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My name is Simon O’Donovan MBE. I’ve worked in NHS Wales for most of my adult life, supporting people with dementia, their carers and families and developing and improving services to benefit this client group. 

I recently retired from working as a Community Mental Health Nurse within a Young Onset Dementia Service. I continue to contribute to weekly CST 'Friendship Group' sessions as a volunteer co-facilitator.

 

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Great British Bake Off

September 10, 2018

 

 

Last week's Cognitive Stimulation Therapy session focused on 'The Kitchen', because 'The Great British Bake Off' had started on Channel 4 again, hosted by Paul Hollywood, Prue Leith, Sandy Toksvig and Noel Fielding. (Paul Hollywood, Mary Berry, Sue Perkins and Mel Giedroyc hosted the show for the first seven series on BBC1.)
 

 

 


Before we started, we noted that Michael Jackson would have been 60 this week, had he lived. Later in the session we asked members what their favourite Michael Jackson song was and played a selection.

Michael Jackson's nickname was? - THE KING OF POP

His ranch was called? - NEVERLAND

His chimp was called? - BUBBLES

The group he had with his brothers was? - THE JACKSON FIVE

Which company were they signed to? - MOTOWN RECORDS (LATER CHANGED NAME TO 'THE JACKSONS' WHEN THEY TRANSFERRED TO EPIC RECORDS)

His hit song about a rat was called? - BEN

His duets with Paul McCartney were? - SAY SAY SAY & THE GIRL IS MINE

Michael had three children - Paris, Michael Joseph Jr and Prince Michael 11. The one he infamously held over a balcony (Prince Michael 11) he called? - BLANKET

Which of his albums is the best selling by any artist of all time? - THRILLER

His first solo single in 1971 was? - GOT TO BE THERE

His 'Moondance' walk was associated with which song? - BILLIE JEAN

Which clothing item was Michael associated with? - A WHITE (DIAMOND ENCRUSTED) GLOVE

Where did The Jackson's grow up? - GARY, INDIANA

What condition was Michael said to have had, which led to rumoured multiple plastic surgeries? - VITILIGO

How much was his estate estimated to be worth at the time of his death in 2009? - $500m


Before moving on to our main theme we also noted that this week Theresa May had been filmed dancing in Africa. We looked at some clips of her moves!


 

 


To start the main theme of this session, we asked:

- Does anyone enjoy cooking or baking?
- If so what are members' signature dishes?
- What are people's favourite foods generally?

Thinking about baking:

- What are members' favourite cakes?
- What about biscuits?
- And bread?

We listed as many cakes, biscuits and breads as we could on a whiteboard.

According to www.devonlife.co.uk

Britain’s Top 10 Cakes are:

1. Chocolate Cake
2. Victoria Sponge
3. Black Forest Gateaux
4. Carrot Cake
5. Coffee & Walnut Cake
6. Battenburg Cake
7. Fruit Cake
8. Christmas Cake
9. Banana Cake
10. Angel Cake

Newer flavours like lemon drizzle are also nudging into the list of the nation’s favourite bakes.

As for the UK's favourite biscuits, www.metro.co.uk list these as:

1. Chocolate Digestive
2. Chocolate Hobnob
3. Custard Cream
4. Shortbread
5. Jaffa Cake
6. Chocolate Chip Cookie
7. Digestive
8. Ginger Nut
9. Chocolate Bourbon
10. Chocolate Fingers
11. Rich Tea
12. Oreos
13. Malted Milk
14. Dark Chocolate Digestives
15. Jammie Dodgers
16. Plain Hobnobs
17. Fox's Creams
18. White Chocolate Chip Cookie
19. Nice
20. Viennese Creams

As for breads, this is more difficult, as all superstores bake their own bread. However, www.bakeryinfo.co.uk state that Warburtons, Kingsmill and Hovis are the top selling branded products.


At this point, we had a discussion about the growth of superstores and the death of the high street in our lifetime. Most agreed that for convenience's sake and access to free parking and shopping trolleys etc, superstore shopping was the easier option to visiting the butcher, baker and candlestick maker.


The top superstores in the UK, by profit, according to www.retaileconomics.co.uk are:

1. Tesco - £37.8bn
2. Sainsbury's - £27.9bn
3. Asda - £22.2bn
4. Morrison's - £17.3bn
5. John Lewis - £10.2bn
6. Aldi - £10bn
7. M&S - £9.6bn
8. Co-op - £9.5bn
9. Amazon - £8.8bn
10. Boots - £6.8bn

Of course, not all these stores sell food products, but most do and some also sell all kinds of kitchen appliances and accessories.


Before we moved on, we had a heated debate about the new carrier bag charge. All agreed the new charge had effected people's behaviour in the amount of bags purchased, which was generally viewed as a good thing as there is so much plastic waste in our environment.


Next we thought about idioms to do with the kitchen and asked members to complete them:

Too many cooks spoil - THE BROTH
A watched pot - NEVER BOILS
A woman's place is in - THE KITCHEN (controversial)
Everything but the kitchen - SINK
If you can't stand the heat, get out - OF THE KITCHEN
Cooking on - GAS
Cut and - DRIED
Flash in the- PAN
Hall baked - IDEA
Living on a knife - EDGE
Handed to you on a - PLATE
Cook the - BOOKS
Curry - FAVOUR
Grill - SOMEONE
Out of the frying pan into - THE FIRE
Simmer - DOWN
Turn up the - HEAT
It’s no use crying over - SPILT MILK
It all boils - DOWN TO
Know your - ONIONS
Piece of - CAKE
Bring home the - BACON
Cheap as - CHIPS
It's not my cup - OF TEA
He's got a finger in - EVERY PIE
Have your cake and - EAT IT
Take with a pinch - OF SALT


 

 


After this, we engaged in some reminiscence about life in the kitchen in our early lives. We looked at some images to guess at what items we used for and asked did anyone have one of these.

Look at the photo album here https://photos.app.goo.gl/QEiKgDHfmQRZxCiaA

Rolling pin - When was the last time anyone baked a pie using a rolling pin?
Fridge with ice box - Remember the ice box would ice up and have to be defrosted.
Kitchen cupboard/larder - There was one in every kitchen!
Housecoat - My Nan was rarely out of hers!
Mangle - Laundry would take a whole day!
Twin tub - The kitchen would be full of steam!
Drying rack - My Mum still has one of these!
Kettle whistle - You can get an electric kettle which whistles now!
China cup and saucer and teapot - A cup of tea was a real experience.
Jelly mould - What was the difference between jelly and blancmange? Milk?
Tea strainer - When was the last time someone had a cup of tea made with loose leaf?
Jam jar and spoon - These were usually reserved for high tea with visitors.
Egg slice, egg timer, lemon juicer, tongs - The tongs were for boiling pants on the stove!
Flour tin - People would bake several times a week.
Whisk - Whisking double cream into stiff peaks would take forever!
Ice cream or mashed potato scoop - This reminded most people of school dinners.
Apple corer - Still around today.
Weighing scales - With pounds and ounces, of course.
Salt and pepper pots - A few grains of rice would keep the salt dry. It was always white pepper!
Gas cooker and grill - There were no extractor fans in those days!
Measure spoons - A pinch of salt up to a teaspoon of vanilla essence.
Marigold gloves and Belfast sink - Who wears gloves to wash up still?
Pyrex dishes - Revolutionary at the time.
Milk bottles, milk float - The birds would always have the cream.
Potato peeler - Peeling spuds would take ages in our house with six kids!
Griddle - A must for making Welsh cakes.
Washing line - Gardens would be full of pants drying on a sunny wash day!
Tupperware - So versatile, but with a taste of plastic!
Outside toilet - Freezing cold in the winter. Remember Izal toilet paper?
Chip pan - Dangerous things, but the chips tasted so much better then!
Bone cutlery - Again, for use on high days and holidays.
Pickle fork - Jabbing the pickles on Christmas day is a great memory.
Sugar tongs - For sugar cubes, of course!


Are there any other precious memories of being in your childhood kitchen that you would like to share?


We thought about things which have really made life a lot easier in the kitchen. Here's a short list:

Bread maker
Microwave
Dishwasher
Tumble dryer
Slow cooker
Food processor
Fridge/freezer
Electric kettle/coffee maker
Shopping home deliveries

Other changes:

Coal fire versus central heating
Outside versus inside toilets
Tin bath versus en suite bathrooms


 

 


Next, we looked at some YouTube videos and guessed at the following advertising slogans. (NB. The starred items have a YouTube video to play via this playlist https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL_E4d5RHyRYhQ3XF4L3-NFDN1nSj_Ls2D
)

REMEMBER THE ADVERTS

Just choose a few of these, according to the time you have and who can remember them.

Pear And Dean cinema intro. Everyone will remember this.

Shake N Vac - PUT THE FRESHNESS BACK
Smash - FOR MASH GET SMASH
Cadburys Flake - ONLY THE CRUMBIEST FLAKIEST CHOCOLATE
Yellow Pages - FLY FISHING BY J.R. HARTLEY
British Telecom - IT'S YOU WE ANSWER TO
Coca Cola - IT'S THE REAL THING
Walls Cornetto -JUST ONE CORNETTO, GIVE IT TO ME
PG Tips - IT'S THE TEA YOU CAN REALLY TASTE
Nestle's Milkybar - THE MILKY BARS ARE ON ME
Cadbury's Fruit and Nut - EVERYONE'S A FRUIT AND NUT CASE
Fry's Turkish Delight - FULL OF EASTERN PROMISE
Old Spice - THE MARK OF A MAN
Fairy Liquid - FOR HANDS THAT DO DISHES CAN FEEL SOFT AS YOUR FACE
Cadbury's Finger of Fudge - JUST ENOUGH TO GIVE YOUR KIDS A TREAT
Whiskas Cat Food - EIGHT OUT OF TEN OWNERS PREFERRED IT
Mars - A MARS A DAY HELPS YOU WORK REST AND PLAY
Green Cross Code - STOP LOOK LISTEN
Charlie Says - Can anyone make the Charlie sound?
Cadbury's Creme Eggs - CAN'T RESIST THEM
Birds Eye Fish Fingers - CAPTAIN BIRDSEYE
Ready Brek - CENTRAL HEATING FOR KIDS
Rice Krispies - SNAP CRACKLE AND POP
Aquafresh - THREE IN ONE PROTECTION FOR YOUR FAMILY
Bird's Angel Delight - THE MOST DELIGHTFUL TASTE AROUND
Kellogg's Frosties - THEY'RE GREAT
Milk Tray - ALL BECAUSE THE LADY LOVES MILK TRAY
999 - DIAL 999 FOR THE COASTGUARD
Cinzano - SUFFUSED WITH HERBS AND SPICES FROM FOUR CONTINENTS
Hovis - AS GOOD FOR YOU TODAY AS IT'S ALWAYS BEEN
Marmite - MY MATE MARMITE
Bird's Eye Potato Waffles - WAFFLY VERSATILE
Ovaltine - HAS THERE EVER BEEN A BETTER WAY TO END THE DAY
Mr Kipling - EXCEEDINGLY GOOD CAKES
Baked Beans - BEANS MEANS HEINZ
Opal Fruits - MADE TO MAKE YOUR MOUTH WATER
Golden Wonder - THEY'RE JUNGLE FRESH
Pepsi - LIPSMACKINTHIRSTQUENCHINACETASTINMOTIVATINGOODBUZZINCOOLTALKINHIGHWALKINFASTLIVINEVERGIVINCOOLFIZZIN



 

 


MUSIC QUIZ

Spotify playlist link here
https://open.spotify.com/user/1154769589/playlist/6ukWfaSFkOv1WdQ17662Z9?si=Mb6Mb4B_SAG76WxBUfiQFA


Great British Bake Off - TV Theme
Where does the presenter Sandi Toksvig come from? - DENMARK

American Pie - Don McLean
Ask members to name some pies. Make sure to include APPLE PIE, PUMPKIN PIE & PECAN PIE in the list.

MacArthur Park - Richard Harris
Who later had a hit with this record in 1978? - DONNA SUMMER

If I Knew You Were Coming I'd Have Baked A Cake - Eileen Barton & The New Yorkers
Ask members to list the ingredients of a Victoria Sponge? -

200g unsalted butter, softened, plus extra for greasing
200g caster sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
4 medium eggs
200g self-raising flour, plus extra for dusting
about 6 tbsp raspberry jam
250ml double cream, whipped
icing sugar, for dusting

Sugar Baby Love - The Rubettes
Ask members to list different types of sugar? - GRANULATED, CASTER, CANE, DEMERARA, MOLASSES AND CUBES OF COURSE

Mould Old Dough - Lieutenant Pigeon
What ingredient makes bread rise? - YEAST

Sugar And Spice - The Searchers
If little girls are made from sugar and spice and all things nice, what are little boys made of? - SLUGS AND SNAILS AND PUPPY DOG TAILS

The Onion Song - Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell
What type of onions would you use in a salad? - GIBBONS (SPRING ONIONS) OR CHIVES
What are some old wives tales about how to stop yourself from crying when peeling onions? - PUT A TEASPOON IN YOUR MOUTH, CHEW GUM, WEAR GOGGLES

Sugar Sugar - The Archies
Honey comes from bees. Where does Mapel Syrup come from? - SAP OF MAPLE TREES

Brown Sugar - The Rolling Stones
True or false. Mick Jagger's new son is younger than his great grandson? - TRUE, HIS GREAT GRAND-DAUGHTER WAS BORN IN 2014, HIS SON WAS BORN IN DECEMBER 2016

Blueberry Hill - Fats Domino
Listen carefully, what played love's sweet melody in this song? - THE WEEPING WILLOW TREE

My Boy Lollipop - Millie Small
Who sang the song 'On The Good Ship Lollipop'? - SHIRLEY TEMPLE (1934)

How D'Ya Like Your Eggs In The Morning - Dean Martin & Helen O'Connell
Ask members how they like their eggs? - HARD OR SOFT BOILED, FRIED, SCOTCH, OMELETTE, POACHED

Baker Street - Gerry Rafferty
Who lived at 221b Baker Street? - SHERLOCK HOLMES

You'll Always Find Me In The Kitchen At Parties - Jona Lewie
What was Jona Lewie's hit Christmas classic? - STOP THE CAVALRY

Ma Baker - Boney M
Name either of Boney M's number one hits in the UK? - MARY'S BOY CHILD & BY THE RIVERS OF BABYLON

Make It With You - Bread
Name the lead singer and songwriter with Bread? - DAVID GATES

Don't You Want Me - The Human League
Who was the lead singer with The Human League? - PHILIP OAKEY

Moon River - Henry Mancini & Audrey Hepburn
Name the film from which this song is taken? - BREAKFAST AT TIFFANY'S

Yummy Yummy Yummy - Ohio Express
Ask members to try and rub their tummies and pat their heads at the same time. Who can do it?

I Can't Help Myself (Sugar Pie, Honey Bunch) - Four Tops
How many sides does a cube or dice have? - SIX


A selection of Michael Jackson songs follows ...
Can anyone do 'The Moonwalk' to Billie Jean?



 

 


ACTIVITY

Have members bake a Granny's Victoria Sponge (BBC Food), if you have time and the facilities required.

INGREDIENTS

200g unsalted butter, softened, plus extra for greasing
200g caster sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
4 medium eggs
200g self-raising flour, plus extra for dusting
about 6 tbsp raspberry jam
250ml double cream, whipped
icing sugar, for dusting

METHOD

1. Heat oven to 190C/170C fan/gas 5. Grease and flour two 20cm sandwich tins.

2. Place 200g softened unsalted butter, 200g caster sugar and 1 tsp vanilla extract into a bowl and beat well to a creamy consistency.

3. Slowly beat in 4 medium eggs, one by one, then fold in 200g self-raising flour and mix well.

4. Divide the mix between the cake tins, place into the oven and bake for about 20 mins until risen and golden brown. The cakes should spring back when gently pushed in the middle.

5. When ready, remove from the oven and allow to cool for 5 mins in the tin, before turning out onto a wire rack and cooling completely.

6. Spread about 6 tbsp raspberry jam onto one cake and top with 250ml whipped double cream. Sandwich the cakes together and dust with icing sugar.


Alternatively, buy some ready make fairy cakes and icing sugar, food colouring, decorations etc and have members decorate their own cake.
Have someone judge their efforts and a prize ready to hand for the best decorated cake.


Or you could have the group pickle some onions in time for Christmas. Here a recipe from Sarsons.

INGREDIENTS

600ml Sarsons Malt vinegar
500g small pickling onions
25g table salt
100g granulated sugar
10 peppercorns
2tsp mustard seeds
1tsp coriander seeds
2 bay leaves

METHOD

Put the onions in a large bowl and tip over a kettle of boiling water. Leave for 20 seconds then pour into a colander, return to the bowl and pour over lots of very cold water. The skins should now peel off very easily.
Once peeled, layer in a bowl and sprinkle each layer with salt. Cover and leave overnight or up to 24hrs.
Meanwhile pour the vinegar and sugar into a large saucepan with the peppercorns, mustard seeds and bay leaves. Put the lid on the pan, bring to the boil then remove from the heat and set aside to allow the spices to infuse.
The following day rinse the onions well and pat dry.
Pack the onions into sterilised Kilner® Jars then use a jug to pour over the vinegar, including the mustard, peppercorns and bay, completely covering the onions. Seal and allow to mature for 6 weeks.

 

 

 

 

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