Cooking – Back to Basics, Part 1 – the Batterie de Cuisine – Addendum.

Almost inevitably, given its scope, a few items were omitted from the original post. You could be forgiven, for example, for assuming that I never bake.

While it’s true that, as with cooking, I’m not able to do it as much as I’d like, I do bake – I make my own bread, not all of it but enough to break the monotony of shop-bought, and my heavily-fruited cake, massively over-burdened with glacé  cherries, and made with organic white bread flour, is a thing of wonder (seriously – the damn thing is almost Continue reading

Cooking – Back to Basics, Part 1 – the Batterie de Cuisine.

My recipes always take me by surprise with how popular they are and I thought, a few days ago, that it might be an idea to go back to basics. Recipes, of course, are an end product which start with the batterie de cuisine – your, and my, kitchen tools and, for our purposes, small appliances – without which you’d be hard pressed to make much more than a sandwich.

I did this a few years ago, but kitchens – and readers – change with time, and not everyone reads the older posts, so it seemed like an opportune time to review the kitchen situation in the light of my worsening disability. And to cover what’s needed in a decently-equipped kitchen, from tools to ingredients, for anyone considering branching out on their own, with the focus, where necessary, on disability. This, the first part, covers the tools.

Links are provided where the items I use are still available. Obviously, you don’t have to take my advice, but Continue reading