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To find out about the latest goings-on here in our beautiful care home near Chesham, keep an eye on this news page. Our articles offer insight into daily life in our residential care home in Buckinghamshire, with a wide variety of events, activities and entertainment taking place each week for those living here in Chartridge for residential care, respite care and day care. Keep an eye on our Facebook page too for regular updates!

Inspired and Stimulating Events at Portobello Place

Prepare for an action-packed, fun-filled 2020, as every month at Portobello Place, we’ll be holding a variety of performances here in our luxury care home in Chartridge, and you’re welcome to come along to every single one of them.

Our evening entertainment generally takes place on Thursday evenings, it’s always complimentary and includes delicious refreshments, so you’re sure to leave Portobello Place each week with a smile on your face.

To see off 2019 in style before we ring in 2020 with a full programme of events, our first ever event at Portobello Place is taking place on Thursday 19th December when the Amersham Rock Choir are paying us a visit! Find out more right here and please do come along and join in the fun.

To be one of the first to know about the inspired and stimulating events that will be happening here at Portobello Place in January and beyond, please sign up to our mailing list – you’ll receive exclusive updates each month letting you know about our upcoming events, along with a quarterly newsletter to keep you in the loop with our goings-on here at Portobello Place.

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Recipe of the Week - Spiced Lebkuchen


Ingredients

90g unsalted butter
70ml clear honey
100ml black treacle
30g dark muscovado sugar
Finely grated zest 1 lemon & 1 orange
250g self-raising flour, plus extra

To dust

1 tbsp cocoa powder
2 tsp ground ginger
1 tsp ground cinnamon
Pinch ground cloves
½ tsp ground allspice
½ tsp ground nutmeg
¼ tsp bicarbonate of soda
Pinch fine sea salt
60g ground almonds
1 free-range egg yolk

For the icing

150g icing sugar
Juice 1 lemon

Method

1. Heat the oven to 180°C/160°C fan/gas 4. In a large saucepan, melt together the butter, honey, treacle, sugar and both citrus zests over a medium heat. Set aside to cool for 10 minutes.

2. While the mixture is still warm, sift in the flour, cocoa powder, ground spices, bicarb of soda and salt. Stir in the ground almonds and add the egg yolk, then mix together to form a dough. Gently knead until smooth – it should be warm, very soft and slightly greasy.

3. Lightly flour the work surface and roll out the dough until about 1cm thick. It will be soft and sticky, but you don’t need to be gentle with it as it’s a robust dough.

4. Using your cutters, stamp out as many biscuits as you can, lifting them onto the prepared baking sheets with a palette knife. Re-roll the dough remnants and continue stamping out until you have about 35 biscuits.

5. Bake for 10-12 minutes – the biscuits will still be quite soft when you take them out of the oven. Leave to firm up on the trays for 10 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

6. Mix the icing sugar with the lemon juice to make a quite runny icing (you may need to add a splash of water if your lemon isn’t juicy). Dip the biscuits face-down in the icing (or just drizzle the icing over the top), then leave, icing-side up, to set on a wire rack.


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A visit from Amersham Rock Choir

We couldn’t be happier to announce the first ever event being held here at Portobello Place – on Thursday 19th December from 6.30pm until 8.30pm, we’re opening our doors for a very special festive event, and we really hope you can join us!

Rock Choir has over 350 choirs nationwide and has been featured on ITV, BBC, Sky and BBC Radio 1! We’re lucky enough to have the Amersham Rock Choir here at Portobello Place for one evening only, performing a wide variety of songs to entertain us all and get us into the Christmas spirit.

Amersham Rock Choir is led by Christina Clark, who has a wealth of experience and a vibrant and charismatic teaching style. This same charisma and vibrancy is sure to come through the entire choir, so please do come along and enjoy what’s sure to be an uplifting and exciting experience.

If this first-class entertainment isn’t enough to entice you into our home, we’ll also be providing all sorts of Christmas finger food and festive beverages from the bistro bar! And it’s all completely complimentary.

Please RSVP to events@portobelloplace.com or 01494 937200 to let us know you’re coming – we hope you’re as excited as we are and look forward to seeing you here at Portobello Place.

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Recipe of the Week - French Onion Soup

French Onion Soup
10 ingredients
Produce
2 Bay leaves, dried
1 Parsley or thyme, Fresh leaves
3 sprigs Thyme, fresh
1 1/4 kg Yellow onions, brown
Baking & spices
2 tbsp Flour
1 Salt and pepper
Bread & baked goods
6 slices French baguette
Dairy
100 g Butter, unsalted
100 g Gruyere
Beer, wine & spirits
3/4 cup White wine, dry

CARAMELISE ONIONS

1. Melt butter in a heavy based casserole pot over medium heat. When it starts to foam, add onions and stir to coat in butter.

2. 30 min on medium low: Turn heat down to medium low. Cook for 30 minutes stirring every few minutes, until the onions have softened and are semi transparent. 

3. Salt, 20 min on medium high: Turn heat up to medium or medium high. Add salt, and cook for a further 20 - 30 minutes, stirring more regularly, until onions are deep golden and sweet.

MAKE SOUP:

1. Deglaze: Add wine, then simmer rapidly for 2 minutes until mostly evaporated, stirring to scrape the bottom of the pot.

2. Flour: Sprinkle flour over the onion and cook for 1 minute.

3. Add broth & herbs: Add broth, thyme and bay leaves. 

4. Simmer: Cover, lower heat so it's simmering gently then simmer for 30 minutes. 

5. Serve: Season to taste with salt and pepper. Ladle into bowls. Top with 1 or 2 slices of cheesy toast.

CHEESE TOAST:

1. Preheat grill / broiler to high.Toast each side of bread until light golden.

2. Top bread with cheese, then grill until melted and some brown spots appear.

 Recipe Notes:

1. Onions - halve them then cut from the top to bottom. It makes them hold their shape better when cooking and you don't get stringy bits. But it's not a big deal! Half the onions in the video were accidentally cut the other way.

2. Wine is used to deglaze the pot here, to get the brown stuff off the base of the pot and also the wine adds flavour into the soup broth. It's fine to skip it - the beef broth ends up having the same deglazing effect.

Any non-sweet, non-woody wine is fine. Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Gris are what I use.

3. Broth/stock - French Onion Soup can be made with chicken or beef broth. It is more commonly made with beef stock, from what I have observed.

Use a good quality beef stock. I personally do not recommend mainstream brands from major supermarkets in Australia. I use Maggie Beer and Moredough from Harris Farms, , or private labels from butchers.

It is better to use chicken or vegetable broth rather than sub-standard beef broth.

Best to use low salt and add salt if required.

4. Bread - The idea with the recipe is that you can use a spoon to cut through the bread into the soup to eat it. So it's best not to use chewy artisan breads like sourdough. The softer the crumb, the better. Even a thick standard sandwich bread would work!


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A wonderful view from Portobello Place care home near Chesham

We’re incredibly lucky to have such a beautiful and peaceful spot here at Portobello Place care home in Chartridge, as if you head down to the very end of our home’s gardens, all you see is greenery.

That’s because just behind us is a wonderful view of the Pednor Valley and Chiltern Hills – an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty – as well as the family-owned Chartridge Park Golf Club.

This exclusive 18-hole golf club is incredibly popular with golfers of all abilities, and the facility also plays host to weddings, corporate events and other private functions. In fact, it's one of the most popular venues in the area, with people travelling from all over Buckinghamshire to come here, including from High Wycombe and Beaconsfield, Amersham and Tring.

Here at Portobello Place, we’re especially grateful for the uninterrupted view of rolling hills and unspoilt countryside – even with wintry weather on the way, what could be better?

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Recipe of the Week - Cocktail Time

This week in the run up to Christmas, we thought we would share some classic cocktails that will be available from our Bar Bistro.

We'll be serving...

Portobello G&T
Method:
2floz Portobello Gin
5 floz Tonic Water

Ice and a wedge of lime to garnish

Classic Martini
Method:
3floz Portobello Gin
1floz Dry Vermouth
Shake in a cocktail shaker, pour into a glass and garnish with olives and a twist of fresh lemon rind

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Recipe of the Week - Chicken Chasseur




Another French classic often not done properly, very easy all in one pot.




Oven preheated to 170c

Preparation time 20minutes

Cooking time 1 ½ hours




Ingredients

2-3 tbsp olive oil

2oz butter

1-2 oz plain flour

Salt and pepper

4 Large chicken legs cut in half

1 large chopped onion

2 crushed garlic cloves

2 tbsp tomato puree

1x 400grm tin chopped tomatoes

1 tbsp fresh chopped Tarragon

Lots of fresh chopped parsley

1 bay leaf

½ bottle dry white wine

½lb sliced mushrooms

500ml good chicken stock




Method

1. Season the chicken with the salt and pepper and dust with the flour.

2. In a frying pan add a little oil and fry the chicken pieces slowly so they colour lightly. Once all the chicken has been fried place in a casserole dish. You only need to colour not cook the chicken at this stage.

3. In the same pan, add a little more oil and all the butter. Fry your onions lightly then add your garlic and mushrooms cook for 2-3 minutes gently.

4. Put the tomato puree in and stir, then pour in the white wine until it all bubbles. Pour into the casserole dish with the chicken.

5. Add the chopped tomatoes, tarragon, bay leaf and the chicken stock.

6. Place in the pre heated oven for 1 hour covered, then the remaining ½ hour uncovered.

7. After this time, take out and check for seasoning, and sprinkle with lots of chopped parsley before you serve.


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Recipe of the Week - Beef Bourguignon

Cooking time 2.5 hours - preheat oven to 170C. Preparation time 30-40 minutes. Serves 4-6.

Serve with a lovely creamy mash or new boiled buttered potatoes with lots of fresh chopped parsley, along with some green leaf vegetables of your choice.

Ingredients
- 4lb Good quality braising steak cut into 1” dice. (shin of beef if you can find it)
- 8oz fatty bacon cut into strips
- 1 large finely chopped onion
- 2 crushed garlic cloves
- 1 bottle of good red wine
- 6 tbsp brandy (optional)
- 3 tsp tomato puree
- 2 sprigs of fresh thyme
- 2 bay leaves
- 2oz butter
- 1lb peeled baby onions
- 1lb small button mushrooms
- 3-4 tbsp plain flour
- 6 tbsp veg oil
- Salt and pepper to season
- Chopped parsley

Method
1. Season the beef with salt and pepper and roll the beef in the flour, shaking off any excess.
2. Heat a frying pan and fry the pieces of beef in a little oil until light brown - do this gently so it doesn’t burn.
3. Put the beef into a casserole dish.
4. Tip out the oil from your pan and add a bit of fresh oil. Fry the chopped onions, bacon and garlic until soft and lightly brown.
5. Add the tomato puree and pour in about ¼ bottle red wine to deglaze all the sediments from the pan. Stir and pour the contents into the casserole dish with the beef, then pour the rest of the wine in from the bottle.
6. If it doesn’t cover all the beef, just top it up with a little water. Add bay leaves and thyme.
7. Bring to a simmer, place a lid on the dish and place in the oven for two hours.
8. After two hours, take a fresh pan with a little oil and gently fry the baby onions and mushrooms until brown.
9. Carefully take your casserole dish out of the oven and add the mushrooms, onions and brandy if using.
10. Place into the oven for a further ½ hour or until the beef is tender to your liking.
11. You may want to thicken the casserole to your liking, in which case, simply mix some cornflour with some cold water, stir gently and pour in slowly until the dish reaches the thickness you require.
12. To serve, check seasoning, remove the bay leaves and thyme stalks, stir in the butter and sprinkle with fresh chopped parsley.

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2020

2019

December

30th January Events at Portobello Place 20th Recipe of the Week - Malteser Christmas Pudding 16th Our rich local history, shown off in style at Amersham Museum 9th Inspired and Stimulating Events at Portobello Place 6th Recipe of the Week - Spiced Lebkuchen 2nd A visit from Amersham Rock Choir

November

29th Recipe of the Week - French Onion Soup 26th A wonderful view from Portobello Place care home near Chesham 22nd Recipe of the Week - Cocktail Time 15th Recipe of the Week - Chicken Chasseur 8th Recipe of the Week - Beef Bourguignon 1st Recipe of the Week - Mille-Feuille

October

28th Lovely lunches close to home at Chartridge Lodge 25th Recipe of the Week - Paella Valenciana 18th Recipe of the Week - Spanish Omelette 14th Wondrous wildlife accessible to all 11th Recipe of the Week - Sweet and Sour Chicken 4th Recipe of the Week - Sesame Prawn Toast 1st Walter Rothschild's legacy, right near our Chartridge care home

September

27th Recipe of the Week - La Boqueria 20th Recipe of the Week - Classic Caesar Salad 13th Recipe of the Week - Berry Delight Dessert 10th Inspired and stimulating events at Portobello Place 6th Recipe of the Week - Portobello Mushrooms on Toast

August

18th Some of the best Chilterns countryside near our home

July

30th A trip to the world's oldest original model village 17th Practically perfect performances right on our doorstep

June

28th Proud to sponsor Chess Vale Bowls Club in Chesham 19th A stunning National Trust park just a stone’s throw from Portobello Place

May

16th Welcome to Portobello Place care home in Chartridge!