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"Of course we have to have Eggy Bread, we're camping out!"

“Of course we have to have Eggy Bread, we’re camping!”

Ah, but you don’t have to have a campfire to enjoy Eggy Bread! Oh no, it’s super delicious for breakfast and brunch at home too. And what’s more – it really can be made one-handed. (Assuming you can crack an egg one-handed; if not, do that first!)

This version of Eggy Bread is a great pancake replacement, i.e. you fancy American-style pancakes with maple syrup and so on but you are short on time. It’s dead easy and requires hardly any equipment, which is handy when it comes to washing up too. Phew.

So, apart from enjoying my Cinnamon & Maple Syrup Eggy Bread and the glut of summer berries, we’ve been super-busy of late here at OH HQ. Decorating the sitting room has taken up several weekends, and in anticipation of finally getting our tip of a front garden sorted, I’ve become obsessed with paving… As my Pinterest followers will know!

Anyway, here’s the recipe, so hoist the little one on your hip if needs be, and rest in the knowledge that even if you cannot put baby down, you can all still eat. Which will help.

TOHC x

P.S. Note the mini Duralex glass in the below photo, with maple syrup in. Bought from the new Hema store in London! It’s AMAZING! Like Ikea but better.

Cinnamon & Maple Syrup Eggy Bread

Cinnamon & Maple Syrup Eggy Bread

Cinnamon & Maple Syrup Eggy Bread

You will need:

1 free-range organic egg

Milk (a dash; optional)

Ground cinnamon

1 slice stale white bread, cut into 4 strips (use scissors)

Demerara sugar

Maple syrup

Berries to serve

  1. Whisk the egg and milk (if you have it, but it’s not essential) and some ground cinnamon in a mug.
  2. Pour this mixture into a shallow bowl and dip your strips of bread into it – push them in with your finger so the bread absorbs the mixture
  3. Heat the butter in a shallow frying pan (I use a pancake pan) and fry the strips – turn using your fingers or tongs
  4. When nicely golden on both sides, serve your Eggy Bread strips with a sprinkling of Demerara sugar and a drizzle of maple syrup. Berries on the side are nice. As is a strong coffee.

Salad spinner

Is it a salad spinner, or an entertainment centre?

About ten years ago I was browsing in Habitat kitchenware department – as one does – and came across the king of all salad spinners. A decade on, in 2013, I am delighted to tell you all about the all-new and improved OXO Salad Spinner. And, trust me, A LOT can change in a decade…

I was lucky enough to recently get sent the brand spanking new OXO Salad Spinner to test, now that summer is officially here. Although now Wimbledon is upon us, we’ll probably get yet more rain. Talking of Wimbledon, this is truly the Roger Federer of salad spinners…

With its straightforward one-handed operation – so you can even spin salad while carrying baby – The One-Handed Cook is extremely happy with this bit of kit. It looks smart, with its all-new clear plastic look and new shape bowl for 2013. It still features the brilliant pump mechanism, and now the underside of the lid comes apart at the touch of a button for easy cleaning.

I wash the salad in the bowl, then drain the salad in the colander part, and then get spinning to ensure my lettuce is nice and dry, ready for dressing. The OXO Salad Spinner has a non-slip base so it won’t move around on the work surface, meaning you can spin to your heart’s content. To stop it spinning, simply press the little brake button, then tip out salad, and voila.

However, there is more – those clever folks at OXO have done away with the domed lid of the old version, and replaced with a flat lid, so once you’ve poured out the water from the bowl, post-spin, you can store your salad in the spinner in the fridge, which makes life easier. Which busy mums and dads definitely like.

Easy to use, brilliantly designed, and very effective, I can now disclose that this fabulous salad spinner has one more feature that is not mentioned on the box. Oh no. I have an exclusive for you, dear reader *steals a glance left and right, cartoon-style, and whispers* It entertains the children. Yes, you heard me. It is worth buying (or growing) and eating salad, just to watch your toddler keep him or herself entertained with this bad boy.

In fact, get one even if you don’t like salad. I have to wrestle this from my daughter’s hands in order to get my lettuce in the salad bowl, frankly. She loves it – she is helping, she is pushing the pump up and down, she is spinning, she can’t stop spinning, she’s checking the salad leaves (‘They’re still bit wet, mummy,’ she says disapprovingly, putting the lid back on), she’s spinning again. While I can get on with doing other things.

Get the all-new OXO Salad Spinner here. And, parents of little ones, get ready to thank me, on oh-so-many levels…

Happy salad spinning.

TOHC

xxx

P.S. My personal favourite salad recipe at the moment is a rather wonderful one which was recently featured in the Guardian’s COOK supplement, by Cheeku Bhasin and featured on her blog, here: Spicy Roasted Butternut Squash Salad with Tahini and Yogurt Dressing http://cook2jhoom.wordpress.com/


How many soldiers can you fit into fit a scoop colander?

The minute I saw this, I knew I had to have it – it was gadget love at first sight. Some of you may remember I went shopping in Selfridges a couple of months ago, which is where I found this beauty. A Joseph Joseph Scoop Colander – the large one, not the small one, I must clarify. I know! How exciting!?

Now, I realise some of you may be less than giddy about a colander, but hear me out. This is a seriously stylish bit of kit, which not only looks nice in your kitchen, but is really useful. Remember, I am here to try and make life easier for you.  I only recommend good things. And I bring you the one-handed colander! Yes, you can drain things one-handed. Whatever you, as a busy parent, might be doing with the left hand while trying to cook with the right* (holding baby, jabbering on the phone, wiping a toddler’s snotty nose (eeew), making a packed lunch – ok, that one might be overstretching it a little… or perhaps not) you can still drain the pasta or the vegetables, without having to stop everything and carry cauldrons of boiling water to the sink and the colander, risking life and limb while doing so.

The blurb says:

–       Scoop and drain directly from the pan

–       Ideal for straining pasta, vegetables and fried food

–       Heat resistant for deep frying to 240˚C

–       Dishwasher safe

Frankly, what more could you want? This is a great gadget for the busy cook – it means you can strain and serve, and is particularly useful when you’re in a hurry or just cooking a smallish amount of pasta, say for the children’s tea.

Here is an alternative view of the colander:

Joseph Joseph colander

You don’t have to go to Selfridges to buy one either, you can get one on Amazon, or from Debenhams. Just make sure you get the large one as it is more capacious and you can fit more soldiers in. (I took the photo to give you a sense of scale; I knew you’d understand the soldiers!)

Happy cooking,

TOHC

x

*I am obviously making the assumption that most of you will be left-handed. Lefties, please don’t take offence, none is meant. I am a solo rightie in a family of lefties.

P.S. If you want to know how many soldiers, you’re going to have to tweet me a guess


Pretty in pink

Is this the most useful gadget for the one-handed cook? Just think, with baby in one hand and tongs in the other so many tasks are possible. For example, with the aid of your trusty tongs you can remove hot toast/pitta breads/crumpets from the toaster without scalding your fingers, turn bacon on the grill, remove hot vegetables from their roasting tin, move hot scones/muffins/cupcakes onto the cooling rack, flip burgers on the barbecue, rescue lost Lego men from behind the microwave, and last, and perhaps most importantly of all, pretend they are pecking off your nose, which is guaranteed to make even the grumpiest baby smile.

If you have a whinging toddler who’s driving you a bit bonkers while you are trying to cook, sit him in his high chair with a pair of tongs and some pieces of cooked pasta and see if he can pick up a piece. This frustrating challenge is tougher than Mastermind for an 18-month-old and should hopefully keep him occupied for at least five minutes. (During which time you will, of course, be without tongs, but your sanity will remain intact as you will actually be able to think straight – hurrah!) I LOVE my tongs.

Tell me what you use your tongs for in the kitchen!

You can buy the gorgeous Colours pink silicone tongs (I do love a colourful gadget) pictured here from Waitrose for £8 at selected stores or online here or here. These ones are particularly good because you can close them neatly when not in use.

Happy cooking.

TOHC

x


Pushing the buggy one handed; we’ve all been there

“Pick me up!” my toddler demanded earlier and, like lots of other always-feeling-slightly-guilty working mums, I relented straight away, gathered her up in my arms and perched her on my hip. And carried on one handed. Which got me thinking about the many tasks I’ve done one-handed over the years, starting when my son was a tiny baby, snuggled in the crook of my left arm, or asleep over my shoulder, through to my demanding daughter, who will insist on wriggling like a maniac when I carry her around, making one-handed tasks even more difficult *sigh*.

So here is a list of all the one-handed tasks I’ve managed to do over the past few years.

Score one point for each you can tick off too…

  1. Write emails (love that there’s even an acronym for one-handed typing: OHT)
  2. Sort washing, fill and empty washing machine
  3. Hang out washing (takes ages and requires teeth, but can be done)
  4. Make a cup of tea
  5. Make flapjacks (recipe to follow)
  6. Make breakfast, lunch and dinner for the whole family
  7. Push buggy (for this to be successful you ideally need a Micralite or Bugaboo or similar – it’s pretty tough with a two-handled Maclaren)
  8. Send texts
  9. Tweet
  10. Read a book – made much easier with the arrival of the Kindle
  11. Read picture book to older child
  12. Brush older child’s hair
  13. Put on make-up
  14. Wipe older child’s nose
  15. Drink coffee (many cups of coffee… yawn)
  16. Take the bin out
  17. Empty dishwasher
  18. Brush my teeth; brush older one’s teeth
  19. Do the shopping – it helps if you don’t get a wonky trolley 😦
  20. Drink a large glass of dry white wine.

Please share your one-handed baby-carrying experiences below!

TOHC x



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