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Quick Caramel Crispies

In a land of hills, glens and lochs, it is little surprise that Scots love the outdoors in all sorts of weather.  One man who has done more than most to popularise the Scottish outdoors is the 90-year-old mountaineer and conservationist Tom Weir.  In 1976, he made the hugely successful Weir's Way for STV, a programme that is currently being re-run to record viewing figures despite being broadcast in the early hours of the morning.  Tom, unfortunately, receives no further remuneration for this popular repeat owing to the fact that the programmes were done for a fixed fee back in the 1970s.

A few days after his 90th birthday ceilidh Tom Weir was in conversation with the Scots Independent co-editor Jenny Taggart which appeared in the February 2005 issue.  Tom Weir was the first SI Oliver Brown Award winner in 1983 and we intend to add Jenny's interview to the Flag's Oliver site.

Many outdoor visitors and walkers enjoy a bar of chocolate or even a Mars Bar (not the deep-fried variety!) to boost their energy levels. This week's recipe - Quick Caramel Crispies - would keep any hill-walkers energy level up as it contains 3 Mars Bars and cooking chocolate!  It is a favourite of Peter Wright's sister Sheilah Fletcher who warns that this is not a recipe for people on diets.

Quick Caramel Crispies

Ingredients:  3 Mars Bars;  3 oz butter;  3 large cups rice crispies;  cooking chocolate

Method:  Put Mars Bars and butter in a saucepan and melt over a low heat.  Stir in the rice crispies and press into a shallow tin and leave to cool.  Melt cooking chocolate and spread over the top.  Cut into squares.

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