Cooking Basics [BETA]
This course is designed for neurodivergents who want to get started in the world of cookery.
Learn the basics of food, explore the kitchen, cook nutritious meals using clear and easy-to-follow instructions (21 recipes included), manage your budget, master shopping outings, and overcome culinary concerns.
Cooking Basics is a foundation in independent living success.
"Cooking Basics" has twelve chapters split into two sets. The first set of six chapters are texts and activities. Then we have six chapters of 'cooking classes' where, each week, you can learn new skills and build upon the previous lessons. Videos showing food preparation are also included in this course.
This is a long course which we offer as a self-directed resource - to consume of it what you will. There are lessons and activities covering a range of topics. The course will take a number of weeks to complete, if you were to engage with all the materials fully. However, we recommend you select the areas you want to learn and pace yourself accordingly.
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Appendix A: Icons for Learning
Appendix B1: Accessibility Support
Appendix B2: Accessibility for Wellness
Appendix C: Feeling Words
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Kitchen First Aid ***ESSENTIAL LEARNING
Glossary of Kitchen Tools (v2)
How to Measure Ingredients for Baking
How to "Season to Taste"
Knife Skills 101 ***ESSENTIAL LEARNING
How to Slice and Dice an Onion
How to Slice/ Dice/ Mince Garlic
How to use a Vegetable Peeler
Vegetables: How to Cut and Dice
How to Clean Mushrooms
How To Peel, Seed and Cut Butternut Pumpkin
How to Cut a Bell Pepper
How to Core an Apple
How to Peel and De-Stone an Avocado
How to Clean Leafy Greens like Kale
How to Cook with Herbs
How to Prepare Chicken Breast
How to Knead Shortcrust Pastry
(optional video) Should you Bring Meat to Room Temperature before Cooking it?
How to Crack an Egg Properly
How to Separate an Egg
Whipping Egg Whites to Stiff Peaks
Whisk By Hand
How to Fold in Egg Whites
Why Eat?FREE PREVIEW
Why Cook?FREE PREVIEW
Other Reasons to Cook...FREE PREVIEW
Food Memories (Activity)FREE PREVIEW
Eat Well: An Exploration
Types of Diets
Comfort Eating and You
Fun Food Personality Quiz (Activity)
Trying something new
References for Introduction
Building Blocks of Nutrition
Food pyramids and "the ideal diet"
Food Challenges for Neurodiverse People
Is This Banana Yellow?
More on Colour, Food and Marketing
Diet and our Planet
Food Sustainability and Me (Activity)
The Value of Water
Drinking Water Quiz (Activity)
You are what you... consume
Don't Bother with Bottled Water
A mindfulness break... (Activity)
That Sweet Stuff!
Sugar Quiz (Activity)
Salt of the Earth
Salt, Seasoning & You (Activity)
Positive Steps Forward!
References for Chapter 1
5 Reasons to Eat well...
How to Set up your Kitchen
Necessary Kitchen Tools
Kitchen Guidelines for Cooking Success
Knife Skills 101 ***ESSENTIAL LEARNING
What is a Recipe and Why Use it?
Measuring for Cooking Success
Cooking Class: Make Pastry *recipe
How to knead pastry [Video]
Cooking Class: Make Stock *recipe
Food and Mood
Eating Tryptophan (Activity)
Fruit, Leaves, Flowers and Roots
Caffeine and Moderation (Activity)
Caffiene Quiz (Activity)
How Many Pairs Do you Know? (Activity)
Flavour vs. Taste (Activity)
The Science of Taste, with Jelly Beans (Activity)
The Five Tastes
Foodie Twins (Activity)
References for Chapter 2
What's "Mise en Place"?
Time Management in the Kitchen
Apple varieties - find the tart ones
Cooking Class: Make Pie *recipe
Cooking Class: Make Soup *recipe
A Foodie Origin Story
3 to 6 (Activity)
References for Chapter 3
Multitasking in the Kitchen
Cooking Class: Make A Breakfast Smoothie *recipe
Cooking Class: Make Pasta *recipeFREE PREVIEW
Cooking Class: Make Chili *recipe
Learning to Budget
Shopping on a budget - Step 1 (Activity)
Shopping on a budget - Step 2 (Activity)
Shopping on a budget - Step 3 (Activity)
Temptations and Food Addictions
Preparing your shopping list
Meal Planning & Budget (Activity)
Avoiding Food Wastage
References Chapter 4
Run Sheets and Managing Time
Run Sheet Template in Excel (Activity)
Cooking Class: Make Hutspot *recipe
Cooking Class: Make Quesadillas *recipe
Cooking Class: Make Pan de Higo *recipe
Bright Lights, Shopping and You
Limits, Restrictions, Barriers (Activity 1)
Limits, Restrictions, Barriers (Activity 2)
Limits, Restrictions, Barriers (Activity 3)
Remedies for Sensory Challenges
A Sensory Plan (Activity)
Strategies for A Good Grocery Experience
Developing Resilience and Independence
How Resilient Are You? (Activity)
Neurodiverse Resilience (Activity)
References for Chapter 5
Neurodiverse Meal Planning
My Food Habits (Activity)
Ideas from Others in the Community
Tips to Meal Plan Well
Sensory Exploration and New Food
Sensory Exploration (Activity)
Cooking Class: Make Salad *recipe
Cooking Class: Make Burgers *recipe
Cooking Class: Make Cake *recipe
Homework is Good Work
Self-Love and Food (Part 1)
Self Love (Activity 1)
Self Love and Food (Part 2)
Self Love and Food (Activity 2)
Self Love and Food (Part 3)
Self Love and Food (Activity 3)
Neurodiversity, Food and Self-Love
References for Chapter 6
Cooking for others
Cooking up a Storm
Cooking Class: Make Cookies *recipe
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Please note: This course is set to [BETA] status, which means it does not have all the pictures added as yet. The artist is currently working on imagery, and as soon as they finish, images will be added.
We hope you can enjoy the course without the images.