this week with what is really a footnote to last week’s item on the rise
of Gretna FC over the past four years in the Scottish Football League.
Last Saturday (13 May 2006) the Second Division Champions pushed the
Premier League runners-up, Heart of Midlothian, all the way in the
Scottish Cup Final. With the game tied at 1-1, after 120 minutes, the
minnows only lost their first-ever Scottish cup Final 4-2 on penalties.
The Cup, as was always the case on paper, went to Tynecastle for the
seventh time but it was the tiny team from Reydale Park who won all the
2005/06 football season from July to May might be over but outdoor
activity continues apace. This Saturday, 20 May 2006, sees the first
major competition in the Pipeband world, as the Scottish Pipeband
Championships take place at Levengrove Park, Dumbarton. All grades will
be contested with a Drum Majors Competition thrown in for good measure.
The 2006 British Pipeband Championsip will be held on 24 June in
Pitlochry and the European Championship in Greenock on 29 July. The
highlight of the pipeband year, the World Championship, will take place
on 12 August 2006, on Glasgow Green, Glasgow. Countless other
competitions will be held over the summer month, often in association
with Highland Games such as Markinch Games on Sunday 4 June 2006 in the
John Dixon Park (commences 12.30pm).
tradition in Scotland over the summer months is local and county
agricultural shows such as the Fife Show this Saturday at Kinloss and
Kilmaron, near Cupar (off A913) from 9-5pm. A traditional agricultural
show, it features the Scottish Tractor Pulling Championship as well as
the usual livestock classes, cookery demonstrations, show-jumping,
vintage parade, children’s fun fair, and much , much more. Indeed the
Fife Show organisers promise that 2006 will be the biggest and best ever
and promise a great day out for all the family.
is a pipeband championship, Highland Games or agricultural show, a
popular meeting place is the refreshment tent and a crack with friends,
old and new, over a dram. Whisky is also the inspiration for this week’s
recipe – Whisky Mac Cream – which is a very decadent, rich, smooth,
Whisky Mac Cream
The warming tipple whisky mac is a combination
of whisky and ginger wine. This recipe turns the drink into
smooth, creamy dessert - very decadent.
Ingredients: 4 egg yolks; 15ml/1 tbsp caster
sugar, plus 50g/2oz; 600ml/1 pint double cream; 15ml/1 tbsp
whisky; green ringer wine, to serve
Method: Whisk the egg yolks thoroughly
with the first, smaller amount of sugar. whisk briskly until they
are light and pale. Pour the cream into a pan with the whisky and
the rest of the sugar. Bring to scalding point but do not boil,
then pour onto the egg yolks, whisking continually. Return to the
pan and, over a low heat, stir until the custard thickens slightly.
Pour into individual ramekin dishes, cover each with cling film and
leave overnight to set. To serve, pour just enough green ginger
wine over the top of each ramekin to cover the cream.