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.