Care home celebrates British Pie Week

Activities co-ordinator Lisa Marie Fayers, resident Marie Raines, cook Christine Mitchel, and domestic Sara Marshall at Astor Court's pie week event.
Activities co-ordinator Lisa Marie Fayers, resident Marie Raines, cook Christine Mitchel, and domestic Sara Marshall at Astor Court's pie week event.

Bakers cooked up a treat for residents at a Cramlington care home.

Staff and residents at Astor Court and Astor Lodge View care home said ‘bon a-pie-tite’ to British Pie Week with a pie cook off competition.

The competition saw staff, residents and their family members at the home submitting their best homemade pies and recipes – including spicy cheese and onion, apple, blueberry and cinnamon, mini corned beef pie, and mince and onion – before voting for their favourite.

The winning ‘Star Baker’ was activities co-ordinator Lisa Marie Fayers with her lemon meringue pie and was presented with an engraved chopping board as a trophy.

The event was just one in a series of pie cook off competitions happening in Maria Mallaband and Countrywide Care Homes across the North East and North Yorkshire.

Winners and other notable entries from each home will have their winning recipe published in a recipe book, delivered to the Care Group’s homes across the region.

Tara Groza, manager at Astor Court and Lodge View care home, said: “We place a lot of importance on providing our residents with the food they love.

“Many grew up enjoying home-cooked pie dishes so we thought that it would be a great way to celebrate British pie week by trying a selection of traditional and newer recipes.”

British Pie Week, held in the first week of March each year, is a week long opportunity for Brits to celebrate the nation’s comfort food favourite.