If you have a bit of a sense of humor and like to wing it a bit, enjoy.
|me. I swear.|
I have recently started cooking a little bit as I'm able again, and have had to laugh at how ridiculous it's become! I am the laziest, most non-recipe following, short-cutting chef ever. I'd like to blame it all on being disabled and chronically ill, but my artsy-fartsy improvisational side has never been good with recipes, even back in the healthier days.
Find links to recipes here and posts about cooking:
An Into to the Gimpy Chef
Sweet Potato and Zucchini Cakes (Gluten Free)
Banana Chip FAIL
More coming soon!
GUIDE TO GIMPY COOKING:
I am on Pineterest A LOT. All the food looks so pretty, and perfect, and NONE of it works with my many allergies. These are my adventure in adapted recipes. I plan for full disclosure - so here it the format and rating scale I came up with for each:
1. Will link to original recipe if there was one
2. Post "Difficulty Rating" for gimpy me. You may want to adjust accordingly. This will be measured on a scale of one to five wheelchairs (see below)
3.. Is it worth trying?
4. Did my family actually ingest it? (They are super picky!)
5. Finally, gimpy prep time. Again - adjust accordingly.
|1 out of 3 on the difficulty scale.|
If you are gimpy like me, a few tips for cooking:
1. Gather all ingredients and tools beforehand, and do all prep at a table seated (in a wheelchair or chair, this cuts down on energy used. Barstools are also great for being at counter height). This means read through the recipe first, and arrange everything beforehand. Then take a break if needed before cooking.
2. Have a trash bowl handy for waste
3. Peel anything and discard all waste into said trash bowl, instead of going back and forth to the trash.
4. Do all sink work at once, like washing veggies.
5. If you are extra dizzy or not feeling well - DON'T COOK. Rest. Have someone else do it!
6. Consider making double portions of everything you cook, freeze and save for the days you can't cook.
7. Invest (they are under $25) in a small food processor/chopper to cut down on cutting - like the one I bought and love, the Black and Decker Ergo Chooper. This thing has made my life in the kitchen SO much easier!
8. Have a seat or your wheelchair near the stove so you can rest while using the stove top. Don;t try to stand for the 10 minutes it takes to saute or cook something. I also recommend splatter guards, because when seated - oil and other splatters are at eye level. I need all working body parts to remain that way! So do you. Protect yourself and be safe.
9. Plan for extra prep time. Take breaks and be nice to yourself. And taking short cuts is ok, your food does not have to look like the stuff on Pineterst!
If you have any other helpful tips, please post them, in the comments below! Thanks!