I’ve never really loved the double oven in my kitchen, mainly because it was rubbish for baking. It bakes really hot, and even though it’s a fan, it was damned uneven in its cooking. And then the darned thing packed up a couple of weeks ago in the middle of cooking dinner.
But I’ve decided not to rush into replacing it, particularly at this time of year. When I looked around me, I realised I had quite a lot of other options available, so this week’s choice is based on books for my other cooking possibities.
Texas BBQ – well, the BBQ is probably an obvious one, particularly given the gorgeous weather we’ve been having. I’m a big fan of proper American BBQ, and this book is all about that. Not your typical British BBQ, but slow cooking over low heat, with plenty of good wood. But I have a bit of a thing for recipes liked pulled pork and slow cooked brisket, and this is perfect for those kind of dishes.
I *heart* My Slow Cooker – I’ve written before about how much I love mine, so love the title of this book. It’s certainly a great option for my non oven days, and I’ve also loved the sheer variety of things that I’ve cooked in mine, not just brown stews. It’s also perfect for really hot days, as you get a cooked meal without the heat in the kitchen. Perfect. I might even give the lemon pudding a go.
Magic of the Microwave – in my kitchen, the microwave is the least utilised piece of kit, usually just on a Saturday morning to defrost a bagel. So I suppose if this living without an oven were to continue for long then I might have to get used to using it a bit more. This book apparently covers snacks to special occasions. Which I would find hard to believe, but hey, who knows? I shouldn’t knock it until I try it.
One Pot Wonders – I still have the gas stove top, and a well used Le Creuset casserole. And whilst the weather possibly doesn’t lend itself to casseroles right now I’m sure it will turn imminently and so a cosy one pot dish will go down well. I really like Lindsay Bareham’s writing, so sure I would find quite a few things to work through. I would probably start with the saffron chicken with apricots and cardamom. Definitely my kind of flavours!
The No-Cook No-Bake Cookbook – well, I guess this would always be an option! I like the subtitle about recipes for when it’s too hot to cook, which for once, this summer, we have got into considering. Things like salad and ceviche are in here, so not dull stuff for sure.
So far, other than thinking about some baking, I haven’t missed the fan oven, and I still have a small top oven to work with. But it may just be fun to play a bit with the other options! Which one would you go for first?