MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE FROM SCOTLANDHere is some news about Christmas in Scotland.We finish school on Thursday 23rd December and return on Wednesday5th January 2011. School closes at 2.30pm on the last day instead of3.30pm. The weather is very bad here at the moment with lots of snow andyou can see a picture of our school in the snow on our website athttp://www.ea.e-renfrew.sch.uk/stlukes/The temperature today is -8 degrees and we have a lot of freezing fog. Itdoes look very festive though!To prepare for Christmas we have been doing a lot of work in school andin our parish during Advent and trying hard to think of others who do nothave as much as we do. Every pupil in the school has brought in an item offood and we have made food parcels to be distributed to the needy in ourcommunity.Unfortunately, due to the weather, we have had to cancel our Christmasconcert but hope to have it ready for the pupils in school on the last day.On Christmas day we go to church in the morning after we open our gifts.Sometimes we go to Midnight Mass on Christmas eve and sing carols inthe church.Our traditional meal on Christmas day is turkey which is served withstuffing, vegetables and sausages and we also have cranberry sauce orbread sauce to go with it. For dessert, we have a Christmas pudding whichis a dark fruit cake. We arent too keen on the pudding so we have YuleLog which is like a chocolate Swiss roll. Delicious!!!!!!Our big event in Scotland is Hogmanay which is our name for New YearsEve. Families get together and wait for the bells at midnight. we sing thesong A guid New Year and someone from our family has to be the firstfooter. This is someone who is your visitor of the New Year and theybring a gift to bring good luck for the coming year. In Edinburgh, there is ahuge street party where hundreds and thousands of people come form allover the world and there is a huge fireworks display from EdinburghCastle.
Over the Christmas holiday, we do a lot of visiting friends and family andtry to take things easy! New Year is a very busy time.We are all really excited about Christmas here and the snow makes it evenmore special if not freezing cold!!!!!!!!!!!!We have attached some recipes that we use in school in our HomeEconomics class. There is a recipe for Cranachan shortcake which isnormally eaten at New Year as well as clootie dumpling which can begiven as a gift, and Stovies, which is a Scottish potato dish that normallyaccompanies a meat dish.We hope you have a fantastic Christmas and we are looking forward to2011 when we will all meet up again.Merry Christmas from Scotland.SlàinteHere are some Scottish songs that we sing at New Year and ChristmasThe first is the most famous and most popular, Auld Lang Syne by RobertBurns.http://www.ltscotland.org.uk/scotlandssongs/secondary/genericcontent_tcm4555466.asphttp://www.ltscotland.org.uk/scotlandssongs/primary/todayishogmanay.asphttp://www.ltscotland.org.uk/scotlandssongs/primary/genericcontent_tcm4554649.aspCara and Niamh xx
Clootie DumplingIngredients500 g plain flour500 g mixed dried fruit1 x 15 ml spoon treacle100 g mixed peel1 apple grated1 x 5 ml spoon bicarbonate of soda1 x 5 ml spoon mixed spice100 g brown sugar100 g vegetable suet2 slices bread gratedMilk to mixMethod 1. Place all ingredients into a large bowl and add enough milk to mix to a dropping constancy. 2. Scald a large cloth.
3. Pile the mixture in the centre and tie just above the mix. 4. Boil in a large pot for 4 hours. 5. Remove from the pot and cloth. 6. Place on a plate and dry in the oven for 30 minutes. Cranachan ShortcakeIngredients60 g Medium oat meal100 g marg150 g plain flour50 g caster sugar1 egg50 g frozen raspberriesdefrosted150 ml double cream15 ml clear honeyMethod - Set oven gas mark 4, 170 oC.
- Dry fry 10 g of the oatmeal over a medium heat till golden. Set aside to cool - Sieve the flour into a large bowl, add the remaining oatmeal and rub in the butter. - Stir in the sugar and add enough egg to bind to a smooth paste. - Bring the paste together into a ball and flatten slightly. Wrap and chill for up to 30 minutes. - Rollout the paste on a lightly floured surface to a thickness of about 5 mm. - Using a 7 cm cutter cut out 8 (or more) circles. - Store the remaining paste appropriately. - Transfer circles carefully to a baking tray and bake for 10-15 minutes until golden brown, leave to cool.- Drain the raspberries.- Whisk the cream to soft peak.- Incorporate the honey, being careful not to over whisk.- Fold in the reserve toasted oatmeal and raspberries. Sandwich 2biscuits together with a quarter of the raspberry cream- Repeat to give 4 creamed shortcakes.- Serve on 4 individual, clean, cool plates and decorate appropriately. Stovies
Ingredients Equipment1 potato Chopping board½ onion Sharp knife15 ml oil 2 pots and pot stands150 -200 ml water Measuring jug½ stock cubeSalt and pepperparsleyMethod 1. Wash the potato and cut into 2-3cm cubes. 2. Place in a pot with the water, stock cube, salt and pepper. 3. Bring to the boil and cook till soft. Add 50 ml more water if the potatoes seem to start to dry out. 4. Slice the onion and fry gently in the oil till soft. 5. Add the onions to the potatoes and cook till tender. There should be a thick sauce or gravy forming as the potatoes begin to soften and break up slightly. Do not stir them all into a mush. 6. Season and serve with some chopped parsley.