For those wondering whether Maggie’s new cookbook would involve the subject closest to her heart, the answer is a resounding yes! And Maggie couldn't be happier about it, as she explains, “This is such an important book for me and something I’m so very excited about, which is why I’m thrilled to reveal the cover for 'Maggie’s Recipe for Life', my new book co-written with Professor Ralph Martins.”
Published in October 2017 by Simon & Schuster Australia, 'Maggie’s Recipe for Life' includes 200 delicious recipes to reduce your chances of Alzheimer’s and other lifestyle diseases. The book’s proceeds will be shared between the Maggie Beer Foundation and the Lions Alzheimer's Foundation.
Maggie was thrilled to be able to take part in Tasting Australia, wearing her Foundation hat, again this year. As one of Maggie’s all-time favourite food experiences, Tasting Australia offered the perfect platform to share “Improving With Age”, a fundraising lunch at Sprout Cooking School in Adelaide, on Thursday 4 May, 2017.
A healthy mix of 70 MBF supporters, aged care providers and Tasting Australia devotees enjoyed 3 courses especially created for the event by HammondCare’s Peter Morgan-Jones, and assisted by chefs Maria and Peter from Lifecare Aged Care.
The lunch kicked off with canapés by Peter Morgan Jones from his cookbook, ‘It’s all about the food, not the fork’, followed by Maggie’s Slow Cooked Lamb Shoulder with Preserved Lemons, and Parsnip Puree with Fresh Pear and Bitter Greens, as the main course.
Wine was generously provided by Langmeil Winery in the Barossa, and Maggie’s Roasted Quince with Baked Vanilla Bean Crème Anglaise wrapped up the edible part of the day before a cooking demonstration with Peter Morgan Jones began the information sharing component of the event.
Peter’s demonstration was followed by a Sensory dining experience presentation by Annet Hoek, a Virtual Dementia Experience by Christine Bolt from Alzheimers Australia, and a wonderful Vegepod garden set up by Tara Grahame Cochrane.
Maggie’s intention with this event was to show not only what can be cooked for those in aged care, but what is possible in aged care overall. With a heartfelt thanks to all involved, Maggie was so happy to achieve her goal of sharing further information on creating an appetite for life.
As one of Maggie’s all-time favourite food experiences, Tasting Australia is a natural event choice to shine the light on her Foundation’s next undertaking - “Improving With Age”, a fundraising lunch at Sprout Cooking School in Adelaide, on Thursday 4 May, 2017.
Along with HammondCare’s Peter Morgan-Jones, a handpicked group of talented local aged care chefs will join Maggie to highlight the potential available within aged care kitchens when fresh thinking is brought to the table.
As Maggie explains, “I hope that by bringing together the cooking of laterally thinking aged care chefs, and allowing our lunch guests the chance to really experience how easily delicious food can find its place amongst the realms of dietary modifications and budgets, it may be possible for us to change the status quo in aged care and to spread the knowledge of what good food can do for the elderly.”
Maintaining Maggie’s long held philosophies around food, the chefs joining her will work with fresh, seasonal and local produce to ensure that guests are treated to a full-flavoured two course lunch menu. This may be the last lunch guests would expect to find in an aged care home, but with good food as her champion always, it’s the very first priority Maggie would like to see given to residents everywhere.
All proceeds will benefit the Maggie Beer Foundation’s continued good work. Spots are very limited and MBF are offering 10% off tickets for Foundation supporters by using the code MBFLTA via the ticket link below.
Improving With Age Fundraising Lunch
Thursday 4 May 2017
12pm - 3pm
Sprout Cooking School, 89 Sir Donald Bradman Dr, Hilton, South Australia
$95 - includes 2 courses + wine (use code MBFLTA for 10% off)
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With special thanks to a grant from The Yulgilbar Foundation, for the first time ever, Maggie Beer is heading to Northern NSW this year with her program, ‘Creating An Appetite For Life’!
Sharing specialised information and workshops that regional communities have not previously been able to access, Maggie explains, "My aim is to inspire and challenge chefs and cooks from regional aged care homes to create wholesome, memorable, low cost meals, every day in their kitchens."
Running a total of three separate one-day workshops for chefs and cooks working in Northern NSW, these are strictly limited to 30 cooks and chefs per location, at a cost of just $100.
A concentration of hands-on experience with cooking activities across the day, the workshop focuses on fresh thinking around aged care specific recipes, making the most of the local produce on offer in each region. Chefs and cooks who attend will also have the opportunity to apply for a Wellbeing Gardens Grant; which will support the development of a new garden in their aged care home.
Whilst Maggie is road tripping through Northern NSW she will also be offering two ground breaking workshops tailored to those in decision making roles in aged care. ‘Food For Thought’ Workshops are dedicated to opening a dialogue with CEOs and managers in aged care in Northern NSW, troubleshooting the issues that may be hampering full flavoured, wholesome food being enjoyed in homes.
Applicants must be from Northern NSW aged care homes. Be quick - spots are limited and applicants can only apply for one workshop.
Tickets can be purchased via the links below.
‘Creating An Appetite For Life’ Aged Care Chefs & Cooks Workshops
- BALLINA - WEDNESDAY 8 MARCH - SOLD OUT
- GRAFTON - THURSDAY 9 MARCH - SOLD OUT
- ARMIDALE - MONDAY 13 MARCH - SOLD OUT
‘Food For Thought’ CEO Workshops
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The Casserole Club is a meal-sharing project that connects people who like to cook and are happy to share an extra portion of a home cooked meal, with older neighbours living close by.
Designed and piloted in partnership with four local councils, Casserole Club is a proven, low-cost way to reduce social isolation and improve food provision among older people.
Like a local, community-led meals on wheels project, members serve up meals to their neighbours, getting more people cooking fresh food while strengthening local neighbourhood relationships with every bite.
More than 6,000 people across Britain and Australia have signed up to share meals through Casserole Club. Of the older people receiving meals through the service, 70% of them consider their volunteer cooks to be friends and 80% say they wouldn’t have as much social contact as they’d like without services like Casserole Club.
Visit the website to find out how you can get involved!