Some you win, some you lose!

Watch me make them here or download the recipe

White bowl of colourful shredded leaves, sliced onions and peppers with golden mango pieces.

Smashing lettuce: a great trick to remove the Iceberg lettuce core.  Hold it firmly with the stem side down.  Smash the stem firmly on to the worktop and you should just be able to remove all the core intact.  It feels and sounds pretty brutal first time but really works.

My regular co-cook, John the taxi-driver, was madly enthusiastic about the healthy mango dressing for a summer chicken salad and the low-carbohydrate bread for club sandwiches. John and Penny close up to the frying pan to catch the smell of mango, chilli and lime.

He was absolutely right about the first: fresh and zingy chicken that is perfect for hot summer days.  So simple that there’s nothing to go wrong and so delicious that you’ll want more!

But he was hugely disappointed with the gluten-free almond and coconut flour bread –chewing reduced it to a paste that went straight in to the bin.  If I try it again, I might add some xanthium gum and yeast, herbs, nuts, seeds or anything to improve the taste and texture.  Not one of our best experiments but worth a try if you are desperate!

Club sandwich cut in half to reveal layers of lettuce, chicken tomato and bacon

Penny Melville-Brown OBE

Disability Dynamics ltd www.disabilitydynamics.co.uk

Helping disabled people to work since 2000

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penny@bakingblind.com

Indian feast: Chicken Tikka Masala, Masoor Dahl with Cumin Seed Tarka and carrots roasted with cumin.

The finished article on a plate Simple and classic curry that everyone loves with some different side-dishes.

A Quick meal: it takes about five minutes the day before and, while the chicken cooks, there’s time to make the sauce, dal, carrots, rice and any other side dishes.

Just pop the carrots in the microwave to par-cook.

Having frozen portions of GGG (crushed ginger, garlic and green chilli) in the freezer makes these dishes even faster.

Using a food processor or mill instead of grating onion and pepper is much easier and far less tearful!  Just chop both roughly and process for a minute or so to form a rough slurry.

Powdered spices in a storage facility that makes it easy for me to identify themMeasuring out all the spices is simpler if they are all kept together in separate compartments in a single tin – I have one for ground spices and another for whole.Whole spices in storage that makes it easy for me to identify them

Watch me make them on YouTube or download the recipe from www.bakingblind.com

Penny Melville-Brown OBE

Disability Dynamics ltd www.disabilitydynamics.co.uk

Helping disabled people to work since 2000

You Tube

penny@bakingblind.com