Culinary creative residents at a Sanctuary Care home in Bromsgrove are getting their ‘five a day’ with healthy eating soup-making sessions.
Helen Barron, activities leader at Breme Residential Care Home in Providence Road has been making mouth-watering vegetable soup and baking beautiful Irish soda bread with her residents and says it is a great way to kick-start a healthy New Year.
When they have peeled, sliced and diced an abundance of carrots, onions, swede, courgettes and other colourful winter vegetables, the residents enjoyed baking bread to accompany their soup.
Helen, who is originally from Kilkenny in Ireland, used her late mother Catherine O’Neill’s special recipe, which has proved a huge hit with residents at the home, which provides residential care and dementia care.
“Once we have added all the vegetables and stock, before it starts to simmer we add a sneaky glass of Guinness which makes it a really beautiful, rich soup,” she said.
“The residents have absolutely loved making it from the beginning to the end. They particularly enjoyed making the dough. They slice and butter the bread and then take it round the home for all the residents to share.
“When they sit down in the evening they feel very proud that they have made the meal – it’s a real sense of achievement and you can really taste it’s homemade.”