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Bowes House care home stir-ups a festive pud

December 2 2015

Residents at Bowes House care home in Hailsham donned their aprons and had their mixing bowls at the ready for a festive ‘stir-up’ on the traditional day for making Christmas puddings, Stir-up Sunday.

Residents and the care team used a Christmas pudding recipe created especially for the home by Great British Bake Off finalist Brendan Lynch. Led by head chef Mark Beckett, residents took it in turns to stir in the ingredients, including mixed peel, festive spices and glace cherries, and then made a secret wish.

Stir-up Sunday, which takes place on the last Sunday before Advent, is traditionally the day when families and friends gather together to ‘stir-up’ their Christmas pudding and make a wish, leaving plenty of time for the pudding to mature before Christmas Day.

Helena Barrow, home manager said: “We all had a wonderful time adding the ingredients to the mixing bowl and seeing if we could recognise the different spices. Baking has many therapeutic benefits and mixing certain ingredients associated with Christmas can trigger memories and happy feelings from Stir-up Sunday’s of the past.

“For many residents this is a lifelong tradition they remember doing as a child and we were keen to continue this important milestone in the lead up to Christmas. It’s not too late to make your own Christmas pudding and Brendan Lynch’s recipe can be downloaded at www.careuk.com/stirupsunday.”

Head chef Mark concluded: “We all really enjoyed using Brendan’s special recipe to make our Christmas pudding and we can’t wait to taste it on Christmas Day.”

Bowes House is a state-of-the-art care home which provides full time residential, nursing and dementia care, as well as short term respite care. Designed to enable its residents to live enjoyable and fulfilling lives, the care home has its very own cinema and hairdressers, and there is plenty of space both in and outdoors for relaxation and recreation. 

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