Eat well, feel great: Colourful and delicious meals and snacks for one or two Paperback – 23 Apr 2018
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This recipe book has been launched by a County Durham charity with menus specifically designed for older people. Simon King of the Hairy Bikers said "Come Eat Together is an absolutely brilliant project bringing older people together to enjoy good food and good company. Sometimes it's hard to get motivated to cook different tasty meals when you live on your own, this recipe book has loads of tasty creative healthy food to get your taste buds going!! I really hope you all enjoy making the dishes in the book, go on why don't you give them a go! Keep up the fantastic work Age UK County Durham" Called 'Eat Well, Feel Great', the book has been published by Age UK County Durham in response to calls from older people to inspire and motivate them to try new dishes and make meals more interesting and varied. The recipe book features traditional favourite dishes which have been given a modern and healthy twist, inspired by Mediterranean cuisine. It also has a wide range of fresh new recipes which introduce people to delicious snacks and meal ideas that are quick and easy to make. More than half of the recipes are suitable for vegetarians, and there are suggestions for the use of alternative ingredients to ensure that dishes can be interesting and varied. The book is spiral bound so it can be laid flat, and has large colour photos of each recipe and easy to read text recipes for one or two people. The recipes include: Smoked mackerel paté Baked fish and chips Tuna Niçoise salad Roasted vegetable tagine with couscous Chicken, spinach and potato frittata
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“Come Eat Together is an absolutely brilliant project bringing older people together to enjoy good food and good craic. Sometimes it’s hard to get motivated to cook different tasty meals when you live on your own, this recipe book has loads of tasty creative healthy food to get your taste buds going!! I really hope you all enjoy making the dishes in the book, go on why don’t you give them a go! Keep up the fantastic work Age UK County Durham.” Simon King, The Hairy Bikers
This recipe book has been designed and developed for anyone who loves to cook but is often cooking for one.
Many of the ideas came from older people who are active members of our Come Eat Together project in County Durham, voted best health project in the UK in the National Lottery Awards 2014. They wanted recipes for one (as they were fed up with having to divide quantities for recipes for 4 or 6). They wanted recipes that used ingredients that are easy to buy in the shops, wanted interesting tweaks on traditional favourites, wanted interesting salads, suggestions for alternative ingredients, and easy to make new dishes to tempt the tastebuds. They wanted a book that will lie flat and has a clear colour photo of what it looks like. The book gives all of this.
With recipes contributed by Newcastle University Livewell Programme and thorough testing by Graham Kennedy, Lecturer at Bishop Auckland College and his Catering and Hospitality students, each recipe has been tasted by a panel and is guaranteed to look and taste great. The final selection are influenced by the Mediterranean diet and are perfect for those who want to eat well and within budget. We think this will be great for students as well as adults and older people.
An original idea, these are nutritionally balanced recipes. designed to get older people moving away from ready meals, and into preparing tasty, tempting dishes, that are quick and easy, fuel effiicient, and won't break the bank. Many of the meals are staples, these aren't unfamiliar dishes - spaghetti bolognese, cottage pie, tuna and pasta bake.
My first thought was that this book would be a great buy for a household where someone hasn't really had to cook before. Perhaps someone whose partner always did the cooking, but is now either solo, or has had to take over cooking duties. They will find many favourites here.
As someone who does cook, I was pleased to find that there were some things here that weren't versions of things I've been cooking for the last forty years.
I'll be trying a Sardinian stew that has pearl barley as the base, having recently discovered orzotto, which is a low-maintenance risotto, made with pearl barley rather than expensive arborio rice. Not all recipes are mains, there are breakfasts, lunch ideas, and puddings too. All have no more than a dozen ingredients, with many just half a dozen.
There's a good introduction, with sound nutritional advice, and advice on keeping a decent stock cupboard.
I find that some basic flavourings - garlic, chilli, dried herbs, lemon juice, ginger, stock cubes, turmeric, cumin - form the flavour base of so many of my recipes. and this book follows the same track.
Food doesn't need to be fancy to taste good, but it has to have some flavour.
Many of the recipes are vegetarian, including some where you won't notice that the meat is missing, such as vegetable risottos or tagines.
If I'd written this, I would have perhaps included more in the way of tips and tweaks. Using tinned potatoes, for example, a great, cheap alternative, that save money and time in the kitchen. Perhaps some advice on freezing leftovers, and making two or three meals out of one.
A bowl of leftover spaghetti bolognese sauce can form the basis of a cottage pie, for example, or the meat layer in a lasagne.
Buying this also supports an award winning charity, Age UK County Durham, that has a lot of innovative ideas for supporting older people in their community - running lunch clubs, and supported shopping trips to enable older people without transport to access shops and supermarkets.
It's all good.