Most visitors to Scotland will be well aware that one of the great
Scottish outdoor attractions are the many Highland Games held all over the
country. This column would also recommend another great outdoor attraction
held Scotland-wide , the many Agricultural Shows. These are held at
various times of the year and offer, like the games, another enjoyable
family day out.
The number of Scots employed directly on the land has dropped considerably
over the past century but the farmer's work is still vital to the Nation's
well-being. Agricultural Shows allow us all the opportunity to glimpse
farming life and the chance to see the finest of Scottish stock animals.
From small shows in towns and villages to huge events such as The Royal
Highland Show, all have their individual appeal and attraction. Stock
judging and trade stands are a common denominator but each show has its
own individual event - this could be riding events, motor cycle displays,
vintage vehicles or sky-diving. Some shows such as the Atholl &
Breadalbane Society combine both an agricultural show and a Highland
gathering over their annual two-day event in August.
The main show for all Scotland is The Royal Highland Show held since 1960
at the permanent Ingilston site in Edinburgh. Prior to that the show was
held in a different venue each year. The Highland Show is organised by The
Royal Highland and Agricultural Society which has a long pedigree as
it was instituted in 1784.
Agricultural Shows like Highland Games can guarantee a great family day
out and this week's recipe can be used to make sandwiches to sustain you
through a day spent in the open-air! Scotland is famous for both steak and
oatmeal and Porridge Meat Loaf combines both.
Porridge Meat Loaf
Ingredients : 1/2 lb minced steak; 1/2 cup minced leek; 1/2 cup minced
onion; 2 cups oatmeal porridge; 1/2 teaspoon crushed herbs; salt and
pepper to taste; 1/2 cup beef stock
Mix all ingredients till blended. Pack evenly into a well-greased loaf tin
dredged with flour. Stand tin in a baking tin, containing hot water coming
one inch up the side of loaf tin. Bake in a slow oven, 325 deg F, for
about one hour. Serve hot or cold with salad and pickles, or use cold for