Cooking with pans

Many of you probably know that I struggle with cooking. I talk about it often and I’m hoping it’s something I can gain more confidence with, or at least be able to find more meals that I can easily make for myself. I’m also hoping to come up with some ways around doing things that I find hard.

There are lots of reasons why I find it hard to make my food because of my Cerebral Palsy. I’ve mentioned some of these quite a lot and you can read more about some of them here.

One of the things that is tough for me is cooking in saucepans on the hob. I find it hard to balance, hold the pans in place and stir whatever is in them. If it’s a large amount of food, that makes it harder for me to mix it around the pan too. More often than not, bits of it end up falling out so I make a huge mess, and half of it ends up stuck to the pan because I hardly ever seem to be able to do it properly.

The other day my heart sank when I was asked to keep an eye on something that was cooking and give it the odd stir. I placed one hand on the worktop to balance myself and stirred the food constantly with the other, even though I probably only needed to do it once every so often. Thankfully, the pan was sturdy so I didn’t worry too much about it slipping.

My mother came back and I asked her to check if any of it had stuck. I was so relieved when she told me it was all fine. It felt like a small achievement, because I’d been a bit worried that things would end up going wrong.

I’m glad they didn’t. I hope that one day I’ll feel more confident when it comes to cooking. For now, I guess I’ll just have to keep trying.





7 thoughts on “Cooking with pans

  1. Maybe you need to use heavy pans. Also. Pans with a low center of gravity. Short squat pans. I also like to use a crockpot and a rice cooker. My son has a small crockpot that he uses.


  2. Another interesting read Nic! I had a quick scan of some of your cooking with CP archives. This couldn’t have come at a better time as I write the blog for Miss M’s intensive therapy where I am listing some of the things that we hope she will be able to do more independently one day (other than walking which many people seem to get fixated on!). From your descriptions I am imagining that you do your cooking tasks in standing? is that right?


    1. I hope the intensice thearpy is going well. I’m looking firward to your next post. Yes, I do these tasks in standing. I’ve thought about trying them in sitting but them I would be too low down to reach the hob and kitech worktops.


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