Scran season 6: Christmas Special 2022 part 2 - Ukrainian Christmas traditions, shaking up cocktails and saving our veggies

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Published 21st Dec 2022
Updated 10 th Oct 2023

On the second bumper Christmas episode of Scran for 2022, we've got everything from cocktail making to veggie prep and gift ideas, as well as learning about some Ukrainian Christmas traditions .

First up Rosalind went along to the Hawksmoor in Edinburgh and spoke to Kyle Hamilton, the Assistant Bar Manager about some tips for Christmassy cocktails.

Nothing says Christmas quite like a great cheese board does it? When visiting South Lanarkshire recently, producer Kelly spoke to Selina Cairns of Errington Cheese about what to add to your cheese board this festive season.

On Tuesday the 19th of December Rosalind went along to Wellington Church in Glasgow where a special concert was being held by the Association of Ukrainians in Great Britain, Glasgow Branch, to mark St Nicholas Day - a special day in the Ukranian calendar which sees boys and girls delivered gifts by Saint Nicolas.

Rosalind spoke to Kateryna Campbell who was involved in the organisation of the event as well as a lot of other support initiatives to help Ukrainians settling in Glasgow since war began there earlier this year.

She also spoke to Andriy who is currently living with his family on a ship that's docked on the River Clyde. He told her all about the meals and traditions they share across the festive season. Andriy was also very involved in the production of the Vertep that was performed at the event.

The Vertep is a traditional Ukrainian play that describes the events of Christmas. You'll also hear some lovely performances from the concert by members of the Ukrainian community performing the vertep (a traditional Ukrainian festive play) the Eastwood Choir conducted by Oksana Mavrodii and Bozhena who plays the traditional Ukrainian instrument, the bandura.

Picture: fahrwasser/Adobe

We also get tips on how to cook our Christmas veggies from Tom Booth of the East Neuk Market Garden and Peter Crawford of sips champagne keeps us right with choosing some bubbles to go with the special occasion.

Finally, we hear from Rachel Rowley of Ballintaggart and the GrandTully Hotel in Perthshire about this foodie destination, the cook school she runs and the latest addition to the business: a shop which supplies some sumptuous-sounding Christmas hampers.

You'll find more information about the work of the AUGB Glasgow here.

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A very merry Christmas and a happy new year to all our listeners!

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Known for cake making, experimental jam recipes, Champagne, whisky and gin drinking (and the inability to cook Gnocchi), Rosalind is the Food and Drink Editor and whisky writer for The Scotsman, as well as hosting Scran, The Scotsman's food and drink podcast.
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