Home / Senior Chef

Senior Chef

Senior Chef
Senior Chef is an 8 week cooking class for people aged 60 and over who want to improve their cooking skills, confidence, or motivation around cooking for one or two people. Classes are held in various locations around Christchurch and Canterbury. Senior Chef is free to attend. Everything, including the ingredients for the cooking class and recipe book, is provided. To attend Senior Chef contact us on 03 3741639 or senior.chef@pegasus.org.nz.

Pass the wholegrains!

You often read about “low carb” diets and how we should be cutting back on carbohydrates but hold on a minute, not all carbohydrates are created equal. Highly processed carbohydrates such as white bread, cakes, biscuits and sugary drinks are often referred to as having empty calories. They provide calories …

Read More »

Made with Love

Thinking of giving a gift to someone this Christmas? Here are some fun food gifts you could give:  A jar layered with the dry ingredients for some baking and attach the recipe A basket of fruit and vegetables packaged with cellophane and ribbon Homemade jams, relishes or fruit puree A …

Read More »

Discovering the Blue Zones

People in the Blue Zones (Ikaria, Greece; Okinawa, Japan; Sardinia, Italy; Loma Linda, California and Nicoya, Costa Rica) enjoy long, healthy lives. They routinely live to be 100 and have very little lifestyle disease such as diabetes, heart disease and cancer. Nine reasons for their good health have been given, …

Read More »

Do super foods exist?

Open any newspaper and you will likely read about the latest food claim, such as “blueberries cure cancer” or “turmeric has great healing powers”. It’s true that many foods contain useful “bioactive compounds” – chemicals that act in the body in ways that might promote good health. These are being …

Read More »

10 tips for winter wellness

Winter brings not only colder temperatures, but also an increase in coughs, colds, sore throats and influenza. Here are some tips to keep yourself well during the cooler months. Get the flu vaccination through your general practice team. This is free for anyone 65 or older.  Wash your hands thoroughly …

Read More »

Are frozen vegetables just as nutritious as fresh vegetables?

Many people believe that fresh vegetables are better than frozen vegetables. However, fresh vegetables lose nutritional value just by sitting around and sometimes it could take up to two weeks from the time they’ve been picked until they reach your plate. Straight from the garden to the table is certainly …

Read More »

Plant-based Eating

Blue Zones are geographical areas of the world where people live longer, healthier lives: Okinawa, Japan; Sardinia, Italy; Loma Linda, US; Nicoya, Costa Rica and Icaria, Greece. One thing common to Blue Zones is eating a 95% plant-based diet—a diet full of whole plant foods. It’s not about cutting out …

Read More »

How to get your taste buds talking

It’s a matter of taste Some people eat to live, others live to eat, but one thing is certain, if food tastes good, you’ll eat more of it! We all have personal food preferences. These are shaped by many influences including, our early food experience, culture and traditions. Above all, …

Read More »