chat Wednesday nights at 6pm PT/9pm ET to discuss the previous latest podcast chapters using the hashtag #ADoO. Comments or messages may be included in the podcast or a written post.

The Outlander book series is written by Diana Gabaldon. You can find her on Twitter and Facebook.

Visit Outlander Starz on social media, like or follow: Twitter,Instagram,Facebook, and the official website.

 

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Freedom and Whisky S3 E5

Freedom & Whisky

Written for Television by: Toni Graphia

Directed by: Brendan Maher

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This week’s episode slows down to cover a short period of the Christmas season 1968. Don’t for one second think you can put away those tissues for holiday cheer. The struggles are real. The fear is spoken. The complexities of adult child and parent relationships are navigated.

We see Claire’s foundational determination and skill as a physician. We see her fragile and vulnerable, when she acknowledges herself as a woman with needs and desires. We see her as mother bear, fierce, tender, loving, and the willingness to be sacrificial. She’s been hurt and shut off the passionate and sexual side of herself. She’s lived for her daughter and her work. It’s time for her to live whole once more. She’s been “living half a life,” according to good friend Joe Abernathy. He’s correct. Go get him, Claire. Insert that fuzzy ear worm, Let It Go for Claire here.

Brianna has matured and grown through her father Frank’s death and the revelations in Scotland. She’s no longer the bratty girl. She sees herself as a woman in her own right. She sees her mother as a woman separate from being her mother. She knows she is grown and not only urges her mother to go, she asks her to go. Jamie deserves to know who she is.

Roger is not a knight in shining armor, he’s an orphan like Brianna. He’s a friend and future lover. He understands Brianna in a way no one else can. He understands her mother in a way no one else can either. He’s a kind, generous, and brilliant man, who happens to be falling in love with Brianna.

Joe Abernathy is a friend and wingman. Claire’s only friend throughout her medical school and hospital career. He is trustworthy and an advocate for Claire to live a full life. I expect, he will be there for anything Brianna needs. He can be like an uncle in my estimation. Did Claire tell him EVERYTHING about Jamie and her 18th century adventure? I think she must have.

The zinger in this episode was Candy, um Sandy, confronting Claire at an event to honor Frank Randall. She accuses Claire of being selfish and making Frank and Bree live a lie. She should have let him go. Claire offered Frank his freedom more than once. Does Sandy know this? Or is it her grief talking? Are we supposed to think Claire made him stay? What was the point of this confrontation? I think it’s a vehicle for Brianna to ask who the woman is. Also, for Claire to have clarity on what she needs to do.

There were some three beats to cement ideas in this episode.

  • Brianna being an engineer, not a historian.
  • Claire’s insecurities over her looks, sexiness, and age.
  • Claire’s willingness to stay because she can’t bear to leave Brianna. She’s a good mother.
  • Brianna urging her mother to go because she is an adult and can care for herself. She’s a maturing daughter.

I adored how Roger and Brianna looked like ghostly images in the window when Claire looked up as she left for Scotland. Then the light plays on Claire as she was in the cab making her look like she was transitioning to a new place from the 20th century. Finally, the puddle from the cab to Edinburgh was a brilliant transition. Combined, those images created a feeling of time travel without literally needing her to go to the stones onscreen. Bravo!

Lastly, Jamie and the print shop. You didn’t think I would forget about that did you? Claire makes it to Edinburgh and finds her way to Carfax Close. Outside the printshop you can feel her apprehension and excitement. She opens the door and he questions who is there. Following his voice, she says who it is. He looks up, she seems a ghost, and he faints. #DunbonnetDown. He crashes to the floor. She gasps. Fade to black.

SHE DID IT! She found him! We know he couldn’t have died from a coronary because there’re more episodes this season. And this isn’t Game of Thrones. George R.R. Martin might have killed Jamie off in front of Claire.

We laughed. We cried. We cheered. We grabbed smelling salts for Jamie. Anyone else out of your mind excited for episode 6?

All pictures are the property of Starz. Visit Outlander Starz on social media, like or follow: Twitter,Instagram,Facebook, and the official website.

What’s Coming up? Interview with Theresa Carl-Sanders, chef/author of Outlander Kitchen Cookbook.

How can you participate? To have your questions, comments for email or call in to the listener line after the show airs. Join the weekly Twitter chat Wednesday nights at 6pm PT/9pm ET to discuss the previous latest podcast chapters using the hashtag #ADoO. Comments or messages may be included in the podcast or a written post.

The entire Outlander book series is written by Diana Gabaldon. You can find her on Twitter and Facebook.

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