There's one fruit that is more associated to summer than any over and that is Watermelon! There's nothing we enjoy more than relaxing in the sun snacking on the delicious, refreshing, goodness that is a slice of watermelon. And because we love watermelon so much here at Cooker Spare Parts, we thought we'd expand our obsession with the summer fruit even further and share these alternative watermelon treats with you. From salads to salsa, we've listed plenty of great recipes that you must try out this summer!

There's nothing that excites us more than seeing food stacked - yes, we know, we're strange but this stacked watermelon treat is something that we guarantee you'll love! We know what you're thinking, "cheese and watermelon, there's no way that will work", but you're wrong! This delectable treat is really simple to make, just alternatively skewer the ingredients and voila, you have an unusual watermelon snack that you wish you hadn't waited this long to try! 


Its summer and you know what that means, it's salad season! We could complete this list without including a salad but this isn't just your regular, ordinary salad. This salad is far more exciting than you're regular bowl of greens and is the perfect, cool, refreshing combo for the warm evenings of summer!


Watermelon in a cake, have we gone mad?!
As unusual as it sounds, this combination actually does work and tastes fantastic. If you're looking for a slightly healthier cake to enjoy this summer, then this cake is perfect for you! Enjoy the look of shock on all your guests face as you cut into this cake, priceless!

Please note: This recipe requires a large watermelon or two medium sized ones, but there's nothing wrong with having plenty of watermelon. 


Ice Lollies are the perfect way to cool down in the summer, and these refreshing beauties feature a combination of the ultimate summer fruits, strawberries and Watermelon! There's nothing more perfect for summer than these delicious iced treats and you'll be happy to know that they're really simple to make! 


Looking for the perfect sweet and spicy salsa, then look no further than this Watermelon salsa. This delicious, unusual salsa, mixes chilli, onion, watermelon and balsamic vinegar and although it may sound like we've gone mad, believe us, you'll love it! 

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We all know that Mondays can be pretty hard going, whether you're heading back to the office, or you're preparing for the start of a very trying week at home with the kids. Although Monday can sometimes seem like a return to the mundane and routine, the first day of the week can also be seen as a day of new beginnings; which is how we like to look at it here at Cooker Spare Parts!

To help you get through Monday and the rest of the week, we've put together some fun food ideas for you to try out. Whatever your age or tastes, one of these creative and delicious recipes is sure to spark your imagination. In addition to having an interesting twist, all of the recipes we've collected are also super easy to make, so there's no need to worry about stressing yourself out with the rest of the week ahead!

 Palak Phulka - Indian Rotis With Spinach

No dish could brighten up our week quite like a homemade curry, and adding some delicious, healthy sides are the perfect way to give yourself the restaurant experience at home, without any great expense or effort! We love this recipe for flame baked phulkas, which also sneak in a much needed dose of vitamins and minerals, thanks to the addition of miracle-food spinach into the mix! We think that this tasty recipe is the perfect pick-me-up at the start of the week, not only thanks to its boost of super food ingredients, but also thanks to its vibrant green colour. Find out how to make your own colourful sides over on Sandhya's Kitchen.

Mini Pancake Muffins 

Things are always more fun when they're made in miniature form, and that is certainly true of the these tasty Mini Pancake Muffins! Ideal for making with kids, these tiny little mouthfuls of fluffy goodness can be customised to add in your favourite ingredients, so that you'll never get bored of making the same flavour combination over and over. It's definitely a great way to add some fuss-free baking into your weekly routine, and it's also a perfect idea for making a grab-and-go breakfast to last throughout the week. Find the full recipe and details over at Crunchy Cream Sweet.

Buffalo Chicken Pastry Ring 

Your shop-bought pastry dishes may cut a few corners here and there, but that doesn't mean that they have to be boring! This tasty buffalo chicken dish is a great way to liven up a typical chicken pie or pasty, by given the filling an added kick, and upping the skill level on the presentation side of things too! While it may look rather fancy upon completion, we can promise you that this is exceedingly quick and easy to make, particularly if you're using pre-cooked chicken for the filling. If you fancy giving this a go, you can find this tasty family recipe over at

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Looking for some fun meal ideas for the weekend? Here's a perfect selection of fun meals to add a little excitement to your dining table! 

Everybody loves tortilla wraps, but as much as they taste great, they can look a bit drab and boring at times. So, add a little colour to your dinner plate with these Rainbow Tortilla Wraps! There's no meat included, so they're perfect for vegetarians and with no cooking needed, they're perfect if you're looking for a quick healthy meal! 
You can find the recipe here.

Looking for a new, interesting and fun way to serve your spuds? These Volcano Potatoes are perfect! Stuffed and wrapped with bacon, these potatoes are a fun addition to your dinner plate. Watch as the lava (barbecue sauce) erupts out when you cut into them, kids and adults will love them! 
You can find the recipe here.

Regular pizza is great and all but there's something fun and quirky about them when the size has been shrunk. These Mini Pizza bites are perfect as a quick meal and you can top them with anything, just like a normal pizza! Obviously top them with something tasty and edible!
For the recipe click here.

If you're a vegetarian and you're looking for a cool shepherd's pie recipe then this recipe is perfect for you! We love the idea of a shepherd's pie inside of a potato and we're sure you will to! 
Find out how to prepare it here.

These Hash Brown Cups are a great, quick, fun veggie meal and is perfect way to use any leftover veg. But, these hash brown aren't just exclusive to vegetarians, you can also add bacon and make them extra tasty! 
To view the recipe click here

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We've had an entertaining month full of football but all good things must come to an end as this Sunday France take on Portugal in the highly anticipated final game of the Euros! Like most people, you probably enjoy a few snacks whilst watching the football but instead of snacking on the usual unhealthy options, why not try some of these healthy alternatives instead? They taste great as well as being good for you, what's not to love?
This low-fat, healthy snack takes just minutes to prepare, fill the pita half with chicken breast, cucumber and cherry tomatoes and you have the perfect snack to fill you up whilst you're enjoying the football. 

Looking for an alternative to chips? These Indian Oven Chips are perfect for you! Spice up potato wedges with Ginger, Garlic and Fennel Seeds for a twist a continental twist - perfect for sharing! 

These mini fajitas are perfect if you're looking to spice up your snacks but we suggest that you make them before the game to avoid missing any of the action! 

You're eyes are not deceiving you! This healthy spin on the classic pizza is the ultimate healthy snack and is really quick to make up meaning you won't miss any of the footie!  

A healthy alternative to the Chinese spring rolls. No deep frying needed for these beauties and they only take 20 minutes to make!

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We've been waiting patiently and it's finally here... the line up for this year's Cardiff International Food and Drink Festival! You may have gathered from our previous posts that we're based in the glorious city of Cardiff, and of course, we love our food, so the weekend of the 8-10th or July has been marked on our calendar for months! 

The event page for the annual festival (which takes place next weekend), has posted the list of street food stalls and suppliers that will be treating Cardiff Bay to their delights this year, which has us even more excited for the big event itself. The only thing left to decide, is how we're possibly going to try everything we want.

Here are some of the highlights for this year, and what we're most looking forward to:

Cheesy Delights 

No food festival or farmer's market would be complete without a healthy dose of creamy, cheesy goodness, and luckily , there are plenty of delicious varieties to try at this year's festival!

If you're looking for something a little different, Blacks Cheese will certainly give you a welcome change from your traditional cheese selection. If you thought apricot cheese was adventurous, prepare to have your socks blown off by their weird and wonderful flavour selection which includes Jalapeno & Lime, Caramelised Onion & Rioja, and even a Sticky Toffee Cheese!

If you like something with a bit of a kick, then Snowdonia Cheese will certainly have you spoilt for choice! From the chilli-laced Red Devil to the whiskey-splashed amber mist, the fantastic selection of flavours and cheese varieties on offer here are perfect for anyone who wants to give their cheese on toast a serious upgrade, or find the perfect showpiece for their next cheese and wine party.

Sweet Treats

If you spend half your life drooling over baking pictures on Pinterest, then this is the stall for you! Serving up a scrumptious selection of delicious traybakes, the Narna's Cake stand is sure to have you coming back for more, once you've sampled one of these delicious bakes! The Peanut Butter Fudge Cake and Salted Caramel Slice are just some of the highlights...

Since opening the doors to their brand new shop earlier this year, to an outstanding reception from South Wales locals, Subzero have gone from strength to strength. It's highly likely that you've seen their sublime sundaes all over your social media feeds, so why not try out their amazing ice cream for yourself?

A Welsh food festival wouldn't be complete without some traditional baked goods, and luckily for us, Popty Cara has bags of traditional welsh goodies to treat us to! While yummy bakes like their Chocolate Pudding Cake are super tempting, we think we'll be sticking to their fantastic Welsh cakes!

Street Food Gems 

Ever had a Polish pasty? Well it's time you did! This family- run stall will certainly be a treat for those looking to get their pastry fix, as well as those who want to try a variety of traditional foods from different nations. You can really tell that this is food made with love, the only thing we can't decide is which looks better: the pastry or their amazing fillings?!?

You may have seen this lovely stall mentioned in our previous Cardiff street food blog, but it's too good not to include again! When you've had your fill of cheese and cider samples, this is the place you should be heading for something more substantial! Serving up authentic Greek meat, skewered and cooked over charcoal, in delicious toasted pittas, Meat and Greek will give you a taste of Cyprus (even if the Welsh weather doesn't hold up for the occasion).

If you're a veggie hoping to get in on the foodie action in Cardiff Bay next weekend, then you're in luck! Fresh from serving up hundreds of hungry festival-goers in Glastonbury, The Parsnipship will be there to delight veggies and meat-eaters alike, with their delicious bakes. and plates of deliciousness!

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