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Norwegian Cream

A week or so ago, Jim Lynch was taken to task for not wishing the English a good St George's Day - well this week, this column will ensure that The Flag's best wishes are extended to our Norwegian cousins for Norway's National Day - Constitution Day - on Saturday (17 May 2003). Indeed the Scots Independent will be participating directly on Norwegian soil in celebration of this most important date in the Norwegian calendar as Company Secretary Denholm Christie is going to Bergen especially for the event.
Norwegians, the world over, will be celebrating Constitution Day and it has become a tradition in Edinburgh for Norwegian students to bring colour to the city in their marking of their National Day. On Saturday morning the students accompanied by a Scottish Piper will hoist the Norwegian flag on Arthur's Seat. Scots are then invited to take part in the traditional Norwegian parade in Edinburgh which starts from The Mound at 1pm and proceeds into West Princes Gardens where a short ceremony will take place in front of the Norwegian commemorative stone.
One of the traditions built up since the Hitler War has been the twinning arrangements between Scottish cities and towns and their Continental counterparts. Dunfermline will be marking its oldest twinning arrangement with Trondheim in Norway on the day after Constitution Day with an unusual event. On Sunday The Dunfermline Trondheim Friendship Link offers the chance to learn and perform Norwegian and Scottish songs  to uniquely celebrate their long standing twinning. The afternoon workshop in the Carnegie Hall, Dunfermline starts at 1.30pm and those participating will learn two Norwegian songs, one about the River Nid which runs through Trondheim called 'Nidelven'. Two Scottish songs, one about Dunfermline, will also be rehearsed, and all four will be performed at a concert in Carnegie Hall on Sunday evening. The workshop will be led by Erlend Fagertun, a young Trondheim composer, arranger and choir leader.
The evening concert starts at 7pm and as well as the choral pieces will feature singer Arne Hestholm from Trondheim and a film about a men's choir from the north of Norway called 'Cool and Crazy' and featuring the Berlevag Male Choir (subtitled). For further information contact Gifford Lind on 01383 729673. You can book your place for the Free Workshop when you purchase your ticket for the evening concert - tickets Adults 8.50; School aged 15+ 6.00 - contact Susan Drummond on 01383 314000 or for bookings.
This week's recipe obviously must have a Norwegian theme, and once again our good friends in the Dumfriesshire Federation SWRI have come up trumps. The Cummertrees Institute supplied a dessert recipe for Norwegian Cream to the Federation's 70th anniversary cook-book in 1992.
Norwegian Cream
Ingredients : 1 lemon jelly; 1/2 pt (600 ml) water; 4 eggs; 4 oz (50 g) sugar; cream and red jam to decorate
Make jelly and cool. When nearly jelling, whisk egg whites and half the sugar until stiff. Whisk egg yolks and other half of sugar until thick and creamy in colour. Lightly whisk partially set jelly and mix in both egg mixes. Pile into serving dish and chill. Decorate before serving.

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