Re: stupid question!
04/11/05 06:59 AM
Loc: West Orange, NJ (IBS-D)
Welcome! This Website is a great place for anyone with IBS.
And it's not a stupid question; it's just the way things are. This morning, while I was making muffins yet again, I was wondering if the simple cooking skills I managed to learn (very reluctantly) were in danger of being lost because fewer and fewer people seem to cook these days. I guess I'm psychic, because as soon as I finished breakfast and logged into the Board, there you were.
You need a set of measuring cups and a set of measuring spoons - normally the cups and spoons you eat with aren't accurate enough for cooking. You can get these almost anywhere - department store, WalMart, Target, and so on. The measuring cup set should contain:
1 cup measure
1/2 cup measure
1/3 cup measure
1/4 cup measure
1/8 cup measure
The measuring spoon set should contain:
You might also want to look into a very simple cooking book. I know there's a "Cooking for Dummies" (might now be out of print), "Cooking with Kids for Dummies" (also might now be out of print), and "Cooking Basics for Dummies". I have NOT looked at any of these books, so you'll have to see if they give you the information you need. You might be able to find one or more of them at your local library. Or check www.bn.com to see what's available.
I also have a cookbook called "The I Never Cooked Before Cookbook" by Jo Coudert, which may also be out of print. If you find a copy, take a look at it, but if I were you I'd want something more step-by-step. However, the Forward is great - it details the author's complete mystification with cooking and tells a couple of funny stories about cooking confusion.
BTW, I intend no offense in recommending the "For Dummies" series. I find them to be some of the most useful books around because they usually don't assume you know the things other books assume you do. I've got quite a collection of them myself.
You can also take a look at these two posts, by someone who manages her IBS quite well without cooking:
No Cooking Part 1
No Cooking Part 2
These might help you keep body and soul together until you get the hang of the whole cooking thing.
HTH. Good luck.
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