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Hospital Food

Posted Sep 12 2008 10:34am
Dontcha just love it?

A lighter post - TV chef Loyd Grossman, who for five years headed the NHS's Better Food in Hospital's programme to improve the quality and nutritional value of food provided in hospitals, has complained about the government's lack of commitment to the project.

The Better Hospital Food website is certainly appetising. Baked Salmon with Lemon, Garlic and Parsley Crust, Grilled mackerel with Tomato, Ginger and Thyme Sauce, Chicken Kofta Curry, Ratatouille Tart with Mozarella, Pasta, Ham and White Bean Bake - you can even download the recipes to try out at home.

However, I couldn't find any Fish and Chips with Baked Beans. In fact, no mention of children's recipes at all. I seem to recall that there has been a similar move in the UK to make school dinners more nutritional with limited success given children's preferences for junk food.

And given that Kezia developed food obsessions due to the chemotherapy for such things as chips, roast chicken crisps etc.

In fact the catering facilities at RMCH weren't bad. The hospital cafeteria had a varied menu of hot dishes and a variety of cold snacks. Ok after four weeks being resident in the hospital I could notice the same dishes being repeated over. On the ward resident parents had access to a kitchen with cooker, microwave, refridgertaor and freezer at all times except when the childrens' food was being served and in the parents' accommodation attached to the ward there was a similarly equipped kitchen. Tea and coffee, yoghurts, biscuits etc were available in the ward kitchen.

Update: Do see Lucia's comment - yes, young adult dietary requirements or even, let us say, tastes are somewhat different to those of small children.
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