CARE home residents enjoyed the best of traditional British cuisine from steak and kidney pie to rice pudding.

The event, at Abigail Lodge Care Home and Redwell Hills Care Home, Consett, and Hallgarth Care Home, Durham, supported British Food Fortnight to celebrate local produce.

Food plays an important role in the Four Season care homes, where it can be used to bring back fond memories as well as providing comfort, stimulation and nutrition.

This aids in health and wellbeing and is especially important for the brain in older age.

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Residents voted for their favourite meal from a specially crafted menu of heritage dishes, with bangers and mash chosen as the most loved.

The term bangers was coined during World War I when meat shortages meant that sausages were made with high water content, causing them to explode during cooking.

Resident Nora Gilliver, 99, said: “I really enjoyed helping chef in the kitchen and chatting about my favourite meals when I was young.

"I remember my Nan would always make a nice rice pudding every Tuesday when I went for lunch.”

John Bridgeman, Food Development Chef at Four Seasons Health Care Group, said: “Our residents really enjoy the nostalgia that comes with having a meal that is special to them; it gets everyone talking and is a wonderful occasion to share memories.

"We’re very pleased to support British Food Fortnight which celebrates the sustainable and environment enhancing food produced here in Britain.”


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