Stuffed Chinese cabbage for Jo

( This is part of a new project – virtual cooking for friends during #COVID19

I’ve known Jo Verrent for a long time before she took up her present role. We were discussing, among other things, the role of cuisine in culture I think. However, Jo said she had a chinese cabbage and some dried mushrooms (porcini) in her copboard to cook. So I came up with this recipe. I didn’t have any porcini mushrooms so I substituted with shitake mushrooms.

see the full recipe at the Stuffed Chinese cabbage for Jo page

tortilla bake for Dennis

( This is part of a new project – virtual cooking for friends during #COVID19)

It feels like I’ve known Dennis Queen, from campaigns we participated together, for a very long time. Recently, we had some time together when they came down from Manchester to lead a music workshop for Culture Access. I thought it would be good to suggest a dish for their family, a mixt of vegan/vegetarian and meat eaters, young and older members. I asked what they would like and came up with this dish that can be served as a main meal or as a side dish. It might be a good TV or Netflix dish to have together as it resembles nachos.

See the full recipe at the Tortilla bake for Dennis page.

Fried fish for Frieda

( This is part of a new project – virtual cooking for friends during #COVID19

This current coronavirus pandemic means that for many of us, disabled people with social isolation, are restricted to virtual meetings.

As it means no eating together – here’s a new project in that we would cook a dish with the friend in mind and share it here. The recipes here are not expert cooking but shared with love.)

My friend, Frieda Van Der Poll, used to help me in Coventry to do all sorts of things – one of which, is to help me cook. She also supported me in access auditing and organise projects for Connect Culture. Now that I moved to London, we don’t have much of those opportunities anymore. When we had a conversation lately, I discovered that she has become a pescatarian and we (of course) discussed recipes!

So this dish is for Frieda, something we would definitely enjoy together. It is very simple.

See the full recipe at the Fried fish for Frieda page.

Vegan linguine for Rob

plate of linguine with creamy coconut sauce
plate of linguine with creamy coconut sauce

( This is part of a new project – virtual cooking for friends during #COVID19

This current coronavirus pandemic means that for many of us, disabled people with social isolation, are restricted to virtual meetings.

As it means no eating together – here’s a new project in that we would cook a dish with the friend in mind and share it here. The recipes here are not expert cooking but shared with love.)

Rob (instagram @veggielad) is a vegan – he is also my friend Holly’s husband, and I was invited to their lovely wedding not so long ago. I feel guilty that the last time we ate together, there wasn’t a proper vegan dish on the restaurant menu. Hence I am offering this – in place of a proper meal which will have to wait till the pandemic and my social isolation ends. I thought this might be a good simple dish to share – with all ingredients that can be found in a store cupboard. This is such an easy dish that Naomi and I made it together while watching an episode of Chinese drama (explanation of the sound in the background.)

See the recipe at the vegan linguine dish for Rob page

A Malaysian curry for Bonnie

( This is part of a new project – virtual cooking for friends during #COVID19

This current coronavirus pandemic means that for many of us, disabled people with social isolation, are restricted to virtual meetings.

As it means no eating together – here’s a new project in that we would cook a dish with the friend in mind and share it here. The recipes here are not expert cooking but shared with love.)

My friend, Bonnie Chiu, is from Hong Kong. We have worked on co production projects. We ‘ve also been to different events together and most importantly, I was invited to her wedding!

I was telling her about this project and she told me she’d like a Malaysian curry chicken! Now I think I can manage that. Not sure if Malaysian friends agree with me, but here goes.

Ingredients

cut up chicken portions (from 1 small chicken, I prefer free range corn fed chicken)
Malaysian curry powder (found in Asian supermarkets and on Amazon)
Coconut milk /cream
– 10 cloves of garlic (depends on how garlicky you want it ot be)
– stick of fresh ginger, peeled and chopped finely
– at least 5/6 shallots
5 star anise
1 stick of cinnamon
5 pieces of tamarind soaked (or juice or paste)
4/5 tablespoons neutral oil

ingredients on a round plate: chicken pieces. chopped shallots, chopped garlic, chopped ginger, curry poweder in a packet (kari ayam, adabi brand), tin of coconut milk, with spices - cinnamon,  tamarind, cloves, snar anise.
ingredients on a round plate: chicken pieces. chopped shallots, chopped garlic, chopped ginger, curry poweder in a packet (kari ayam, adabi brand), tin of coconut milk, with spices – cinnamon, tamarind, cloves, snar anise.

cooking method

First step

Prepare all the ingredients. James used a few kitchen utensils here – apart from a spatula, he easo used tongs and a spoon.

Heat up the wok or pan with vegetable oil. Best not to use olive oil which will be too strong tasting. fry the ginger, garlic and shallots gently. This is best ground together but I stepped away at the moment and forgot to tell the PA that step. Add the curry powder making sure it doesn’t get burnt by adding more oil if necessary.

second step

Add the chicken at this point. Keep stirring – this is where you need someone with a strongish wrist! Add more oil if it looks dry and also the water used to soaked the tamarind. After a few minutes, add the rest of the spices and the coconut milk. Give it a good stir.

third step

Leave the curry to simmer for at least 20 minutes. In the meantime, you can prepare whatever you want to accompany the dish. I had some rice prepared and some tomatoes and crispy fried onion flakes. Season to taste. When I have more fresh vegetables, I like it with a fresh salad and /or with cucumber.

Malaysian chicken curry with onion flakes and cherry tomatoes  on a blue plate
Malaysian chicken curry with onion flakes and cherry tomatoes

Hope you like it, Bonnie.

By Eleanor, assisted by James.

photo of East Asian woman on wheelchair holding a spatula awkwardly frying lardons in a wok. Behind her is a loaded sink and a microwave.
Eleanor Lisney

Eleanor ‘s love for all types of cuisine comes from being Malaysian born and bred. She started to cook at university at Canterbury and learn about French cuisine when she was a stay at home mum for more than 10 years in Strasbourg, France.

She finds cooking on her own more problematic and gets her PAs / friends to help her do the heavy work so she can do some cooking from her wheelchair.

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New virtual cooking project for friends project #Covid19

This current coronavirus pandemic means that for many of us, disabled people with social isolation, are restricted to virtual meetings.

As it means no eating together – so here’s a new project in that we would cook a dish with the friend in mind and share it here.

We will update this blog as we go along

Virtual meals to share

For Liz – My favourite Mum’s fried rice

for the other meals see Cooking with help page

Egg fried rice for Liz

( This is part of a new project – virtual cooking for friends during #COVID19

This current coronavirus pandemic means that for many of us, disabled people with social isolation, are restricted to virtual meetings.

As it means no eating together – here’s a new project in that we would cook a dish with the friend in mind and share it here. The recipes here are not expert cooking but shared with love.)

I asked Liz Carr what she fancied, she said something with rice (she saw an episode of Ready, Steady Cook and it was a rice dish and made her hungry) so rice it is to be.

See the full recipe at Egg Fried rice for Liz page

Disabled & Proud Festival: A celebration of our culture, community and solidarity

As a disabled performance artist, it was a privilege to have participated in the second half of the festival in Greenwich Library. The festival was a great platform to showcase my art to the disabled community and for me to be exposed to other disabled artists, of whom I may not have met and experienced their work had it not been for the festival.

Sorena, performing artist

This festival was partly to celebrate Disability History Month ( Disability History Month runs from 22 November to 22 December every year ) and also the UN International Day of Disabled People (3rd December. The theme for this 2019 IDPD is ‘Promoting the participation of persons with disabilities and their leadership: taking action on the 2030 Development Agenda’ ).

The day started at the library with the exhibitions and information stalls, there is much footfall at Woolwich Centre Library on a Saturday afternoon with disabled and non disabled visitors.

The information stalls and exhibitions

In *Neurodiversions* ​Annabel Crowley and Shura Joseph-Gruner present their creative responses to their day-to-day neurodiversions.

Exhibition : Digital Quiltof Disabled Women (pilot by Eleanor Lisney and Natasha Hirst and others) will be presented. This project was one of those joint shortlisted in the Royal Borough of Greenwich bid to be the borough of culture.

This pilot series of photos and videos was organised and co produced with the disabled women featured, by Natasha Hirst and Eleanor Lisney. They were all taken on the same one day at the Jetty cafe, Greenwich Peninsula. The photos were taken to highlight the lives, work and diversity of some disabled women in London, to be a pilot of a Digital Quilt of Disabled women.
Workshops

Workshops lead by Lucy Sheen and Annabel Crowley (drama ), Mx Dennis Queen and Miss Jacqui(music) and Richard Hering and Eleanor Lisney(smartphone video).

Some of the videos are here (captions to follow)

Short abstract of Lucy Sheen’s with Annabel Crowley’s workshop on drama making
Short abstract of Richard Herring’s and Eleanor Lisney’s workshop on smartphone videoing
Performance with workshop participants in the evening
see for the workshop video/version https://youtu.be/9hPfhHeUvzA

More to come soon!

Disabled & Proud Festival Performance Evening 30th Nov

This festival is partly to celebrate Disability History Month ( Disability History Month runs from 22 November to 22 December every year ) and also the UN International Day of Disabled People (3rd December. The theme for this 2019 IDPD is ‘Promoting the participation of persons with disabilities and their leadership: taking action on the 2030 Development Agenda’).

****Access directions and details are here .***

Performances 6pm to 8 pm at Woolwich Central Library, SE18 6HQ

Compere : The lovely Joanna Abeyie

young woman of colour with long brown hair smiling

Joanna  is an award-winning, agenda-setting Diversity champion and recruiter, social campaigner, TV executive, broadcaster and journalist. As a campaigner for diversity within the publishing, TV, Radio, Digital and Creative Industries, Joanna is regularly at the centre of the diversity agenda, leading conversations around inclusion and representation.

~~Drum roll~~~

the Performers

Sorena Francis : Sorena is a performance artist, writer and activist. She engages in activities around disability rights and justice, and ways to shape and improve services for sick and disabled people. She’s is a Thrive London Champion, an initiative that seeks to improve the mental wellbeing of all Londoners.

White seated woman holding a book

Naomi Jacobs : Naomi will be telling a personal story of moments on the margins as an autistic person, reflecting on stories as tools for stepping more boldly into who we are, as activists and as people.

White man, in whirt shirt and dark trousers, dancing to an audience of seated audience

Norman Mine : Norman is a Neapolitan artist based in London who practices is exploring aspects of ordinary personal experiences and how the modern obsession of the self is merging into and shifting between narratives of both fiction and paranoia.

woman bathed in red light, shes knelt with hands folded

Erika Leadbeater : Erika is a multidisciplinary Artist, activist and ambassador of The Survivors Trust. Her work is a sensory celebration of feminist and social issues.

Black woman in a wheelchair

Miss Jacqui : Miss Jacqui is a poet, songwriter, artist and truthteller.

close up black and white photo of a white bearded man

Richard Downes : Richared is a poet and writes for Disability Arts Online. “I always wanted to write. I practiced for years. I played guitar and sang. I took photographs. ”

white person with glasses on wheelchair and with guitar

Dennis Queen : Dennis is a grassroots activist and musician who has been performing in the disabled people’s movement since the turn of the century.

East Asian woman in a white shift. She has concentric circles behind her and the word 'Hiroshima'

Chisato Minamimura : Chisato will be there with her
Scored in Silence – Dance Documentary
Film screening of excerpt from “Scored in Silence” (12 mins) followed by a Q&A from Chisato Minamimura and producer Amy Zamarripa Solis (8 mins)

Eventbrite for evening performances

Exhibitions at the Disabled&Proud Festival

This festival is partly to celebrate Disability History Month ( Disability History Month runs from 22 November to 22 December every year ) and also the UN International Day of Disabled People (3rd December. The theme for this 2019 IDPD is ‘Promoting the participation of persons with disabilities and their leadership: taking action on the 2030 Development Agenda’ ).

30th Nov 2019 Saturday at Woolwich Centre Library.

Exhibitions

In *Neurodiversions* ​Annabel Crowley and Shura Joseph-Gruner present their creative responses to their day-to-day neurodiversions.

standing South East Asian woman is colourful jumber and a squatting man of mixed heritage putting pictures up on a black board.
Annabel and Shura putting some of their pictures up at Woolwich Centre Library

“everyday wandering; going off topic; (de-)stimming; trying to enjoy the ride”
In this joint exhibition, Annabel Crowley and Shura Joseph-Gruner present their creative responses to their day-to-day neurodiversions.
Ask Annabel or Shura if you would like a talking tour of the works! Includes: photography, video and print.
Bios:
Annabel Crowley
is an artist and MA researcher into cultures of neurodivergence at Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London (UAL). She has worked in and around disability since 2008, currently as an access and inclusion specialist (+ visiting lecturer) at UAL and a co-director of Culture Access. 
Shura Joseph-Gruner is an artist and teacher whose practice includes photography and curation. He works between the Brit School and UAL, helping to facilitate the creative practices of disabled students from Key Stage 4 to postgraduate studies.

Exhibition : Digital Quiltof Disabled Women (pilot by Eleanor Lisney and Natasha Hirst and others) will be presented. This project is one of those joint shortlisted in the Royal Borough of Greenwich bid to be the borough of culture.

This pilot series of photos and videos was organised and co produced with the disabled women featured, by Natasha Hirst and Eleanor Lisney. They were all taken on the same one day at the Jetty cafe, Greenwich Peninsula.

The photos were taken to highlight the lives, work and diversity of some disabled women in London, to be a pilot of a Digital Quilt of Disabled women.

Videos will be shown at the library.

photo of standing white woman showing photos on a camera to East Asian woman with cap in a wheelchair. She is wearing a red scarf.
Photo of Natasha (with camera) and Eleanor (in wheelchair) by Emma
photos(top to bottom) of Christiane, (white woman smiling with short hair, glasses and a black top), Ciara (white woman with long hair pink top and purple waistcoat), Natasha, (white smailing woman with purple short sleeve top), Joanna, (light skinned smiling black with long brown tinged hair, woman )Emma (smiling white butch woman with glasses and patterned short), Sarifa (smiling Asian Muslim woman in white, head covered) and Eleanor (East Asian woman, smiling with glasses, cap and red scarf, hand on wheelchair controls.)
photos (top to bottom) of Christiane, Ciara, Natasha, Joanna, Emma, Sarifa and Eleanor