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1 hour, 25 minutes
First broadcast:
Tuesday 13 October 2009

Opera singer, Katherine Jenkins, co-presents with Fred on today's show.

  • Fred and his special co-host Katherine Jenkins

    Fred and his special co-host Katherine Jenkins

  • From The Glasgow Cookery Book, reproduced by kind permission of Glasgow Caledonian University:

    100g Self-raising Flour
    100g Butter or Soft Cake Margarine
    100g Flour or 1½ level teaspoonfuls Baking Powder
    100g Castor Sugar
    2 Eggs
    Icing sugar
    Time: 20 minutes
    Oven Temperature: 190ºC, No. 5
    Position in Oven: Middle shelf
    Size of Tins: Two 15 cm sandwich tins

    1. Grease tins and line bottom with greaseproof paper.
    2. Cream butter or soft cake margarine and sugar, add beaten eggs gradually, beating well.
    3. Stir in sieved flour adding a little water if necessary.
    4. Put in prepared tins in a moderate oven.
    5. When cold, sandwich with jam and dredge with icing sugar.
    6. If baked in one tin allow 45–50 minutes.
    Note: 150g Self-raising Flour can be used.

    200g Self-raising Flour
    Grated Rind 1 Orange
    50g Butter or Block Margarine
    2 tablespoonfuls Orange Juice
    150g Castor Sugar
    2–3 tablespoonfuls Milk
    1 Egg
    1 level teaspoonful Salt

    Time: 30 minutes
    Oven Temperature: 180–190ºC, Nos. 4–5.
    Position in Oven: Middle shelf
    Size of Tin: 10–15 cm

    1. Cream butter and sugar, beat in egg.
    2. Stir in the orange juice, rind and milk.
    3. Sieve the fl our and add salt and fold into the mixture. Put into greased floured tin and bake.

    200g Self-raising Flour
    50–75g Sugar
    200g Flour or 2 level teaspoonfuls Baking Powder
    25g Mixed Peel
    50g Currants
    75g Butter or Block Margarine
    1 Egg (beaten)
    Pinch of Salt
    Little Milk

    Time: 15 minutes
    Oven Temperature: 220ºC, No. 7
    Position in Oven: One-third from top
    1. Sieve flour, baking powder and salt. Rub in the butter.
    2. Add sugar, peel and washed currants.
    3. Mix well. Beat the egg and mix to a stiff consistency, adding milk if necessary.
    4. Put the mixture in rough heaps on a greased tin.
    5. Bake in a hot oven about 15 minutes.
    Note: 200g Flour yields approximately 14

    And this one, for Spicy onions, is courtesy of Ajmal Mushtaq of Mushtaqs restaurant:


    2 large Spanish onions – dice finely
    1 teaspoon of chilli powder
    ¾ teaspoon Salt
    ¼ teaspoon of Garam Masala
    1 teaspoon of mint sauce
    1 teaspoon of Mango Chutney
    Squeeze 1 wedge of lemon
    9 oz of any tomato / puree based sauce(ketchup will do)

    Light sprinkling of finely chopped coriander

    Mix together and serve.

  • Lizzie's Diary: Week 2

    Throughout the month of October five volunteers are taking part in a series of features here on MacAulay and Co aimed at cutting back their alcohol consumption. They’ll be keeping diaries throughout. Here’s Lizzie’s 2nd diary entry:

    A bit sobering to find out I was over the limit by a couple of units! Also that being female and older is a double whammy drinkwise. No point in crying "unfair!" Certainly keeping the diary makes me more aware of how fast the units mount up. Have a feeling I could ruin any party. Isn't it funny that we treasure agreeable drunks like Jeffrey Barnard but not teetotallers: could it be that they make us feel secretly guilty? PS This excludes Billy Connolly.

  • Here's a link to Lizzie's 1st diary entry

    Lizie's Diary: Week 1


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