Sarah has recently joined the team at Aliwal Manor as a Lifestyle Coordinator, to help with activities and find new things to keep the residents entertained. In the short time that she’s been there, she’s already made friends and imbedded herself into the family so the residents know and like her well.
Sarah wanted to find out more about her new found friends and the things the like to do, so on her way around the home this week, she stopped to ask the residents what their favourite activities were and if there was anything they would like to do.
After speaking with them, Sarah decided to host a cheese and wine tasting activity. Her idea was to educate the residents too and share facts about each of the cheeses they would be tasting. With her plan in place, Sarah began buying the cheese and finding information to share with the residents.
The residents were really excited and offered to help Sarah lay the chunks of cheese out. While doing so, they were commenting on the look and weird smell that some gave off but were looking forward to tasting them.
To start the activity, Sarah selected a cheese and passed the plate for each person to take a piece. While they were trying it, Sarah read out the information she had gathered about their origin and how they were made which intrigued the residents.
With a wide variety available, the residents tasted and learnt a lot about cheese during the session including some of the facts below.
- Red Leicester is an English cheese, made in a similar manner to Cheddar Cheese, although it is crumbly in texture and typically sold at 6 – 12 months of age.
- Stilton is an English cheese produced in two varieties: Blue, which has had Penicillium roqueforti (a type of edible fungus) added to generate a characteristic smell & taste, and white, which has not.
- Wensleydale is a style of cheese originally produced in Wensleydale, North Yorkshire, but is now mostly made in large commercial creameries throughout the UK. The term “Yorkshire Wensleydale” can only be used for cheese that is made in the village of Wensleydale.
After tasting the cheese, residents were given a glass of Lambrini to wash it down and enjoy as they spoke with their friends about their favourites from the tasting session. Information about the origin of Lambrini was also shared to round off an enjoyable and informative activity.
As the activity was so successful, team members will be introducing more tasting sessions so the residents can experience flavours from around the world and learn a bit about them too!