Filming Starts for Food for the Soul

Filming has begun for Food for the Soul. As you know we launch our new cookbook this summer which will also have a suite of online videos so you can actually see chef Gary O’Hanlon demonstrate them for you.

Food for the Soul will be shot in Gary’s own custom-designed kitchen in conjunction with Crooked Line Films.

What’s also exciting is that we will film a separate set of recipes which do not feature in the book.

“Gary O’Hanlon says, “Food for the Soul embraces all that is good about cooking. Each recipe has its own back-story which will inspire you to cook it. There are three levels of difficulty so there is definitely something for everyone. We want people to go back to cooking great food at home and food that is not to challenging.”

Recipes have been categorised into the following levels of difficulty:

  • Hungry & In a Hurry (easy peasy)
  • Time to Impress (with a little extra time you can cook this)
  • Worth the Effort (follow Gary’s How To Guide and watch the video and you can cook this perfectly)

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Cookery Demonstration at Active Retirement Ireland Trade & Tourism Show

Food for the Soul Cookery Demonstration

Chef Gary O’Hanlon will cook recipes from our forthcoming cookbook Food for the soul at Active Retirement Ireland’s Trade and Tourism Show which takes place in the Radisson Blu Hotel in Galway.

Bluebird Care is partnering with Active Retirement Ireland on a number of events this year. Active Retirement Ireland has 24,500 members in 550 Active Retirement Associations across Ireland.

Be sure to call into the Trade & Tourism Show on Tuesday 8th April in the Radisson Blu Hotel.


Food for the Soul – Eating Yourself Healthy

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Our resident food blogger Chef Gary O’Hanlon is currently finalising his recipes for our recipe book Food for the Soul. We are delighted to announce that award winning food photographer Harry Weir is capturing the essence of the dishes in pictures.

There are a number of reasons why we decided to embark on this latest project, and as the name of the book suggests, food, great food, has a really deep impact on the soul. With this in mind we have compiled this helpful blog post.

For everyone it is extremely important to eat well but especially for older people, people with disabilities and people recovering from illness. It is all about getting the best possible nutritional value. If you fail to keep up a healthy lifestyle there are potentially many unwanted effects, such as weight gain or weight loss. These can then cause difficulty in your day-to-day life including:

  • Reduced mobility
  • Dental problems
  • Social and psychological issues
  • Increased dependence on others
  • Eating habits could be effected
  • Increased health risks


In order to sustain a healthy diet you must:

  • Increase the amount of fruit and vegetables you eat. Preferably four portions a day
  • Eat fibre rich products such as wholegrain breads, rice’s and pastas
  • Cut out any fatty foods, especially saturated fat rich foods such as butter, cheese.
  • Fish should always be included in your diet, have at least one serving a week. It is rich in polyunsaturated fats which help to clear arteries and lower the risk of heart attacks.
  • Have plenty of milk and milk products as they provide protein, vitamins, calcium and other nutrients.


Here is a sneak preview of one of our Food for the Soul dishes. 


Anise orange cured duck leg with beetroot mushroom tarragon and sherry ragout.

Food For the soul dish

New Recipe Book Cooking

A new recipe book published by Bluebird Care and written by award winning chef Gary O’Hanlon is currently in the pipeline.

The publication will be available later this year and will also come with podcasts of demonstrations by Gary for online sharing.

Speaking this week Gary says, “This publication will help older people, carers and family members prepare healthy, nutritious and mouth-watering food.  The sections include:

Top Tips for Beginners, Sneaky Shortcuts, Cooking for One, Breakfast, Easy Snacks, Making Leftovers Tasty, Freezer Friendly, Soups, Breads and Treats and Bulk Recipes.”

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