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About Me

A busy Kiwi mum baking simple, tasty recipes

Hi, I’m Rachel. After 20+ years in the media (as a TV producer, journalist and news reporter) I started
up my One Handed Baker blog to share my love of baking. I love creating new recipes and playing with old favourites, and began filming them on my iPhone in 2017. At that time I wasn’t able to walk well (I used a walking stick and was no stranger to wheelchairs), couldn’t do my normal day job, and was about to have major spine surgery. I filmed a few recipes thinking that editing them would give me Rachel Hart, one handed baker, tv, food blogger, the cafesomething to do while recovering afterwards… (I actually spent an additional month in hospital post-surgery fighting a tissue and bone infection). But eventually I did edit the videos and was delighted when people started liking them and following my page!
Like so many people, I constantly juggle work, housework, playing with the kids, social life (huh?)… the ‘One Handed’ theme also refers to how we all multi-task in life. It actually came about after I pretty much baked a cake with one hand while helping with homework with the other! No tripods, no fancy equipment – no helpers… That’s why all my recipes are simple!
In April 2020, I joined The Café tv show (9am weekdays on Three) during NZ’s lockdown, baking recipes from my home kitchen. I was able
to film safely within my home bubble, thanks to my husband working as my cameraman, and our kids helping out too. Baking doesn’t need to be complicated, so often simple recipes are the tastiest.
Away from cooking, I have a lot of health issues. Like a LOT. I’ve had several major surgeries, broken countless bones, have a metal cage and screws in my spine, live with a serious bowel condition, and have a one-in-a-million rare incurable bone disease. And that’s just off the top of my head! Right now I’m waiting for a second operation on my shoulder and collar bone and have been wearing a sling on my right arm for several months. So yes – ironically, I’m now literally baking one handed! Baking has helped me through some Rachel Hart, one handed baker, tv, the cafe, kitchen, tv cook, tv presenter, nz dark times, keeps me calm and makes me happy. 
When I’m not baking I love to read, and am a huge movie lover. (In a previous life I was an entertainment reporter and did lots of cool stuff like interviewing Pierce Brosnan on the set of James Bond, and going to Britney Spears’ European tour wrap party in London!). I live in Auckland with my husband, two kids and three rescue animals.
Thanks so much for stopping by…  feel free to get in touch at or find me on Facebook or Instagram. (I’m thrilled to have 23,000+ followers on social media – thank you!)
   Rachel x