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August 19 2012 1 19 /08 /August /2012 17:02

I was on the hunt for kitchen equipment that is useful and would not clog up the kitchen and reasonably priced. Like every person who cook, you can always find gadgets - food proecessors, blenders, bread makers, steamers etc. I have a small kitchen and I imagine most people  like to maximise existing work space in their kitchen.


Even when I cook with my PA and she clears up as I go along we quickly run out of work space. Today I asked her to help me make soup. Soup is one thing that I cant manage because of the hot liquid. There is a pot you can buy with a wire basket to help you drain vegetables without carrying the hot saucepan. However it is really not a good idea to boil vegetables, and you can use a slotted spoon for the same function. There is equipment to help you grip,grate and different types of knives.


It would be useful to ask about aids for visually impaired chefs and what they use to help them propare food. My favourite kitchen gadget is a thin flexible chopping board that I can carry without problem to the pot/stove.


I had this discussion with my PA about what we could have in the kitchen to help with independent living and we looked up on the catalogue - the trouble with all these gadgets is whether they would be used even if we had them. But my concession is using very light Chinese lacquer bowls to have my soup from. And the bowl is not at all hot to touch.


We then made soup.  She cut up the marrow, tomatoes, ginger.


Minced Pork, Tofu, tomatoes and marrow soup


500 gm minced pork (substitute beef or beefballs if wished)

1 small marrow cut up

2 tomatoes

Fried tofu

soya sauce to taste


Bring water to boil in saucepan, add minced pork/beef. Add the vegetables and then the tofu. bring back to boil. Put some soya sauce in a dipping dish and ladle into bowl.



This is very easy to the stomach and you can add rice or have it with bread or noodles.

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June 17 2012 1 17 /06 /June /2012 01:00

I have been very busy lately with the Assess For Access Project these past few weeks. As it is to do with choosing Our Ten Most Accessible Restaurants, it meant visiting quite a few restaurants. And sampling some really good food. That is finished now, the Guide is almost ready and I am back to catch up with other work.



Sunday is my only day off and the day that I get an extra hour of support to prepare meals for the rest of the week.


I am not keen on frozen ready meals available at supermarket chains - and yes, I do have some in my freezer. However I like cooking my own food too. Its not always safe for me nowadays for me to handle hot saucepans or even plates on my own.So I am glad to have the help.


Today I made Stir Fry Chilli Chicken and I thought it might be of interest to some readers. My PA Justina helped me.


Stir Fry Chilli Chicken




1 small chicken cut into bite sized pieces

dried chillies

2 cloves garlic cut up

oyster dauce (2 tbs)

soy sauce (to taste)

glass of white wine (if available) or stock or water

add small cut up vegetables


Ask your butcher to cut a chicken /chicken pieces into bite sized pieces. Some butchers are really helpful and will understand, if not I find the halal butcher is really good and will even de-skin it for you.


chilliechivken.jpgHeat up wok/frying pan. (ask PA/support worker to do bits you re not sure about). Be careful of spluttering oil splashes especially for wheelchair users. Add 3 tbps of oll, put in pieces of chicken. Do not crowd the pan or it won't fry properly. Add chiliies. Keep stirring. When the chicken looks crispy, add sauces and liquid (alcohol or stock/water). Allow to braise for a few minutes. Add cut up vegetables - like celery, green beans, bean sprouts, parsley, coriander or even sweet corn if desired.


I love my knork because I can cut without a knife for eating dishes like this. I dont need a knife here.


rice-cooker.gifJustina also makes rice for me in the rice cooker. This is a really useful aid in the kitchen for anyone. No handling of hot pans needed. Add rice, add water, switch on and when its cooked, it switches itself off. Also good for PAs who have no idea how to cook rice.


It can also double as a steamer. I will add recipes later with using the rice cooker to make one pot meals.

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April 10 2012 3 10 /04 /April /2012 00:10


I've been having problems with my telephone and my friend recommends me the telephone rhat she uses. Now I ve not been diagnosed with any hearing problems but I know I have trouble hearing conversations on the phone sometimes.


This is what Maria says about it:


This telephone does exactly what it says on the tin: Its volume can be regulated to be very loud and clear and its tone can also be adjusted to your type of hearing loss. It’s very helpful to people with moderate to severe hearing loss at the touch of a button – therefore if other non-deaf people need to use the phone they can.

Keypad has large, high contrast buttons that are easy to press and the visual ringer indicator is very useful so you can see clearly the phone is ringing.

I’m very happy with my phone and makes me feel more confident when I receive business calls that I’ll be able to hear the person at the other end.

Geemarc Clearsound ® 100 Telephone


If you're a little hard of hearing, particularly at the higher end of the frequency range, this could be what you've been waiting for: a telephone that amplifies incoming calls. Features a visual light up indicator too! In addition, the extra-large button keypad makes accurate, fumble-free dialling easier, incoming speech can be amplified by up to +30dB, receiving tone gain +/-10dB, outgoing speech volume gain +/-4dB, produces a loop signal which makes it suitable for use by people who wish to use their hearing aid switched to the “T” setting

  • Adjustable ringer level
  • 9 one-touch direct number memories
  • 3 emergency number memories
  • Wall mountable
  • Batteries are required if you wish to increase the ring level of 10dB, requires 4 x AAA alkaline batteries (not included). For batteries see item LH801


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February 5 2012 1 05 /02 /February /2012 19:57

In my previous blog I started about the aids that I use. This is a response from someone who had no clue about the support system in my life, he thought I was marvelous and so independent. I thought I'd write a bit about these supports.


Sunday is my only day off now that I ve started a market stall. But it means I have sometime to do a bit of cooking. J, my PA (personal assistant) helps me. She does the chopping up and cooks the rice in the rice cooker. Today I made stuffed flat mushrooms.

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7015/6824403809_7dca9d661a_m.jpg  Stuffed Mushroom recipe:


Ingredients: 2 cloves garlic, 2 big flat mushrooms, 1/2 lb minced pork or beef, 1 egg, 1 table spoon soya sauce, freshly ground black pepper


Chop up the garlic. you can add some spring onions of you have some. Add to minced pork  or beef with an egg. Stir it well add soya sauce. Spread on the mushroom. Grind black pepper on top. Drizzle some oil over it.Put it into a heated oven on highest mark. Cook about 25-30 minutes. Check to see if its thoroughly cooked.


Now I should tell you of the clever gadgets I use in my kitchen. But for this dish I did not really use many except for the 'coolhands' to take the dish out of the oven. I am careful when taking things out of the oven/cooker.


The gadgets I have at hand in my kitchen to help me are the Dyceum jar opener, and the Culinare One Touch electric can opener. The Dyceum jar opener has a secure grip for easy twist off. The Dycem Moulded Cone Jar and Bottle Openers provides a soft, secure grip when opening safety caps and childproof lids. The elecric can opener is a life saver especially when I am on my own and too tired to prepare any food. Tuna fish salad with sweet corn is a life saver meal. My friend uses hers to open tinned food for her cat. It saves her from having to deal with messy lids.


Donna who volunteers at the stall says she finds the Easy grip spoon and fork really helpful for her as well.


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