This week the Gaelic language comes into its own as An Comunn
Gaidhealach (The Highland Association) showcases this year's Royal
National Mod in Perth. The National Mod returns for the first time in
24 years to Perth and the streets of the ancient royal burgh, from at
least the 13th century, will echo to the old tongue of Alba. Known as
'The Fair City' and the 'Ancient Capital of Scotland', Perth was a
royal residence in medieval times and the county town of Perthshire.
From 8th to 16th October 2004, Perth will become an active part of
Gaeldom as Gaelic resounds from the concert hall to the town's many
An Comunn Gaidhealach was formed in 1891 to promote the use and
teaching of Gaelic and held its first Mod in Oban the following year.
The Royal National Mod is Scotland's premier Gaelic festival of the
Gaelic language, arts and culture and is held annually in October at
different locations throughout Scotland. The Mod is a
competition-based festival which celebrates the Gaelic language
through music, dance, drama, arts and literature.
Mod 2004 is a far larger event than its 1892 counterpart which was
only a one day event and like all major festivals now has its own
fringe which includes sporting events, music, dance and children's
for further details.
For everyone with an interest in the Gaelic language, arts, culture
and heritage, Perth is the place to be this week. Cynics dismiss the
Mod as the 'Whisky Olympics', and although a dram or two is certainly
enjoyed as longstanding friends meet, there is much more to the Mod
than taking a refreshment! The Mod is a visible reminder to all that
the Gaelic language still plays an important part in Scottish life and
what it means to be Scottish.
With venison being far more readily available, this week's recipe is a
reminder of many people's traditional view of the Highlands - from
Victorian paintings of deer on the hill and in the glen. Venison Meat
Loaf can benefit from a glass of whisky either in the cooking or as an
Venison Meat Loaf
Ingredients : 2 oz breadcrumbs; 1/4 pint milk; 1 lb minced venison; 2
eggs,medium; 1 onion, minced; 1 teaspoon Worcester sauce; 2
tablespoons tomato sauce; 1 level teaspoon salt
Soak breadcrumbs in milk for ten minutes. Add remaining ingredients to
mince except for eggs. Mix in breadcrumb mixture, and then add eggs.
Press mixture into loaf tin. Cover with greaseproof paper and place in
middle of oven for one hour at 200 deg C, 400 deg F, Gas Mark 6. Leave
in tin until cold. Turn out and garnish. Serves 4.