Residents and chefs at a care home came together on British Food Fortnight to make some of their favourite home cooked dishes.

Residents at Four Season’s Springfield Care Home in Blackburn have been celebrating the best of traditional British cuisine, from the widely loved steak and kidney pie to regional delights like Bakewell tart and Yorkshire pudding.

Residents voted for their favourite meal from a specially crafted menu of heritage dishes, with bangers and mash chosen as the most loved.

Resident Nora Gilliver, aged 99, said: “I really enjoyed helping Chef in the kitchen and chatting about my favourite meals when I was young.

“I remember my Nan would always make a nice rice pudding every Tuesday when I went for lunch.”

Food plays an important role in the care home, where it can be used to bring back fond memories as well as providing comfort, stimulation and nutrition.

This aids in health and wellbeing and is especially important for the brain in older age.

Chef John Bridgeman said: “Our residents really enjoy the nostalgia that comes with having a meal that is special to them; it gets everyone talking and is a wonderful occasion to share memories.

“We’re very pleased to support British Food Fortnight which celebrates the sustainable and environment enhancing food produced here in Britain.”

British Food Fortnight was celebrated in all 166 homes in the Four Seasons Health Care Group from September 18 to October 3.