It is certain that no appetite will go un-catered for over Christmas as chef, John Weallens, unveils his comprehensive festive menu.
Traditions will be observed at 3.00 p.m. on Christmas Eve when festivities get underway with a warm mince pie accompanied by a glass of whisky or Baileys.
A breakfast of cereal or porridge, toast and marmalade on Christmas Day should leave room for the main event. Tomato soup with cream and fresh basil will be followed by roast turkey and all the trimmings – or carrot and cashew nut loaf as a vegetarian option. Christmas pudding with brandy sauce or ice cream finishes the meal.
For those who still have room, there will be mince pies and sherry for tea. A light supper of soup with a choice of cold meats, salad or sandwiches will ensure that no-one goes to bed hungry.
Soft drinks and wine will also be available.
Main courses for Boxing Day lunch will be a choice of roast chicken with rosemary, poached salmon or lentil loaf followed by a delicious sounding baked orange and chocolate cake.
John says: “I have been producing the Christmas menus at the Chiswick Nursing Centre ever since the doors opened so I think I have a pretty good take on what our residents like to see on their plates. On the whole, it’s pretty traditional when it comes to Christmas. It is my favourite time of the year and I love to see people tuck in and enjoy what we have made for them.”
Everyone can rest assured that not only will the food be delicious and nutritious, it will be produced with scrupulous attention to hygiene and safety. This year we are having to take extra measures to manage the ‘dreaded COVID’ issues which affect the whole of London. John, who provides training to all staff in Food & Hygiene and is accredited by the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health, was recently re-awarded a Level 5 Food Hygiene Rating (the highest achievable) from the Food Standards Agency, and our team are continuing to promote social distancing wherever required.