We have no oven!

@garymarsh6 (14430)
United Kingdom
November 3, 2015 4:13pm CST
Last week we bought a new oven which was due to be delivered and installed yesterday. The men dismantled the old one and removed it then unpacked the new one. Oops there seemed to be a manufacturing fault as the door of the new oven would not close. There was nothing for it but to take the new oven away back to the manufacturer. The men were very pleasant and apologetic it was hardly their fault but that leaves us stuck without an oven. Funnily enough everything I thought of cooking yesterday and today involved cooking it in an oven. There is nothing for it but to cook on the hob instead until we get the new oven installed. We had the same situation when we first moved into the house. There was no kitchen so to speak so we thought heck we can wait until we have the kitchen fitted and go without. After about four or five days of eating take away food we were gagging for home cooked food. So it was straight to the shop to buy the cheapest oven they had until the kitchen could be installed a few months later. I really would not recommend trying to survive on takeaway food. Have you ever been in a similar situation?
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@jstory07 (69762)
• Roseburg, Oregon
3 Nov 15
Now you will think of all kinds of things that you want to fix in a oven.
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@garymarsh6 (14430)
• United Kingdom
3 Nov 15
Yes sure do! Or perhaps you do not realise how important it is in the kitchen and how much you rely on it.
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@marlina (77809)
• Canada
4 Nov 15
Once we had the kitchen cabinets redone and we did live on take out foods. It was awful.
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@garymarsh6 (14430)
• United Kingdom
4 Nov 15
Yes and it makes you feel fat too and incredibly unhealthy! You can only eat salad for a few days!
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@Asylum (48224)
• Manchester, England
3 Nov 15
It would not be a major problem for me because I use the microwave most of the time. Of course it must be catastrophic for you because you spend most of your spare time in the kitchen.
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@garymarsh6 (14430)
• United Kingdom
4 Nov 15
I do like to cook fresh food. From scratch not from a packet. It is really quite simple. You could always do that and freeze some for another day?
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@Missmwngi (10783)
• Nairobi, Kenya
4 Nov 15
I guess i would also survive without one
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@Asylum (48224)
• Manchester, England
4 Nov 15
@Missmwngi I lived in a flat for 12 months and never had a cooker, which is why I know how to use it microwave properly.
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@LadyDuck (175750)
• Switzerland
4 Nov 15
I have been without the oven (last) year for about two weeks and that made me depressed, but I cooked food on my gas stove. I do not believe we can survive on takeaway food.
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@garymarsh6 (14430)
• United Kingdom
4 Nov 15
It is a novelty at first but after a couple of days you realise how unhealthy it is.
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@LadyDuck (175750)
• Switzerland
4 Nov 15
@garymarsh6 You are right Gary, you think it's a nice alternative but after a couple of days your stomach lets you know that something is wrong.
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@jaboUK (55052)
• United Kingdom
4 Nov 15
I've had the element go in the oven and had to wait a few days for a replacement. It wasn't too hard to find things to cook on the hob or in the microwave. I hope you don't have to wait too long.
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@garymarsh6 (14430)
• United Kingdom
4 Nov 15
I thought I would make some leek and potato soup tonight which is quite filling! Oh not forgetting a good dollop of double cream!
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@jaboUK (55052)
• United Kingdom
4 Nov 15
@garymarsh6 Sounds good to me
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@garymarsh6 (14430)
• United Kingdom
4 Nov 15
@jaboUK I will save you a bowl!
• United States
4 Nov 15
Only when travelling. Sometimes hotel rooms have a microwave and a fridge, but no real oven or burner.
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@garymarsh6 (14430)
• United Kingdom
4 Nov 15
We tend to cook from scratch and never buy microwave meals. It is quite easy to make things on the hob. I tend to use a wok and it cooks the food really fast.
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• United States
4 Nov 15
@garymarsh6 I have to stay away from oils or butter. This makes cooking on the "hob" (we call it the stove) pretty hard to do.
@JudyEv (134576)
• Bunbury, Australia
4 Nov 15
We didn't have an oven in the van - just four burners and a grill but we managed. Stir frys were good or we grilled chops or fish and had them with vegies or rice.
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@garymarsh6 (14430)
• United Kingdom
4 Nov 15
I should expect your culinary skills are first class coming from the land of the barbie!
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@JudyEv (134576)
• Bunbury, Australia
4 Nov 15
@garymarsh6 Vince believes barbecues have been the ruination of many a good steak. He usually marinates chicken in a foil parcel. This keeps the meat moist and doesn't mess up the barbie so much. (Vince is the main cook in our house.)
@wetnosedogs (1554)
• United States
3 Nov 15
Hope you get a proper oven quickly.
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@garymarsh6 (14430)
• United Kingdom
3 Nov 15
So do I ! Hopefully by the end of the week?
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@Missmwngi (10783)
• Nairobi, Kenya
4 Nov 15
Hope so too,that he gets another one quick
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• Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
4 Nov 15
This happend to me with my AC, I bought a new one and took the old one apart and when I installed the new one it had no gas to freeze and I had to end up sleeping with no AC for about a week lol
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@garymarsh6 (14430)
• United Kingdom
5 Nov 15
Oh my no aircon and I am sure it is very hot where you live.
@peavey (16866)
• United States
4 Nov 15
I cooked on a wood burning stove for many years and I had an electric stove top to use when the weather was hot, but no oven. Since I don't bake much when it's hot, it shouldn't have been a problem, but, as you said, I could only think of things to bake or roast. I learned to "bake" cornbread on the stove top, though.
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@garymarsh6 (14430)
• United Kingdom
4 Nov 15
Yes my wifes family cook a roast on the top of the hob which is ok but not the same as a roast in an oven. It is passable!
• Thiruvananthapuram, India
4 Nov 15
We never had such a situation as we never had a owen with us.
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@garymarsh6 (14430)
• United Kingdom
5 Nov 15
My wife cooks most food on the hob it is mainly I who uses the oven.
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• Thiruvananthapuram, India
5 Nov 15
@garymarsh6 Lol! Tat sounds great.
@Missmwngi (10783)
• Nairobi, Kenya
4 Nov 15
I have never been in such a situation and i hope they come back and install it for you soon
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@garymarsh6 (14430)
• United Kingdom
5 Nov 15
I have just telephoned them again and they are going to phone me tomorrow to arrange a day.
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@Missmwngi (10783)
• Nairobi, Kenya
6 Nov 15
@garymarsh6 some hope there,hope they will have good news for you
@rakski (21948)
• Philippines
3 Nov 15
It is really hard not to have oven. A big problem for me.
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@garymarsh6 (14430)
• United Kingdom
4 Nov 15
I have used a microwave to make shortbread and scrambled eggs but that is about as far as my repertoire goes with a microwave oven,.
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@rakski (21948)
• Philippines
4 Nov 15
@garymarsh6 oh yes, same here. scarmbled egg. lol
@GardenGerty (102466)
• United States
5 Nov 15
Our kitchen is in transition, of a sort, so I understand what you are going through.
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@garymarsh6 (14430)
• United Kingdom
5 Nov 15
We are still waiting to hear from the company when they will re deliver and fit it.
@Tampa_girl7 (26197)
• United States
5 Nov 15
Yes, it is a most difficult situation to be in. I get tired of eating out and prefer to cook.
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@garymarsh6 (14430)
• United Kingdom
5 Nov 15
We rarely eat out Marie and tend to cook everything indoors. It is as cheap as chips to eat out in the USA but so expensive to eat out here in the UK.
• Preston, England
4 Nov 15
We have a microwave as well as the main oven so if one goes the other will keep us going
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@garymarsh6 (14430)
• United Kingdom
5 Nov 15
We do have a microwave but only really use it for heating things up. We can manage on the hob so we are not starving as such but it is surprising how you take things for granted!
@Dragonairy1 (1413)
• Newcastle Upon Tyne, England
4 Nov 15
We don't use our oven much, just the convector microwave and airfryer, the last is amazing and will cook pretty much anything I hope you get your oven back soon.
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@garymarsh6 (14430)
• United Kingdom
4 Nov 15
yes there is plenty of foods that can be cooked on the hob. We will survive in fact it might help us shed a pound or two!
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@celticeagle (119823)
• Boise, Idaho
3 Nov 15
Similar situation? No. I was thinking though that you might think about how lucky you are that this didn't happen closer to the holidays. And Thanksgiving will have an entirely new thankfulness of the oven and its great food out put.
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@garymarsh6 (14430)
• United Kingdom
4 Nov 15
Yes the oven is overworked over the Christmas period so at least once the new one is in it should be all systems go!
@PainsOnSlate (20518)
• Canada
3 Nov 15
I like home made the best too. I get tired of take in but we only do it rarely so its okay once in a while. My favorite take in is Chinese, because I won't bother doing it myself.
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@garymarsh6 (14430)
• United Kingdom
4 Nov 15
I love Chinese and that is about all we ever order from a takeaway once in a blue moon. Now you have me salivating!
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• United States
4 Nov 15
As much as I like my slow cooker I'd be lost with my oven. Hope you get your replacement one soon
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