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Independent Living Cooking Class

I cooked on a stove blindfolded today.

The idea of cooking blind has always scared me, because I'm afraid of burning myself on the stove burners, especially since pots have a tendency to get moved during the cooking process.

Today, the VR teachers had only one student for the cooking class, and they were trolling for staff volunteers to be students. The Big Boss had mentioned to the teachers that I and two other coworkers needed to have some more hours under blindfold for our annual requirement--something like 25 hours a year. So I told Lillie about my fear of the stove, and she suggested I join the class if I could get permission to do so.

Incredibly, the great, big, scary stove can be conquered with a spoon. You use the spoon to find the stove, to find your saucepan, and so forth. I personally recommend two spoons--one to use as a cane substitute, and one to stir your food with. Using the stirring spoon as your guide is not sanitary and causes you to get grease on the refrigerator door. (g)

Also, a neat tip about knife safety, whether you can see or not--slide the knife blade under the cutting board if you are in the middle of slicing or cutting up food and need to set the knife down. Nice, simple, ingenious thing.

I am now stuffed, and I only ate a little bit. I made Mexican casserole--recipe to be posted later. It is made with ground beef and is very cheesy. I'm bringing it and the pudding I made home, to share with Mark and Tom, our housemate. At the moment, I have no appetite for supper. :P

The Potterverse: Fascinating entry by sistermagpie about the difference between emotion and will and the parts they play in Harry, Draco, and Snape.

Quizzage:

kermit.jpeg
You are Kermit the Frog.
You are reliable, responsible and caring. And you
have a habit of waving your arms about
maniacally.

FAVORITE EXPRESSIONS:
"Hi ho!" "Yaaay!" and
"Sheesh!"
FAVORITE MOVIE:
"How Green Was My Mother"

LAST BOOK READ:
"Surfin' the Webfoot: A Frog's Guide to the
Internet"

HOBBIES:
Sitting in the swamp playing banjo.

QUOTE:
"Hmm, my banjo is wet."


What Muppet are you?
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TA: Hm...I came up with an interesting plot idea for Paul's storyline. I shall have to see if I can work this in.

Current Mood: fullfull
Current Music: "Butterscotch Castle" - The Captain & Tenille
Comments
cooking

Chantal,
Using a spoon is so simple it's ingenious! And putting the knife under the cutting board. That is a good idea even for those with sight. I'm glad you were able to get the chance to learn these things. Especially since you said you were nervous about the stove.
Last year we had a woman from Lighthouse for the Blind come to school to talk with my kids. She showed them a lot of cool items and ideas those without sight use to manage regular household chores. I don't remember hearing about using a spoon while cooking at the stove though. I like to think my kids took something with them when they walked away.

Congrats on the class!

Tricia

Interesting that things to do with independent living are meeting me at every corner. I have a friend who's been very busy attending and faclititating at independent living workshops. It's a big thing because acknowledgement of independent living issues are very rare in this country.