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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!

Recipe of the Week - La Boqueria

Another simple recipe from our menu, this time from the famous market in Barcelona – it’s ‘La Boqueria’, which is essentially egg and chips with a twist.

Ingredients
- 1 litre olive oil
- 4 Spanish chorizo sausage links
- Eggs
- Sea salt
- Chips

Method
1. Prepare the oil a day or two in advance – you can store this oil in the fridge for later use, it should last for a good month or more. To make this, split the chorizo sausages lengthways then in a pan, place the chorizo sausage and olive oil and heat slowly for 30 minutes; a very gentle simmer will suffice. Cover the pan and leave to infuse for 1-2 days. Strain the oil back into its original bottle and label.
2. In a small non-stick frying pan, heat a little of the chorizo-infused olive oil and heat gently, crack a couple of eggs and fry to your liking. If you cook them very quickly, they will be crispy on the outside and very runny in the centre! Then season with sea salt.
3. Place your chips on a plate and put the runny eggs and part of the oil over the chips. The idea is for the yolks to break over the chips.
4. Serve with some crusty bread to mop up the juices.

Tips
Use whatever kind of chips you like! Make them fresh preferably or if not, be practical and use a good brand to cook in the oven at home. If you do make them fresh at home, try cutting the potatoes in thin 1/4” thick round discs and fry. The chorizo that has been used to infuse the oil can be cut up into small pieces, lightly pan fried and added to a mixed salad.

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Recipe of the Week - Classic Caesar Salad

This classic, simple salad was created in Mexico, in 1924 by Caesar Cardini; the recipe was created in Cardini’s restaurant in the tourist destination of Tijuana when he wanted to attract Americans who were frustrated by prohibition.

The Classic Caesar Salad is a delicate marriage of lettuce, Parmesan shavings,croutons and a delicate anchovy and egg yolk dressing. In its original form,this salad was prepared and served in front of the guests in restaurants – but nobody knows if the original recipe did, in fact, include anchovies.

Ingredients for six people

Salad
- 2 Romaine or cos lettuce in mouth-sized pieces
- 6 tbsp Parmesan shavings
- 6 tbsp ready-made croutons

Dressing
- 2 small crushed garlic cloves
- 2 tsp Dijon mustard
- Salt and pepper to taste
- 2 tsp lemon juice
- 1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
- 2 crushed anchovies in oil
- 4fl oz virgin olive oil
- 2 tsp grated Parmesan cheese
- 1 raw egg yolk or ‘coddled egg’, slightly poached and left runny to pasteurise

Method
1. Place all the dressing ingredients in a large bowl, except the oil.
2. Mix well with a whisk and gently pour in the olive oil in thin strands to emulsify into a fine dressing. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
3. In the same bowl, add your lettuce leaves, parmesan shavings and croutons and toss well altogether.
4. Wipe the sides of the bowl with kitchen roll or place on a fancy dish to serve.

Tips
Why not add seared salmon steaks, shredded chicken, ham or avocado to make a meal out of it?

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Recipe of the Week - Berry Delight Dessert

Let’s hold on to summer a bit longer with this simple, refreshing dessert – although in the colder months, why not substitute the summer fruits for some poached winter fruits? This dish is great for a dinner party as you can prepare them ahead of time and leave them in glasses in the fridge. This means that all you need to do on the night is finish them off with a scoop of ice cream, which will free you up to spend more time with your guests! Enjoy.

Ingredients for six people

-          4 punnets of mixed summer berries
-          1 tablespoon of red wine vinegar
-          4 tablespoons of white sugar
-          2 leaves of roughly torn basil leaves
-          Four shots of crème de cassis
-          Vanilla ice cream
-          Mint leaves or edible flowers for decoration

Method

1.       Place all your berries in a bowl, and add the sugar, basil, vinegar and half of the liqueur. Mix well. Allow to stand for as long as you want so the fruit will take the flavours.
2.       Place the fruit in a fancy glass, top with a scoop of ice cream then pour the rest of the cassis over the top.
3.       Decorate with the mint leaves or edible flowers and serve.
4.       How simple is that?!

Tips

Crème de cassis is a blackcurrant liqueur. You can always omit this from your dessert if you’d rather – although we think it would be a shame – or you can substitute it with a cordial or liqueur of your liking.

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Inspired and stimulating events at Portobello Place

Meet Sandra, our Events Manager here at Portobello Place care home in Chartridge. Sandra has extensive administration experience but fancied a change – that’s why last year, she decided to change her career and became an Activities Coordinator in a care home! We’re very glad she did as Sandra’s going to do a great job putting on all sorts of events and outings for our residents here in our luxury care home on the edge of Chesham.

Sandra’s passion is getting to know and work with residents, putting on events and outings that they enjoy and making the most of every single day. Here at Portobello Place, Sandra will be combining her love of events with her organisational experience, engaging with residents and helping them continue to live their lives to the full in our luxury care home in Chartridge.

Here’s what Sandra has to say about her new role at Portobello Place: “I seem to be saying how much I love my job these days! I am genuinely looking forward to welcoming everyone to Portobello Place and getting started with all the activities and events that we have been planning over the past few months, covering everything from fantastic singers here in our home to simple activities like ‘Postcards of Kindness’, a popular initiative that connects people in care homes both locally and across the world via written communication. I can’t wait to welcome you into our home.”

Here at Portobello Place in beautiful Buckinghamshire, Sandra will be organising extravagant weekly events complete with top notch entertainment in the bar bistro, and all our residents’ friends and family members are more than welcome to come and join in the fun – we’ll also be welcoming in members of the local community, so if you fancy coming along to see what all the fuss is about, please do pop in. If you’re considering care in Chartridge for yourself or a loved one, it’ll give you a taste of what life’s like here. All events are completely free of charge, including refreshments, and all we ask is for people to let us know they are coming.

We’ll be announcing our first few events very soon, so keep an eye out! Follow us on Facebook and join our mailing list (there’s a link at the bottom of the page) to stay in the loop and be the first to hear about our brilliant events here at Portobello Place in Chartridge. We hope to see you very soon.

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Recipe of the Week - Portobello Mushrooms on Toast

One of our signature dishes which a rustic essence, can be served as a starter or main course with a salad. The sherry perfumes the dish wonderfully.

Ingredients for 6 people
- 6 thick slices of rustic bread of your liking toasted and buttered
- 1lb Portobello mushrooms sliced
- 8oz Chanterelle mushrooms sliced
- 8oz quartered button mushrooms
- 3 Banana Shallots roughly chopped or sliced
- 2 Crushed garlic cloves
- 3-4 tbsp Olive oil
- 2oz butter
- A good heavy splash of Tio pepe dry sherry
- ¼ pt. Double cream
- Salt & pepper to taste
- Coarsely chopped parsley

Method
This operation is done very quickly and on high heat, just be careful of the hot oil doesn’t slash and when you flambé with the sherry.
1. Heat the olive oil and butter in a large frying pan.
2. Add the shallots and soften quickly.
3. Add the mushrooms and garlic and sauté quickly.
4. Splash with the sherry, careful it may catch alight because of the alcohol content.
5. Add your double cream and season to taste, reduce for 2-3 minutes.
6. Place the toasted bread on individual plates and divide the mushrooms over the top, sprinkle with the chopped parsley.

Tips
You can add some spinach leaves after you have added your mushrooms and use Brandy or Madeira instead of the sherry. This is like a mushroom stroganoff; you can add a tablespoon of paprika with the mushrooms and serve it with rice or mixed into some cooked pasta.

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Some of the best Chilterns countryside near our home

Have you heard of Hughenden? If you haven’t then you’re about to see a whole new world as it’s one of our favourite National Trust properties – and it happens to be rather close to Portobello Place care home in Chartridge.

Hughenden is a Victorian Manor and was home to Benjamin Disraeli, who you may know as Queen Victoria’s favourite Prime Minister. As his home from 1848 to 1881, this spectacular building has seen political drama, royal visits and holds a variety of secrets too, with Disraeli known for his captivating personality and rather colourful private life.

In addition to the fantastic collection of personal memorabilia inside, there’s all sorts to explore outside, with over 680 acres to discover. With Italianate-style formal gardens, terraces, lawns, beech woodlands and landscape views in the parkland, the whole place is waiting to be explored.

At Portobello Place, we’re so pleased to be just 20 minutes away from Hughenden, and we can’t wait to take our residents and those here for respite care to this stunning estate soon.

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A trip to the world's oldest original model village

It’s great having so many wonderful attractions so close to our care home here in Buckinghamshire – although being so spoilt for choice can make it difficult to decide where to go first – and Bekonscot Model Village & Railway is one of our favourites. 

Open seven days a week from mid-February to early November, this historic Gauge 1 model railway is famous for being one of the first in the country and offers a fantastic day out for people of all ages. For the residents of Portobello Place, especially those who grew up locally, it offers a real trip down memory lane – just in miniature!

Opening for the first time in 1929, Bekonscot Model Village and Railway is stuck in a 1930s-time warp. But it’s not just a model village – there’s also 1.5 acres of wonderful gardens to wander around, with the railway weaving through the greenery. Interestingly enough, back in the ’80s, Bekonscot was regularly visited by Princess Diana with Princes William and Harry!

If you’ve never been before, it’s well worth a visit! And you’ll be joining the 15,000,000+ people who have visited since it opened its doors all those years ago. Better yet, as Bekenscot is operated by the Roland Callingham Foundation, their income is shared with charitable organisation and to date, they have donated over £5.5 million to various local charities, including health and educational endeavours, and church and community groups.

At Portobello Place, we’re pleased to be able to visit Bekonscot in the warmer seasons and we’re looking forward to going along soon. After all, it’s only 10 miles away so we should make the most of this miniature world away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.

If you like the sound of our trips at Portobello Place, get in touch today and find out how we can help you lead a happy and fulfilling life in our home.


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Practically perfect performances right on our doorstep

Just down the road from Portobello Place in Chesham is the Elgiva Theatre, which puts on theatre, film and music events. We’re lucky to have such a fantastic facility so close by, and we’re planning on taking residents to the theatre from time to time once we’re up and running.

The venue boasts a wide-ranging programme comprising all sorts of professional and amateur productions, along with top comedy, musicals, ballet and dance, one-night shows, an annual pantomime, an eclectic range of Hollywood blockbusters, exhibitions, and even weddings and other public and private events! There really is something for everyone, and we’re sure the people who call Portobello Place their home will love it.

You’ll find the Elgiva right in the heart of Chesham, and it really is a great theatre with a very personal feel. There’s a café too, serving up tasty treats all day, so be sure to pop in and have a look around – you might manage to see a show or a film while you’re there too!

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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!