The team at Aliwal Manor Care Home hosted a dumpling making activity this week. The request came from a resident who said they would like dumpling and stew for dinner one evening. Many of the residents used make dumplings regularly in the past, so team members invited them to get involved and make their own!
The kitchen team were on hand to help and got the ingredients ready for the residents. Angel from Nova Training College joined to help out on the day, whilst getting valuable experience for her Health and Social Care course. Angel hasn’t made dumplings before so this was new to her, but the residents know the technique well and took pride in showing her how it’s done.
As the residents began making their dumplings, you could tell they knew what they were doing and showed confidence in weighing them out, mixing and rolling them into shape. While doing this, the group spoke about the traditional and manual techniques they used to use, compared to the modern machinery that’s available today.
After rolling out the dumplings into evenly sized balls, team members took them to the kitchen to be added to the stew.
Everyone really enjoyed getting their hands dirty and using cooking skills from their past. This activity also brought back memories for some people, which they enjoyed sharing with the rest of the group.
As the evening approached, residents were sitting tight, ready to taste the stew. It certainly didn’t disappoint and everyone commented on how nice the dumplings both looked and tasted.
Team members are planning to make a book using the recipes that residents follow in these sessions, so others can try them out too!