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Featured Recipe
Savoury Bread Pudding with Lots of Veg

*   oil or oil spray, for greasing your dish

*  150 g (approximately) day-old bread, crusts removed & cut into cubes

*    1 tbsp olive oil

*    1 onion (red or brown), finely chopped

*    2 cloves garlic, minced

*    1 red or green pepper,
deseeded and chopped finely
*    100 g shiitake or chestnut
mushrooms, finely sliced, or well minced if you have trouble swallowing (or you could use porcini mushrooms for a really earthy taste)

*    75 g shredded and finely chopped kale or similar dark green vegetable

*    2 heaped tsp dried mixed herbs (Provencal style is great)

*    4 eggs, beaten

*    250 ml skimmed milk

*    50 ml low-fat crème fraiche/sour cream

*    2 tbsps fresh chives, chopped (optional)

*    salt and pepper, to taste

*    50 g strong cheddar cheese, shredded


1.    Spray or paint a one litre baking dish (approximately 27×18) with a little oil. Preheat the oven to 180C. Pop the bread cubes into the oiled baking dish and set aside.

2.    Heat the oil in a large frying pan. Gently sauté the onions until soft, then add the remaining vegetables and the dried herbs. Cook on a medium heat for about five minutes, until all are starting to soften. Add a dash of stock or water to help the vegetables soften (although the mushroom and kale may release enough liquid).  Decant the cooked vegetables in to the baking dish. If you need to, whiz in a blender or food processor.

3.    In a medium mixing bowl whisk together the milk, crème fraiche, chives and the eggs, adding about 1 tsp of salt and a large pinch of pepper. Pour this mixture over the vegetable topped bread cubes. Gently press the mixture into the bread and allow to soak up for about five minutes. Sprinkle over the cheese and bake in the preheated oven for about 25-30 minutes. Allow to cool slightly before serving warm with a simple green salad or some cooked peas. Pass the ketchup! Need more calories? Add another tablespoon of oil, and use full-fat dairy.

Serves 2 generously
What We Do


Quick Guide to Understanding E. coli

There are 6 different pathotypes of E. coli that cause diarrhea.

E. coli consists of a diverse group of bacteria. Pathogenic E. coli strains are categorized into pathotypes. Six pathotypes are associated with diarrhea and collectively are referred to as diarrheagenic E. coli.

  • Shiga toxin-producing E. coli (STEC)-STEC may also be referred to as Verocytotoxin-producing E. coli (VTEC) or enterohemorrhagic E. coli (EHEC). This pathotype is the one most commonly heard about in the news in association with foodborne outbreaks.
  • Enterotoxigenic E. coli
  • Enteropathogenic E. coli (EPEC)
  • Enteroaggregative E. coli (EAEC)
  • Enteroinvasive E. coli (EIEC)
  • Diffusely adherent E. coli (DAEC)
Some E. coli cause disease by making a toxin called Shiga toxin. The bacteria that make these toxins are called "Shiga toxin-producing" E. coli, or STEC, for short.

The most commonly identified STEC in North America is E. coli O157:H7

Other E. coli in the STEC group, including O145, are sometimes called "non-O157 STECs

About the Illness

People usually get sick from STEC within 2 to 8 days after swallowing the organism.

Most people develop diarrhea (often bloody) and abdominal cramps.

Most illnesses resolve on their own within 7 days. Some illnesses last longer and can be more severe.

Most people recover within a week but, rarely, people with severe infection may be sick for a long time.

Postdiarrheal hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS), a type of kidney failure, can begin as the diarrhea is improving. HUS can occur in people of any age but is most common in children under 5 years old and the elderly.

For more information on E coli visit the following link:

Elderly Depression and the Holidays

Holiday depression sometimes affects all of us as we get caught up into planning and attending holiday parties, reacquainting ourselves with old friends, and finding the time to shop for gifts, planning family reunions and get-togethers. However, for many individuals, and most especially seniors, the holidays can be especially sad and depressing.
  • Common Symptoms of Elderly Depression during the Holidays.
  • Change in sleeping habits
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Apathy or lethargy
  • Change of appetite
  • Loss of interest in activities
  • Loss of interest in socializing

Of course, there are more, and individuals who know how mom or dad usually act are usually the first to pick up on cues or clues that something isn't right. Picking up on such clues is essential in order to help provide seniors with the attention and care needed to prevent serious repercussions and side effects of depression.

Please visit to find the best ways to combat elderly depression during the holidays.

About Us


Desert Care Management is a professional firm focused on helping families provide the best quality of life for aging, disabled, or mentally ill loved ones. Care Manager, Heather Frenette, has over 18 years of experience assisting Arizona families deal with parents and loved ones suffering from dementia, mental illness, or developmental disabilities. When it comes to important decisions regarding care services, living arrangements or ongoing management, don't feel alone. The professionals at Desert Care Management can provide your family with an assessment and develop a care plan to meet your loved ones needs.



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