Alexis and I had so much fun making our Outlander meal that the next day we had to keep on making food. We decided to pick something from my new favorite cookbook: Simply Bread. Challah was our choice, and boy was it a good one.
Here are my pictures of the process.
I promise I did some of the kneading too.
It was really awesome seeing how much the dough can rise. This recipe called for several rising sessions.
We were really proud of our finished product. It was almost difficult for us to cut into it, but the smell was too enticing and we enjoyed a couple slices as soon as I finished taking pictures. Delicious.
After Alexis left I still had a good amount of the load left, it was a lot of bread. So one day I made french toast from it. Brilliant decision, it was amazing. I'm craving it now just writing about it!
I was very lucky to meet and become friends the most wonderful people when I lived in LA. One of those people is my, now, very good friend Alexis.
We bonded over our love of dance, crazy family stories, good food, and of course, books. We exchanged books, and recommended books, and reveled in our favorite parts. It was Alexis who insisted I must read the Outlander series.
I didn't get around to starting the series until after I had moved to DC, but when I did I believe I used the phrase "catastrophic for my productivity" do describe it's effect on me. I simply couldn't put it down. It is such a captivating story, and I highly recommend it to everyone.
Excitingly enough the series is now being adapted for TV, and Alexis was set to visit me right around the air date! It had been nearly a year since I had seen Alexis, which we decided was far too long, but we made up for lost time by talking nearly the entire 72 hours or so that she was here. And in honor of Outlander (which is set in Scotland) and our love of cooking, we made a delicious Scottish inspired meal and watched the first two episodes together.
I documented our endeavor, which consisted of bannocks with butter, brie and jam, Scotch eggs, cod, some veggies, wine and whiskey. (It was Irish whiskey I admit, but that's what I prefer.)
I had actually made bannock, (a Scottish quick flatbread) when I was younger. I went to a historical summer camp (yes, and I loved it, haha) that taught us about the early settlers in my town right outside of Cleveland around 1830. The settler that we focused on was a Scottish weaver who immigrated to the US. Interestingly though, the recipe we used then for bannock was made with cornmeal, instead of oats like what was used in Scotland, since corn is what was available to the pioneers. I must say, both versions are delicious.
The Scotch eggs were fun, neither of us had ever made them before. They were really tasty. I got to use the breadcrumbs I had collected from my own homemade bread which was such a rewarding use of them.
All in all, it was a very rewarding and very fun way to spend our day!
Here is the recipe we used for the bannocks, though we substituted sour cream for the yogurt.
kaitlin k walsh
Adventurer armed with a camera.