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Trout Cleopatra

A recent series of programmes on BBC4, ‘Folk Britannia’, must have brought back many happy memories to all those who attended folk clubs in the 60s. Although the programmes were very much angled to the folk revival in England, it featured many Scots such as Lonnie Donigan, Donovan, Dick Gaughan, Bett Jansch, John Martyn,and Robin Hall and Jimmie MacGregor. Hopefully it will inspire BBC Scotland to do a similar series of programmes of the Revival in Scotland and its effect on Scottish politics. The surge in support and expansion of the Scottish National Party marched hand in hand with the spread of folk clubs all over Scotland in the 1960s.

For any aficionado of folk song and music next weekend should be noted in their diary as the 16th Milnathort Crackin’ Ceilidh Weekend will run from Friday 10 March to Sunday 12 March 2006. Festival artistes features a range of folkies who are always worth hearing – Gaberlunzie, John Watt, Tich Frier, Wildfire, Andy Ramage, Colin Ramage and Neil Paterson. The main concert on Saturday evening in Milnathort Town Hall will be head-lined by top Scottish group The McCalmans, who have been entertaining audiences at home and abroad since 1964. The full programme for the 16th Crackin’ Ceilidh Weekend is :-

Friday 10 March
Opening Ceilidh in the Thistle Hotel with The Lomond Ceilidh Band & Festival Artistes 8pm Tickets £8

Saturday 11 March
The Orwell Gird Championships and Children’s Street Games in the Milnathort Primary School Playground, Bridgefauld Road from 12 noon onwards. Spectators free.

Apres Gird sessions in The Royal Hotel, The Village Inn and The Jolly Beggars with Festival Artistes & Guest Singers and Musicians. FREE!!!!!

Concert in the Town Hall with The McCalmans plus Festival Artistes 7pm Tickets £8

Concert in The Thistle Hotel with Gaberlunzie and Guests 8.30pm Tickets £8

Sunday 12 March
Afternoon Sessions in The Jolly Beggars, The Royal Hotel & The Village Inn with Festival Artistes and Visiting Musicians 2pm onwards FREE

FINAL CONCERT in The Thistle Hotel with Tich Frier & all Festival Artistes left standing!  7.30pm Tickets £8

Tickets for all events are available from Fiona McNeil, Trasurer, Milnathort Folk Festival Committee – Tel/Fax 01577 86300.

Milnathort which lies in the parish of Orwell is near to one of Scotland’s most famous trout lochs – Loch Leven, and our recipe for this week,Trout Cleopatra, is obviously inspired by this fact.

Trout Cleopatra

Ingredients:  4 x 175 g (6 oz) trout, cleaned; 175 g (6 oz) soft herring roes; 2 tablespoons oil; 50 g (2 oz) butter; salt and freshly ground pepper; 50 g (2 oz) flour; 175 g (6 oz) peeled shrimps; 1 tablespoon drained capers; juice of 1 lemon; 1 lemon, peeled, sliced and pips removed (optional)

Method:  Rinse and dry the trout and herring roes. Heat the oil and 25 g (1 oz) of the butter n a large frying pan. Now season with salt and pepper. Coat the trout in the flour, then shake off any surplus. Cook gently in the hot fat until coloured on both sides, about 8 minutes, turning once. Arrange on a heated serving dish and keep warm. Dip the roes in flour and cook quickly to lightly colour, about 3 to 4 minutes. Drain and arrange on the trout. Toss the shrimps in the hot fat for a moment to heat through, then drain well and lay over trout and roes. Sprinkle with the capers and lemon juice, then place lemon slices on top, if using. Heat the remaining butter in a clean pan until it is golden brown, pour at once over the fish. Serve immediately.

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