I have spoken before about how amazing Headway have been throughout my recovery.
For a number of weeks, I have been taking part in an activity called "Fakeaways."
These are meals we have made, or part made, and then taken home so we can make dinner for ourselves, or loved ones, in our own kitchen, empowering us.
I have mentioned how I hate Amy cooking, not because she is bad at it, far from it!
I hate the fact I struggle to physically prepare a meal, and therefore, Amy is forced to make our evening meals, which is unfair, as she has enough to do.
In the first week, we made spaghetti bolognese, and then lasagne.
A few weeks ago we made quesadillas, completely from scratch - no supermarket packets!
Going off on a slight tangent; growing up with three vegetarians, I did not have a meat lasagne until I went to Liverpool University aged 18, which sounds outrageous!
Imagine my surprise, and subsequent delight then, when I learned lasagnes don't actually have carrots in them!
The following week on our "Fakeaways" we made stir fry (picture above) with spicy wedges (not your usual combination!)
The stir fry, in particular, tasted amazing because we made the sauce completely from scratch, which I had never done before, so it was nicer than the shop-bought ones, without trying to blow my own trumpet!
Stir fry, to me anyway, always seemed like, what I would call, a "student meal" because it is relatively easy, and cheap, to make, hence why we were probably making it!
You learn to cook properly at University, because you are away from your family for the first time, but learning to cook like this was another first for me!
It genuinely felt amazing to be able to make dinner for Amy and I - so she could have a night off!
The lady who runs the course is called Chris, which is the name of one of my (male) cousins, so that became my "strategy" for remembering her name, because every week I struggled to remember it, which I admit sounds ridiculous; I knew it was a "c" or "k" sound, but I just could not quite find the word.
Chris, (not my cousin) would give us the recipe/method to take home with us, so we now have a pile of them in our kitchen cluttering the place up - and all of this for free! Absolutely amazing! Not only does it include an easy-to-follow method, but the cost of each meal was broken down and showed how cheap it was to make!
I am so grateful to Chris (again, not my cousin), and to Headway, for this tiny gift of independence.
Often we made two courses at once, which is a great idea, such as a main meal and a dessert.
There were also quite a few of us in the room cooking at once, so it did get crowded at times, as you can imagine!
I have felt so empowered by this course and feel so much more confident to make a lovely meal at home for me and Amy!