A Domestic Goddess’ Nightmare

We’re a baking, cooking, recipe-experimenting household, so when we moved into our house back in November, we were shocked (and quite frankly upset) about our kitchen situation. The problem? The very old convection oven. Or the useless pile of junk we affectionately nicknamed “the lamp”

“The lamp” took 45 minutes to get to temperature. It would then change temperature throughout cooking, which resulted in everything taking 10-30 minutes longer to cook than instructed. I say cook, I mean warm through. Shining a torch at the food would probably have done the same amount of good. All this with a newborn: a time when you need food quickly because the window of opportunity to eat is so tiny. Want to lose your baby weight in 12 weeks? Get an oven that doesn’t cook properly. 

We complained to the letting agents. Again. And again. And again. The Landlady kept insisting it was a new oven. A new oven that no one had ever heard the make of. A new oven that didn’t exist in a google search. A new oven that, when discussing the kitchen with our next door neighbour, he said “oh that rickety old thing has been in there for years!” (He’s gloriously nosey!) 

Finally they sent round the Oven Man who condemned “the lamp”. Weeks later we were told that we would be getting a new oven. 


After trying to order us another convection oven (who uses a convection oven these days??) a fan oven was ordered. It arrived last week, and has already made such a difference to our lives. We had a friend visit for lunch over the weekend; this would have been unthinkable with the old oven! I’m currently planning the cakes, the brownies and naughty treats that I’m going to whizz up in the kitchen, as well as the wholesome meals for all of us! 

The new oven!

I never thought an oven would make such a difference to our lives, but it just goes to show how important being able to cook and eat decent, homemade food is. 

I’m linking up with Magic Moments over at The Oliver’s Madhouse


  1. thereandbackagainamotherstale

    17th June 2013 at 6:35 am

    This was us last year, the last straw was the timer randomly going off at night! We now have a lovely oven that I’m still learning to use to get cooking times right but its a huge improvement, next up, a dishwasher, never had one so I’m looking forward to a bit of timesaving!

    1. Hannah

      17th June 2013 at 9:03 pm

      I couldn’t survive without our dishwasher!!!

  2. The Mad House of Cats and Babies

    17th June 2013 at 9:16 am

    We desperately need a new oven, but it’s not top of the list, unfortunately, so I struggle on with our old banger of one! I am envious of your shiny new one!

    1. Hannah

      17th June 2013 at 9:03 pm

      It’s fantastic to have one that actually works! xx

  3. Katie

    17th June 2013 at 11:10 am

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  4. Katie

    17th June 2013 at 11:10 am

    Love your oven mitt πŸ˜‰ xxx

    1. Hannah

      17th June 2013 at 9:03 pm

      Isn’t it fab? Sophie Allport! xxx

  5. Sarah Wheeler

    17th June 2013 at 12:46 pm

    Yes, it can make such a difference. Glad you now have a new one. I’m dreaming of a new kitchen!

    1. Hannah

      17th June 2013 at 9:04 pm

      I would love a new kitchen… If only we weren’t renting! xx

  6. Jaime Oliver

    17th June 2013 at 1:18 pm

    There is nothing nicer than a new appliance to get you in happy mood (i am the same!)

    Thanks for linking up with #MagicMoments

    1. Hannah

      17th June 2013 at 9:04 pm

      πŸ™‚ My pleasure xx

  7. Julia Edwards

    17th June 2013 at 7:06 pm

    Aw fab, nothing like a new oven lovely!! Enjoy xxx

  8. Julia Edwards

    17th June 2013 at 7:06 pm

    Aw fab, nothing like a new oven lovely!! Enjoy xxx

  9. Carrie

    18th June 2013 at 4:11 pm

    Sounds like a rather sad thing to say, but that looks like a lovely oven! Gosh, I’m getting old!
    Carrie:Brighton xx

    1. Hannah

      18th June 2013 at 8:11 pm

      It’s not amazing, but it actually cooks things so that’s a huge plus!!

      And there’s nothing wrong with getting excited by an oven – I was ridiculously excited before it arrived πŸ˜‰ xx

  10. Kriss MacDonald

    19th June 2013 at 8:51 pm

    Reminds me of the oven we discovered in a house we bought. The former owner was rather skinny and I figured she hadn’t used it (or cleaned it) for years.

    1. Hannah

      20th June 2013 at 9:52 am

      Haha – I honestly don’t know how anyone can not use their oven! Baking and cooking is amazing πŸ™‚ xx

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