Chocolate Brownies

Who doesn't enjoy a chocolate brownie or two? At Los Olivos residential rehabilitation center, we encourage cooking as an activity to aid the recovery process.


Lemon Cheesecake

A classic dessert, this tasty cheesecake is a favourite with our private rehab residents or "Los Olivians". We find that people gain a feeling of self worth and pride from spending time in the kitchen and that this has gone a long way towards our process of healing.

You can top your cheesecake with fruit and a little heated jam as a glaze. To make a chocolate or coffee cheesecake, don’t use the lemon and add either melted chocolate or a small strong coffee at stage 5.


  • Time: 1.30
  • Complexity: easy
  • Origin: Deserts

Pumpkin Pie

In the spirit of Thanksgiving here is the classic pumpkin pie. I love being with my family and giving thanks. I really like that it is probably the only holiday in America that isn’t commercial. It’s fantastic that it hasn’t been taken over that way, you know? It’s really important that that doesn’t happen. Giving thanks, it’s awesome.

This dish is a real favourite with our American guests in residential rehabilitation as it is a little reminder of home and is equally enjoyed by the other nationalities. Guests at Los Olivos often find it hard to be away from family and friends at this time of year, with Christmas fast approaching, however if the hard work is put in now next year should be a very special celebration.

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