Kitchen adaptions for people with Multiple Sclerosis
‘Accessible’ Cooking for People With Multiple Sclerosis
‘Entertaining With Eggs’
One of the features — along with workshops on everything from keeping active and wheelchair dancing to the latest research on brain health and children’s activities — was the MS Kitchen. I was honored to be asked back this year to offer two cooking demonstrations for the gathered crowd of our MS brothers and sisters.
Many people with MS ask me about simple but pleasing dishes they might be able to manage when having someone over for a meal, so I called my first presentation “The Incredible Edible: Entertaining With Eggs,” and I showed brunch, lunch, and dinner dishes that all use eggs.
A Truly Inspiring Bunch of People
It was a good turnout, and we had good fun. More important, for me: I met a truly inspiring bunch of people.
First, I met Janis Winehouse-Collins, who also lives with MS. Janis and her partner cooked while being interviewed about the work they've done for young MS caregivers through the Amy Winehouse Foundation. Honestly, I wasn’t aware that Amy Winehouse’s mum has MS. She is a charming woman, and it was only after we’d spent an hour together that I was told she's the mother of the famous singer.
I also had the chance to reconnect with a number of English people living with MS whom I’ve met in the past, including campaigner extraordinaire Shana Pezaro, and Strictly Come Dancing competitor (and the daughter of an amazing Indian cook) Trishna Bharadia.
James Coke: ‘The Disabled Chef’
Most of all, I really enjoyed meeting and working with James Coke, aka The Disabled Chef. James and I hit it off with our off-color chef’s humor (off-stage, of course), and I can’t wait to try some of the “accessible” recipes from his website.
It’s not often that I get the chance to tell stories with other disabled members of my former profession. I don’t get to meet many of them, and even fewer with MS.
I feel like a fast friendship developed in those couple of short, prescription-allowed days. Once I recover from the weekend, I plan to do some of that cooking. Methinks, however, that the recovery of my already weakened body may take weeks, not days.
Wishing you and your family the best of health.
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