Senior Chef Celebrations
Thank-you to everyone who joined us for our Autumn celebration. A special thanks to our guest speaker, Averil Stevenson, from Ecocentral who inspired us to become better recyclers. Here's Averil's top 10 tips!
Tip #1 Soft plastics - any plastic you can easily scrunch or bend in your hand needs to go in the red bin
Tip #2 Bottles tops and lids should go in the red bin
Tip #3 Food-soiled cardboard and paper should go in the green bin
Tip #4 Only hard plastic bottles and containers numbered 1, 2 and 5 can go in the yellow bin. They need to be size of an individual yoghurt pot or bigger, but no larger than three litres
Tip #5 Bags and pacakging that are bio-degradable or compostable don't break down within the 12 weeks it takes to turn the contents of your green bin into compost. They need to go in the red bin
Tip #6 Liquid paperboard cartons that hold food or liquid need to go in the red bin
Tip #7 Drink cans, metal tins and household aerosol cans go in the yellow bin
Tip #8 Polystyrene needs to go in the red bin
Tip #9 Clean carboard and paper needs to be the size of an envelope or larger to go in the yellow bin
Tip #10 Any paper or cardboard that has a coating to waterproof it, likes till receipts, fast food drink cups, etc needs to go in the red bin
We look forward to seeing you at our next celebration on Thursday 8 July at The Bridge Club, 10.30am - midday.
The Duchess who came to dinner!
On 22 November 2019, our Senior Chef team had a very special sous chef – namely, Her Royal Highness, the Duchess of Cornwall. Her Royal Highness included the visit to the Senior Chef programme while Prince Charles travelled to Lincoln University as part of their third joint visit to New Zealand. Christchurch was the third stop on their tour.
Her Royal Highness also launched the new Senior Chef cookbook, Easy Recipes for One or Two, at an event after the cooking session. Pegasus Health Senior Chef Coordinator Wendy Scanlon invited Her Royal Highness on stage where she launched the Senior Chef cookbook.
Wendy said Senior Chef was all about connecting the community, combating loneliness and providing older people with a new sense of purpose.
Her Royal Highness said she was delighted to be invited to the event.
“It’s a real pleasure to be for once surrounded by people my age. I’m feeling a lot better and I’m so impressed by everything you’re doing here.”
She particularly applauded the work the Senior Chefs were doing.
“I do think it is so important as you grow older to be able to cook … I think this school will re-energise older people to like cooking again and eating good food for your body and your mind is vitally important as you get older,” she said.
Her Royal Highness was gifted her own copy of the cookbook and an apron.
Active Ageing is a key focus of the Duchess of Cornwall’s work. The fact that she included the Senior Chef session and recipe book launch on her itinerary is high praise indeed – and certainly endorses Pegasus Health’s shared goals of helping older people stay active and engaged and to support their independence.