Fish fingers: not sea-life but real fingers dipped in flour and batter – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cOXzP3NGzFk&feature=youtu.be so that we could put the fish in to hot oil safely – or that’s what John promised us!
He was showing us two blind people how to cook classic English fish and chips safely. Usually there’s lots of deep fat frying with hot oil and other hazards that are even more dangerous when you can’t see. For this special version, we were shallow frying in just a little oil but still needed to handle the coated fish – so battering our hands was the answer.
Jennison, accessibility awareness lead for Linked In from Silicon Valley, California, was my fellow guinea pig for this experiment and he was understandably nervous about any injury to the hands he relies on for his high-tech, keyboard intensive work and lifestyle. And he was a very novice cook too. I take my hat off to him for being brave enough to give this a try.
I was less brave as I knew that I could rely on John’s expert good-hearted and ever-generous expertise and supervision. With all his care, we produced two very respectable pieces of battered cod to serve up with the super-safe chips, tartar sauce and distinctly unimpressive mushy peas. I’ve definitely not cooked anything in batter for quarter of a century. Even if I don’t do it frequently in the future, it was liberating to overcome another of those “blindness barriers”.
Next time, Jennison and I tackle the vacuum-packer and cooking sous-vide.