First Day of Class: Cooking (independent living skills series 1)

For those who do not know, I am enrolled in cooking, Orientation and Mobility (O and M), and Amazon Echo Dot classes at a local training center for the blind and visually impaired.

I was nervous as a frantic mouse who was trying to get away from a cat the night before. Would I do well? Would I graduate in time? What would happen if I found employment in the middle of my training? Even though all these questions were  going around in my mind, I felt comfort knowing I knew some of the staff and instructors, and two of my classmates from previous classes.

I woke up bright and early Tuesday morning; I quickly dressed and was ready for the bus way ahead of schedule. I waited and waited; when the bus did not show up for the arranged time, I called the company.  Come to find out, the company had a computer problem and I was scheduled to be picked up on Wednesday. I had to cancel my ride, and my grandpa took me to the school.

I was still early for class, so I hung out in the conference room and talked with my classmates and staff.

Soon our lecture on safety and cooking meat began. I learned all kinds of things about the safety of cooking meat.

Spaghetti was on the menu. Soon we were adding our sauce in our pans. One of the goals I identified during my pre assessment was that I need to improve my chopping and dicing skills. I was able to peel and chop garlic, along with chopping and dicing one large green  bell pepper and two mushrooms. One thing that I learned was that cutting on a clear cutting board was not helpful because of the contrasts.  I ended up using a solid white cutting board.  Once my ingredients were ready, I added it to my sauce and I let it cook, stirring as needed.

Once the sauce was finished, the teachers added in the spaghetti and hamburger that was already precooked.  We stirred everything together.

The dish came out tasty and we were able to enjoy it for our lunch. We even got to take some home to our family.

I can not wait to share the rest of my journey with you and to acquire new skills and to grow in my confidence.

 

 

Cooking on Friday Nights

Hi Blog world,

I have started to enjoy my Friday nights! Why you may ask? Because I have been cooking. One of my personal goals that I wanted to achieve this year was to improve my cooking. With guidance, from my friend Carol, I have cooked a variety of meals.

I have had the pleasure of passing on a few leftovers to some of my other friends, and it makes me happy to say that they have reported back  that they have enjoyed them. 🙂

Another thing I get to enjoy while I cook is when Carol and I get into the kitchen we have a great time. Not only do we get to talk about how to make my meal great, but we get to talk about life and about life lessons that will one day help me achieve success in my own life.

So here are my questions I would like my readers to answer: What are some of your favorite meals to cook?  What kinds of topics or  advice for life do you pass on while your cooking? Tell me in the comments below.

Blog soon,

Amanda Gene