Savour every food moment: Senior Chef

This month on the Gazette, we’re exploring all things health and wellbeing. This week, Wendy Scanlon from Senior Chef shares tips on enjoying your food and gives us a delicious vegetable quiche recipe.

If you live alone it’s important to cook for yourself, take time to enjoy your meals and take every opportunity to share meals with others. All three help prevent malnutrition and look after your health as you age.

Set the table, play some music, light a candle, or sit by a window to enjoy the view. Start a dinner club with a friend – alternate between your home and your friend’s or share a potluck meal with a group of friends. In summer this could be a picnic in the park. Take every opportunity to enjoy food with friends and family, whether it is in someone’s home, at a sports club, church or with a community group. We are designed to share food with others.

Easy Vegetable Quiches

These mini quiches are great to share with friends and family. You can make them ahead of time and put them in the freezer for when you need them. These delicious morsels can be eaten for lunch or teamed up with some veges or a salad for dinner. 

Easy to make, they use bread slices instead of pastry for the cases, and if you don’t like marmite, leave it out. You could also replace the creamed corn with 2 x 185g tuna. Flavoured tuna varieties, such as tomato and basil make a tasty filling.

Ingredients (to make 12)

  • Oil spray
  • 12 slices of wholemeal sandwich slice bread, crusts removed
  • Marmite or vegemite
  • 1 cup, cheese, grated
  • 4 eggs, lightly beaten
  • Salt and pepper
  • 4 tablespoons, parsley, chives, or spring onions, chopped
  • 1 x 410g canned cream corn
  • 1/2 red or green pepper, finely chopped


  1. Preheat the oven to 190°C.
  2. Lightly spray muffin tins with oil spray.
  3. Spread one side of bread with marmite and place into oiled muffin tin with the marmite side facing up.
  4. In a medium bowl, combine cheese, beaten eggs, herbs, creamed corn and red/green pepper.  Season to taste.
  5. Spoon into bread cases.
  6. Bake for 15 – 20 minutes and leave to cool for a minute or two before serving.

About 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, email or phone 0800 333 405.


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    this niffy little recipe is worth a try. We made it at the senior chief cooking lessons and Ive made it a couple of times since..

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