cooking

Scissors for the kitchen 8/8/17

Sissors lowrezI left out from my adapted kitchen a pair of scissors. These aren’t kitchen shears! In today’s kitchen, many ingredients come in thin plastic bags and usual kitchen shears aren’t constructed to fine enough tolerances to cut the plastic. So, get two pairs of regular sewing scissors.

Why two pairs? Often you will be opening something like meats and the juice will contaminate the scissors. It is easier just to have two pairs so you can switch to the new pair after opening beef, chicken, or pork rather than move to the sink to wash them. Be safe its simple and the cost is small!

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Ok, Lunch with wine, I like to post!

Lunch wine #1 Low rez

I am doing all this “gourmet” cooking so I though to really finish the meal I needed a good wine. So I ordered the Blue Apron” wine service. This is the first lunch I made with wine. For years I’ve wanted to learn about wine so I thought this was a good time.

It is a room temperature Barley salad (Carrots, Vidalia Onions, Greek Yogurt, and Pearled Barley cooked then cooled to room temperature), with a cold marinated cucumber salad (Cucumber., Honey, Fresh Tarragon, and White Wine Vinegar), and a side of Pad Thia noodles with chicken.

The wine is a Palmina Sangioverse from a vineyard East of San Francisco.

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Accommodating the oven and cooktop

Creamy Lumaca Rigate Pasta

Luckily when I built my house I designed it to fit my need and didn’t have to modify a traditional house. In the kitchen the oven, cooktop counter tops, and the sink need changing. A traditional stove with the oven and cooktop in one piece just won’t accommodate my special needs.

I hate to think what would happen if the level of the oven was low and I fell out of my chair on to the hot door while I was leaning over and trying to take a hot pan out. So, it needs both raising and I must be able to take pans out from beside the oven and not lean over the door.

What is very useful but not obvious is the piece of ceramic tile I keep on the counter beside the oven so I can put hot pans right there and not have to carry them to the preparation area.

The cooktop needs to be lowered but I also need to get my legs under it so I can use a spatula or stir something in a pot even if they are on back burners.

Something that is useful is a screen top for the frying pans otherwise oil popping will burn my arms if I need to reach a pot on a back burner.

Here is the cooking part of the kitchen I use.

Cook Top-cropped

This design won’t work for every disabled person but it accommodates me.

Opening picture my Creamy Lumaca Rigate Pasta with Asparagus and Goat Cheese.

Next time: My adapted cooking prep area.

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Why I’m changing the focus of this blog to cooking.

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I’m here to restart and change the focus of a blog I started in 2015 but let languish in 2016. I have a new and unexpected passion in my life- COOKING!

I’m trying to become something of a gourmet cook. If you look at some of the dishes I’ve made I’m on my way. I’ll add more pictures of dishes I’ve made in future posts. Maybe all those years of watching the Food Channel haven’t been wasted. Thanks to trying it out with “Blue Apron” ( https://www.blueapron.com ) I’ve found I can actually do it!

It’s been a dream of mine to become a gourmet amateur chef for years. But I didn’t think I could because I must cook sitting down. If I need to move some chopped garlic from the prep area to the stove I must carry it in my wheelchair to the stove.

That gives me the difference that will make my blog stand out from the thousands of other cooking blogs on the web. If you do a search just using the key word “cooking” you get over seventeen million hits. But when you add modifiers like “cooking disabled” or “cooking sitting down” you find very little. Maybe my blog on cooking sitting down can fill that niche.

Opening picture my Asparagus and Arugula Pesto Pizza with Pink Lemon Ricotta

 

Next time accommodating the Oven and Cooktop.