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Connecting Across Generations

Following on from our selection of natural world-themed content last week, this time we're looking at the second theme of Children's Art Week 2020 (29 June-19 July): Connecting across Generations.

First up we have another great video from artist Keith Ashford, where he shows you how to make your very own paper suitcase – useful for carrying memories and heirlooms of previous generations from place to place.

In light of this week's theme, we thought it might be nice to share some recipes from our own families and backgrounds – highlighting our own cross-generational connections in the hope that it encourages others to do likewise. Taken in order, the recipes we're offering here make up a healthy and mouth-watering meal.  These can be found on our Creative Cookery page but we thought we would entice you by the descriptions below:

First we have Programme Support Assistant Amy’s grandmother Jutta recipe who came to the UK from Germany after WWII. One thing she brought with her was her amazing Potato Salad recipe: a great starter for our cross-generational feast.  It's a firm family favourite and alway's one of the first dish to go at a buffet!

Arts Development Officer Huw’s mother-in-law comes from Mauritius. We’re delighted to share her vegetarian Mauritian daube recipe – a fantastic, healthy main course to follow Jutta’s potato salad. This vegetarian Mauritian daube is a cross between a stew and a curry. Quick to make and very healthy, it makes for a great, easy midweek meal option.

Daube is the Mauritian version of stew. Traditionally from the Daube region of France, these stews are a staple in every Mauritian household. This version with potatoes and kidney beans is a very simple dish using only a handful of ingredients. We love eating this with steamed basmati rice and Fresh Carrot Salad, but you could probably eat this on its own and not feel underfed.

For dessert, Arts Development Officer Stewart is offering up his cranachan recipe – a Scottish pudding involving oats, raspberries, cream and, if you’re allowed it, whisky!

Originally made to celebrate a successful harvest, cranachan is really simple to make and also counts as one of your five a day! Though this one does come with a sugar and double cream warning, if you like you can leave the former out and replace the latter with single cream (adjusting quantities so as not to make the mixture too liquid) or yoghurt.

Do you have any cross-generational recipes you’d like to share? If so we’d love to see them via ‘’.

While you’re happily digesting all that, we thought it would be good to highlight the work which the Redditch Local History has done in partnership with the Worcestershire Archive and Archaeology Service at the HIVE, researching the records they hold on the Redditch Tribunals during WWI. This work will make it possible to search the records of men seeking exemption from conscription and shed some fascinating light on Redditch’s role in WWI. Find out more at the following link to the WAAS website. For more information about Redditch during the world wars see the Redditch Local History Society website here.