My Inherited Kitchen

Cooking for people who can't cook but now have to

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Month: August 2017

How you can help someone who can’t cook – Gordon’s story

I was sitting on my own in the M4 Services drinking a coffee when an older gentleman, who I later found out was called Gordon,  asked if he could join me. I just said “of course you can”.  His friend had gone off to get their drinks. Almost immediately Gordon started to talk about how great microwaves were and how dependent he was on ready meals. I resisted the temptation to say anything. He went on to say that he missed many of the things that his wife had cooked but with a sad face admitted that he didn’t know how to cook.

By this stage I couldn’t contain myself any longer. Here was the type of person who could really benefit from the MyInheritedKitchen website, in fact it was designed for people like him. I talked to Gordon about the simple timed recipes, the how much guides and lots of other features of the not for profit site.  Gordon liked what he heard and smiled. Then his face changed to a more serious look and he said “is this in a book or in one of those website things?  – I don’t understand websites.” Well he was in his early 80’s so perhaps that’s not too surprising.

Gordon’s friend then returned with their drinks and sat down. We told him about the website too. Then Gordon asked the key question. “Can you just print something from the website?” “Of course you can” I said. Between the three of us we worked out that all Gordon needed to do was to give my card with the website address on to a friend or relative who understood how to use a computer and they could print off any pages that Gordon might find helpful.

As I left Gordon and his friend to enjoy their coffees they were smiling and talking about how they could get their grandchildren to show them things on and print off interesting pages for them. What a great way to link young and old.

Do you know anyone like Gordon who you, or your children, could help in a similar way?

How do you clean an induction hob?

When I inherited my kitchen I was so pleased to see an induction hob. A nice smooth glass surface with no fiddly bits to take out or clean. My first attempts at cooking meant that it got very dirty very quickly and very often.  The big question was – how to clean an induction hob. With a cupboard full of various cleaners it should have been easy but none of the products actually said “for induction hobs”.

How to get rid of smears on the induction hob

Over the following weeks I tried glass cleaners, kitchen wipes, general purpose cleaners and almost anything else that was in the cupboard except the brillo pads – although it was tempting. They all managed to get the grease and food marks off but all of them left smears on the glass. Needless to say I suddenly became a very hob proud person and started to looking for the best but also simplest solution.

The solution to clean an induction hob

First wait until the hob is cold then apply just three drops of washing up liquid. Don’t use any more than three drops or it will smear and you will loose faith in my “extensive research”. Now get one sheet of kitchen towel and wet it with warm/hot water. Rub the hob and it will go soapy and get all of the marks off.

Now get another piece of kitchen towel but this time wet it with cold water and rub over the hob to remove all the soapy bits. Finally get a dry sheet of kitchen paper to mop up the remaining water and produce a wonderful smear free finish.  It actually takes less time than it took me to write this paragraph and works most of the time.

Of course if you know a better way please let me know.

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