My name is Debs Peterson.
I’m 47 and originally from Paisley.
I’m married to Calum Peterson and we live in Northampton.
We have a daughter Jo who’s 21 and lives in Edinburgh and twin boys Jack and Dylan who are 13
We have lived in Edinburgh, Glasgow, Blackpool, Bristol and both Lytham and Lytham St Annes.
My sons were members of the 8th LSA Cubs cubs run by Rose Marshall.
We also rented Properties from JGL in Lytham.
The link to the group is Debs Universal Family Recipes
I’ve been inundated overnight with pictures, recipes, memories, family photos and now we’re starting to get some recipes from America, Spain and Amsterdam too.
I’m not technically minded.
My husband is.
He keeps saying ‘the devils in the detail’ when we’re setting the site up.
I want to make sure the group is user friendly for all ages.
I want it to be educational, helpful, funny and it’s been sad in some parts too.
It’s been sad to hear so many people missing loved ones and great to hear everyone in the groups comments and the boost that’s been to all is such a joy
Coronavirus came along and after
Rapidly going through Denial, Anger, Bargaining, Depression and Acceptance in possibly a week or less, I found myself with loads of seasonal vegetables, meats and loads of spare time.
I ran out of things to cook and with free government food boxes being delivered I desperately wanted to find some easy, adaptable recipes.
Recipes from families are very personal, almost secret.
Many a person has said “it’s not good to dwell on the past, or “ let the past go” and move on.
I have moved on and I have my own family but I still miss my mum and my dad’s “special meals” some were lovely, others were not my cup of tea but it’s the memory, a really personal moment in time that makes me feel special.
I have memories that makes me laugh, cry and definitely in the last few weeks has made me wish I’d tasted so many beautiful meals instead of saying “ I don’t like that” even when I hadn’t actually tried it 🤣🤣
Sadly, my mum and dad are gone and so too are the recipes but I still have all those memories that I had forgotten about up until a few weeks ago.
My first thought was, why didn’t I watch when the vegetable recipes were happening????
So, I guess from Coronavirus for me something new and old for everyone has brought so much joy to me but I’m now discovering everyone feels just how I do.
I’m a big fan of looking after your own health and well-being at all times whatever that may be.
Suddenly I’ve lost the physical, social and emotional support of the gym.
I wanted to find a social group I could join and even if I didn’t make all the recipes, I wanted to feel part of a bigger family.
For me it’s about the support of a group, feeling safe and happy and sharing some happy and sad memories with recipes attached and knowing everyone feels the same.
It has been such a joy to hear others peoples thoughts and feelings and know everyone understands in the group.
The group has brought lots of people together in one place over something that’s everybody loves and I can only say it feels like stories round cooking instead of the campfire.
It’s basically a cooking support group for people like me, who love to hear all the joyous stories that come with the recipes and to support everyone who misses a loved one.