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. 17th June 2013 / 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!

    • 17th June 2013 / 9:03 pm

      I couldn’t survive without our dishwasher!!!

  2. 17th June 2013 / 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!

    • 17th June 2013 / 9:03 pm

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

  3. 17th June 2013 / 11:10 am

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  4. 17th June 2013 / 11:10 am

    Love your oven mitt 😉 xxx

    • 17th June 2013 / 9:03 pm

      Isn’t it fab? Sophie Allport! xxx

  5. 17th June 2013 / 12:46 pm

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

    • 17th June 2013 / 9:04 pm

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

  6. 17th June 2013 / 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

    • 17th June 2013 / 9:04 pm

      🙂 My pleasure xx

  7. 17th June 2013 / 7:06 pm

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

    • 17th June 2013 / 9:04 pm

      Thanks love! xxx

  8. 17th June 2013 / 7:06 pm

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

  9. 18th June 2013 / 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

    • 18th June 2013 / 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 😉 xx

  10. 19th June 2013 / 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.

    • 20th June 2013 / 9:52 am

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

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