The air was filled with the aroma of spices and our mouths watered in anticipation.
We mused about what it might feel like under the shady leaves of a eucalyptus tree on what turned out to be a blissfully hot day and how peaceful and calming the garden we had just visited was. Earlier a guided tour by CEO Peter Ellis of Richard House Children’s Hospice really made clear the incredible support it gives to families on their journey with the hospice.
The hospice has many sensitively designed places where families can quietly remember.
Our tour ended, we were sitting in the dining room prepping vegetables, pears and beetroot which became a flavour packed power drink the first of several delicious items to emerge from the kitchen. How did we find ourselves experiencing one of our more unusual Monday mornings?
Chef Moshe Basson of the Eucalyptus Restaurant was in London, a star chef in his home town of Jerusalem, he was here to demonstrate his cuisine for the Gefiltefest food festival, and took the opportunity to visit Richard House to cook for some of the volunteers, children, friends of the hospice, staff and families of the hospice. Elise Steinberg from the Israeli Embassy accompanying Rony Yehudite Clein, made a very able sous chef.
Caring is a topic very close to Moshe Basson’s heart alongside having an encyclopedic knowledge of spices, fruits and vegetables. His cooking was interspersed with stories as powerful as the spices he used. He is renowned for serving a modern interpretation of biblical cuisine using local and wild herbs.
If you’ve been wondering why Israeli Chefs are winning key food awards in London at the moment,
a mouthful of Shakshuka will answer the question!
You must eat your greens took on a new meaning ….
If you are not already familiar with Richard House Children’s hospice, it is in the heart of Beckton and provides specialist care for babies, children and young adults who have life-limiting, life-threatening or complex health conditions. They believe it is crucial that all the family are fully supported. That’s why their nurse-led team of clinicians, therapists, specialists and counsellors are dedicated to providing a range of support services to parents, siblings and the wider family during their time with the hospice.
Their services include personalised health care, short breaks for families, play specialist support, music therepy, leisure and social activities, berevement support, spiritual care and much more. They focus is on providing an environment where families can create happy, positive experiences and memories together. Richard House aims to consider the physical, social, emotional and spiritual needs of each family that comes through their door. Their services are free to the 300 families they support across the capital.
Chef Basson asked if he enjoyed cooking at the hospice answered
“I loved cooking for these beautiful children and their parents.
It is important to cherish the parents as well as the children.”
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