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Rosemary Chicken

New events and traditions emerge over the years and September is now well-and-truly branded as Scottish Archaeology Month. Under the auspices of the Council for Scottish Archaeology (CSA), Scottish Archaeology Month is run as part of European Heritage Days (EHD), a Europe-wide initiative aimed at opening up and promoting Europe’s heritage. Every September, 48 European countries participate, many offering free access to buildings, exhibitions, sites and events across the continent.

Eila Macqueen, Director of CSA, points out that they provide a unique programme of events celebrating Scotland’s rich archaeological heritage’ Throughout September, she observed up and down the country you can take part in archaeological events and activities and see exclusive exhibitions and visit places and periods of the past seldom seen. From the Northern Isles to Whithorn in the south of Galloway, from the Western Isles to the East Neuk of Fife, you can see and do hundreds of things – excavations, guided walks, lectures and experimental archaeology. Visit www, for full details of  a busy programme for all the family.

Just a flavour of the events – you can visit The Wemyss Caves (as featured on Channel 4’s Time Team) on Sunday 10 September 2006; have a guided tour of The Howff, a Dundee cemetery, on Wednesday 13 September 2006; or see the late medieval fort site of Dun Eistean at Ness, Isle of Lewis, in the company of Rachel Barrowman on Saturday 16 September 2006. In addition to Scottish Archaeology Month, the Scottish Civic Trust also co-ordinates Doors Open Days, as part of European Heritage Days. Doors Open Days also takes place every September and celebrates Scotland’s long architectural heritage.

Visit www.doorsopendays, to find a wide range of buildings, all over Scotland, old and new, which can be explored FREE of charge. 

Although September’s weather can usually see pleasant days, the nichts, as we say in Scotland, ar fair drawin in, and winter suddenly seems that much nearer, so this week’s recipe – Rosemary Chicken – is ideal to come home to on a cold frosty winter day.

Rosemary Chicken

Ingredients:  4lb chicken; 1 head of garlic; medium onion; chopped fresh rosemary; 1 tbsp olive oil; freshly ground black pepper and salt

Method: Preheat the oven to 250 degrees. Wash the chicken inside and out, and pat dry. Add pepper and salt to the onion, chopped rosemary and garlic, and stuff inside the cavity. Brush the skin with olive oil, and sprinkle with more finely grated rosemary. Drizzle olive oil into the roasting pan, and place the chicken, breast down. Cook for 40 minutes, then turn the chicken and cook for further 30 minutes, when the juices should run clear. Serve with quartered roast potatoes (also cooked in olive oil), and a selection of lightly cooked vegetables. Serves four.

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