My mum, aged 93, (her pic, left) made me the traditional Scottish dish, Cullen skink.
She bought the smoked haddock at Whole Foods Market.
“Only use undyed haddock” she commands.
Recipe for Cullen skink
Cook the undyed smoked haddock (500g) for a brief five minutes in (300 mls) water. Soften 1 sliced onion in butter/oil and cook with two roughly-chopped potatoes in the haddock cooking water for glorious fish taste until potatoes are soft and tender. Remove bones and gently flake the fish and add to the cooked potatoes and onions. Alternatively: remove the potatoes and onions with a slotted spoon, add 500mls milk, and then add the flaked fish. Either way bring gently back to simmering and serve hot.
(Or drink it cold from a jar as I did happily on my return train to Bristol).
The next day, I received a call that she had fallen and hurt her head. Luckily she had been able to press her Community Alarm and within five minutes of being alerted, an ambulance team had arrived and had taken her to a large London teaching hospital.
And this the day of the Junior Doctors’ strike – against a new contract that will be: “Bad for patients, bad for doctors and bad for the NHS,” according to the British Medical Association reports the New Economic Foundation.
After a scan, my mother was kept in for monitoring, and a battery of tests to ascertain why she keeps losing her balance.
God bless the National Health Service (NHS).
My late dad was one of its first GPs – see Dr John Winkler’s obituary in the Guardian.
The NHS is free health care for all – the embodiment of the world I want to live in.
God bless the NHS.