After months of heavy comfort foods, such as pies, soups and bakes, the transition to light spring dinners is often a welcome one.  Let’s face it, it is often a relief to make the switch to fresher, lighter meals as it gives you a health boost, makes you feel less sluggish and provides you with natural energy boost.

Today, we have scoured the internet looking for some of the healthiest and tastiest looking light spring bites; 


Superfood Pizza

If you are a follower of our blog, you will know just how much we love pizza. Unfortunately, in most cases pizza is incredibly unhealthy and not suited for people who are looking to get that beach body over spring. Fear not, we have found this recipe for a superfood pizza! Complete with a Quinoa base, this pizza is not only fully vegan, but it is also gluten free.

Create the base by following the recipe outlined here, and top with pesto, tomato, arugula, basil and spinach.

 

Fennel, Crab & Orange Salad.

 Speed is of the essence when preparing food in the spring/summer months. The less time you are spending slaving over the oven, means more time you can spend soaking up the sun.

This salad only takes 15 minutes to prepare and best of all it only contains 306 calories!!

Simply, trim and thinly slice the fennel, peel and slick 1 ½ oranges. Tear mint, de-stone and slice avocado, and dice the chilli. Arrange the fennel and crabmeat.

Find the full recipe from Jamie Oliver’s Site here



Posh beans on toast

Next up is another recipe from Jamie Oliver. Again this recipe is full of super food goodness.  For this recipe you will need, spring onions, cherry tomatoes, 1 lemon, fresh mint, broad beans, peas, garlic, feta cheese and sourdough bread.

This healthy take on the traditional beans on toast is perfect for people who want a quick, light lunch, or people who want to start healthy eating on a budget.

Find the full recipe here


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Want to make an impressive Easter feast for your loved ones this Sunday? Here's the perfect selection of treats to make the holiday a success from start to finish!

An Alternative Main - Pancetta-Wrapped Pork Roast

While you can't really go wrong with a roast leg of lamb, it's always handy to have a few more Easter Meal ideas up your sleeve. This dish will look truly incredible as part of your Easter spread, and the look on everyone's faces as you slice into it will be well and truly worth the effort of cooking it! For instructions on how to make it, click here

Veggie Delight - Griddled Artichoke and Red Onion Paella 

If you're having a meat-free Easter, it's the perfect opportunity to make the most of the wonderful, seasonal veggies on offer! This colourful dish is ideal for a cosy family meal, as it makes the perfect sharing centerpiece for your table. Utilising the freshness of rosemary and parsley, this take on the classic Spanish dish truly captures the taste of Spring! You can find the recipe here.

Tasty Sides - Smashed Red Potatoes with Creme Fraiche 

Nothing says yum like a helping of hearty mash, but it's always nice to try an alternative to the family favourite. This tasty and rustic alternative to the typical creamy mash is ideal for serving up with your dish of choice, combining zesty lemon and a dash of heat from the chives for fresh and tasty twist on a classic. Find out how to prepare them here.

A Cracking Pud - Chocolate Nest Cake

If you ever made chocolate Easter egg nests as a child, now is the perfect time to take the recipe to the next level, by turning it into a full-size chocolate cake! Don't worry, while it may be bigger than your average chocolate nest, it''s still fairly easy to make. If you really need some extra help in the kitchen, you could always leave the decorating to the little ones (just make sure they don't eat all the toppings!). Find out how to make it over at Baking Mad.

Tasty Leftovers - Lamb Pie

If you've cooked the classic dish of roast lamb dish for your Easter Sunday meal, there's no doubt that you'll want to make the most of all the delicious meat for the next day. If you want to try something a little more creative than a cold meat sandwich, why not give this tasty lamb pie a go? Find the recipe here.

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The day where people paint themselves green and wear a novelty leprechaun hat whilst drinking a nice pint of Guinness is fast approaching, no, we are not talking about Saturday night in the bar with your friends; we are talking about St. Patrick’s Day.

Here at Cooker spare parts we love a good St. Paddys day celebration, not only because drinking A LOT of Guinness and whiskey is encouraged, but because we love a good hearty meal and traditional Irish cuisine provides just that.

Today we thought that we would share with you some of our favourite Irish meals, of course, they all include a good splash of their traditional stout:

Guinness Corned Beef & Cabbage

Corned beef and cabbage is a traditional St. Patrick’s Day meal, even though there is much debate over how Irish this meal is, adding the stout not only adds richness to your corned beef, it also adds to the authenticity of the dish!

Simply, add potatoes, carrots, celery, onion and corned beef into your slow cooker, add a spice bag consisting of cloves pepper, bay leaves and pour the Guinness over the top, leave to cook for 8 – 10 hours, ensuring that you add your cabbage in the last hour.

Like the look of this recipe? Click here to find out more!


Stout & Honey Beef Roast

If cabbage just isn’t your thing, try this heart-warming Honey Roast Beef. Again, put your potatoes, Carrots, and onions into your slow cooker. Mix Guinness, honey, garlic, marjoram, thyme, salt, pepper and cinnamon together in a bowl and pour over the top. Cook in your slow cooker for 8 – 10 hours.

Click here to view the full recipe


Steak and Guinness Pie

The Steak and Guinness pie is really easy to prepare, and, more importantly, super tasty. This recipe is an adaptation of Jamie Oliver’s recipe which can be found here.

Simply, season your beef, cover in flour and add to a pan to brown the meat. Add the onions, carrots potatoes, herbs, tomatoes and Guinness, bring to the boil. Simmer the mixture for 2 hours.

Transfer your filling to a large baking dish, cover with puff pastry and put in a preheated oven for a further 45 minutes.

For more a more detailed recipe, click here. 



Guinness Cupcakes with Baileys Frosting

Here, at Cooker Spare Parts, we are firm believers that no celebration is complete without cupcakes! Short of a leprechaun in your kitchen cooking these for you, these boozy cupcakes are about as Irish you can get!

Simply heat butter, Guinness, cocoa and brown sugar to a saucepan and whisk until the mixture is smooth. Leave to cool. In a large mixing bowl shift, salt, flour, sugar and baking powder, add the Guinness mixture, eggs and sour cream. When the mixture is smooth divide amount your cupcake cups and bake for 20 minutes.

To create the frosting, cream butter, add salt, sugar, bailey’s and milk, mix until mixture is spreadable.

If you want to make these cute cakes even more Irish – why not add the frosting in the shape of a shamrock?

Share your tradition St. Patrick’s Day meals with us in the comments below.

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Electric ovens are generally easy to repair because there is not much that goes wrong with them. Repairing an electric oven often just means replacing a part or two, so in the first instance, all you have to do is diagnose which part needs replacing.

That said, if you don't know much about the inner workings of a cooker, it can be a little baffling when your oven breaks. To help you out, we have compiled a list of common faults to help you diagnose the issue with your electric oven and buy the right replacement part. After diagnosing the problem, you'll hopefully be able to understand why your electric oven isn't working and get it back up and running again.

The most common problem

If your electric oven isn't working, the most likely explanation is that the heating element is faulty. The element is the part of the oven that actually heats up, and it's relatively easy to replace.

Click here to browse spare oven elements >

Need a more detailed explanation of what's wrong with your oven? Read on...

There's no power reaching my oven.

No power to your cooker can be caused by a number of things:

  • Check that the oven is switched on
  • If plugged into a socket check that the fuse is still working
  • If connected to the mains, check your main fuse board in the house, your electricity may have been interrupted during the day.
  • If your oven has a digital timer, it might be stuck in automatic.
  • If you have checked all of these possibilities call out an engineer.

My oven has power, but it's not heating up.

Does your oven’s light and fan comes on but doesn’t heat up?

  • Check if there is any damage to the element – if this is the case then the element will need replacing, click here to view our extensive range of oven elements.
  • If you have checked the element but can see no damage it, check your thermal fuse or thermal switch. If these have gone you can buy a replacement here.

My oven keeps cutting out.

 Your oven cutting out could be caused by two issues:

  • The cooling fan might be faulty. If you find you need a replacement part, click here.
  • The thermal switch is not working properly.

If your oven overheats and then cuts out, this is likely to be a problem with your thermostat.

My oven door won't close properly.

Having difficulty closing your oven door? Check the hinges and seal:

  • Check the hinges have not broken and are still intact
  • Check that the hinges have not become misaligned
  • Door seals diminish with age and can become loose causing your oven door not to close properly. If this is the case your seal will need replacing, you can view our range of replacement seals here.

IMPORTANT: If you are going to replace a part on your electric oven, please make sure you have completely disconnected the appliance from the mains. Don’t try to replace any part you are not sure about – always call in an expert.

Still not sure what's wrong with your electric oven? Contact Cooker Spare Parts for further advice!