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  Hi everyone,

Once again I am delighted to be asked to take part in the Bolton Food and Drink festival 2016.     patricia-matthews Food and drink

At 1pm in the Lecture theatre one I will be chatting about GAR and childhood memories and we will be sampling recipes  from the GAR cookbook with a cuppa.

Do you remember ‘Turning the Mangle, waking up with ‘Ice and frost on the inside of your windows, or donkey stoning the step or childhood memories like that?

Then that’s the type of afternoon in store for you to enjoy.

Earlier in the week I was invited to chat on Bolton FM 96.5 radio station about the up and coming events at the food and drink festival click on the link and listen in.

Have a listen at this lively chat on Radio Bolton FM (Skip the music) and tune in for details of our event. x


Hi, I thought it might be of interest to you to browse over some comments and reports in the life of Grandmas Antique Recipes over the past few months.

Here are a few reminders of a most enjoyable time spent promoting the Grandmas Antique Recipe Book:-

Below is one of my  favourite recipes, click on the link to see how it’s made.

Simnel Cake

Simnel Cake


Grandma’s Antique recipes with author Patricia Matthews at the Bolton Food and Drink festival.

Aug 21st Bolton Central Library ) A wonderful afternoon of entertainment with Patricia Matthews talking about the background to her book, Grandma’s Antique Recipes. Demonstrations were shown on screen of Pat in action, cooking recipes from the book.

The highlight of the afternoon was the food tasting.

Bolton Food and Drink Festival

Bolton Food and Drink Festival

  There were 64 people at the event; which linked to the Bolton Food & Drink Festival. From the feedback, it was considered very successfult!

This was a lovely entertaining afternoon. My mum and I really enjoyed ourselves.

It was interesting, brought my childhood back when Gran used to bake at weekends.

Very enjoyable –nice humorous touches and very down to earth. Nice and informal.

Absolutely fabuloso! Well done Pat and thanks for teaching me what mother never had the chance to –PASTRY!


THE old recipes of a Bolton woman dating back 100 years have been published in a book by her granddaughter.

Sarah Matthews was born in Salford in 1893 before moving to Thynne Street, Bolton, after her mum died suddenly when she was aged eight, meaning she had to take on the role of “mum” to her six brothers and her father.

Over the years she noted down all her recipes for cakes, cures, medicines, furniture polishes and handy hints from days gone by in elegantly written Victorian handwriting before leaving it to her granddaughter-in-law Patricia Matthews when she died in 1970. 

Mrs Matthews has since used the book to make cakes for her children and grandchildren — but in 2007 decided she wanted to share Grandma Sarah’s legacy with others and make it into a book.

In May a publisher got in touch with her and said they would take the book on.      Grandmas AntiqueRecipe Book

Mrs Matthews, of Longfield Road, Middle Hulton, said: “I’m so thrilled that my dream has been realised. It has been an absolute labour of love.

“I’m sure that Grandma Sarah would have approved. I just hope that people who buy it will enjoy reading it as much as I have enjoyed researching and writing it — along with making and sampling all the delicious recipes, of cou

Mrs Matthews said: “She was the only girl and was born in Salford in 1893 but moved to Bolton after her mum died. Over the years, while baking and cooking for her family, she documented all her tips and tricks in her little recipe book.

“When my husband Ronnie and I started courting we would go round to her house and it would always smell of baking. She was a God-fearing, straight-laced person who wouldn’t stand for any messing — but she had a wicked sense of humour.

“We will never see the like of this kind of woman ever again. They were very resilient people in those days.”

Patricia Matthews.

Here are just a few posts for you to reflect on, hope you enjoy looking back at Grandmas Antique Recipes with me and watch this space for more memories.

Thank you for visiting my website.

Patricia Matthews.

Patricia Matthews.









Earlier this month I was asked to visit the amazing group of people who run “THE LUNCH BUNCH” at  Murdishaw  Community Centre Runcorn.  I went along armed with cakes and samples from the Grandmas Antique Recipes Book which were received with pleasure and thoroughly enjoyed by everyone there.

The Lunch Bunch helps people with Alzheimer’s and their carers and families, Widow Doris Pearce, aged 70, has run the group since her husband, Kenneth, aged 72, who suffered from the condition, passed away two years ago.

Martin Halstead helps to co-ordinate the club along with Doris.

Myself and the organisers of "The Lunch Bunch" Doris Pearce and Martin Halstead.

Myself and the organisers of “The Lunch Bunch” Doris Pearce and Martin Halstead.

Everyone enjoyed chatting about their personal  memories from childhood and the afternoon was spent reminiscing about school days, (the fear of),  homes without central heating, washing machines and fridges and the communities  helpful neighbours, who thought nothing of giving you a clout around the earhole or dragging you to your parents for one if disrespect was shown or back chat was given to our “elders”.

The afternoon brought lots nostalgic memories flooding back from ‘The good old days’ from many of the audience, lots of stories, tales and memoirs were enthusiastically exchanged.

Members of the Lunch Bunch

Members of the Lunch Bunch



As you can see the afternoon was well supported by the carers and loved ones of the Murdishaw Community, which was organised by Doris and Martin who voluntarily run the group inviting guests and providing entertainment for all.

Thank you for making me feel so welcome, it was a pleasure to meet you all.

Patricia Matthews.

Keep up the good work, hope to see you again soon.


Book signing.

Book signing.

 Audience participation.

Audience participation.


An afternoon of chat about the contents of the GAR book.

An afternoon of chat about the contents of the GAR book

A couple of weeks ago I was asked by a smashing lady called Ethel Carter,  to chat to the ladies of Christchurch Little Lever near Bolton. We had a great afternoon reminiscing about the recipes and the cooking appliances our mothers used in the kitchen when we were growing up. We tasted some of the recipes from the GAR cook book with our cuppa. Our afternoon of chat brought back lots of lovely memories, especially with the older ladies who were familiar with the cookers, the method of cooking  and the kitchens of bygone times. Also we talked about the tried and trusted remedies that are in the GAR book, which were handed down for families to use.

Myself and the some of the ladies a.fter our afternoon of chat

Myself and the some of the ladies a.fter our afternoon of chat

Some of the remedies listed in the GAR book  raised a few eyebrows with the ladies but we have to remember that these were used before the NHS was formed. After a piece of cake, a and a good discussion about days gone by, I signed books for those that bought the GAR cook book and I have to say that the whole afternoon was thoroughly enjoyed by all  and I look forward to returning to Christchurch in the near future. Signing books for some of the members of Christchurch.



Having a little trouble with the

Having a little trouble opening the tin

Having a little trouble opening the tin

corned beef tin… got there in the end.

Myself and Jack Whitehall, his father Michael in the kitchen on the Mel and Sue show,

preparing the recipe for Corned Beef Hash Pie for the  days show.

The finished pie was enjoyed by everyone.

A great day.

The finished Corned Beef Hash Pie.

The finished Corned Beef Hash Pie.




Hi everyone, as promised here’s an update of my fifteen minutes of fame on the Mel and Sue Chat show.

The Studio is on the third floor of Whiteleys shopping centre incidentally, it was London’s first department store located in the Bayswater area and it has quite a bit of interesting history attached to it e.g. previous owners, location etc…

Whiteleys London, home of Princesstv

We made for the third floor and we were met by Catherine Pollock the production Secretary, who escorted us all to the studio entrance, where we were met by Glyn Harrison, food producer, who took us through the studio into my dressing room (OOeerrr get me!!!) where, we were served coffee and snacks. and told to wait until I was needed to go on set.
Shortly after Amy the make -up lady came to do my make up, whilst Glyn was bringing me up to speed of what was expected and how the first rehearsal would go.

Myself, Jack Whitehall, Michael Whitehall, Will Fielding and Mel, in 'Pat's Pantry.

Myself, Jack Whitehall, Michael Whitehall, Will Fielding and Mel, in ‘Pat’s Pantry.

It was at this point that Glyn sprung an extra task on me which involved a bit of fun in ‘Pat’s Pantry’,  Jack Whitehall and Will Fielding had to use ingredients from ‘Pat’s Pantry’ and model a likeness of  their parents Michael Whitehall and Yvette Fielding and it was my job to be the judge and choose the winner at the end of the show.

Jack Whiteley and his Father Michael, having trouble opening the corned beef tin.

Jack and his father Michael, looking on is Mel Geidroyc.

Then we are escorted in to the studio and I met various producers and floor managers, the Home Economist  Nikki Morgan, who helped me in the kitchen, preparing the ingredients for the recipe, showing me how to use the oven etc..,and generally guiding me through how the show would run.

Myself, and Nikki Morgan

Myself, and Nikki Morgan Home Economics Cook and Glyn Harrison producer.

Three rehearsals ensued, each one different to the previous one… talk about improvisation and ‘think on your feet’… and then!!  the final show, on air!!  LIVE!!”  but true to form the actual live show at 4pm, resembled nothing of the previous rehearsals we had done, but that’s television for you, it was an education.

Anyway, I hope I did us northerners justice with the recipe, all the film crew certainly loved the pie, (I think they had already sampled the previous ones made in practice by Nikki Morgan.) and at the end of the show I was presented with a Mel and Sue mixing bowl and oven glove which I will treasure.

My award from Mel and Sue.

My award from Mel and Sue.

What a fabulous exciting experience for me, to be able to watch what went on behind the scenes, and to see what was involved in making a television programme, I loved it, everyone at Princesstv were so friendly and accommodating, from the lovely  Mel Giedroyc, to the camera men, the producers, everyone was so kind.
I will always remember my 15 minutes of fame on The Mel and Sue show with great affection.

Patricia Matthews                       

Myself and Jack Whitehall

Myself and Jack Whitehall

 Corned Beef Hash Pie This is the recipe I cooked on the Mel and Sue show, its a hearty dish, perfect for any time of year. A great nourishing meal for  all the family, perfect for those cold winter nights. Give it a try, you’ll love it!!! The guests on the show loved it, so did the film crew, try it… it’s tasty.   http://www.itv.com/melandsue/corned-beef-hash-pie 













Hi everyone, it’s been a while since I posted a blog, I’ve been busy promoting the GAR book and Christmas is a busy time for all, anyway, here’s the latest news.

The Mel and Sue afternoon chat show.


Early in December I was contacted by the food producer Glyn Harrison from Princesstv in London asking if I would be interested in appearing on the Mel & Sue show, hosted by Mel Giedroyc and Sue Perkins.  I was invited down to Princestv London for a screen test.

When I arrived at the studio I was met by Martha Swales, the food producer on the Mel & Sue show, who made us very welcome, we were given a tour of the set and I was introduced to the kitchen where I cooked  whilst Martha chatted to me about my interests, hobbies, family and the GAR cookbook.

On the sofa chatting to producer Martha Swales.

On the sofa chatting to producer Martha Swales.

The whole interview took about an hour and a half,  I was told that they would let me know in the New Year if I was to be invited to cook and chat on the Mel & Sue show.  We said goodbye and a car arrived courtesy of Princesstv, to take us back to our accommodation.

Early in the New year I received a phone call from Glyn Harrison food producer,  inviting me to appear on the Mel & Sue show, I was thrilled, surprised, very excited and also very nervous.

Just practising my cooking skills in the Mel and Sue kitchen.

Just practising my cooking skills in the Mel and Sue kitchen.

  Many emails and phone calls later I am happy to report    that I will be appearing on the show on Thursday the 22nd January at 4pm -5pm we have decided on a recipe and that I will be cooking on the show for Mel and Sue and celebrity guests Jack Whitehall and his father Michael and Yvette Fielding.

I am very much looking forward to appearing on the show, it’s a live show so anything could happen.

I will let you know how the day went in my next post.



Wish me luck,                     

Patricia Matthews.




Patricia with Freelance Journalist and Media Consultant Angela Kelly

Patricia with Freelance Journalist and Media Consultant Angela Kelly

Hi,  everyone


Last week, I had the pleasure of meeting Freelance Journalist & Media Consultant, Angela Kelly, who came to interview me about the GAR book for a possible feature for a famous magazine.
We spent a couple of hours chatting about the history and the contents of the Grandmas Antique Recipe book. I will keep you informed of any developments.
Wish me Luck!!!x

Hi everyone, St. Helens Road Ladies Circle

Last week I was invited to St. Helens Road Methodist Church to speak to the Ladies Circle about GAR recipe book. It was a nostalgic return to St. Helens Rd Methodist particularly as this is the church where I and my family and children attended for many years and it was lovely to catch up with many of the friends and congregation of yesteryear.


Sergeant Norman Matthews of the L.N.L. Regiment

Sergeant Norman Matthews of the L.N.L. Regiment


While Grandma Sarah is usually the centre of attention thanks to her delicious recipes, as this was Remembrance Sunday it was also Grandpa Norman’s turn to take the spotlight, as he was a hero of the First World War, having served for the Loyal North Lancashire Regiment, rising to the rank of 2nd Lieutenant, bravely commanding and fighting on the front line in France. Therefore it was very fitting that we should have the pleasure of attending their church on this particular day and thinking about them both, along with all of our brave boys who fought 100 years ago.



 Deep in conversation, about friends and family past and present.

Deep in conversation, about friends and family past and present.


 2. Here we are discussing the chapter in the book, about Grandpa Norman and his service and commission as an officer in the First World War on this very auspicious day, also remembering  relatives and  congregation of St Helens Road Methodist Church who gave their lives in the Great War.


At St Helens Road Methodist Church.


In the GAR book I have added a photograph of Grandma Sarah and Grandpa Norman which was taken outside St Helens Road Methodist Church on one of their their granddaughters wedding day.





This is myself and the lovely ladies from St Helens Road Methodist Church, Ladies Circle, chatting about the Grandmas Antique Recipes cook Book and discussing recipes from yesteryear, and  wondering where the years had gone.

Myself and old friends discussing the recipes from the GAR cook book.

Myself and old friends discussing the recipes from the GAR cook book.

 It was lovely to meet up with them again and catch up on all the news from everyone and reminisce about the happy times we all spent in our younger days, at St Helens Road Methodist,  such as, appearing in plays, pantomimes and sit- coms,  organising trips  for the children, also the sermons days, the Rose Queen Pageants the Youth Clubs,  Disco’s,  and many more  events we enjoyed taking part in long ago in our youth.


Patricia Matthews



The Original handwritten recipe Book
The Original handwritten recipe Book

 As a follow up to the success of the ‘Book Signing with a difference’ Matthew Watson from  the Bolton museum asked if he could exhibit the Grandma’s Antique Recipe book as part of  their  exhibition of the Great War 1914-1918.   The Grandmas Antique recipe book is displayed along with other memorabilia  for the public to view.

Pride of Place 
Pride of Place


On November 11th     Bolton remembers the War,  Bolton Library and Museums are planning an event to mark Armistice Day and the centenary of the First World War.  

At 2.00 – 2.30pm

Words of War.  a play by ‘On The Go Theatre Company’.

This powerful new play tells the story of young men from Bolton experiencing the First World War at first hand as Grandpa Norman  and many others must have done.

                                                                                    2.30 – 2.45pm  Refreshments


 2.45 –  3.30pm     There will be a screening of North West Film Archive film on:  The First World  War:         

‘Life on the Home Front in North West England’.

Grandma's Antique recipe book on display as part of the Bolton Library's WW1 Exhibition.
Grandma’s Antique recipe book on display as part of the Bolton Library’s WW1 Exhibition.