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Spicy and delicious, this kedgeree is dead easy to make and perfect for a big family brunch. Some people love peas in a kedgeree and some don’t – it’s up to you. It tastes great either way.


475g/1lb 1oz undyed smoked haddock fillet, cut in half

2 bay leaves

200g/7oz basmati rice, rinsed in cold water and drained

4 free-range eggs

100g/3½ frozen peas (optional)

40g/1½oz butter

1 tbsp sunflower oil

1 onion, finely chopped

1 heaped tbsp medium curry powder

3 tbsp double cream

3 tbsp chopped fresh parsley

½ lemon, juiced

freshly ground black pepper


Preparation method

Place the haddock in a large frying pan, skin-side up. Pour over 500ml/17fl oz water, add the bay leaves and bring the water to a gentle simmer. Cook the fish for 8-10 minutes until it is just done and flakes easily. Drain in a colander set over a bowl, reserving the cooking liquor, and discard the bay leaves.


Pour the cooking liquor into a medium saucepan and stir in the rice. Cover with a lid and bring to the boil. Reduce the heat and simmer the rice very gently for 10 minutes. Turn off the heat and leave the rice covered for 3-5 minutes more. By this time it should have absorbed all the fish liquor.


While the rice is cooking, bring some water to the boil in a medium pan. Add the eggs and cook for eight minutes. Drain them in a sieve under cold running water and when cool enough to handle, peel them carefully and set aside.


Cook the peas, if using, in a small pan of boiling water and drain. Melt the butter with the oil in a large pan and cook the onion over a low hear for five minutes until well softened, stirring occasionally. Add the curry powder and cook for another 3 minutes, stirring constantly.


Place the cooked rice into the pan and stir in the onions. Add the peas, cream, parsley and a few twists of ground black pepper. Flake the fish into chunky pieces and add these to the pan. Gently stir the lemon juice and cook for 1-2 minutes. Cut the eggs into quarters and place them on the rice. Cover the pan with a lid and heat through for 2-3 minutes or until the eggs are warm, then serve.


If not serving immediately, tip the kedgeree into a warm dish and dot with a few cubes of butter. Cover with foil and keep warm in a low oven for up to 20 minutes before serving

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Tessa had just recovered from breast cancer, was in the throes of a painful divorce and would soon be parted from her daughters when they left for university.  Already struggling with three of a woman's worst fears, she couldn't cope with any extra stress.  Yet she found herself offering a home to her 95-year-old father, along with his Zimmer frame, collection of hearing-aid batteries, monogrammed hankies and tins of Black Bullet mints.

Jim can't abide moaners, is given to tactless remarks and, as he's deaf, is definitely not the best listener in the world.  But in the months that followed, his unexpected wisdom and irrepressible ebullience helped heal Tessa's pain.

Told with warmth, wit and honesty, Take Me Home is a master class in life's simple pleasures.



Ex Memoria takes us into a day in the life of Eva, putting us face to face with one person's experience of old age.  Boldly confronted with Eva's lived reality as she weaves together the momentary, the half remembered, and the partly imagined, we witness her troubled past returning to haunt the present.

Ex Memoria is filmed in a way that highlights Eva's view of events.  It invites us to consider what it's like to be an old person with dementia receiving care, trying to make sense of past and present.  Without dictating what we should think or do, it reminds us to reflect, discuss and try to understand.

Staff, Clients, Family and Friends if you would like to borrow this DVD to watch please contact Ngarita.

Ngarita King


Boredom and frustration are common causes of behaviour that we may find challenging in people with dementia.  If the person is occupied and stimulated, the behaviour that you find most challenging may lessen or even stop altogether. 


Some types of activity can help the person you're caring for to express their feelings:

  • Creative writing - use objects that are familiar to the person or group you are with, such as terry towelling nappies, jars of nuts and bolts or sewing box, and talk about the items.  You can write down the different responses on each line and create a
    • Discovering new ways to stimulate the person can be satisfying and may enable staff to think differently about their caring role. 
    poem about each object which can be compiled into a book.
  • Personal Activity Bags - these can be developed in a similar way to a memory box and be personalised with things that are relevant to the individual.  The advantage to a bag is it can be carried around and looked at when the person desires.
  • Photograph and picture box, filled with either personal or general pictures - this provides the opportunity to either recall memories or introduce new topics of conversations.
  • Odd sock basket - sorting, matching items.  Any fabric items can be used.

Ngarita King


I attended The Naidex Care Conference at The NEC in Birmingham.   Handicare who were doing demonstrations on different moving and positioning techniques demonstrated the use of The WendyLett Sheets.  I was so impressed by the possibilities of these sheets I'm telling everyone about them.  It enables a situation where there is usually two carers to move and re position someone who is immobile to reposition and move them using just one carer and depending on client, causing less movement and disruption and or distress at times needed ie not waiting for a second person to come.  Of course there still needs to be an assessment as to suitability for individual.  

The WendyLett family consists of three different WendyLett sheets. WendyLett is a satin sliding sheet and a base sheet to be combined with- WendyLett2Way, a drawsheet for sliding sideways or- WendyLett4Way, a sliding drawsheet for multi-directional sliding. All WendyLett sheets offer the following features and advantages. A comfortable functional material The WendyLett sheets are made of a mixed material fabric. Wonderful, smooth cotton provides for comfort while strong and smart polyester ensures functionality and durability. The quality of the fabric is continuously and carefully monitored with regards to strength, durability, burls, washing properties and non-inflammability.

Communicating and self-instructing design. The colours and patterns of the fabric in the WendyLett sliding and drawsheets are designed to indicate the function of the sheet and thereby also the needs of the user. White and grey stripes and checked patterns communicate in which direction sliding is facilitated and how the sheet should be used. The design also makes the sheets easy to distinguish in the laundry. And, on top of this, the WendyLett sheets look really good. A transfer aid which prevents pressure-related sores using a WendyLett, in small transfers, turning and positioning of users in bed can be performed without friction and shearing damage of the skin of the user. The sheets are made of a very fine material and can favourably be placed on top of a pressure-relieving mattress without compromising the pressure-relieving properties of the mattress. In order to provide the user with maximum comfort, WendyLett have also eliminated all seams across the sheets and made the joint seams of different functional materials really flat and low.  Go to www.handicare.com for pictures and more information on this product and others. 

Ngarita King


Following the announcement in March 2013 of the new National Minimum Training Standards and Codes of Conduct, Skills for Care is awaiting further information from the Department of Health to identify how these will be best used by employers to deliver high quality care and support. For now, we recommend employers continue to use the Common Induction Standards, which directly relate to the National Minimum Training Standards. Likewise, the General Social Care Council's Codes of Practice are still available to download from Skills for Care website whilst information is known about the transition to use of the new Codes of Conduct. Skills for Care will share further information in the near future through our e news and other networks once decisions have been made.

Skills for Care