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Pram macgyvering

We picked up a 2nd hand phil and ted’s e3 v2, but the bearings were very loose which made the pram wander.  I googled the process for replacing the rear bearings but found nothing. So here’s the process I followed:
1. Remove hubcap and wheel. Pick out the quick release spring.
2. The star washer holds the axle on. Encourage the axle out by tapping the end with the hole (the end with more axle coming out) against a soft surface with gentle but firm taps. Get the star washer to the point that it’s just under the hole for the quick release nubbin.

3. Align the star washer so that there’s a gap directly over the hole, not a point. I used pliers and a screwdriver in the hole.

4. Sit the wheel on a pipe such that the axle passes through. Pop some dowel on top of the axle. The dowel should be just big enough to cover the axle. Gently apply a hammer.

5. Once the axle’s out, there are two bearings.  One’s recessed into the wheel, the other is flush with the surface.  Pop the surface one out with a screwdriver or similar.

6. The other bearing needs to be poked out.  I used the handle of an engine crane, but any suitable sized tube will do.  Poke it into the open end and apply force to poke the bearing out of its recessed home.

7. Clean up the interior of the wheel – I used a tissue.

8.Fit the surface bearing: thumbs will do.

9. A socket and mallet help seat the recessed bearing.

10. Refit the axle and pop the star washer on top.  A socket and mallet help to drive the star washer down.

11. The star washer snugly fitted back on the axle.

12. Refit the nubbin and reinsert the wheel into the pram.

Remember that if you embark on this, only you are responsible for the quality of your work.  If in doubt, take it into a bike shop or similar – they should be able to help.

How to make proper scrambled eggs

I should preface by saying, in general, I am a pretty lousy cook.  I barely do any of the cooking in our house, especially since WhatWouldMacGyverDo is an excellent cook, but scrambled eggs is something I do well.  Thankfully it is also something the toddler eats very happily!  You might be thinking, this is not such a great achievement, you know how to cook scrambled eggs too.  But trust me, if your method includes either of the following:

you really, really don’t.  If you have previously been cooking scrambled eggs in the microwave or whipping them up, you don’t know what you are missing.  Growing up, my family always had scrambled eggs made in the microwave, but since being taught the method which I will outline here, there is no going back.

(I should probably point out that there are other techniques similar to mine that also produce genuinely good scrambled eggs.  WhatWouldMacgyverDo’s method for example which is essentially a variation of this method.  They are basically very similar in cooking method, but mine turn out thicker and chunkier.)

Okay.  So what you do need, equipmentwise, is a flat based frying pan, a flat headed wooden spoon and a stove top.

The ingredients are: 2 eggs per person (or more if the eggs are on the small side), butter, and pure cream (not thickened).  In a pinch, full cream milk will sub for the cream, but it’s obviously not quite as delicious.  Skim milk is just sad.

Mandatory accompaniment is toast, naturally,

Optional accompaniment, fresh herbs.  Ours this morning were tarragon, parsley and chives from our garden.

You need to have everything ready and at arms reach before you start.  This may sound a bit like telling you how to suck eggs (haha get it?  I crack myself up…) but the timing is critical to have everything cooked at the same time; the eggs cook very quickly and you need to watch them the whole time if you want to avoid over cooking them and turning them to rubber.  The more eggs you have though, the longer they take to cook.  If I’m just cooking two eggs, it is a bit of a race with the toaster, but you have a bit more breathing space with six or eight eggs.

Immediately before you start, put the toast down in the toaster.

Put a knob of butter (don’t be stingy, and use more for more eggs) into the pan and turn the pan to a medium heat to melt it.

Spread it around to cover the base of the pan.

As soon as it is pretty much melted and as quick as you can, get cracking (there’s just so many lame jokes to be made!)

Break the yolks with the wooden spoon.

Worry at the eggs (push them gently with the wooden spoon) to stop them sticking to the pan base.

This worrying is what will slowly ‘scramble’ the eggs.

Continuously scrape the eggs from the base of the pan so they don’t stick.

They will quickly begin to thicken.

Keep scraping the base of the pan as it thickens.


Almost thick enough

They will look still mushy or not quite cooked but this is the point where you pull them off the heat. The residual heat in the pan will finish cooking them.


Once off the heat, add in a decent slurp of cream (again, more cream for more eggs.  For two eggs it’s about a tablespoon, but I never measure!)

Stir the cream in gently.  The fat in the cream stops the cooking and makes a custardy texture.

And they’re done!

Grab the toast, which should be up by now, and serve them up, with snipped fresh herbs if you like.

As soon as the eggs are on the plate, put the pan in the sink and fill it with water to soak while you eat.  This will make cleaning it much easier.

Nom nom nom...

It probably doesn’t need to be said, but eat immediately!

Toddler style. She doesn't seem to like the toast with eggs so we don't bother with it for her.

All gone.

So there you have it.  May you never have the horror of microwaved scrambled eggs again!
(And perhaps WhatWouldMacGyverDo will follow up with his slightly different technique).

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