One of my very first blogs was about research designed to encourage people in hospital to eat more SEAWEED…….. which didn’t seem like too good an idea at the time. (See blog in the archive dated 1 May 2010).
Now nearly two years later and with the involvement of Micheline starred restauranteur, Heston Blumenthal, the results of the Reading University research are reported as “fantastic”.
There are suggestions that these appetising ingredients could be used to improve broths and stews throughout the NHS. No doubt it’s just a matter of time before more exotic dishes like “Shark’s Fin Soup” get added to the menu.
The super chef has some other interesting ideas:-
- “Change the lighting” – presumably so patients can see what they are eating
- “Change the colour” – although no blood-red rare beef
- “Put some smell into the room” – in most geriatric wards they seem to do that already
- “Inject a bit of fun” – a rather unfortunate choice of verb
Can the Department of Health seriously be paying for this novel and nonsensical research?
Oh, and what other important thing:-
I wonder if anyone has pointed out to Heston that NO-ONE BOTHERS TO FEED THE ELDERLY IN THE NHS.