Lifestyle: Fine Dining with Sunrise Care

I’m a big foody. Cooking, eating out, baking… all things related to food are my favourite things in life, and I don’t write about it on here as much as I should. I was recently made aware of Sunrise Senior Living, who are a company who provide residential care services, and how they have put a focus on having quality award winning chef’s to provide recipes which everyone in the family will love. I really love hearing about companies that focus on providing well balanced and healthy meals, therefore I was particularly interested in hearing more about them.

The menus that the chefs at Sunrise create are varied and designed to be nutritionally balanced, and I love the fact that they can provide you with a nutritional breakdown of each recipe that they use. You can see exactly how much protein, fat, fibre, calories and so on is contained. They have started to provide full recipe cards on their website that you can download and try yourself, so I decided to try my hand at being a Risotto cooking queen!

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As I’m a huge Italian food lover, I was drawn straight to the Tomato and Basic Risotto menu provided, although they did have some really tempting options such as Smoked Chicken and Orange salad, French Onion Soup and Bread & Butter pudding (which I have never made!). So using the extensive ingredient list, I hit the shops and purchased the whole list, and dedicated an evening to trying out one of the new ‘menus’…

The ingredients and method are as follows:

20g salted butter
10ml olive oil
3 tomatoes – cored, seeded and diced
¼ Spanish onion – diced
½ garlic clove – crushed
220g Arborio rice
400ml vegetable stock
20ml double cream
30g fresh basil – chopped
70g goats cheese – sliced
Pinch of ground black pepper
Pinch of salt
Roasted vegetables (optional):
100g butternut squash – diced and roasted
½ red pepper – diced and roasted

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1. Heat the oil over a moderate heat and add the onion as well as garlic to the pan. Sauté until the onion softens. Then add the tomatoes and seasoning. Sauté for a further 3-4 minutes.
2. Add the rice, mix thoroughly and sauté for 3-4 minutes. You can add the optional roasted vegetables at this stage.
3. Gradually add the vegetable stock, stirring until all the liquid is absorbed.
4. Continue stirring until the rice is tender and creamy but still firm, then add the butter and cream.
5. To serve, top with basil and cheese.

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It’s lovely to see a care company be so passionate about providing good quality, yet tasty meals for the elderly, but also one’s that appeal to all ages and can actually provide cooking inspiration for people like me. I really enjoyed cooking this, and it taste’s incredible! Sunrise Care have 27 care homes all around the country, with the closest to me in Manchester being Assisted Living at Sunrise of Hale Barns.

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