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Cooking Up a Storm at the Parkinson Center
Some people might think I am crazy, but at every opportunity, I like to cook at the Parkinson Center. Is it really a fun place for cooking with friends. In fact, this place has become a meeting point where our members of different races come together to share their culinary skills with each other. Thus far, we have dished up Malay, Chinese and Indian dishes such as Nasi Beranyi, curry chicken, murukko, mooncakes, etc. by both patients and their caregivers.
While cooking can be a chore to some people, cooking, on the other hand, is an excellent therapeutic activity for a lot of people. The joy of cooking can take loads of tension off your body and the art of cooking involves a wide variety of skills and techniques that can be an interesting and rewarding activity for even people with Parkinson's. Cooking sessions held at the center are also in part, to facilitate maximal occupational functioning amongst our PD patients so that they can face the daily challenges in everyday living. It is therefore, with this hope that "people, through the use of their hands, as they are energized by mind and will, can influence the state of their own health" (Reilly, 1962).
On 2 August 2008, I invited two of my coursemates from the University of Malaya where we are pursuing our post-graduate course, to teach us Chinese Muslim cuisine from China at the Parkinson Center. The two young ladies, LiYan and Yan Yan come from the states of Lanzhou and Sinkiang respectively. They taught us how to cook two dishes, that is, Chinese dumplings and Lamian (noodles). Lamian is basically Chinese stretch noodles made from wheat flour dough which can be stretched by hand to a very fine thickness.
Below are pictures that highlight the activities done on that day.
But what were the rest of the other folks doing at the center while the chef wannabes were busy cooking up a storm in the kitchen? Well, they surely knew how to amuse themselves as you can see the below pictures.
The cooking session was also a good day for bonding among each other. If anyone of our readers is interested to share their culinary skills, please contact the Parkinson Center so that we can organized more cooking sessions like the above.