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Bake Off judge Prue Leith gives hospitals food advice

Bake Off judge Prue Leith urges hospital bosses to let patients eat when they want

  • Hospital bosses have been urged to abandon set meal times to help patientws
  • Three patients die in the NHS every day as a result of malnutrition, it is claimed
  • A report suggested patients should have an iPad to order their own food 

Hospital bosses have been urged by Bake Off judge Prue Leith to abandon set meal times in an effort to encourage patients to eat.

A team of experts headed by the celebrity chef was asked to undertake a root-and-branch review into hospital food by Health Secretary Matt Hancock.

It follows mounting complaints and NHS figures showing three patients die every day as a result of malnutrition.

Bake Off judge Prue Leith to abandon set meal times in an effort to encourage patients to eat

There has been criticism over the quality of food served in hospitals in the country 

The team’s 93-page report seen by The Mail on Sunday, also calls for ‘dinnertime companions’, communal dining areas and ‘cutting sandwiches into quarters and adding a garnish’. It says patients should be given iPads to order meals online.

But last night, health professionals poured scorn on the idea.

Dr Jim Stewart, a consultant gastroenterologist, said the report was ‘missing the fundamental complexity involved with feeding sick people’. And Wendy-Ling Relph, matron for nutrition at East Kent University Hospital Trust, said that many of the recommendations were unrealistic.

She said: ‘Wards are busier than ever, with patients sicker than they have ever been.

‘Most patients don’t want to move far from their bed – and are too sick to do so.’

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Ex-Jets ready to give up on Sam Darnold for Trevor Lawrence

The consensus among the players who played on the 1996 Jets that went 1-15 on what the 2020 Jets, who are on a potential track to finish 0-16 and get the No. 1-overall draft pick, is that it’s time for a change at quarterback — if they can land Clemson’s Trevor Lawrence.

The former players say if the Jets earn the No. 1 pick and have a chance to draft Lawrence, it’s a no-brainer: Take him and move on from Sam Darnold.

“I’m going to be real with you: I don’t think Darnold is the one,’’ former cornerback Ray Mickens told The Post. “I think the Jets need to do everything they can to get Trevor Lawrence. True franchise quarterbacks don’t come around but like once in a decade. Trevor Lawrence is the next guy — a franchise-changing quarterback.’’

Mickens, whose son, RJ, is a freshman at Clemson, and former Jets safety Victor Green, who has known Lawrence since the quarterback’s high school days, are close to the situation.

Both believe Lawrence can turn around the Jets.

“You’ve got to take that guy,’’ Mickens said. “When you talk about a guy like [coach Bill] Parcells coming in to change the program [from ’96], there ain’t no other coach out there like Parcells that’s going to change the Jets program. You’re going to need a player to change it. Whatever coach that comes in there, if you don’t have that quarterback, it ain’t going to matter.’’

Green’s son Elijah was on the Blessed Trinity high school team that handed Lawrence his second and last high school defeat (Lawrence has just one loss in two-plus seasons at Clemson), in 2017, and is now at North Carolina.

“We beat Trevor Lawrence here in the high school state title; that was his only loss,’’ Green said. “I had to scout him because I was coaching DBs at the time at my son’s high school team and I said back then, ‘This dude is going to be the first-overall pick.’ That was when he was in high school. So, I’ve known about this kid for a long time and I’m a pretty good judge of personnel, and look where he is. He will be the first pick. If this Jets team goes 0-16, they’ve got to take Trevor Lawrence.’’

Former linebacker Marvin Jones, the head coach of the Arena Football League’s Omaha Beef for the past three years, said, “Sam Darnold is damaged good right now. … It’s going to be hard for him to turn his career around.’’

Former Jets linebacker Chad Cascadden, who serves as a Jets analyst on SNY, said, “If I’m the GM and I have the No. 1 pick, I’m taking Lawrence and I’m moving on from Sam. If they get the shot at Trevor Lawrence they start anew, with a rejuvenated fan base; if I’m a Jets fan, I’m back in.’’

The one Lawrence dissenter to the move-on-from-Darnold group The Post spoke to among the ’96 Jets was former receiver Keyshawn Johnson, who like Darnold is a former USC product.

“This whole notion that they need to get rid of Sam Darnold is crazy to me,’’ said Johnson, who now hosts a national radio show for ESPN. “He doesn’t have anybody to play with. I am not of the belief that Trevor Lawrence is the answer.’’

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Give your Sunday lunch a lift with recipes to help feed the whole family a feast

DARKER days do not have to put a halt to delicious dining.

Tasty roast dinners with all the trimmings can make a welcome return to our tables.

With great deals on popular meats, you can enjoy a roast one day, use leftovers in a curry the next and stretch to cold-cuts for lunch or sandwiches.

Give your Sunday lunch a lift with Yorkshire puds or cauliflower cheese, then finish it all off with a comforting dessert. Yum.

Try out the excellent recipes below, from


Buy two for £6 on Tesco beef brisket joint in gravy and Tesco pork belly with apple sauce, each priced at £3.50 and serving two.

Save a third on British topside of beef at Morrisons until Sunday, down from £13 per kilo to £8.65.

Morrisons’ British roast pork loin joint is down from £6 per kilo to £5 until Sunday.

Save £3 per kilo on a Sainsbury’s half leg of lamb, now £8.50 per kilo.

If you’d prefer a bird you can get a ready-prepped roast chicken dinner for one at Asda for £2.40, or buy three for £5.50.

A whole 1.4kg British chicken at Morrisons is £3.

At Iceland you can buy four frozen joints for £10, including chicken breast, 525g, £3, pork leg, 600g, £3, and turkey breast, 525g, £3.50.

Side dishes

Get more roasties for less with Morrisons wonky potatoes, 2.5kg, down from £1 to 80p.

Grab your greens with a Morrisons savoy cabbage, now 49p, down from 65p.

Asda has McCain frozen roast potatoes for less than half price, down from £2.29 to £1.

Save 75p on Aunt Bessie’s honey glazed roasted parsnips at Asda, now £1.

Sainsbury’s roast potatoes with goose fat, 450g, are down from £2.70 to £2.

Tesco has 15 ready-baked Yorkshire puddings from the Hearty Food Co. for 50p.


For a proper winter warmer, Morrisons’ sticky toffee sponge pudding, 400g, is down from £2.50 to £2.25.

A chocolately treat is Asda’s two Belgian chocolate millionaire’s desserts, £2.50 or part of an £8 meal deal with two mains, a side and a dessert.

Get a taste of the US with Sainsbury’s New York cheesecake, down from £3.25 to £2.50.

Pot-roast beef with cranberry and port

This rich beef dish is great for a special meal. Serve with creamy mash with a little horseradish, and veg of your choice.

Serves eight

Prep time: 30 minutes

Cooking time: 3 hours


  • 1 tbsp sunflower oil
  • 1.8 kg topside or silverside of beef
  • 4 tbsp cranberry sauce
  • 150ml port
  • 500ml beef stock
  • 2 red onions, peeled and cut into wedges
  • 500g Chantenay carrots, scrubbed and trimmed
  • 3 sprigs fresh thyme


  1. Heat the oven to 170C/150C fan/Gas 3.
  2. Using a large flameproof casserole dish heat the oil and fry the beef joint, turning to cover ever surface, to seal the meat.
  3. Mix together the cranberry sauce, port and stock and pour over the beef.
  4. Add the onion wedges and carrots to the stock, season and bring to the boil.
  5. Cover the pan and roast in the oven for three hours, removing the lid for the final 30 minutes of cooking.
  6. Garnish with the sprigs of thyme.

Super-crunchy apple crumble

Serves six

Preparation time: 30 minutes

Cooking time: 30 minutes


  • 175g golden granulated sugar
  • 450g apples, peeled, cored and chopped
  • 1 stick cinnamon
  • 3 cloves
  • 250g plain flour
  • 125g unsalted butter, chilled and cut into cubes
  • 100g crunchy granola
  • 750g custard, to serve


  1. Preheat the oven to 180C/fan 160C/gas 5. Put the apples in a large pan with the sugar, cinnamon, cloves and a little cold water.
  2. Bring to the boil, reduce the heat and simmer until soft. Remove from the heat and tip into an ovenproof dish. Remove the cinnamon stick and cloves.
  3. In a large bowl, add the chilled butter to the flour and gently rub in with your fingertips until the mixture resembles breadcrumbs.
  4. Add the sugar and granola and stir well. Use to top the apple mixture.
  5. Bake in the oven for 20-25 minutes until golden and crunchy. Serve with warm custard.

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Beauty and Fashion

Couple give their bedroom a pink and grey makeover using bargains from The Range & save hundreds

A COUPLE have revealed how they gave their bedroom a pink and grey makeover, using bargains from The Range.

Chrissy Shaw, 25, and Callum Robertson, 28, from Portsmouth, scoured Amazon, Dunelm, Wowcher and Next for cheap ways to do up the room – saving hundreds in the process.

Opening up about her savvy tips to Best Bargain Finds, Chrissy said: "My beauty stool was a DIY project for our bedroom.

"I knew I wanted a white faux fur fluffy stool so I started Googling and saw prices in 3 digits – there was no way I was going to spend that!

"Instead, I bought a stool from The Range for £19.99 and used a faux fur rug from Amazon which I already had from Christmas last year, costing £15.69.

"I then used a staple gun to wrap the top of the stool with the rug and staple it together underneath. As I already had the rug this then only cost me £20."

Chrissy added: “You can get super nice things for really affordable prices.

"Similar styles to our side tables retail online for over £100 each – we got ours from The Range for only £40 each and we bought crystal styled handle knobs from The Range too to change them over to look fancier."

Chrissy bought her duck feather and down duvet and pillow from Wowcher – where you can pick up similar items from £12, or around a third of the original price.

Her bedding set and pink bed runner is from Dunelm. While the white throw is from Next and the cushions are from Dusk.

Chrissy and Callum also splashed out on a new bed from The Luxury Bed Company, their biggest investment at £899.

The rest of the upgrades cost £300.

You can follow Chrissy on Instagram here.

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Arsenal GIVE UP on Thomas Partey transfer with deal for Houssem Aouar also dead in double deadline day blow

ARSENAL have GIVEN UP in their bid to sign Thomas Partey – with the proposed deal for Houssem Aouar also dead in the water, according to reports.

Gunners boss Mikel Arteta has been desperately chasing a new central midfielder this summer.

But after narrowing his targets down to Partey and Aouar, Arsenal appear to miss out on BOTH in a monster deadline day blow.

The North Londoners now look set to go without reinforcements until January at the earliest.

Arsenal registered an interest in both Partey and Aouar as early as June.

However, after balking at Partey's £45million release clause at Atletico Madrid, Arteta turned his attention to Aouar.

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Lyon quickly slapped a price-tag of around £50m on their captain, with Arsenal attempting to negotiate a better deal.

Reports claim the Gunners offered £32.6m AND outcast Matteo Guendouzi to sweeten the deal.

However, the Ligue 1 giants were unimpressed and the Gunners appear to have now run out of time to conclude a deal.

Aouar then dealt the Premier League side a blow after starting his side's Ligue 1 clash against Marseille on Sunday.

Arsenal are also still unwilling to shell out £45m for Partey and will give up on making any more signings, according to the Mirror.

The news will come as a huge blow to both Arteta and Gooners.

Fans had been desperately praying for new blood in the middle of the park after an abject showing last season.

Guendouzi now looks set to join Hertha Berlin on loan after falling out with Arteta.

And Lucas Torreira, too, is on the brink of joining Atletico Madrid having passed his medical at the club.

To rub salt into the wound, Chelsea have now registered a late interest in Partey.

The Blues hope to take advantage of their London rivals' dithering with yet another big-money signing this summer.

Chelsea are expected to let Jorginho leave on deadline day, with Kante also linked with a shock exit.

Frank Lampard sees Partey as the perfect replacement, while he is also being linked with Declan Rice.

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