We’re Wheelie Cooking Now

Three-level-food-steamerFor info and tips about cooking with a disability, check out wheeliecooking.blogspot.com. This blog is the brainchild of Ruth Harrigan, who says it began as a place to share tips and ideas of how to cook with limited dexterity, reach and energy.

“I got the idea for the blog when I was on Twitter one day and overheard some disabled folks talking about how they were ‘reinventing’ the wheel with cooking ideas,” says Harrigan, a lawyer and quad from Princeton, N.J. “After looking around the Internet, I decided to try to gather ideas together from YouTube, blogs, and so on, to put some information in one spot for those with a disability who want to try cooking, and to give them tips and show them that it can be done.”

Harrigan says “tag-cooking” is her favorite kind of cooking. “I’ve learned it can be a lot of fun to cook side by side with someone else even if I physically am not touching anything. I can decide how my food is cooked, make last minute changes to recipes and do substitutions.”

And her favorite cooking tool? Oh, that would be her three-level steamer. “It’s just a matter of placing the food into the steamer, setting a timer and when it’s done, taking it out,” she says. “A full meal is cooked in 10 or 15 minutes.”

Harrigan’s blog includes her own recipes as well as clips she finds on the Internet and links to others’ blogs as well. For example, her blog leads you to The Wheeling Gourmet, a New Zealand version of Wheelie Cooking found at en.wheelinggourmet.com.

Wheeling Gourmet is a very colorful blog that has sections for recipes and more ideas of how to cook with a disability. Here you can find info on how to make a one-handed rolling pin — “Use a paint roller and mount a wooden dowel in place of the soft-haired brush used for painting. This will allow you to roll dough one handed.” Or given an idea on how to see into pots without removing them from the stove — “You can use a shaving mirror with a goose-neck angled above the stove in order to see into the pots on the stove.”

• Wheelie Cooking, wheeliecooking.blogspot.com
•  Wheeling Gourmet, en.wheelinggourmet.com

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