A KITCHEN takeover took place at a Teesside care home as residents wanted to create their own pies inspired by the professionals.
Keen cooks living at The Beeches Care Home, on Green Lane, Stockton-on-Tees, took control of the kitchen to make sweet apple and raspberry pies.
Edna Cook, 83, and Anne Briggs, 73, wanted a dessert that could be had with icecream or cream to help cool off fellow residents in the warm weather.
They were inspired by a recent visit to Blackwells Bakery, in Norton, which is renowned for its variety of sweet and savoury pies.
The pair purchased several with a range of fillings, including steak and ale, chicken and mushroom and mince and onion, which they shared after getting back to the home.
The following day they decided to have a go at making their own, commandeering the home’s kitchen, with support from chef Sophie Henderson.
Sophie said: “They were such a big help; I’d have them in the kitchen every day helping me to do the cooking.”
The baking session brought back fond memories for Edna, who used to work in a bakery.
She said: “I used to work in Sparks Bakery, in the pastry room, and baking this pie now is bringing back memories of working with the other girls.
“We used to get into trouble with the head baker as we were always up to mischief.
“I was good at making the pies but not as good as my mum, who was always in the kitchen baking and cooking. I used to pinch her pies and cakes when she wasn’t looking and run off to find a quiet spot to tuck in.”
Anne said: “My sister used to work in Mitchell’s Bakery, in Billingham, and she always used to bring home fresh pies after her day at work.
“We would both sit down and enjoy a cup of tea whilst having a chat about how our days had been.”
Jessica Roth, activities coordinator at The Beeches Care Home, said: “Edna and Anne had a brilliant couple of days visiting Blackwells Bakery and then baking their own pies for others living at the home.
“Activities such as cooking and baking can bring back fond memories for residents, which have a really positive, therapeutic effect.
“Whenever new residents move into the home, we always take the time to get to know them personally, find out what their interests and hobbies are, so we can arrange engaging events and activities.”