On the 6th of June 2017 I went to compete in the final of the NACC care home chef of the year competition which was held in London. The competition was strong as some of the chefs had been the previous year, so I had to make sure I practised to perfect my dishes. It was a 2 course meal, main course and dessert, which I had 90 minutes to complete both courses, 3 portions of each. The dishes that I submitted was a revisited classic of ham, egg and chips, with a modern twist on the classic. The dessert was a dark chocolate mousse with honey ice-cream and a gingerbread crumb. I was quite fortunate in being given the time from Charlotte to practise my dishes and make sure I was 100% happy in them. Additionally, I had a few nominees who wanted to try my finished dishes. I had so my positive feedback which gave me massive amounts of confidence going into the competition. Although I didn’t manage to win, I still feel proud of myself in the achievement of getting to the finals of a country wide competition where a lot of chefs from different care homes entered. It was my first completion that I have ever entered so there is always next year in which I can show my skills and hopefully come back with 1st place.
We have said many times before we are always striving to push both ourselves as professionals and as a caring team looking to make the service we provide better and better all the time.
As you may well know we have been improving the pureed meals for our residents and also been holding training sessions for other care homes to help improve the quality of food given in care, this is something the catering team are very passionate about indeed.
To this we have now added bespoke pureed puddings to the range we offer!
How about Caribbean style bananas with coconut and vanilla?
Pureed (Yes Pureed) fresh fruit salad!
Pureed Melon Slices with Raspberry sauce
These are just a few of the new additions we are offering to guests.
Well done to the catering team for yet again leading the way in care home food!
April 2017 food blog
Hello again and thanks for stopping by the food blog page!
this month its all about the Chocolate. well who doesn’t like chocolate? it may or may-not be included in Callum's Chef of the year competition we cant say for sure at this point but we can say that the white chocolate and raspberry Sundays went down a storm the other day.
we have been asked for the recipe by a couple of people so by popular demand here it is!
for the Blondie base
500g caster sugar
250g white chocolate
500g self raising flour
450g fresh raspberries
Whisk the eggs and sugar together until double the volume, white and fluffy
melt the chocolate and butter together and fold into the egg mix
gently fold in the flour and then the raspberries
tip into a lined baking tray about 1 inch deep
cook at 170c for 25 minutes and allow to cool
For the Sunday
200ml whipping cream
50g fresh raspberries
100g chopped white chocolate and raspberry Blondie
toasted flaked almonds to garnish
You can layer the items in the glass and garnish with the flaked almonds but we find its so much more fun to let people make there own up!
March 2017 Food Blog
Welcome to Aprils Food blog fresh from the kitchens at The Close
As some of you maybe aware we make our own homemade yoghurt in the home. We use this yoghurt for many uses from just plain yoghurt to mousse or even cheesecake mixes. However, we have now started making fresh homemade yoghurt ice cream!
We will be holding a suggestions competition in the Bistro in the oncoming month and ideas will be selected at random, once the selections have been made we will make them up into ice cream and let the residents chose there favourite, the three best will be on offer throughout the summer in the bistro.
To get you going we have started the ball rolling with Blueberry and maple syrup or creme de memph and Belgian chocolate! We will be whipping up a batch of Ginger hone and brandy later in the week!
So get your thinking hats on and let us know of any you would like to suggest.
February 2017 food blog
AH Fish & Chips, its great to reminisce about food, remembering all the things that pop into your head when thinking about food.
Fish & chips for example, close your eyes and you can probably remember being by the sea side and having fish and chips. The smell of vinegar in the air in the chip shop, the feeling of the sand in your hand from the beach or playing with a bucket and spade and even the sounds of the seagulls passing over head or the waves crashing.
All of these things are memory’s with all of your senses reminiscing together about touch, smell, taste and hearing. all of this enhances the experience of eating and also bringing back memories....
With this in mind we have developed our "fish and chip day" on Fridays to include sensory boxes. these contain the sand, bucket and spade, a spray bottle with vinegar to scent the air with, even mini deck chairs and a CD with sounds of the seaside.
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