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Victoria Brownworth @VABVOX
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Today I am going to try and cook for the first time since I was paralyzed.

I used to cook most nights for me and The Wife. After Mass on Sundays, I would make brunch.

I made every holiday meal for 17 of our 18yrs together. I did the #Christmas baking.
I started cooking as a child. I grew up in a chaotic household. Great politics but a chronically ill mother. I was the oldest sibling & the maternal stand-in.

I became a vegetarian for political reasons at 14, so I had to learn how cook that diet cheaply since we were poor.

In college I cooked for everyone. I knew how to stretch $.When I was in the domestic Peace Corps I taught people how to cook with next to no money.

I love feeding people.
I think food is an evocation of love for many folks.

I haven't been able to cook since I was paralyzed.
The Wife misses me cooking.
I miss me cooking.
I've been working with the physical therapist on ways to adapt my environment so I can cook paralyzed.

I get exhausted quickly because I also can't breathe(thanks #cancer).
But I have been thinking about this for a while.Months.
The Wife bought me one of those #Christmas gifts women hate to get from husbands: a fancy pressure cooker/crockpot thing--Instant Pot.


So I watched a bunch of YouTube videos and found this great Asian woman who uses this contraption.

So: #CookingWhileParalyzed
So my plan is to make us General Tso's tofu with steamed rice & vegetables.I figured out that I can put my small quilt rack across the wheelchair with a cutting board on top. If I position the wheelchair parallel to the sink, I can reach the faucet (gratitude for being tall).
Now #CookingWhileParalyzed is going to be quite different from my previous cooking life, so this may be too ambitious for my first foray.

My back up is a spinach/potato/leek frittata with braised baby carrots w/grilled tangerine. That's something I can make in my sleep.
I was always a fearless person, but being paralyzed has made me far less so. I feel vulnerable all the time. Apparently this is "normal" for people suddenly paralyzed. :/

So I am trying not to be afraid of the logistics and the stove and fire.

But I have to try this.
And I have to accept that it might not work this first time.

#CookingWhileParalyzed is probably going to be a process.
And there's always that Instant Pot with no fire. But I'd love to make a meal for The Wife. 🍽🍾🥂
So: make a #NewYearsResolution to do something REALLY hard, that pushes you out of your comfort zone, that makes you re-imagine something in your life.

I will be attempting a logistical feat: #CookingWhileParalyzed.

(Promise to post pics tonight, successful or not.)
#CookingWhileParalyzed begins!
Prep may take me down, but we are doing this!

The ingredients are: onion, russet potatoes, yellow squash, baby spinach, brown cage-free locally sourced eggs, butter, cheeses--parmesan ends and sharp cheddar. Large skillet with lid.

Slice up everything very thin: onion, potatoes, squash.

Melt 2tbs butter in pan.
Add oinion.
Saute the onion.

Add the sliced potatoes.
Slice up the squash.
Be sure It's very thin.

Taste your potatoes to make sure they are nearly soft. Add the squash.
This serves four so, you want 4 potatoes, 2 small squash, 8 eggs, two handfuls of baby spinach wilted and torn up.
So I just started to cry, because I am really exhausted and it's hard to breathe. The Wife offered to finish this, but I am doing it.

Add the spinach to the pan. Lightly pepper the top.
Add the eggs, which you have lightly beaten with a touch of Tabasco, because you lived in Louisiana for a while. Do this hotter or less hot according to taste.
The cheese I am using is a Mexican blend of mild cheddar, Monterey Jack, Queso Quesadilla and Asadero. It has a little bite.

After the cheese is in, cover it till the whole thing sets with the cheese melted.
Finished it should look like this with the sides looking just a touch brown and coming away from the pan.

Well, not 100%, but a solid B+.
It should be more browned on the bottom--I didn't use enough butter. But The Wife just tasted it and declared it delicious.

So---yay! I did this. First time cooking since I was paralyzed.
Much harder than I expected.

In future I will need to space out the prep from the cooking.

But it's really good, so even though the final slice isn't gorgeous like I'd hoped, it tastes fabulous. Serve with a glass of chilled white or some zinfandel and some bread.
For those counting calories, this is 4 servings. Each serving is 390 cals.

Also, I don't use salt because of my lungs, so salt to taste.

Thanks for taking this journey with me today, friends.

One #NewYearsResolution down and it's only #Epiphany.
Now to watch the #GoldenGlobes with The Wife.
Sshh--no spoilers.
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