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Merry and bright: 3 festive recipes for Parkinson’s disease
Recipes & nutrition
Author: Sarah McGrathPublished: 15 December 2022
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Looking for culinary inspiration this Christmas? With the festive season in full swing, we revisit three chefs who have shared meal ideas and event tips for making the most of holiday cheer
This Scottish Michelin star chef – whose mother was diagnosed with Parkinson’s over a decade ago – shares a three-course Christmas meal. The feast is not only “bursting with nutrition” but also easy to chew, designed to offer an enjoyable and accessible meal to people living with the condition. Ranging from roast partridge to steamed ginger pudding, these recipes will add a taste of luxury to your table this season.
In this piece, Meersman tackles the question: how can one prepare a dinner that everybody will enjoy? The Belgian chef, who was diagnosed with Parkinson’s in 2010, shares a festive meal with ingredients people can pre-cook – including options to adapt the dishes for guests’ chewing and swallowing needs. Whether it is parboiling vegetables or preparing sauces the day before, the list is filled with handy tips to keep things simple in the kitchen.
In a Christmas special, Michelin star restaurant owner Fergus Henderson MBE, who was diagnosed with Parkinson’s in 1998, shares a festive feast. From a green broccoli-based first course to a baked treacle pudding for dessert – this meal is full of vitamins B3, B12 and D for people living with the condition.
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