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Andermas Saltire Cake

Once again we approach St Andrew's Day, Andermas, on 30 November, a day which traditionally has been celebrated far more by exiled Scots than those of us who reside in the Land o Cakes.  Earlier this year it looked as if this might change as a majority of Scottish MSPs were said to be in favour of making St Andrew's Day a public holiday.  The Scottish Executive, as it seems to do with everything, has put the matter on the back burner but the day cannot be far off when our Patron Saint's day is properly marked.  The irony of course is that the Scottish Parliament does have Andermas as a day off!

At least in the Fife town of St Andrews our Patron Saint is well remembered and the annual St Andrew's Festival Week is now marking its tenth anniversary.  St Andrew's Festival Week 2005 gives locals and visitors alike the opportunity to celebrate St Andrew's Day in style in the town which proudly bears the saint's name.  A wide array of events will focus on the best of Scotland's rich culture and cuisine from Tuesday 22 November until St Andrew's Day itself, Wednesday 30 November.  Traditional music and song will play a major part in the 2005 celebrations with sessions being hosted in many of the pubs and hotels throughout St Andrews.  As in past years one of the highlights will be the annual Scott's Porage Oats Golden Spurtle Awards which will be hosted at the Food and Drink Fayre in the Byre Theatre on Saturday 26 November.  Also on that Saturday the massive firework display will light up the night sky from the grounds of the St Andrews Bay Hotel.  Sunday 27 November gives everyone with an interest in plants the chance to explore St Andrews Botanic Gardens with activities on offer for adults and bairns throughout the day, ranging from a conker competition to working with healing herbs. 

Visit www.standrewsweek.co.uk for full details of St Andrew's Festival Week 2005.

Also on the subject of Andermas, our thanks to David R Ross, Convener, Society of William Wallace, for the following information -

"St Andrew's Day will soon be here, and a march down Edinburgh's Princes Street has been arranged.  It is at noon on Saturday 26 November, and folk meet from about 11am on, in the vicinity of the Hebrides Bar in East Market Street.  This street runs down the south side of  Waverly Station, the side nearest the Royal Mile.  If you are coming, bring your Saltires!  The march, after a mile or so, terminates at Festival Square, where there will be short speeches.  The day continues with a guided tour round a few historic Edinburgh bars (not compulsory!) and then there is an evening event at the Cafe Royale, not far from the east end of Princes Street.  There will be bands playing at this event and tickets will be available on the day.  Something like half the available tickets have been sold, so it will be a well-attended event.  This will be the third year that the march has taken place, and it seems that it is starting to grow and there is much interest, and ticket sales for the evening event seem to ensure that there will be a good crowd."

In anticipation of St Andrew's Day, this week sees the debut of Andermas Saltire Cake which has been devised for The Flag by Kenzie Wallace, age 11.

Andermas Saltire Cake

Ingredients:  6oz (150g) butter;  6oz (150g) caster sugar;  6oz (150g) self-raising flour;  3 eggs

Method:  Cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy.  Beat in eggs one at a time, adding a little flour with each.  Gently fold in remaining flour.  Place mixture in a greased 6.5in (16cm) square tin.  Bake at 180C, 350F, Gas Mark 4 for 40-45 minutes.

Icing:  4oz (100g) sieved icing sugar;  1 tbsp (15ml) warm water;  food colouring.  Stir until smooth

When cake is cool, cover with blue icing.  When set, add white cross to make saltire.

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