Greene King partners with Macmillan to develop simple but delicious Christmas recipes for people living with cancer
Cancer sufferers who struggle to eat over the festive period have been given a helping hand by Greene King.
The brewing giant has embraced the season of giving and joined forces with its charity partner Macmillan Cancer Support to develop easy-to-follow Christmas recipes for those who have difficulty eating.
The project was set up to help people cope with cancer and manage the emotional impact by giving them a way to enjoy a Christmas meal with their friends and family.
Rooney Anand, chief executive officer at Greene King, said: “We’ve partnered with Macmillan for more than six years now, and our teams have done an incredible job in raising more than £4m so far. But this is a positive new way for us to support people with cancer. We were pleased to be able to offer our expertise and professional kitchen facilities to make a positive impact on the lives of people living with cancer this Christmas.”
The new recipes, which are available at www.macmillan.org.uk/christmasrecipes, were tested by people living with the disease and their families at Greene King’s food development kitchen to ensure that they fit the ‘simple but delicious’ brief.
Peter Harbrecht-Parker, food development manager at Greene King, said: “Creating these recipes with Macmillan was a really exciting opportunity for the team. I started with some of my favourite Christmas dishes, and then worked closely with Macmillan to tailor the ingredients and method and make sure they were ideal for people with cancer.”
Each of the tasty creations caters to a certain obstacle that cancer sufferers may face when eating, including difficulty to swallow, loss of appetite, being on a liquid diet and experiencing taste changes.
Recipes include creamy mash, fruit trifle, parsnip and honey soup, pig and fig stuffing and nutmeg and orange rice pudding.
Jo Pain, Macmillan dietitian, said: “As a consequence of their treatment, some people with cancer may experience a dry and sore mouth, or have difficulty swallowing, so we have created delicious soft options and soups.
“We know many people with cancer have low energy, so we’ve also ensured these recipes are simple to prepare and cook too.”