Cooking up a home-grown gourmet feast!

Earlier this week (Wednesday 7 September), residents and staff from Inch View care home were treated to a three course gourmet lunch made from vegetables grown by residents and volunteers in their own garden.

Chef-patron of La Garrigue restaurant, Jean Michel Gauffre delighted diners with a three course meal all using ingredients grown in their polytunnel.

First up was garden pea and smoked ham soup, followed by baked potatoes with ratatoullie rounded off with crème caramel with fresh blueberries. Strains of traditional French music could be heard in the background, and residents enjoyed a glass of French wine to wash down their meal.

Vice Convener for Health and Social Care, Councillor Cammy Day, said:  “What a great event and an excellent example of the fantastic work that is going on in our care homes. The residents are benefiting by enjoying lovely meals that they have helped to develop. I would like to thank Stuart and Jean Michel for organising this fantastic feast and would be more than happy to come along to taste the treats in the future”

Stuart McKenzie volunteers in the garden twice a week, and helped to build the polytunnel.  He said: ‘This is the first crop of vegetables to be grown in the polytunnel. I am friends with Jean Michel, so I approached him to ask if he would like to do something special for the residents with the produce and he was happy to agree. I’ve really enjoyed lunch today, and I’m excited to see what we’re going to plant and grow next’.

Jean Michel said: ‘I was delighted to get involved in this project – I hope the diners took as much pleasure from eating the food as I did from making it! The quality of the produce was excellent – I wish Inch View could supply the restaurant every day!’

Michael Smith is a resident at Inch View, and goes out to tend to the garden nearly every day. He said: ‘I’ve always liked to garden, and in fact I used to work in a garden centre when I was younger.  I really enjoy the fresh air, you get a good laugh with the other people involved, and it keeps me out of mischief!’

Joe Hind from the Soil Association said: “City of Edinburgh Council’s Health and Social Care department should be really proud of what’s happening with food in Edinburgh’s care homes, particularly Inch View. Today’s inventive use of fresh produce picked from Inch View’s garden shows another way of how we can improve care through food. Food for Life is all about making good food the easy choice for everyone and for the residents enjoying today’s meal it was easy for them to sit back and enjoy a delicious meal made by one of our city’s best chefs using healthy, local produce grown by the residents and the home’s invaluable gardener, Stuart.”

(Image L-R: volunteer Stuart McKenzie, resident Michael Smith and chef Jean Michel Gauffre)


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