Mondays class

This week went by really quickly I thought.
Monday I got to class late, because I had an appointment to go to.
I missed the group shopping outing. Usually on Monday mornings the group go shopping to buy the ingredients that we’ll need for the foods we are cooking that week.
So I got to class at lunchtime.
The afternoon session was spent doing a team work exercise. One of the other members of the group is doing the personal effectiveness module right now and as part of it there is a team work exercise to do.
we have to prepare a folder and talk about health and safety in the kitchen when preparing food.
Its interesting. And good to work as a team.
So that took up the afternoon session on Monday.
I researched specialised equipment to use in the kitchen when you are disabled. That pat w fun. Never knew there were so many pieces of equipment outhere!
We took photographs of us working in the kitchen to add to our folder. And this week we are going to get images of the pieces of equipment I found to add in also.
I’m happy with the work I did.


Chocolate brownies

This morning in cooking class we are making chocolate brownies. So I thought I’d share the recipe we are using. We’ll be making them in about an hour, right now I am doing a digital media class, so anyway, heres the recipe for the chocolate brownies. Enjoy.

Chocolate Brownies
Afternoon Tea
40-50 mins

What you need:
• 175g/6oz Odlums Cream Plain Flour
• 225g/8oz Butter or Margarine (room temperature)
• 125g/4oz Chocolate (good quality, at least 60% cocoa)
• 325g/12oz Shamrock Golden Caster Sugar
• 2 teaspoons Goodall’s Vanilla Essence
• 4 Eggs (beaten)
• 80g Shamrock Chopped Walnuts
• Pinch of Salt
• ½ teaspoon Baking Powder

How to:

1. Preheat oven to 160°C/320°F/Gas 3. Lightly grease an oblong brownie tin. 25cm/10″ x 15cm/6″. Small roasting tin would also do.

2. Melt the butter/margarine and chocolate together over a low heat.

3. Remove from heat, add the sugar and mix well.

4. Add vanilla essence, eggs and chopped walnuts.
5. Sieve the flour, salt and baking powder together and gently stir into chocolate mixture.
6. Pour into prepared tin and bake for about 40-50 minutes until crusty on top.
7. Remove from oven and allow to cool, cut into brownies.


hi guys
in case your wondering why I haven’t made any new posts lately, its because I am on midterm this week.

I will resume normal posting again next Monday.

I’m enjoying my week off. Its been busy. I’ll have to catch up on my college work this weekend.

so until next week guys,


Relaxed day

today was a pretty relaxed day. that’s the thing I really like about the course, there is no mad rush, no pressure, everything is done at each persons own pace. plus I also like that you have an individual action plan, so each of the six of us on the course is working on their own individual goals. anyway back to today. in the morning I had a doctor apt so couldn’t attend class. well I came in at the very end because I was hours waiting for the doctor so I missed a lot of what they did. the part I did get they were just talking about health and fitness and what tasks they need to complete in their folder to finish the module. after lunch our tutor couldn’t do a session with us because she had work to catch up on so each of us did different things. I listened to a technology podcast and took some notes on it. the tech podcast was NCBI’S technology podcast. I enjoyed it. I learned a lot about the new chrome book computers. And how google has made them accessible to the blind. I also learned about the new features in IOS 11, apples I phone and IPAD software. So all in all it was a productive day.

I made this today

Today we made spaghetti bolognaise in our healthy lifestyle and nutrition module. It turned out great. So I decided to put the recipe here in case others want to try it.

• 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
• 700g beef mince
• Salt and pepper
• 1 large brown onion, peeled and diced
• 1 teaspoon minced garlic
• 2 tablespoons tomato paste
• 1 cups carrot, grated
• 1 cup zucchini, grated
• 400g fresh tomato, diced (or 1x400g tin whole tomatoes, drained)
• 1 teaspoon dried oregano leaves
• 2 bay leaves
• 50g butter, chopped in four

1.Place a large, heavy bottomed frying pan on high heat.
2.Add oil and swirl to cover pan, when it’s very hot add mince, salt and pepper and brown- cook for about 5 minutes or until meat juices have evaporated, stirring occasionally.
3.Add onion and sauté for 1-2 minutes.
4.Add garlic and tomato paste, stirring to coat the meat.
5.Once tomato paste has started sticking to the bottom of the pan and the meat is reddish, add the carrot, zucchini and diced tomato.
6.Stir to thoroughly combine then add oregano, bay leaves and butter.
7.Place a lid on top, bring to the boil then turn the heat down to a simmer and cook for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.
8.Check for seasoning then leave to rest for 5-10 minutes for flavours to meld.
9.Cook pasta according to packet instructions and serve meat sauce over pasta garnished with grated parmesan cheese.

I found out today that I am actually able to do a lot more than I thought I could. I chopped the carrot and cooked the pasta without any help which is good for me as I’ve never cooked pasta before. I set a timer on my phone so that I would know when it was done! Also when chopping the carrot I peeled it first with a peeler. I’m proud of myself for how well I did.

First day down!

hi everyone, shirley here
so my first day of the ILS course was great. I didnt arrive until noon, because I had an appointment to go to in the morning. On mondays, the gang, I’m going to call the other course members the gang, so anyway, the gang they go shopping on monday mornings to buy the ingredients for what we’ll make during the week. unfortunately i wont be able to go with them because of my appointment i need to be at, but thats ok. so when i got there tey were just arriving back at the centre. we all had lunch together and i found out i already knew 3 of the gang, and there are only six of us in total so i met those that i didnt know yet. after lunch i filled lut a lot of paper work with the head tutor of the course. it was mostly forms about payments, and my starting the course etc. they had to be filled up and signed etc. i also got to ask any questions that i wanted to ask. there are 10 modules in the course in total. its compulsory that you do some of them but you can pick and choose the rest. or you can do all 10 and get full certification if you want to. you have to do something in computers, and you have to do something in maths, and you have to do something in personal effectiveness and career planning. there is also a work experience module which is awesome. after i completed the paperwork we had our afternoon session. during the session we talked about the new handbook for learners that just came out. the tutor went through it with us. that was pretty boring in my opinion. i knew alot of what was in it already. it was mostly about how we’d be assessed, our responsibilities as learners etc. after we’d finished with the handbook we did some team work exercises. one of the gang is doing his portfolio in personal effectives right now. he is doing it on his own, as in the course you can do your own thing, everyone doesnt do the same things together at the same time. so anyway he’s doing his portfolio and he needed to do a team work exercise, and obviously he cant do it alone. so we all agreed to help him out. we have to create a folder with info on healthy living, health and safety, and hygiene. we didnt start it yesterday, we just made some notes.
so yeah that was my first day. I am staying in their accomodation from Monday until friday of each week. I have settled innicely. Me and Nitro have our own apartment, upstairs. Its lovely. I think I am really going to like this course a lot.
thanks for reading guys.


Welcome to my new blog. This blog is about my experiences taking part in an independent living skills course run by a centre for people with physical disabilities. My name is Shirley. I am blind and I live in Cork in Ireland. I am 37 years old. This is my first time taking part in an independent living skills course. I think it would be a great opportunity to learn and grow. I am looking forward to starting.
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