John Anthony at Birchwood


Our in-house chef, John, shares his top recipes

At Birchwood House we’re lucky enough to have our own in-house chef, John Anthony. He comes with a wealth of catering experience and some of you may have had the pleasure to partake in his legendary roasts at the Masonic Hall.

Chef John cooks all food for residents from scratch in our kitchen here at Birchwood House. We understand the importance of healthy and well-balanced meals for all of our residents, which is why all dishes are made with fresh ingredients sourced from a local supplier and supplemented by vegetables from our own plot in our nine-acre grounds. We hope you enjoy recreating these in your own kitchens!


Most recent recipes

  • The Most Scrumptious Chocolate Pear Pudding
    The Most Scrumptious Chocolate Pear Pudding Our delicious Chocolate Pear Pudding recipe is a delightful indulgence. It is a perfect blend of rich cocoa and juicy pears that will enchant your taste buds with every spoonful. Ingredients 200g butter, plus extra for greasing 300g golden caster sugar 4 large eggs 75g plain flour 50g cocoa powder 410g can pear halves inContinue reading “The Most Scrumptious Chocolate Pear Pudding”
  • Sticky Toffee Pudding
    Sticky Toffee Pudding Sticky toffee pudding (or sticky date pudding) is a date-filled dessert and classic English-style pudding, consisting of moist sponge cake that is covered in a sweet toffee sauce. It is often served with fresh cream or chilly vanilla ice 9cream and is always a crowd-pleaser! Ingredients for the pudding 200g pitted dates, roughlyContinue reading “Sticky Toffee Pudding”
  • Easy weeknight recipe for chicken in white wine sauce
    Chicken in white wine wauce This creamy chicken dish is both light yet hearty, making it a great meal to bridge the gap between winter and spring. Ingredients 2 chicken breasts 1 large onion 2 garlic cloves 200g/7oz mushrooms, about 10–15 mushrooms knob unsalted butter pinch dried mixed herbs 250ml/9fl oz white wine 250ml/9fl oz single cream To serve A salad or vegetables of yourContinue reading “Easy weeknight recipe for chicken in white wine sauce”
  • 5 Step Banana Pavlova
    5 Step Banana Pavlova This banoffee-inspired Banana Pavlova is crunchy, soft, and sweet all at once. It’s best described as mini one-layer cakes made from meringues that are crispy on the outside and marshmallowy inside. The base can be topped in true banoffee-style with cream, banana, chocolate and caramel, or you can opt for aContinue reading “5 Step Banana Pavlova”
  • The Best Chocolate Brownies
    The Best Chocolate Brownies One of our favourite desserts here at Birchwood House is this deliciously creamy lemon posset. Another classic sweet treat we love are these melt-in-your-mouth brownies, which have the perfect mix of a warm, gooey centre and crispy top. They’re a delight year-round, but our residents particularly enjoy them alongside a warmingContinue reading “The Best Chocolate Brownies”
  • Pea and Chicken Risotto
    Pea and Chicken Risotto This delightful pea and chicken risotto is the perfect winter-warmer dish, full of hearty flavour and a healthy serving of protein. It’s a great addition to any recipe roster as the days grow shorter and colder, and is sure to be a hit just as it is with our residents. IngredientsContinue reading “Pea and Chicken Risotto”
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