Look Who’s Cooking

It you tancy some help in the kitchen

this Christmas, then here’s a couple oi

stocking iillers that might come in handy. Produced in association with Scottish iood kings Baxters, Teach The Baims To Cook and Teach The Baims To Bake are iun new cookery books irom the Scottish Children’s

Press that’ll have young ones reaching

ior the apron.

With the emphasis iirrnly on the traditional, both books are steeped in Scottish culture, with each recipe accompanied by background inionnation. For instance, did you know that Flora McDonald was eating a ‘Flummery’ when arrested tor helping Bonnie Prince Charlie? Or that a certain Maggie Bridie sold her meat pies at local gatherings, and thus a pasty institution was born?

The books ieature easy to iollow instructions and carry illustrations throughout (be warned though, they tell it like it is - ‘Stewed liabbit’ comes complete with bunny picture).

Some oi the Cook recipes are slightly ambitious, so younger would-be cheis should head tor the Bake book, which is iull oi breads, sweets and cakes - periect ior Yuletide over indulgence. Teach The Balms To Cook (out now)/ Teach The Balms To Bake (published in December) by U: Ashworih (Scottish Children ’s Press £5. 95).

Events are listed by city, then alphabetically by activity. l(ids listings compiled by Kelly McMenamin



Activities And Fun

Children’s llature Club Sat 23 Nov. l—3pm. Clyde Muirshiel Park. Cornalees Bridge Centre. near Greenock. 01475 521458. A chance for kids to do their hit for National Tree Week and help plant some new saplings.

Revealing liodents Sun 24 Nov. 2pm. Calderglen Country Park. 01355 236644. The Calderglen Animal Keepers invite you to take a second look at these not-so- popular cuddly creatures. Meet at the open area of the Conservatory.



Broomsticks In The Sky Sat 16 Nov. 2pm. £3 (£2). Scottish Mask & Puppet Theatre. 8 Balcarres Avenue. Kelvindale. 339 6185. Ages 4-11. Sylvia Troon‘s excellently named Kenspeckle Puppets tell the tale of Wee Meanie. a naughty

puppet who‘s allergic to work.

The Three Giants Sat 23 Nov. 2pm. £3 (£2). Scottish Mask & Puppet Theatre. 8 Balcarres Avenue. Kelvindale. 339 6185. Ages 5—adult. Clydebuilt Puppet Theatre use life sized body puppets to tell this wonderful tale from Ireland. When Finn McCool the giant is challenged to a duel by his Scottish counterpart McGonigle. his clever wife Oonagh knows just what to do to save the day.

The Borrowers Wed 27 Nov- I 3 Dec. Mon—Fri 10.15am and 1pm. Cottier Theatre. Hyndland Street. 357 3868. Fablevision resurrect the popular television show about the little people who live under the floorboards and. in true Womble style. tnake good use of the things everyday folk leave behind.


Sing A Song 0i Classics Sun 17 Nov. 2pm. Glasgow Royal Concert Hall. 2 Sauchiehall Street. 287 5511. £7.50 (£3.50). The Children‘s Classic Concerts series continues. this time with the Orchestra of Scottish Opera and RSN() Chorus performing a programme of vocal and instrumental music easily recognisable froth its use in film and television. plus a visit to a musical mini-


Saturday Kids Club 10am—12.30pm. £1.50. Virgin Cinema. The Forge. Parkhead. 556 4282. Sat 16 Nov: The Secret Agents Club (PG); Sat 23 Nov:

Twister (PG). See Film index.

The Hunchback 0i llotre name (PG) Sat [6 Nov. 2.30pm. Glasgow Film Theatre. Rose Street. 332 8128. See Film index.


A Penny For A Dream Until 11 Jan. Mon—Sat 10am-5pm; Sun 2—5pm. Scotland Street Museum. 225 Scotland Street. 429 l2()2. See photo caption.


Activities And Fun

nuickies For Kids Royal Museum of Scotland. 2 Chambers Street. 225 7534. Free ten-minute talks for children held every Saturday at 2.15pm. ‘Two Parasols‘ is the title for Sat 16 Nov. followed by ‘Bicycles‘ on Sat 23 Nov. Special kids tours of the Birds and Animals take place on Sun 17 and 24 Nov at 3pm. The Museum also plays host to the BBC‘s Junior Antiques Roadshow on Sun 17 Nov from noon—5pm. The event will be screened early in the new year. and any youngsters with valuables stashed under their beds should ask at the Museum Enquiries Desk for an entry form before Sunday.

Children‘s Workshop Fri 22 Nov. 2—4pm. Free (but book in advance). City Art Centre. Market Street. 529 3962/3. As part of the C AC"s fascinating Hang Kmtg ('itv (If'lbmnrmtt' exhibition. a professional architect will be on hand to show 8—12-year-o1ds how to make a high- rise structure out of newspapers.

Design A Poster Competition Those under fifteen and handy with a paintbrush are invited to design an A4 poster for Tempo Musical Productions up-cotning show The Sound ()fMIM‘lt'. Designs should be based on the show‘s storyline (you know. nuns. mountains. singing children etc) and

University of Stirling. 01786 461081.

I A PEIIIIY FOR A DREAM Until 11 Jan. Mon-Sat TOUT-5pm; Sun 2—5pm. Scotland

should be sent by 5 Jan to: The Sound Of Music Poster Competition. Trcketline. Assembly Rooms. 54 George Street. Edinburgh. EH2 2LP. The lucky winner will receive a pair of rail tickets from Scotland to London. and all entries will be displayed in the Church Hill Theatre during the run in January.

Book Events

Aileen Paterson Thurs 28 Nov. 11am. Waterstone's. l3 Princes Street. 556 3034. The woman behind the best dressed cat in Momingside tells some stories and presents her new book Maisie 's F un And Games Activity Book (Amaising Publishing £5.25).


Activities And Fun

The Spirit 0i Christmas Sat 16 Nov—6 Jan. 11am-5pm. £3.45 (£2.25); Family ticket £9.95. New Lanark Visitor Centre. New Lanark Mills. Lanark. 01555 661345. A magical Disney-style ride for children and adults. which joumeys back to a time when 25 December wasjust an ordinary working day in Scotland (for folk other than Santa). onto the Victorian era and back to the present day mayhem we know and love.


Biggar Puppet Theatre Broughton Road. Biggar. 01899 220631. A double-dose of puppet fun is on offer in Biggar this fortnight. with lots of Far Eastern magic in Aladdin (Sat 16; Fri 22/Sat 23; Tue 26 Nov). and the theatre's all-new Christmas sing-a-long show Pips And Panda In Santa Zr Works/mp (Wed 20; Sat 23; Thurs 28 Nov). There are also guided tours of the theatre on Mon 18. Tue 19. Thurs 21. Mon 25 and Wed 27 Nov. Phone box office for show and tour times.

Toybox Tales Wed 27—30 Nov. Howden Park Centre. Livingston. 01506 433634. Up to 9 years. Musical funsters The Happy Gang are on another mission. This time. wicked Wizard Nigel has been shrunk by the Happy Godmother. and the Gang have got to keep him that way or there’ll be hell to pay plenty of audience participation should save the day.

Film James And The Giant Peach (U) Sat 23 Nov. 2.30pm. MacRobert Arts Centre.

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Street Museum, 225 Scotland Street, 429 1202. Puppet man extraordinaire .lohn Blundall (creator oi puppets tor Thunderbirds, Stingray and Boland Ban has joined the Scottish Mask 3. Puppet Theatre as artistic director, bringing with him not only years oi expertise, but a smashing collection oi multi-cultural puppets irom around the world, plus prints and model theatres. Most oi them are on temporary display at Scotland Street, so iorget the TV and computer tor a day and check out some good

old Victorian iamin entertainment.

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