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Enjoy a Scottish Feast this St Andrew’s Day

 

St Andrew’s Day, the feast day of St Andrew, is celebrated on the 30th of November. It is Scotland’s official national day, marking the honour of their patron saint.

Andrew is believed to have been one of Jesus’ twelve disciples, and stories from the bible have lead to his status of patron saint in not only Scotland but also Russia, Romania, Greece, Ukraine and Poland. Folklore also sees him as the patron of singers, maidens, spinsters, fishmongers, old maids and women seeking to become mothers.

St Andrew’s Day celebrations

Celebrations for the day are believed to have began in the reign of Malcolm III (1034 - 1093). Labourers and farm works would go “St. Andra’ing”, a tradition of catching hares and rabbits for an evening of feasting.

Nowadays, the day is generally celebrated at home amongst families and friends. Many will wear a kilt and a thistle, listen to traditional music and indulge in an authentic feast.

A traditional St Andrew's day meal

Starter: A celebratory St Andrew’s day meal might begin with a warming bowl of Cullen Skink, a hearty fish soup made with smoked haddock (finnan haddie), potatoes, onion and milk, served with hunks of crusty bread and butter.

Main course: The main course will likely feature game meats such as venison or pheasant, prepared into a stew or a pie. These dishes may incorporate traditional flavours from the juniper berry and a side of bread sauce. A truly authentic Scottish feast would of course include haggis, accompanied by neeps and tatties - mashed potatoes and turnips -  with a good measure of whisky.

Dessert: The base ingredient of many traditional Scottish desserts is oats. Cranachan for example is made up of toasted oats which are then folded into sweetened whipped cream and whisky, to be eaten alongside soft fruits and berries.

Drink: The feast day of St Andrew just wouldn’t be complete without a dram of (even more) whisky!

 

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