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Scotch Eggs and Outlander’s version of the Full Scottish Breakfast

Scotch Eggs!  #scotcheggs!

Scotch Eggs! #scotcheggs!

About once or twice a year, I get a real hankering for something called a Scotch Egg. Essentially, it’s a hard-boiled egg encased in sausage, rolled in breadcrumbs and deep fried until done. The Scotch Egg first appeared on the cuisine scene in the early 1700s and over the centuries has evolved into a picnic food. I first discovered this delicacy at the Texas Renaissance Festival several years ago and it’s always on my Sunday morning, post drunken night of revelry, need something in my tummy before I start drinking again faire agenda. For all intents and purposes, it’s a heart attack waiting to happen in a tasty little time bomb, and ties you over until you’re ready for your mid-afternoon turkey leg or bread bowl. They are THE BOMB. And I encourage everyone to try it at least once in their lifetime.

So, what got me to thinking about Scotch Eggs this morning? A couple of things, actually. Earlier this week, some meme was circulating around Facebook about a bacon stuffed scotch egg that looked to have potential. But at the end of the day, what really drew me to make them for my husband and myself this morning was last night’s episode of Outlander.

If you haven’t watched it yet, I won’t give too many spoilers, but I think it’s safe to say that Jamie Fraser has officially changed the meaning of Full Scottish Breakfast. And definitely don’t interrupt him while he’s having his breakfast. Does anyone need any more innuendo than this? I have this feeling that many a woman around the globe needed a cigarette after the first 5 minutes of the episode, and with good reason. It was HOT! I suddenly want to fill up the page with innuendo, but I’ll refrain because it’s possible I’ll break the internet if I try. But watch it. Or watch it 15 times like I have so far.

Speaking of all things naughty, the erotica is coming along quite well. I’m about 2.5 chapters from completing my first official draft and then off to my beta readers. It’s exciting and scary at the same time. I’ve never written pure erotica before, and especially one this dark. The goal of this has developed into a group project with a couple of friends for creating a new erotica series for ePublication. I know what you’re thinking: the world is full of countless erotica ePubs. And truly, you’re right to wonder why mine will be any different. It’s still too early to say if it is. But I like to think I’m doing something a little bit better and I have the writing skills to pull it off. Fingers crossed and pricked thumbs, we shall see in a few months when I release the first one.

I’d also like to give a shout-out to Brazil. I’ve noticed over the last couple of months that outside of the United States, I have the highest number of page views coming from Brazil. So thanks Brazil for reading me/following me and I would love to see some comments. I’m always curious who I’m reaching, why I’m reaching them and why they’re coming back. I like to think this blog is more than a random thought diary. I’m really interested in those who are humbling me with their attention! So please leave me a little note. I’ve met some of my best friends over the internet and we are never too old to make new friends.

In the meantime, enjoy this recipe for Scotch Eggs. I always get asked to share it when I cook them and post the pics on Facebook anyway. Have a great week, enjoy the Scotch Eggs and enjoy a Full Scottish Breakfast every chance you get!

Sláinte,

 

Wendy

 

Scotch Eggs

I use a wok to cook my scotch eggs in because I believe in multiculturalism

I use a wok to cook my scotch eggs in because I believe in multiculturalism

Ingredients

  • 1 pound bulk country-style or herbed sausage
  • 1 teaspoon crumbled dried sage
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme, crumbled
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne
  • 4 hard-boiled small/medium eggs
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 raw large egg, beaten lightly
  • 1 cup fresh bread crumbs
  • vegetable oil for deep-frying the eggs

Preparation

In a large bowl combine well the sausage, the sage, the thyme, and the cayenne, divide the mixture into 4 equal portions, and flatten each portion into a thin round. Enclose each hard-boiled egg completely in 1 of the sausage rounds, patting the sausage into place. Mix the breadcrumbs and flour in separate bowl. Dip the sausage-coated eggs the raw egg, letting the excess drip off, and roll them gently in the bread crumbs, coating them well. In a deep fryer heat 2 1/2 inches of the oil to 350°F. and in it fry the Scotch eggs. This can usually takes about 15 minutes, but cut open one scotch egg to ensure the sausage has cooked all the way. Transfer them to paper towels to drain with a slotted spoon when they are done.

 

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A reason to write or a reason to drink?

Why can’t we have both?

For the last several years I felt the impending disappointment in myself as each autumn rolled around and knowing that November meant National Novel Writing Month, or as some affectionately know it as, NANO.   The basic idea behind NANO is to write a novel in a month.  When I first heard of this concept back in 2006, I though surely someone got into the wrong bag of mushrooms.  How can a person actually write a well thought out, well plotted, well written and publish ready novel in 30 days?  Back then I was working full-time, going to college full-time and devoting time to my very needy pet geese.  Writing was still a hobby.  My mind couldn’t wrap around the concept of NANO.  It wasn’t until my friend, (and published author) Lisa, told me that for her it wasn’t so much about writing a publish ready novel, it was about getting yourself into the habit of writing and having a community of writers encourage you to keep writing.  Yes, the material you produce will have problems: your plot may not flow well, your characters might be shallow, your dialogue lacking, your arc and climax weak.  It’s okay.  The point is you wrote it and after November 30th you can go back and fix all those issues.

The legendary first graphic!

The legendary first graphic!

I finally understood.  And I heard the angels sing on high.

And then it drizzled into a flailing French horn under the tire of an eighteen wheeler.  I had a bigger problem than just sitting down and attempting to write a novel in the month of November.  I had commitments that in no way I could back out of, mainly the Texas Renaissance Festival.  If you’re there at any point during November, you’ll see me in all of my corseted up, thigh high pirate boots, boobies sticking out, two swords and dagger wielding, camping, drinking, turkey leg toting, roasting weenies on a stick and motor boating my friends glory.   Yes, I am busy.  Yes, too busy to write.

After lamenting this predicament for a couple of years, the answer finally came to me.  If I couldn’t commit time to writing in November, that didn’t make me less of a writer.  It made me somebody who needed an alternative.  I needed to write in a month I knew I could commit, that was adjacent to NANO and still feel in the spirit of the other writers out there and I needed a gimmick to go along with it.  So, what do I love as much as writing?  That would be wine.  Thus, in 2011 I stopped whining about it and launched  the October Wine & Write.  The concept was very basic.  Write every day in October, whether it’s a sentence, a thousand words or an entire chapter.  The point was to write and get further along than you were on Sept. 30th.  And the gimmick?  Simple.  Drink while you’re doing it.  Have a glass of wine.  Have two.  Have a beer, have a Cuba Libre.   If there was anything that I learned from Papa Hemingway is that you could never drink enough and write.  His legend spawned drink recipes, hunting adventures, love and war, writing and more writing.  Hell, his favorite seat while writing was a bar stool.   If you don’t drink for personal reasons, have a cuppa tea or coffee.  The point is, WRITE and have a sip of something that you enjoy.

This idea became popular with my friends and Facebook peeps and a few also joined my writing adventure.  Another friend, Lysa, started making graphics to go along with the Wine & Write.  It brought us together for the sheer adventure of writing and gave us a little accountability.  It made me sit down each night after work, take out my notebook and pen and write without the worry that I needed to edit, sculpt my plot just so or worry if my dialogue was flowing smoothly.  I just wrote and usually had several chapters written by the end of it.  At the end of the day, I reported my progress or congratulated friends on their progress as well.  Suffice it to say, the concept was a success.

The reason I decided to blog about this today is because I just realized we’re only 5 weeks away from October 1st.  And although my friends and FB friends are aware of this new tradition, I’ve acquired a few followers over the last few weeks who are also writers.  I’d like to share this madness of writing.  Whether you’re a NANO-ite or not, or just someone who needs another excuse to write and feel community support, please join us on October 1st with your notebook, pen, laptop or whatever you write on, your favorite beverage and write.  You won’t regret it.

In closing, I’ll share one of Hemingway’s famous cocktails.  I’ve personally never tried it.  Absinthe is $45 a bottle in Texas and I’m on the verge of only affording Boone’s Farm these days.  But like all of Hemingway’s other endeavors, it has an awesome title and will probably kick you in the balls.

Cheers and Sláinte!

Death in The Afternoon

  • 1 1/2 ounces absinthe
  • 4 ounces Brut champagne

Mix together in a Champaign flute.  Drink.  Write a masterpiece or spear a swordfish.  Repeat.

Graphic #2.

Graphic #2.

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