patricia matthews

  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.



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






At the Book Signing with a difference.


On Thursday the 21st August,  I held my first Book Signing at the Bolton Museum and Library,   it was a success and a sell out, more than 60 people attended.

Myself, and Bolton Library’s local history librarian Julie Lamara, events organiser Melanie Graaf and the ladies from the museum who are all keen bakers, made various savoury and sweet recipes which feature in Grandma’s Antique Recipe Book.

Lemon cakes, Vinegar cake, Cocnut Ice and Sausage Rolls adorned the Lecture theatre to compliment the talk and genre of the event and the book buying public enjoyed  sampling the goodies along with a cup of tea or coffee.

 Recipes from Grandmas Antique Recipe's

Delicious food from the Afternoon Tea from Bygone Times.

Reporter Vickie Scullard and Nigel the photographer from The Bolton News and a roving reporter from Bolton FM radio station came and interviewed the audience on their thoughts and opinions about their afternoon at the book signing with a difference.

After I introduced the book and how I came to get it, and why I wrote it, the afternoon developed into an enjoyable,  informal couple of hours whereby people chatted to each other, swapped recipes and tips, sampled food from a Bygone age and generally relaxed. the whole afternoon was thoroughly enjoyed by all who attended the event at the Bolton Museum and Library.


Patricia Signing books for the delighted guests.


All the comments and feedback we received from the audience I am pleased to report were enthusiastic and warm, all the books were sold and copies were signed, and everyone really enjoyed theAfternoon Tea from Bygone Times’.

Patricia Matthews event 21st August 2014

63 people attended!

“Fantastic event”

“Very enjoyable and interesting.

“Very enjoyable, friendly & entertaining.”

“Great to see a book all about Grandma Sarah!! Pat was entertaining as always!”

“Very enjoyable & entertaining.”

“Very entertaining afternoon, very funny lady.”

“Very good.”

“This was a lovely entertaining afternoon. Myself and my mum really enjoyed ourselves.”

“Very enjoyable, friendly and informative.”

“Absolutely brilliant.”

“Found it very interesting.”

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

“Very well organised.”

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

“Very entertaining and humorous. Excellent.”

Really well organised and delivered. Room was excellent –nice to see the walls decorated with artefacts from the book.”

“Very interesting, relaxing and entertaining.”

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

Absolutely FAB. Good laughs and nice people.”























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.

Listen to the podcast here >>>


Home Baked Egg Custard Pie

Home Baked Egg Custard Pie

This recipe was a very popular nutritious sweet in the north of England and still is today. I have eaten this many times at Grandma Sarah’s when I went to visit her accompanied by mugs of hot tea and endless chats. It is economical to make therefore it was perfect for large families although it can be made as a large or as small as you like.

In the picture I have tried to suggest a couple of different ways to serve the Custard Pie from the normal plain way it was always eaten. Either way, I’m sure you will enjoy it.



Basic sweet pastry

225g/8oz plain flour

110g/4oz of butter or ½ butter and ½ lard

Pinch of salt

80g/3oz sugar (castor, icing, or granulated sugar, will do fine)

1 large egg

For the egg custard filling:

4 eggs

100g castor sugar

2 teaspoons of vanilla essence

500 ml milk

Nutmeg. ( whole nutmegs finely grated make all the difference) or dust with icing sugar if preferred.

Preheat the oven to 200C/Gas 6

Lightly grease the cake tin with butter.

In a large bowl rub together the flour and fat until the mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs.

Add the sugar, salt and the egg and mix until a dough is formed and place in the fridge for 5 mins.

Home Baked Egg Custard Pie

Home Baked Egg Custard Pie

Roll out the pastry and place into the tin, making sure that the pastry fits snug around the tin. The pastry may feel a little soft so it’s best to handle it very carefully, pressing it by hand into the base of the tin and around the sides, be careful not to stretch the pastry or it will shrink away from the tin when cooking and the custard mixture could then seep underneath the pastry and the bottom of the pie will be soggy.

For the filling: In a bowl mix together the eggs, sugar and vanilla essence then add the milk and stir well pour into the tin and sprinkle with grated nutmeg.

Place the tin on a baking tray (this will make it easier to handle) and bake in the oven for about 45 mins until the custard is set, or until a skewer comes out clean.

In the picture I have tried to suggest a couple of different ways to serve the Custard Pie from the normal plain way it was always eaten. Either way, I’m sure you will enjoy it.

Patricia Matthews

Simnel Cake

Simnel Cake

Here is another lovely comment which was posted on FB from a lady who bought the GAR book and made the Simnel Cake recipe from the book for her family at Easter.

Me: Hiya, hope your cake turned out. Ok.

It did Patricia…..delicious!!!! Took it over to our Sons today and he loved it along with his wife and our four granchildren. Need to make another one for when our daughter comes home on tues to see how Claire likes it ( I am sure she will if I get it right)!!!

Your delicious Easter Cake!!!! Learning good old fashioned, tasty cooking and baking all over again because of you Patricia and I can’t thank you enough………you are a gem!!!! xxx

Sandra Robinson.