(Photo credit: Meliha Gojak)
In British Columbia, there is a strong push to get people eating more fruit and vegetables by the 2010 Olympics and Paralympics.
It’s not that I don’t find grocery store displays of brightly coloured fruits and vegetables tempting. It’s not that I don’t enjoy experiencing the crunch, texture and taste of a variety of fresh fruits and veggies. It’s the cleaning, peeling and chopping that I find deterring.
With my husband and me both having cerebral palsy and, thus, limited hand function, we rely on frozen juice from concentrate, frozen vegetables requiring minimal effort to cook in the microwave and easy-to-eat fruits, like grapes and bananas. We also take a multivitamin supplement fill in any gaps in our diet.
Last Friday, in a spirit of adventure and in attempt to broaden our culinary capabilities, we purchased a Starfrit Rotato Express and a Quick Chop as seen on TV. Sunday afternoon, in what felt like an occupational therapy session, we figured out how to safely use these time-saving kitchen devices. The Rotato was slick, peeling potatoes and an orange in mere seconds. The orange was so juicy and tasty!
The Quick Chop required most work than shown on TV as the pieces need to be cut to fit inside the chopper and then the chopped bits needed to be separated. It was as fast to manually tear the green peppers into bite-size pieces. Besides, precisely cut pieces don’t enhance the taste or nutritional value. It is yet to be determined whether the Quick Chop emains on active duty or dishonourably discharged to the back corner of a cluttered kitchen cupboard.
As I was wiping off the Rotato, I had a cp moment and my finger went flying across a sharp piece. Instantly I had a red geyser. Thank goodness it wasn’t my typing thumb!
My next mission is to find steel fingertip gloves. Alternatively, we stick with bananas and vitamin pills until we can afford a personal chef!If you enjoyed this post, consider buying me a chai tea latte. Thanks kindly.