We are perched on a seat, barely one meter above the ground, the canvas sides of our vehicle are rolled up leaving us exposed to the warm air. We are captured by the majestic appearance of the “Daddy lion” who displaying a large array of sharp and powerful teeth. I continue to stare holding Lucas tightly, my heart rate begins to increase, we are only two meters away from that impressive jaw. The tension builds and the calm is broken. The lion turns, stretches and stands up, I suddenly feel very hot, my grip on Lucas is even tighter and I shift across the beige seats to put some distance between us. I start shouting, “move, move!” Andrew moves in the opposite direction to closer to the lions mouth “for a good photo”!!
The driver starts the engine and we move away. Still captivated and scared in equal measure I continue to stare at the king of the jungle. The lion then urinates, and then purposefully resumes his morning afternoon nap under the acacia tree; very relieved we all burst out laughing. Just 10 minutes later and fuelled with awe and adrenalin we spot our first elephants, a family of three just a few meters away munching away at some bushes. The yelps of excitement from our land cruiser were loud enough to set off the migration of the Wildebeest!
When we thought it couldn’t get any better a herd of 100 elephant walked passed and we admired them breathlessly as these beautiful giants momentarily let us in to their world.
We arrived back in Kenya a few days ago and are honoured to have shared our big safari adventure to the Massai Mara with my cousin Matt his wife Donna and their two boys George and Jack. Lucas has been beside himself with excitement having two older boys to play with all day.
Whilst following lions, cheetahs, elephant herds, wildebeests, zebras and warthogs the mobile phone project was getting global media coverage. It went out last Thursday on the BBC and was soon picked up by Sky News, CBC (Canadian channel) and loads of newspapers. (Search “Portable Eye Examination Kit” to see how it has gone viral. Our phone and internet coverage was really poor but we did manage to watch one of the BBC clips, all very surreal!
(Click on the picture to see the BBC Video or go to http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-23708138)
We returned to Nakuru to recommence the eye project, the bakery planning (see new page on the blog on this) and the baking challenge, and of course the blog. The first instalment after the break and returning to the field is beef pasties!
Recipe -Beef Pasties
250g butter cut in to 1 cm cubes
500g plain white flour
500g rump beef cut in to 1cm cubes
2 red onions finely chopped
2 garlic cloves
1 tablespoon olive oil
150g carrots chopped 1cm cubes
150g potato cut into 1cm cubes
sprig rosemary chopped finely
1 cube beef stock
salt and pepper
1. Make the pastry add the butter to the flour and using your fingers rub the butter into the flour until you have fine bread crumbs, then gradually 1 add a little cold water until a dough is formed, bring together into a ball, wrap in cling film and place in the fridge for 30mins.
2. For the filling mix all the ingredients together apart from the beef stock in a bowl. Mix the beef stock cube in a tiny bit of boiling water until dissolved, then mix thoroughly into the bowl mix.
3. roll out the pastry until 2-3mm thick and use a saucer to cut around to make a circle about 12-15cm diameter.
4. Place a spoonful of filling on one half of the pastry circle leaving space at the edges, then fold over the pastry to make a semicircle shape and use a little water to stick the two pastry edges together, the the en of a fork or your finger to make the pattern around the edge of the pasty. Place on a non-stick parchment on an oven tray.
5. Before placing in the oven brush with beaten egg. Place in the oven at 200ºC for 10mins, then turn it down to 180ºC for a further 40mins.
p.s check out the new Bakery page and updated Eye Project Page!
On our way to an early morning safari – Lucas goes nowhere without his blue tractor
George, Lucas and Jack enjoying breakfast after the early safari
Massai warriors use Peek on each other
Lucas at the “airport” running for the plane
There it is!