by Jo Clarke, Marketing and Communications Officer

Our ‘Your Recipes, Your Heritage’ project has been running for a few months now and, as some of you will know, we recently held a pasty-themed week with a series of activities and events for different age-groups.

The week saw some real highlights, one of which was an outreach event at Leypark Court in Estover, run in partnership with Plymouth Community Homes.

Residents enjoyed a real trip down memory lane with pasties, a cream tea, a hamper filled with foods from yesteryear, as well as reminders about glass milk bottles, free school dinners, the advent of Bird’s Eye fish fingers in the 1950s and Vesta curries in the 1970s.

Leypark Court resident with tongue press - pasties galore

One of the residents from Leypark Court investigates a tongue press. Image © Plymouth Community Homes.

The residents really got into the spirit of the event – providing recipes for a dairy-based dessert called junket, rabbit stew, tripe and onion, soused mackerel and bread and butter pudding. They also shared suggestions for cooking with Spam, anecdotes about rationing, memories of meals they enjoyed as children and cafes and restaurants they used to visit.

Leypark Court residents with sweets - pasties galore

Residents from Leypark Court reminisce about old-fashioned sweets and treats. Image © Plymouth Community Homes.

Another outreach event in Mount Gould, in partnership with Age UK Plymouth, yielded some fantastic items too, including a recipe for a Jamaican Pattie (a Jamaican pasty).

The best part of this event was when a local man called Colin May brought in a suitcase filled with recipes and cooking books that once belonged to his mum. Our Learning Officer who is leading the ‘Your Recipes, Your Heritage’ project was thrilled: ‘When he opened up the case I felt like I was on the Antiques Roadshow!’

Colin May with his suitcase of recipes - pasties galore

Colin May with his amazing suitcase of old recipes and books. Image © Plymouth Community Homes.

The week rounded off with a special public event called ‘Blast from the Pasties’ which took place at Moments Café in Plymouth’s city centre.

Attendees were able to put their taste buds to the test with different pasty fillings, look at images, watch archive film footage and capture their own pictures in a fun photo booth. They also got to hear a talk by food and nutrition expert and University of Plymouth Lecturer, Dr Clare Pettinger, and try the art of pasty crimping with Executive Chef, Dez Turland. Everyone who came along had a great time – as you can see in our video.

Don’t forget, if you have any recipes or food-related memories you’d like to share with us for the ‘Your Recipes, Your Heritage’ project, you can send them to us via this webpage.