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TITLE
Hebridean Food: Cookery Demonstration Documentary (English 9 of 20)
EXTERNAL ID
SMO_ISLANDVOICES_09_EN
PLACENAME
Daliburgh
DISTRICT
South Uist
OLD COUNTY/PARISH
INVERNESS: South Uist
DATE OF RECORDING
2007
PERIOD
2000s
CREATOR
Sabhal Mòr Ostaig and Cothrom Ltd
SOURCE
Gordon Wells Sabhal Mor Ostaig
ASSET ID
2869
KEYWORDS
food preparation

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The 'Blas Uibhist night was put on by the Ceolas community group in South Uist to celebrate local food as well as music. Local food producers offered tastings of their products, and a well-known hotelier gave a cookery demonstration. The evening finished with nice local music. The event was held in Gaelic, with simultaneous translations into English.

This video is taken from the DVD 'Guthan nan Eilean' which was created by Sabhal Mòr Ostaig and Cothrom Ltd as part of the European Leonardo POOLS project. The DVD comprises 40 short videos, aimed at learners of both English and Gaelic, which show daily life in Uist and Benbecula.

The project coordinator for 'Island Voices' was Gordon Wells. Link to the project blog here

On a Friday night in the summer holidays local people and visitors gather at St Peter's Hall in Daliburgh, South Uist, for a special event. The Ceòlas community group is putting on an evening celebrating local food as well as local music.

It starts with a chance for everyone to sample the products of various food producers in the Western Isles. Maclean's Bakery is based in Benbecula, though it supplies shops throughout the Uists, and beyond. The Hebridean Smokehouse is based in North Uist. Salar, who also specialise in salmon, are based in South Uist. And Kallin Shellfish are based in Grimsay.

After the "starters" comes the "main course", a cookery demonstration using these local foods.

The demonstration is conducted entirely in Gaelic, but headsets for simultaneous translation into English are available at the door. The compère for the evening is Mary Macinnes.

She starts by inviting guests to help themselves to more food and wine before the demonstration begins.

The simultaneous translation is provided by the Ceòlas administrator, Mary Ellen Stewart.

The demonstration is to be given by Isabel Graham, a well-known cook and hotelier, from the Orasay Inn.

For obvious reasons, seafood is a speciality of the islands. Isabel uses a lot of fish and shellfish in her cooking. This could be freshly caught, for example monkfish, or smoked salmon, or scallops - or a combination of all of these.

Everyone follows what she does closely.

Crab is also important, and very popular.

As the evening draws on everyone gets to taste Isabel's cooking. Even Mary Ellen gets to relax a little. The food is shared out, and the Ceòlas musical director Iain Macdonald gets his reward too.

Finally, before the music starts, Mary thanks everyone who has contributed to the evening. The food was all provided free of charge, and Mary encourages everyone to make more use of fresh Uist food.

To finish off Iain Macdonald plays some tunes with local and visiting musicians. Iain, who lives in Benbecula, is famous around the world as a leading Scottish traditional musician on both pipes and flute. Here, in his own community, he can relax in the company of friends. It's hard to imagine a better way to finish off a good healthy meal.

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Hebridean Food: Cookery Demonstration Documentary (English 9 of 20)

INVERNESS: South Uist

2000s

food preparation

Gordon Wells Sabhal Mor Ostaig

Guthan nan Eilean / Island Voices

The 'Blas Uibhist night was put on by the Ceolas community group in South Uist to celebrate local food as well as music. Local food producers offered tastings of their products, and a well-known hotelier gave a cookery demonstration. The evening finished with nice local music. The event was held in Gaelic, with simultaneous translations into English.<br /> <br /> This video is taken from the DVD 'Guthan nan Eilean' which was created by Sabhal Mòr Ostaig and Cothrom Ltd as part of the European Leonardo POOLS project. The DVD comprises 40 short videos, aimed at learners of both English and Gaelic, which show daily life in Uist and Benbecula.<br /> <br /> The project coordinator for 'Island Voices' was Gordon Wells. Link to the project blog <a href="http://guthan.wordpress.com/" target="_blank">here</a><br /> <br /> On a Friday night in the summer holidays local people and visitors gather at St Peter's Hall in Daliburgh, South Uist, for a special event. The Ceòlas community group is putting on an evening celebrating local food as well as local music.<br /> <br /> It starts with a chance for everyone to sample the products of various food producers in the Western Isles. Maclean's Bakery is based in Benbecula, though it supplies shops throughout the Uists, and beyond. The Hebridean Smokehouse is based in North Uist. Salar, who also specialise in salmon, are based in South Uist. And Kallin Shellfish are based in Grimsay.<br /> <br /> After the "starters" comes the "main course", a cookery demonstration using these local foods.<br /> <br /> The demonstration is conducted entirely in Gaelic, but headsets for simultaneous translation into English are available at the door. The compère for the evening is Mary Macinnes.<br /> <br /> She starts by inviting guests to help themselves to more food and wine before the demonstration begins.<br /> <br /> The simultaneous translation is provided by the Ceòlas administrator, Mary Ellen Stewart.<br /> <br /> The demonstration is to be given by Isabel Graham, a well-known cook and hotelier, from the Orasay Inn.<br /> <br /> For obvious reasons, seafood is a speciality of the islands. Isabel uses a lot of fish and shellfish in her cooking. This could be freshly caught, for example monkfish, or smoked salmon, or scallops - or a combination of all of these.<br /> <br /> Everyone follows what she does closely.<br /> <br /> Crab is also important, and very popular.<br /> <br /> As the evening draws on everyone gets to taste Isabel's cooking. Even Mary Ellen gets to relax a little. The food is shared out, and the Ceòlas musical director Iain Macdonald gets his reward too.<br /> <br /> Finally, before the music starts, Mary thanks everyone who has contributed to the evening. The food was all provided free of charge, and Mary encourages everyone to make more use of fresh Uist food.<br /> <br /> To finish off Iain Macdonald plays some tunes with local and visiting musicians. Iain, who lives in Benbecula, is famous around the world as a leading Scottish traditional musician on both pipes and flute. Here, in his own community, he can relax in the company of friends. It's hard to imagine a better way to finish off a good healthy meal.