At Ardgowan Hospice, we know that food is not just fuel for the body but also a significant source of comfort, and when people are going through some of life’s most difficult moments, that comfort is invaluable.
Our kitchen team go above and beyond to make sure our patients have fresh home-style food that caters to their dietary needs, preferences and cravings.
From swapping out ingredients through to cooking up special requests, our team ensures all needs are met. We’ve even seen members of staff visiting nearby takeaways when a patient has taken a sudden urge for a treat!
We do, at times, offer alcoholic drinks. It may seem small, but it can make a big difference to a patient who wants to have a glass of wine with their meal, a gin & tonic while they watch a movie on our bedside tablets, or a family who want to raise a glass together.
A kind donation today will ensure our hospice always feels like home.
We recently welcomed a new cook to Ardgowan Hospice. Here’s how George Marciniak is settling in.
“Transitioning from a bustling restaurant to the more intimate setting of Ardgowan Hospice has allowed me to spend time with our patients, getting to know them on a personal and culinary level.
With this extra time, I’m able to create freshly prepared meals from scratch rather than buying in ready made foods from wholesalers or quick microwave solutions. This approach not only makes what may be someone’s difficult days more enjoyable, it also has the potential to rekindle appetites, bringing someone back from not eating at all to enjoying a few small meals a day which is what it’s all about. Taking care with presentation also puts a smile on our patients’ faces, often brightening their entire day.
If a patient had a special occasion coming up for them, such as a birthday, I’ll sit and chat with them about what they would like for them and possibly their family to share, or if I’ve been working with the patient for a number of weeks I’ll have gathered what they really like and can offer them their favourite meals.”
George was kind enough to share the recipe for his “mini mess”. This is a simple summer dessert that our patients love! Scroll down to find the recipe!
Special events offer a unique opportunity for our patients to experience moments of joy, create lasting memories with their loved ones, and celebrate milestones important to them. Did you know we’ve celebrated:
Beautiful weddings with food and drink, lovely colourful flowers, celebrants and more, allowing for families to join together as one. We’ve also celebrated anniversaries, setting up a single room for a romantic meal for two.
And of course, we always celebrate the important shared days in the calendar like Burns Night, Valentine’s Day and Christmas with all the trimmings!
Volunteers are the lifeblood of Ardgowan Hospice. We have around three volunteers to every one member of staff. They help in almost every department and set some impressive records (if you received our last appeal, you may remember that our volunteer drivers cover over 75,000 miles per year!). With that in mind, it’s only right we take some time to celebrate their work and contributions.
During Volunteers Week 2023, we were able to take time to arrange a cheese and wine night to say thank you for the incredible work they do.
“The cheese and wine night was a lovely treat. Because we work across different areas in the hospice we don’t always get the chance to gather together and chat so it was nice to meet up. Nights like this really make me feel really appreciated”
George’s Mini Mess is a simple vibrant dessert that’s a firm favourite at the hospice, we hope you enjoy it! (plain text version below image)
- Berry Compote
- Meringue Pieces
- Ice Cream
- Whipped Cream
- 1 punnet Raspberries
- Strawberries (quartered)
- 1 – 2 tbsp. Caster Sugar
- 3 capfuls Vanilla Essence
To make the compote:
- Add raspberries to a small pot
- Add vanilla and sprinkle over just enough sugar to cover the raspberries
- Add a very small amount of water
- Turn on heat and allow the mixture to reduce down until thick and the raspberries have broken down
- Pass through a strainer to remove seeds
- Add chopped strawberries to mix and allow to cool
Assembling the Mess:
- Crush the meringue in a container and squirt in whipped cream.
- Next add a few spoons of your compote and mix well until a light pink colour.
- Add this to your favourite glass and present as desired.
- Our favourite way is to squirt in more whipped cream, add a ball of ice cream and a strawberry, halved.