Good news for people with dementia in the New Forest
A very special recipe book: a culinary ‘time capsule’ of Sway and the New Forest during the pandemic.
Sway-based arts charity SPUD has published a very special recipe book, the thinking behind which is to connect generations by sharing thoughts about what it is like to cook in times of uncertainty. Read below how this project has proved thoroughly entertaining and enjoyable for residents of Colten Care's Linden House specialist dementia care home in Lymington.
Meanwhile SPUD has more in the pipeline about which we'll report next week, an ambitious project to create a fabulous new "living room" - a bespoke space for people with dementia to engage in creative activities specifically designed for their needs.
Care home residents’ wartime memories add spice to ‘lockdown cookbook’
Residents at Linden House care home in Lymington have been enabled to rekindle personal memories of life during wartime to contribute ideas for a forthcoming community cookbook.
One of the Linden recipes, contributed by a resident called Helen, is for chicken soup with dumplings known as kreplach, a favourite in Jewish households around the world.
Helen said: “We often referred to chicken soup as ‘Jewish penicillin’. If ever you were feeling unwell you could always be assured that after a bowl of soup you would feel much better.
“On my wedding day I was given a present of a cookbook written by the Jewish food writer Florence Greenberg which included the soup and kreplach recipe. I passed it onto my son to enable him to continue our Jewish traditions.”
Pat said: “Christmas was always an especially exciting and magical time and I remember my mother swapping and pooling ingredients so that the cake could be made. I loved standing beside her, stirring the mix, adding sixpences, making a wish and, of course, as all children love to do, scraping out the bowl and giving my approval.
“I also remembered fondly being told by my mother to sit in the corner of the kitchen in the big rocking chair, so I didn’t get in the way of friends who would visit the family. Our large kettle was always on the range boiling for the many pots of tea that would be made and drunk day and night.”
Jonathan Oldfield, SPUD ‘Artist Out Of Residence’, said he was already sharing the recipes from Linden House even before the book is finished.
He said: “We want to pass on recipe ideas from older people in the community that may be taken up by younger generations, for example families with young children, during this strange and socially distanced time.
“The idea has already generated a great deal of interest and we hope the book will become a culinary ‘time capsule’ of Sway and the New Forest during the pandemic.
“It was inspired by a leather-bound collection of recipes I have at home that originally belonged to my great grandmother Gladys Mabel Beard.
“I’ve chosen the title ‘Using Dried Eggs: The Lockdown Cookbook’, as she had scribbled ‘using dried eggs’ in a note accompanying a recipe in August 1942, just as wartime rationing was forcing her to alter how she approached cooking.
“Now, in 2020, we are once again a country with so many people kept indoors and having to rethink how we shop, cook and live.”
Once finished later this autumn, the cookbook will be kept at spudWORKS for display to the community and there will also be an online version accessible to all.
Find out more about Colten Care's New Forest homes online
With more than 30 years’ experience, Colten Care is an award-winning family-owned care home company. It has 21 quality care homes covering Hampshire, Dorset, Wiltshire and Sussex and offers a range of services spanning residential, nursing and dementia care.
Colten Care operates six residential nursing and care homes in the New Forest, including three in Lymington: Belmore Lodge, Court Lodge and dementia specialist Linden House. There are also homes in Brockenhurst (Woodpecker's), New Milton (Kingfisher's) and Mudeford (Avon Reach). Click on the links to find out more about each home...