March 2004 Newsletter
Happy Saint Patrick’s Day to all
our readers all over Ireland and the World. March is here, the
long evenings are coming back, thanks be to God, and our thoughts
are turning towards doing up our lawns.
During the month of March the clubhouse are going on a Shopping
trip to Carlow, plus a night at the Kildare Drama Festival.
Clubhouse members are busy at present getting ready for our official
opening day some time in May.
If anyone has any articles or comments they would
like to submit please e-mail them to us at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Here we are at the end of another
term in the kitchen. I wish to thank all those members and staff
who have helped me throughout the last two months. And good luck
to Eileen and Caroline, who are coming along after me.
One of my favourite dinners is baked gammon with all the brown
sugar, cloves and honey, but a popular dinner that we have done
this month is honey chicken. Here’s the recipe to serve 4:
3 oz Butter 4 Chicken Fillets
5 fl oz White wine or sherry (Optional) ½ Teaspoon Salt
1 Teaspoon finely chopped fresh ginger 1 Tablespoon Soy Sauce
1 Tablespoon Honey or Golden Syrup 4 Scallions chopped
Place the chicken in a frying pan or roasting pan in which you
have melted the butter and coat the meat thoroughly.
Place in a moderate preheated oven (180o C or 350 F, Gas Mark
4) for 45 – 50 minutes. Remember to baste often during this time.
Mix all remaining ingredients together and pour over the chicken.
Replace in oven and roast for another 30-40 minutes until cooked
through. Continue to baste regularly and serve with the cooking
juices and a selection of vegetables. This dish goes equally well
with creamed potatoes or with pure fluffy rice.
This is my way to the recipe and method.
Choose fresh healthy vegetables. For six portions follow this recipe.
1 onion– diced, 2 cloves of garlic, 1 leek, 2 celery sticks, 1 turnip,
1 carrot, 1 potato, a quarter of a head of Dutch cabbage. Break
up some spaghetti. Use 4 chopped tomatoes and 2 tbsp of tomato puree.
Method…….Sweat off your onion, until transparent with some butter
or oil. Then add remainder of vegetables. Make up 2 pints of vegetable
stock and add to Saucepan. Bring to the boil and add puree, cook
out and serve.
I have spent many happy times in Prague. I go there
about twice a year with my family. Prague is the capital of the
Czech Republic, in the past both Slovakia and the Czech republic
were called Czechoslovakia. Prague has many interesting places including
Charles Bridge, which has a large market on it and leads to a castle
on a hill. If you are going out in the evening I recommend an Irish
pub called Rocky O’Reilly's, it has live music and a great menu.
Thanks to all staff and members who were actively
involved in the formation of our Service Plan for 2004 and our Annual
Review for 2003. Meetings have taken place regarding Platinum Clubhouse’s
Official Opening. The Proposed dates are for the month of May this
year. A list of possible attendees has been put forward, and a draft
of our proposed invitation are in the process of being designed.
Anyone who has ideas or suggestions, We would be delighted to receive
them and forward them to our official committee. Next month all
articles for the Newsletter will be greatly received, So come on
please and forward your ideas to us at the Administration Unit.
How to get rid of scratches on a CD,
rub CD with Peanut Butter
How to perk up cut flowers
Add 7up soft drink to the water and within a few hours they
will perk up.
Stay tuned every month for our Tips
Saint Patrick’s Day.
Paddy’s day is here,
We celebrate with joy,
All of you have no fear,
St Patrick is in our cry,
Our patron Saint of Ireland,
And the blessings you past on,
Three leaf Shamrock in your hand,
Guided our nation to grow.
Q: Why is it that every time the
doorbell rings the dog goes into the corner?
A: He's a boxer.
Q: What does an arctophile collect?
A: Teddy bears.
Q: What's the cats favourite holiday resort?
A: The canary Islands.
Q: In which game do you try to move backwards all the time?
A: Tug of war.
“Doctor doctor, I feel like a spoon.”
"Sit down and don't stir".
Employment and Education.
Members have started a number of new courses this
spring, for example, Art, life skills, Photography, and computer
Staff are also doing courses, Beauty Treatment,
E. C. D. L. and Massage Course.
We wish members continued success in their employment.
The Employment files are being re-arranged and are now more user
friendly for everyone to access.
Job Development is ongoing. However there is
a down turn in the economy at the moment and new jobs are hard to
The views, opinions and beliefs expressed in this newsletter are not
necessarily the views of Platinum Clubhouse. Any articles, items or
pictures in this newsletter may only be reproduced following permission
from Platinum Clubhouse.
Contributors: Tom, Seamus, Robert, Paddy,
Editorial Team: Stephen, Mary, Caroline and Philip.