Over the past couple of weeks members of the Guide Dogs Queensland community have been brushing up on their cooking skills in one of our new Lifestyle and Leisure classes.

Not only do these classes help participants get more creative in the kitchen, they’re also aimed at teaching people useful techniques that they will be able to apply independently in their own homes.

A woman stands in front of a microwave holding a microwave safe container with heat proof gloves.

Learning these sensory techniques and utilising accessible tools helps people with low or no vision to build their independence and confidence in the kitchen.

Two women stand at a bench top preparing ingredients in a kitchen.

For example, GDQ Occupational Therapist Janine suggested using touch to determine whether your steak is cooked or not.

“If, when you press your steak it feels like pressing the big fleshy bit at the base of your thumb, then it is almost well done and if it feels like the softer part of your palm below your pinky, then it is probably quite rare.” Janine said.

She also reiterated the importance of implementing these techniques safely.

“When testing the meat, it’s important to hold it with tongs and trace your fingers down to the meat to ensure you don’t burn yourself.” Janine said.

Some of the tools introduced in the class included measuring cups with tactile measurements, scissors specifically designed to cut herbs, spatula’s that work in a similar way to tongs and a selection of other pieces.

In the first two weeks of the program, the class have already made personalised pizzas and risotto – both of which require a variety of skills including cooking in the microwave, chopping herbs and vegetables, frying meat and measuring liquids.

The instructors encourage participants to come along to each of the weekly classes over the six week block to enable them to fully experience the program and develop new skills.

Three women stand in front of stove cooking with a table behind them with ingredients and tools.

To find out more you can call our friendly team on 3500 9600 or email [email protected].

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