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 find out more, go to seniorchef.co.nz, email senior.chef@pegasus.org.nz or phone 0800 333 405.

10 ways to boost your vegetable and fruit intake with Senior Chef

This month on the Gazette, we’re exploring all things health and wellbeing. This week, Wendy Scanlon from Senior Chef gives us 10 ways to boost your vegetable and fruit intake. Eating a wide range of vegetables and fruits protects our bodies from disease and gives us a good chance of …

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The power of protein from Senior Chef

This month on the Gazette, we’re exploring all things health and wellbeing. To kick off week two, we’re exploring the benefits of protein – with a fabulous fish pie recipe to boot – courtesy off Wendy Scanlon from Senior Chef. Protein Did you know that compared with younger people, older …

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Easy ways to add wholegrains to your diet

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 …

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Beetroot – the versatile veg

Did you know that beetroot was not included in the 55 fruit and vegetables planted at the White House? Michelle Obama has since admitted that it was her most loathed vegetable. At Senior Chef, we beg to differ! It is a versatile vegetable brimming with nutrients to look after our …

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10 ways to boost fibre

With retail still subject to COVID-19 restrictions, you may find you are eating more processed and refined foods and less fibre. Fibre helps prevent constipation, gives you the best chance of having a regular, comfortable bowel habit and is a great ‘food’ for the microorganisms in our gut, keeping the …

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Butter, margarine or something else?

My Dad was born in 1927, a child of the depression growing up in a working class suburb in Auckland. He would fondly remind me of his favourite childhood food – bread and dripping! In the world of nutrition we’ve come a long way in our understanding of fats and …

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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 …

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Eating well to prevent gout

It wasn’t all that long ago that anyone diagnosed with gout was told to avoid such pleasures as fish, shellfish, asparagus, mushrooms, beer, cured meats, beans, tomatoes, and the list goes on! These are all considered “high purine” foods which were thought to cause gout attacks. Many people still restrict …

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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 …

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