It’s a miracle there is a new recipe up today at all as I ended up in Accident and Emergency (A&E) halfway through the photoshoot last night. Yeah, this week has tested both of us immensely and we feel a bit shattered. On Tuesday, I stepped back in from my run to see my phone light up on the kitchen counter. I had a sinking feeling in my gut as it was Duncan, who was out running too and I knew that he would not call me unless something had happened. Turned out that he was knocked off his feet by an off-the-leash pitbull, fell to the concrete onto his shoulder and once the adrenaline dissipated and he tried to resume running, he realised he wasn’t able to carry on and that he needed to go to the hospital.
I washed my face, jumped out of my running gear and started frantically grabbing his clothes, something for him to eat and other things that I thought he may need and within 15 minutes I was in a cab heading towards him. It was dark and cold and I was really worried he might get hypothermia, but luckily a fellow runner who was walking his dog and lives nearby, noticed Duncan’s distress and ran home to fetch him a jacket and some painkillers. What a legend!
We got to the hospital and after some waiting, a few consultations and an X-ray, Duncan ended up going home in a sling and with an appointment to see an orthopaedic surgeon the next morning. He is suspected of having a torn or partially torn shoulder rotator cuff, but we won’t know for sure until he has had an MRI, which is on Sunday – fingers crossed. We are really hoping that there is no tear as I think that would necessitate an operation according to Dr Google, but we are trying not to second guess.
So that was our first A&E trip this week, the second was me! I was multitasking like a boss, shooting these scones and preparing dinner at the same time, feeling absolutely fine until a sudden bout of abdominal pain rendered me unable to stand, walk and made my face and lips green. I was feeling close to passing out and it went on for quite a while but I was still holding out for it going away – I really didn’t want to spend the night at A&E. Finally, after there was no improvement for ages, we made a call to go to the hospital.
Despite me pleading with him not to, Duncan attempted to drive but with his injured shoulder it wasn’t happening so we hailed a cab. Annoyingly once we got there, I started to feel much better. There were so many people waiting and I just knew that with this little pain, it would be hours before I was seen and I would rather recuperate on my own sofa, so we turned back around and hailed the same cab back. Once home, I did get pain tremors but nowhere near as intense and I developed a fever too. I went to bed hoping that some sleep will sort me out and that I wouldn’t have to go again in the middle of the night. I woke up with no fever and only a little pain and I am hoping whatever this is will pass on its own accord and there will be no more trips to A&E needed.
As it’s Mother’s Day in the UK tomorrow, I have made a delicious Devon-inspired treat that would make any mum happy. A tray of fluffy ginger scones, filled with tangy thick yoghurt and juicy oven-roasted rhubarb as its brightly coloured stalks have just started making an appearance here. I am such a fan of its vibrant colour and deliciously tangy taste that I cannot resist making something sweet with it every year. Last year, I made these rhubarb buns and no bake cheesecakes, the year before crepes and this white chocolate cheesecake back in 2018. I hope you and your mum (if you make them for her) will enjoy my this year’s tribute to rhubarb as much as we have.
PS: If you make my ginger vegan scones with ginger and rhubarb, don’t forget to tag me on Instagram as @lazycatkitchen and use the #lazycatkitchen hashtag. I love seeing your takes on my recipes!
TO SERVE WITH
**If making your own cashew cream, you may want to skip the ginger from that recipe.
If you cannot find rhubarb, use a tangy jam or frozen raspberries cooked down and thickened with a little cornflour / cornstarch.