After making these buttermilk scones I decided I needed a pastry cutter. They got the most amazing rise and made for a great tea time treat.
South Africa has a high population of people without medical aid or hospital plans. And at least one of which are considered a must for the upper and middle class. But totally unaffordable for the majority of people. We don’t have national health per se, but we do have community clinics. Every suburb and rural village has one and they offer free health care to everyone who needs it. With the start of the vaccine rollout, these became the obvious first choice for the administration of the injections as the infrastructure already existed. And every area could have their own vaccine site. The vaccine would be offered to everyone without medical aid at no charge. This was a huge undertaking given that we still have not had any CoVax Vaccines. One of our largest Medical Insurance companies got on board and made a plan.
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A portal was created for registrations and the system would notify you via SMS when and where to go for your vaccine. The place would be determined by where you lived, with your site being within 10kms of your home if you did not live in a rural area. I went to the community clinic in the village next to ours. And it was clean, well organized and had ample parking. All small things many of you may take for granted. But as the clinic is in an area full of informal settlements, feeling safe was a necessity. The staff were amazing, friendly and treated everyone with kindness and respect. The possible side effects were explained to everyone present, and we were given an information pamphlet. We all had to wait 15 minutes after our vaccine to be monitored and then could go home.
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- 560 g flour, plus extra for dusting
- 40 mls baking powder
- 80 g salted butter, cubed
- 250 mls buttermilk
- 125 mls cold water
- 1 egg, lightly beaten
- Sieve the flour and baking powder into a large bowl
- Add the butter and rub in with your fingers
- Place the buttermilk, water and egg into a mixing bowl and whisk to combine
- Pour into the flour and use a knife to mix and form into a rough dough
- Tip out onto a lightly floured surface and gently knead into a ball
- When smooth, roll out to 3cm thick
- Cut 7.5cm round pieces and place onto a lined baking tray
- Set aside to rest for 15 minutes while you preheat your oven to 180° Celsius
- Place the baking tray into the oven and bake for 15 minutes
- Remove the baking tray from the oven and place the scones onto a wire rack to cool slightly before serving
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If you had the vaccine, was it free or were you charged?