Make Christmas Memorable
In the UK there are an estimated 426,000 elderly and disabled people in residential care and for most residents, food remains one of the most important parts of the daily routine.
“With such a vast range of dietary requirements and health conditions caterers need to take into account, we are continuing our journey to develop workable catering solutions for the care home sector, with the ultimate aim of supporting and improving standards of catering for elderly residents not only at Christmas, but in the long term,” said Preston Walker, Premier Foods’ dysphagia catering expert. “An ageing population, and the increasing prevalence of conditions such as dysphagia, dementia and diabetes pose additional challenges to caterers, so we’ve worked with our experiences culinary team to develop solutions with your specific needs in mind.”
A traditional lunch
Mark Rigby, executive chef at Premier Foods, shares his traditional Christmas dinner recipe. Click here for the recipes: Butternut Squash, Bacon & Onion Soup, Turkey & Trimmings, Smash & Potato Croquettes, Honey & Thyme Roasted Parsnips, Spicy Braised Red Cabbage and Christmas Pudding.
Festive flavours for dysphagics
For residents with dysphagia, chef Preston Walker, Premier Foods’ dysphagia catering expert shares his recipes for Christmas Turkey & Champ Pie with Cranberry & Apple Sauce and Orange & Mince Pie (Descriptor C – Thick Purée)
“Christmas often involves a lot of food and over-indulging, so be careful not to overwhelm someone with dysphagia with too much food as eating can be a tiring process,” he explains. “It is all
about quality not quantity.”