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Tasty Steak

Traditionally it has been claimed that Scots abroad have been more likely to celebrate St Andrew's Day, 30 November, than those at home in Scotland. That certainly is not the case in the burgh which bears the Saint's name, St Andrews in Fife. The townspeople of the ancient burgh are well into a full programme of events for their seventh St Andrew's Week by the time you read this column. The aim of the six days of celebration, based around St Andrew's Day, is to make St Andrews 'the' place to be on 30 November. Full details of St Andrew's Week and a free programme are available from St Andrews Tourist Information Centre, 70 Market Street, St Andrews, Fife KY16 9NU (Tel 01334 472021, Fax 01334 478422 or visit
A major highlight of the Week is The Scott's Porage Oats Food and Drink Fair in The Byre Theatre, Abbey Street, St Andrews, on Saturday from 11am to 4pm. The Fair, admittance free, offers free tastings, demonstrations and special offers; jazz, face-painting and magic shows. The Scott's Porage Oats Golden Spurtle Award, a competition to find the best bowl of porridge in Fife, will be hosted by comedian and broadcaster Fred MacAulay. Following the Food Fair, you can enjoy the Christmas Lights Switch On by Santa claus in Church Square from 4 to 5pm. Organised by the St Andrews Merchants Association the switch 0n features the Kingdom FM Roadshow with music, singing, balloons and fun!
At 7pm enjoy The Beating of Retreat by The City of St Andrews Pipe Band and Madras College Pipe Band in South Street and then  the St Andrew's Day Gala Fireworks Display at St Andrews Bay  Golf Resort and Spa. Earlier in the day you can take advantage of free admission to St Andrews Castle and Cathedral with a must for gardeners a visit to St Andrews Botanic Gardens in The Canongate (with special free events for all).
St Andrews has given to all the rest of Scotland in celebrating our National Saint's Day and hopefully the day isn't too far off when 30 November becomes a Public Holiday in Scotland.
Our old friends, the SWRI, once again provide this week's recipe - Tasty Steak - a recipe supplied by the Holywood Institute to 'The Anniversay Cook-Book of the Dumfriesshire Federation SWRI 1922-1992'. What better way to celebrate Andermas than enjoying the best of Scottish Beef!
Tasty Steak
Ingredients : 4 rump or sirloin steaks; 2 oz (50 g) celery, chopped; 2 oz (50 g) onion, chopped; 2 level teaspoons salt; 1 level teaspoon paprika; 1/4 pint (5 fl oz) water; 1 oz (25 g) butter; 2 level tablespoons brown sugar; 1 level tablespoon mustard; 1 level tablespoon tomato puree; 2 tablespoons vinegar; 2 tablespoons lemon juice
Brown steaks in butter in frying pan. Remove to 2.5 pint ovenproof dish. Fry onion and celery in remaining butter until pale golden brown. Add all dry ingredients to pan then liquid ones. Pour sauce mixture over steaks and cover with lid or foil. Bake in oven 400 deg F, 200 deg C, or Gas Mark 6, until steak is tender.

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