[CnD] How Do You Know When?

pamelafairchild at comcast.net pamelafairchild at comcast.net
Wed Sep 19 18:38:22 EDT 2018

Doni, There are no dumb questions. Some are difficult to answer or take more thought to answer well. Sometimes if a question goes unanswered it is because the answer is hard to put into words or because we don't know good answers.

Pamela Fairchild 
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From: Dani Pagador via Cookinginthedark <cookinginthedark at acbradio.org> 
Sent: Sunday, September 16, 2018 11:00 PM
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Cc: Dani Pagador <pocketfulofspry at gmail.com>
Subject: Re: [CnD] How Do You Know When?

Thanks to everyone who tried to answer my question. I'm grateful for this list. I posted the question trying to adhere to list guideline
#7: "Be respectful of everyone on the list...no flaming will be tolerated.  There are no stupid questions since everyone cooks at a different level."

I've asked other blind people the question I've posted, and have gotten, "I just know." That's not helpful. So I thought I'd try here in the hope of getting a more hands-on explanation I could try to incorporate in to my techniques stash.

Some people need to be able  to cook and do it NOW!!!, and don't have the luxury of waiting six months to get into a training program. They have lives to live and families to feed, so they need to learn as they go and ask what may be perceived as stupid questions. I am one of those people.

My total blindness and my uncertainty, and fear/English as a second language on my family's part kept me from participating in the actual cooking i.e., stovetop and oven use. It is only after moving out and being on my own and watching a lot of YouTube and pestering my husband to be my eyes and explain what is happening onscreen, and to be my guinea pig as I've tried over the years to get bread baking and pizza making and everything in between down, and sharing the results with my Mom and Dad that my parents have been able to start to find the words to be able to explain how they do things. It's still a slow go, though.

My Mom has cataracts and could lose her vision. I need to be able to understand how things are done and ask the basic questions not just for me, but also so I can help her if she needs it. She won't go to a training program, and would stop cooking altogether because of not knowing how to do it without relying on sight. That's what happens culturally. I don't want that for either of us.

Also, someone in Kerryann's program might come up with the question and might not know how, or feel like,  they could ask. So I thought I'd ask for them.

'Nuff for Now,

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