Scottish “Tablet”

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What would you do if you noticed your vision was getting blurred? Thankfully there are lots of options such as going to see your GP or an optician.

Last week we heard from a close friend of ours, Vickie or should I say Scottish Vackie, there is no doubting her lineage!  She had noticed a change in her vision so went for a check up at the opticians who spotted something unusual at he back of her eye. Within days she had undergone detailed examinations by ophthalmologists surrounded by high-tech equipment and was having the first round of injections in to her eye to save her sight.

This understandably has been a great shock to her and a very difficult and stressful time. The not knowing how things will turn can be the worst part and the sudden realisation that such a precious sense can be taken away is terrifying. The good news is she has started treatment promptly which has a much better prognosis. We are optimistic she will do very well.

Since our time in Kenya we have frequently been touched by peoples generosity and desire to give. No more so than Vickie, her husband Dave and their (and our) close friend Chris. Recognising how fortunate they were to live in a country with such an established health system and free access to expensive treatment  they felt inspired to help others who are not so fortunate. They asked if they could help raise funds to get Jamii Bakery up and running which we hope will soon be providing a long-term and sustainable source of funding to ensure those who can not afford eye treatment still get it. Dave and Chris are going to do the Marlow half-iron man triathlon on Sunday the 14th July and in doing so hope to raise money for the project here. Check out their site: http://www.justgiving.com/sustainableeyecare

With Vickie very much on our minds this week I decided to knock up one of her favourite Scottish recipes. For years we have heard about and tasted the famous “tablet” first made by her Gran, so here it is.  I have to say looking at the ingredients this only contributes to the Scottish reputation of not being the healthiest people on the planet. But the team loved it and apparently it was a welcome sugar hit midday as another record was broken and they saw 40 follow-up study patients!

Vickie and Dave

Vick and dave

Chris Frost

Chris Frost

A pair of 70 pence glasses can be the difference between being able to read and not. All our patients receive glasses to say thank you. This man was particularly happy…

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This chicken needs glasses! cock-eye-danoo.

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Recipe: Vickie’s Gran’s Scottish Tablet

Ingredients:

125g butter unsalted

1kg granulated sugar

1 cup of milk (semi-skimmed is fine)

397g tin of condensed milk (why are all the tins 397g and not 400g?)

Method:

 1. Melt the butter in a large, heavy bottomed pan over a low heat.

2. Gradually add the sugar and milk, stirring all the time.

3. Keep stirring all the time until the sugar dissolves.

4. Add the condensed milk, turn up the heat a wee bit and bring very slowly to the boil, stirring all the time.

5. Turn the heat down and let it simmer for 20 mins, again continually stirring (you have to work up an appetite!) actually I did this only for 17mins  but I thinks that is due to the altitude.

6. Test the consistency by dropping a wee bit of it from the spoon in to a bowl of cold water – if it turns in to a soft putty like consistency it is time to remove it from the heat.

7. Take if from the heat and beat it for 4-5 mins.

8. Pour in to a lightly greased baking tray and score in to fingers or cubes.

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