grandma’s antique recipes

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.


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.


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.




044August bank holiday weekend is a very important date in the Bolton calendar each year, from the 22nd to the 26th of August the Bolton food and drink festival takes place in the town centre and I was thrilled to be asked this year to promote and talk about Grandmas Antique Recipes as part of the event in the lead up to this very exciting festival.



Stall holders from all over Europe visit my hometown of Bolton and bring with them cuisine and beverages of all manner from their respective countries to sell on the stalls at the Bolton food and drink festival.

The event takes mammoth organisation from everyone involved and is carried out like a military operation but, the effort always pays off and the evidence is reflected in the crowds of people who come along to support it.




Varied and delicious food at the Bolton Festival.


This year the festival had the greatest number of visitors ever, keen and enthusiastic people came along in their thousands to enjoy the varied cuisines and beers and beverages from European countries.

The weather was glorious, warm and sunny much to the delight of the visitors and organisers and the three day festival was the biggest success it has ever been


Scrumptious chocolate stall.


Here are some photos of the marvellous and amazing continental food and drink on offer to the public for the splendid, three day,  feel good event.




Delicious pastries from France


 Here’s to next year when I have no doubt that The Bolton Food and Drink Festival will once more be a great success in bringing people from different cultures together once again to enjoy a weekend of fun, food and festivity.

Patricia Matthews


Patricia on the radio

Patricia on Bolton FM

Hi everyone,

Here I am once again at our local radio studio at Bolton FM, chatting to the producers of the programme on ‘Community Corner’ about GAR and our exciting event linked to the Bolton Food and Drink Festival, which is taking place on the 21st August at 2pm, in the Bolton Museum and Art Gallery.

If you are able to log on to The Bolton FM website at 96.5 and click on the link to the programme ‘Community Corner’  Grandmas Antique Recipes talk at 7pm, you will be able to listen to the interview as it went out live.
The tickets for the event at the Bolton museum are being booked at a steady rate and we are expecting a good amount of guests.

Food and Drink Festival

Food and Drink Festival

The Bolton FM team are going to be present at the event to interview people about their thoughts on the event and will ask their opinion of the Grandmas Antique Recipe Book, I’m confident that the comments will be favourable for both.

We are all very excited about the forthcoming event and we are confident that the afternoon will be a great success.

I will let you know how it goes.

Patricia Matthews.

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Live interview on Bolton FM

Live interview on Bolton FM

Live interview on Bolton FM radio.

It’s very humbling to receive feedback as the one below from a lovely person on You Tube.

Please have a look at the video of myself on Bolton FM

Excellent interview!!… Im from Little Hutlon and move to Australia 3 years ago! I am a 32 year old lad (one of seven) who is a keen beginner baker… I was looking how to make the classic meat and potato pie and I came accross you and your videos on u tube, I found your videos brilliant and easy to undersatnd and also it was nice to here the northern accent ha. this led me into finding you to have a book called “Grandmas Antique Recipes” which I am goin to purchase today! I am very interested into what the book has to offer and I am looking forward to reading it.

Also I would like to mention the world today has got faster and faster and most families have lost our old family values. I think it is very sad and real shame that most young people today can’t prepare a real nutritious meal from scratch and haven’t a clue where to start. Most families theses days live off fast foods and ready meals and process crap which I believe is going to cause problems later in life. Well enough of that lol, Id like to say a BIG THANK YOU for your videos and keep up the good work,,,,”HATS OFF TO GRANDMA SARAH!!!”