Around The World in Fourteen Dishes

by Heather Peebles

Thursday, November 28th, 2013

Cruise Website It was all aboard the SS Brae Court Cruise Ship for tenants at a Linlithgow sheltered housing complex as they were taken on a virtual sail around the world’s best cuisines.

The event was aimed at giving residents at the complex run by Bield, one of the country’s leading providers of housing and care, the chance to try out new international dishes for their menus as well as a fun series of activity sessions.

From pizza in Italy to sweet and sour in China, traditional national treats were served up at lunch and tea over the course of a week, in conjunction with Unilever Food Solutions, much to the great delight of the Brae Court ‘cruisers’.

Rena Kirton-Vaughan, Manager at Brae Court, said: “The food experience initiative was fantastic and it was wonderful to see the tenants having such a laugh. Not only was the food delicious, but the themed days really injected a lot of fun into life at Brae Court.

“Each tenant was given a passport which they had to bring with them ‘to board’ SS Brae Court and each day the passports were stamped and put into a prize draw which was won by Margaret Laurie.

“As well as triggering memories of the travels some of our tenants had been on throughout their lives, which prompted some great anecdotes, the initiative also broadened the horizons of some of the tenants who had never even stepped foot out of the UK.

“We are delighted to be able to host these types of events at Brae Court as they truly serve to enrich the experience for all involved and we look forward to many more like it in the future.”

From Dining Room To Cruise Ship

Windows were decorated to form portholes, picture postcards displaying wonders of the world adorned the walls and there was even the creation of the Captain’s Table.

Throughout the week tenants also took part in a variety of activities and enjoyed getting into the spirit of the high seas by dressing up as sailors as well as donning sombreros when they dropped anchor in Mexico and cowboy hats in the USA.

Cruise

Overall the cruising experience was a great success for all who took part at Brae Court as they ventured across seven countries without having to leave the comfort of the dining room and with no reports of sea legs.

Tenants have voted to have a number of the dishes from the cruise included in the upcoming winter menu including favourites such as hamburgers and fries from America and Chinese spring rolls.

Services like this epitomise Bield’s ‘Free to Be’ philosophy meaning that tenants are in control of their lives whilst being given the necessary support to do so.

Bield – a registered charity – has grown from humble beginnings, starting out with one housing development in Bo’ness to become a major provider of a wide range of housing and services for around 20,000 older people across 22 local authority areas.

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