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Old 12-08-2013, 11:28 AM   #21
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I would be glad if I still could prepare my dinner when I'm 80....

I think you all can be proud of yourself that you are still able to live your own life!
Thank you, Cara. Did I forget to tell you that I'm also incredibly stubborn? I refuse to give up.

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Old 12-08-2013, 11:39 AM   #22
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When I feel good and am up to cooking, I will cook double what I need. The third and fourth portions are placed in frozen dinner trays, labeled and put in the freezer, for those days when I don't feel good or working. I know it's not easy planning feeling good enough to cook. I keep several convenience foods on hand like jarred spaghetti sauce, canned beans etc that we like. I can always throw something together or micro our dinner.
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Old 12-08-2013, 12:48 PM   #23
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Serendipity? Coincidence? Synergism? All?

I just found this on DC----and since I cook a lot of ethnic (translation=delicious) recipes this was a great find:

The Lazy Cook's recipes | Try the magics! Enjoy your meals super quickly in abroad :) !

Now, it has a bunch of too cute stuff for me (heart shaped yolks in hard-boiled eggs!) it also has some good tips for saving energy (mine) when cooking Japanese food.
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Old 12-08-2013, 01:44 PM   #24
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cave, I have issues with strength, stamina and foot pain, so I too understand how difficult it can be to cook.

I have a nice kitchen stool that I use when preparing meats and veggies and I pull it over to the stove when I'm making something that requires several ingredients. That has made a huge difference.

And we also keep on hand items that are easy to put together to make a quick dinner, including frozen breaded fish, frozen veggies like peas, corn, and green beans, and salad fixings. Sometimes we have a salad with leftover meat or chicken on top or nachos with just chips, salsa, homemade pickled red onions, and cheese. If we have other leftover bits of veg, they might go in there, too. A loaded baked potato is another way to use up extra veg and cheese. Hope this helps.
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Old 12-08-2013, 02:17 PM   #25
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@GG----"A loaded baked potato is another way to use up extra veg and cheese. Hope this helps."

It's a great idea----- so our minds think alike! I 'bake' several russets in my crock pot. (That won't work for people who have to have crispy skin!)

Then I halve them and load them up!

But in the weather here now, a oven going full blast sounds like the perfect thing!
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Old 12-08-2013, 03:16 PM   #26
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Cave, I too have the same problem. but I don't let that stop me. I have to make an apple pie for my SIL. I have ten apples I have to peel. I will peel a couple, put them in a large bowl of water with lemon juice, ten sit down for about five or ten minutes. Once the pain from my hip and spine has subsided, I will get up and do a little more. It may take my longer than the average cook, but I refuse to give in to something I have no control over. Try to plan dishes that will allow you to sit down while preparing some of the foods. Get a kitchen stool. I have a lovely red one that I love dearly. The only things I can't do that I was able to do 15 years ago is vacuum and ride a bicycle. And I will be 75 in March.
Addie, my mother had your problems and we found her a special "perching" chair. It's height adjustable and you can adjust it so the back legs are longer than the front and the seat is sloping so you part sit, part lean on the seat - well, I suppose perch does describe it best. She found it very useful and got one for the bathroom too, for when she was cleaning her teeth or having a quick wash.

Hers came from the Red Cross loan service, I think, but I don't think they are very expensive to buy.
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Old 12-08-2013, 03:31 PM   #27
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@GG----"A loaded baked potato is another way to use up extra veg and cheese. Hope this helps."

It's a great idea----- so our minds think alike! I 'bake' several russets in my crock pot. (That won't work for people who have to have crispy skin!)

Then I halve them and load them up!

But in the weather here now, a oven going full blast sounds like the perfect thing!
I "bake" potatoes in the m/wave. Again the skins aren't crisp but I prefer mine that way.

I've just had one with broccoli in cheese sauce. The potato was a big one so took 10 minutes cooking and 5 minutes standing and while it was cooking I steamed the broccoli and made the cheese sauce.

You can make bechamel if you have the time and the inclination but Delia Smith has a quick way - cold milk, butter and flour in the cold saucepan. Beat with a balloon whisk while it all heats, when it's thick and smooth cook it off stirring with a wooden spoon then add the cheese of your choice, S&P and a scraping of nutmeg. By the time the spud was ready the broccoli cheese was ready. Split potato, pour over sauce and eat. I sometimes add some breadcrumbs on the top and pass it under the grill but this isn't necessary. It almost takes longer to eat than to prepare and cook, filling and nutritious including 2 of you 5 a day.

(OK so the food police say that potatoes don't count towards your 5-a-day but they are good for you especially with their jackets on.)
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Old 12-08-2013, 03:37 PM   #28
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@ MadCook------ that 'perch' sounds like something I could use. Can you remember anything else about it so I can go searching the Internet? I'll look in the Adaptive Devices links on Google to see what comes up,

The reason I don't use a stool is the fixed height and the hard seat. Can I say coccyx? Of course a pillow or special pad would help.

The strangest thing----- when first taken ill and attendant woes with sitting I kept thinking about sitting in my English saddle. (Go figure) My husband brought in a saw horse and put the saddle on it----- I managed to get onto it and wow----much less pain, even without having a back.

Riding English style demands that a person sit in a 'perfect position' that can't be done on any chair! Naturally I don't have my English saddle here. LOL Or my horse.
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Old 12-08-2013, 03:40 PM   #29
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"(OK so the food police say that potatoes don't count towards your 5-a-day)"

You're busted!
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Old 12-08-2013, 03:49 PM   #30
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I would be glad if I still could prepare my dinner when I'm 80....

I think you all can be proud of yourself that you are still able to live your own life!
My grandmother was still cooking a "proper" dinner at lunchtime every day for herself and on school days for her great-grandson, until a few days before she died aged 89. "Meat and two veg" as we call it here and a pudding with custard. All that despite being nearly crippled. I hope to be doing that myself at that age.

I'm not as old as some of you and don't have your problems but as I have only myself to please I no longer have my "dinner" in the evening. I have it at lunchtime. That way I have the time and the inclination to cook it and when I get home from sorting out the Wonder Horse at night I still have the energy to make a sandwich or something on toast like scrambled eggs or a tin of baked beans. I find I eat more sensibly through the day and I feel better. I still have my glass of wine (occasionally) though even if it's with a cheese sandwich in the evening!
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