The comfortable companionship of cooking together can be the perfect ingredient for sharing life stories. Amidst potato peeling and pan stirring in Virginia Beach (USA), I heard all about Kate’s love story and more (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jDpWGy_FYpo&t=1s ).
While we struggled to skin recalcitrant puppydrum fish for our classic English fish pie, Kate told me about re-discovering her childhood sweetheart after years of separation and her boldness in moving across the Atlantic to create a new future with him. You can hear her happiness and enthusiasm for her completely new life. Not just a new country and relationship but she’s also created a new business too. Having developed a range of natural skin-care treatments to manage her own sensitivity to commercial products, she has a growing market for her range of hand-crafted preparations. See more on her Facebook page Simple Luxury Skin Care and you can contact her for a menu of products.
And the kitchen revelations didn’t stop there. The local Virginian Pilot journalist covering our Baking Blind cooking session shared her own struggle with the onset of sight loss. Just as I’d had to face such a life-changing situation two decades ago, she was having to learn new ways of working using some of the special adaptations, equipment and adjustments to her professional work. She is another shining example of how determination wrapped around the right amount of help can mean that acquiring a disability needn’t be career-ending.
And, meanwhile, Kate and I continued to struggle with the local puppydrum fish. Locally caught especially for our fish pie dish, it nearly proved more than a match for us when trying to remove the exceptionally tough skin. On the other hand, it might have been so much easier if I’d realised it needed doing before cutting the fish up! Just one of those kitchen dramas that happen when you are blind. But it was still a delicious dish that, amazingly, seems very little known in America – the “old” country still has some traditional secrets to share with them. You can try the recipe too (http://www.bakingblind.com/fish%20pie.htm) for a simple home supper or vamped up with more luxurious ingredients to delight guests.