Carolyn Figg's excellent Pampered Chef Demonstration evening
she has kindly provided details of the two dishes she
prepared on the night for all those members who want to give
it a try.
Hot Broccoli Dip
350 g (12 oz)
broccoli florets, chopped
1 small onion,
1 red pepper, seeded
55 g (2 oz) fresh
Parmesan cheese, finely grated, divided
2 cloves garlic,
225 g (8 oz) cheddar
half-fat crème fraiche or soured cream
Freshly ground black
pepper, to taste
1. Preheat oven to
190°C/fan 170°F/Gas 5. Chop broccoli, onion and red pepper
using Food Chopper; place in Classic Batter Bowl. Finely
grate Parmesan cheese using Deluxe Cheese Grater; using
Adjustable Measuring Spoons, measure 4 tablespoons grated
Parmesan and add to vegetable mixture (reserve remaining
Parmesan for topping). Press garlic using Garlic Press into
bowl. Add remaining ingredients; mix well using Small Mix 'N
2. Spoon mixture
into Deep Dish Baker. Bake about 25 minutes or until heated
through. Sprinkle remaining Parmesan cheese over top and
surround with Stoneware-Baked Pitta Crisps for serving, if
Yield: Serves 16-20
Per serving: Energy
108kcal; Protein 5g; Carbohydrate 2g; Fat 9g; Saturated Fat
4g; Fibre 1g; Salt 0.5g
Pampered Chef, Ltd. 2006
Chocolate Molten Lava Cake
1 packet Betty
Crocker Devils Food Cake (plus additional ingredients on
packet, i.e. eggs, cooking oil and water)
1 Tub Betty Crocker
choc fudge icing
Mix all ingredients -
cake mix, oil, water and eggs together in a microwaveable
bowl. Place 1/2 tub of choc icing on top of mixture, cover
with lid or cling film Microwave for 9 minutes Turn out onto
“I scream, you scream, we all
scream — for ice cream!”
Those of you who have
been treated at the L&D will
know the hospital’s head and neck oncology dietician Katrina
(K-T) Martinelli. K-T has been the driving force behind a
campaign to have a soft ice cream machine installed as part
of the specialist cancer unit.
The machine has now
been installed on the ward and is providing high calorie,
high protein food to patients. As many readers will already
know head and neck cancer sufferers often have difficulty
eating especially just after treatment.
K-T explained the
benefits. “Ice cream is an acceptable food for most people
so our patients will have available at all times a food
which will not only help them achieve their nutritional
requirements but that is easy to eat and will not cause
embarrassment in the process. Confidence in eating and
swallowing safely will be restored much quicker.”
Mr John Pickles,
Divisional Director of Surgery and consultant Ear, Nose and
Throat surgeon at the L&D said,
“Head and neck cancer
patients are often admitted to Luton & Dunstable hospital
with pre existing, nutritional problems since the site of
this disease makes people more vulnerable to malnutrition
even before diagnosis. Nutrition plays a key role in
successful treatment of cancer of the head and neck and the
ice cream machine brings many benefits for our patients who
can face a slow and arduous recovery after very complex
The money to purchase
the ice-cream machine was donated by head and neck cancer
patients and the hospital will underwrite the future
maintenance costs. Patients from the Cancer Service
users and the Head and Neck Cancer Support Groups are
backing the introduction of the ice-cream machine and will
be promoting its use in the hospital.
Although its a simple idea the beneficial impact on patients
cannot be underestimated. We hope this initiative will be
rolled out elsewhere as it deserves to succeed.
The media also liked
the idea with a TV crew turning up to talk with K-T and
Ronnie Barbour inviting K-T on to the Nine on BBC 3
Counties. K-T turned in a great performance, which if you
didn't catch, can be played in Windows Media Player from
this site by clicking here.
It will take a little time to load.
Contributions to support the maintenance or towards further
machines would be welcome. If you wish to contribute you can
Treasurer of the Head and Neck Social
Group for details.
L&D Foundation Trust AGM
K-T took the Ice Cream Machine to the
Foundation Trust's Annual Members Meeting on 20th September.
K-T is joined here by Spencer Colvin Chairman
of the L&D and our very own James Lucas representing the
Head and Neck Social Group.
Spencer Colvin is an enthusiastic supporter
of K-T's CoolAid Project to improve the nutrition of Head
and Neck Cancer Patients.
Hansg didn't miss the opportunity to rattle a
tin for the CoolAid Project and we raised a few pounds
towards maintenance of the machine.
Hugh Mc Grath.
of us have been diagnosed, treated or have cared for someone
who has suffered from Head and Neck Cancer.
of us still have our sense of humour; some of us have even
retained most of our intelligence. Some know how to cook,
fix cars, sew, weld, paint and decorate, plumb, garden and
possibly how to milk cows.
can be grumpy sometimes, irritable at others. Sometimes we
hate not being able to eat what we want. Other times we
hanker after the way things used to taste. Occasionally we
can be entertaining and good fun to be with.
all have experience that we are happy to share. We all
understand what its like to be launched back into the world
with the collateral damage caused by surgery and
don’t really do that much, we meet, we often have a guest
who has a relevant skill and we chat for a bit.
of the time we just sit around getting to know each other.
we would like is for you to join us so that we can have a
bigger and better group. In order to make the group a little
more social we have moved our venue to The Luton Rugby Club
which is close by J10 of the M1.
made the move to somewhere with a bar (coffee is also
available) because we know some people just don’t like
Our venue is a quiet
private bar at the club where we can socialise or have
presentations without being disturbed.
can be a big help to those of you just coming to terms with
the speed and savagery of what happened to you and in return
you can help us grow into something worthwhile.
you are a carer you are welcome to come along with or
without your charge and see how we can help. If you have
been treated elsewhere you are still very welcome.