Preparing Garlic

Preparing Garlic

Garlic is a culinary spice used to flavour dishes all over the world. I add it to practically all my recipes. It has a very distinctive, pungent taste and smell, which tends to linger once eaten. Apparently if you pair it with fresh parsley, then this helps…

Talking Microwave

Talking Microwave

One of the few pieces of equipment that I have in my kitchen specifically designed for blind people to use is my talking microwave. Microwaves can be very tricky to use if you can’t see, as they involve altering settings and times. The more modern…

Knife Skills

Knife Skills

I’ve touched upon how I handle knives several times now, so I thought it about time I went in to a little more detail on preparing food with a knife without sight. Its definitely one of the areas that seems to fascinate sighted people as…

Peeling Vegetables

Peeling Vegetables

To peel vegetables I hold the peeler in my right hand and whatever I am peeling in my left. I obviously need to be aware of where my fingers are on my left hand so that I don’t accidentally peel them instead of the vegetable…

Oven Gloves

Oven Gloves

A few weeks ago I posted a blog about my adventures with my grill. In it I mentioned that I really struggle to get on with oven gloves as they reduce my manual dexterity and I hate not being able to feel what I am…

Learning to Use a Mandoline

Learning to Use a Mandoline

A mandoline is a sharp, flat-bladed kitchen tool that allows you to very finely and evenly slice your ingredients, mainly fruit and vegetables. It’s razor sharp blade can be adjusted to alter the thickness of slice and in some fancy versions you can change the…

Making a Cup of Tea

Making a Cup of Tea

One of the first things I remember getting taught to do in the kitchen was to safely make a cup of tea. Now I know this seems a very simple task, but have you ever tried doing it with your eyes closed? How do you…

Grilling

Grilling

There is nothing more appealing than the smell of grilled cheese, or bacon in the kitchen. It never fails to make me feel hungry. However, I have a love/hate relationship with my grill. It is a lot healthier to grill than fry things like meat…

Weighing and Measuring

Weighing and Measuring

In Cooking Without Sight I briefly touch on how I both weigh and measure my ingredients when cooking. In this post I thought I would go in to a little more detail. Weighing ingredients these days is far easier than it used to be  if…

Is it Safe to Eat?

Is it Safe to Eat?

Very rarely is the packaging of products in supermarkets designed with blind people in mind. The only exception to this is medication, which is now also labelled in braille as well as print. This is still quite a recent thing really and I must admit,…

Fishy Business

Fishy Business

If I had to choose between only eating meat or only eating fish and seafood for the rest of my life, then fish would win hands down. However fish can be a lot trickier to cook and eat when you can’t see, especially if it…

Handling Meat

Handling Meat

One of my biggest concerns when cooking meat is accidentally serving it raw or under cooked. The last thing I want to do is make us ill or give us food poisoning. This especially goes for chicken or turkey. Most instructions state: check it is…