The esteemed community care provider, Meals on Wheels NSW, has joined forces with the accomplished pastry chef, Christopher Thé (Hearthe), to craft a unique brain-friendly cake. This collaboration aims to shed light on the prevalent issue of cognitive decline among senior Australians while incorporating ingredients believed to enhance cognition.

Named “The Unforgettable Cake,” this creation artfully combines brain-boosting elements such as beetroot, spinach, turmeric, olive oil, and blueberries, along with a selection of native ingredients curated by Thé (full list provided below). The cake not only delivers a harmonious blend of flavor, texture, and nutrition but also serves as a tribute to the 70th anniversary of Meals on Wheels in Australia. Its development involved collaboration with leading nutrition and brain health experts, including Professor Dr. Johannes le Coutre, UNSW Professor in Food & Health; Professor Kaarin Anstey, Senior Principal Research Scientist at NeuRA and Director of the UNSW Ageing Futures Institute; and Sharon Lawrence, Accredited Practising Dietitian and Board Member of Meals on Wheels NSW.

Professor le Coutre, drawing upon his expertise in food and nutrition science, found the venture into conceptualizing a cake to be a novel and engaging experience. The Unforgettable Cake is scheduled for delivery to selected Meals on Wheels clients starting from Wednesday, November 22. Additionally, individual slices will be available for purchase from Hearthe at $10, with $1 from each sale earmarked for donation to Meals on Wheels NSW.

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