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Roast Dinner One-hand challenge

Originally I was going to make my bed one-handed but the video didn’t go well, it’ll be filmed one day. So I decided to show you how to cook a roast one-handed instead.

My friend, Lizzie, suggested setting a challenge to see if anyone else can cook a roast one-handed. Feel free to accept this challenge. Just to make this fun, if you fail the challenge, you have to nominate five people.
Keep SAFE. If you think you cannot do something one-handed, break the rules!

So here are the rules.

  • You cannot use your non-dominant hand to grab anything
  • you can use the palm of your non-dominant hand or your arm for support

Here’s the video:

Here is the equipment I used and the instructions:


  • baking tray
  • saucepan
  • bowl
  • jug
  • ‘chip pan’ basket
  • pegs
  • nelson knife

Instructions (20-minute roast)

  1. put the roast potatoes and sausages on the tray and put in the oven.
  2. close the bag/s with one hand – preferably using a peg.
  3. Put the chip pan and some water in the saucepan and start to boil the water
  4. Make the gravy (I usually add cold water, then boiled, then put in the microwave for 1 minute but there are instructions on the box). Leave and reheat just before serving.
  5. Add the vegetables to the saucepan (10 minutes before serving)
  6. Add the Yorkshires to the tray (BBC recipe)
  7. Make the instant mash just before serving. (or mash yourself if you are up for a harder challenge)
  8. Start serving. The real challenge of having one hand. Take the sausages and Yorkshires of the tray, using your fingers is easiest here – don’t touch the tray.
  9. Using the oven glove, pour the roast potatoes onto the tray.
  10. Use the chip pan to drain the water and pour onto the plate.
  11. Spoon the mash out with a tablespoon.
  12. Pour the gravy on.

Just a note for my Foreign readers, YES Yorkshire Puddings (and gravy) are Necessary – Can’t have a roast without them. Unless you have allergies, then fair enough…

I also use a Nelson knife to cut up my sausages but I don’t expect you to buy one of those unless you need one, so before I had my nelson knife, I ate only with a teaspoon. I still use a teaspoon for eating most things.

Let me know how you get on. I hope this has helped people in a similar situation to me.

Find me on Twitter, Facebook and Tumblr. Next post will be Malorie Blackman’s Boys Don’t Cry Featured in Berg’s  brand new Book Club, so feel free to join the facebook group.

Hopefully, next Sunday I will be able to show you my trick to changing the bed with one hand.

Here’s a useful tool: Nelson Knife. It helps to cut things with one hand. Rubbish at cutting sliced meat for sandwiches, but great for cutting anything thicker such as sausages, sandwiches, stuffing etc.

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Now, I am off to wash the dishes. Thanks for visiting and good luck with the challenge :p


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Categories: Bearing Disability, Cooking and Baking, Equipment, The Kitchen

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