At Cooker Spare Parts we spend a lot of time examining, probing, and talking about cookers, so if there’s a chance to create a sublime dish that doesn’t require one, we’re all-ears! Plus, if your cooker is kaput, it’s nice to know there are still some delicious and divine recipes available to you.

Tomato and Basil Bruschetta

There are about a million variations on this Italian classic, but we like authenticity here at Cooker Spare Parts so have kept it simple. Now in the original Bruschetta you would use hot coals or a griddle to lightly char your ciabatta, but as we’re steering clear of the cooker your toaster will do the job just fine!

Cut a ciabatta loaf into manageable slices and toast them so they’re nice and crisp. Then rub an open clove of garlic on the upside of your toasted ciabattas, and glug a generous helping of good olive oil on top. Add some sliced ripe plum or cherry tomatoes to the top, along with a few sprigs of fresh basil, and some salt and pepper – enjoy immediately!

Prawn Cocktail

This 1970s classic is anything but dated, and as long as each individual component is good, you have yourselves a winner! Mix some ready-cooked prawns – you can go shrimp or king for this one – along with a basic Marie-rose sauce: 4 tbsp of mayonnaise, 4 tbsp of crème fraiche, 1½ tbsp tomato ketchup, and a dash of Tabasco and Worcestershire sauce. Simply add this mixture to a cocktail glass full of little gem lettuce leaves, and garnish with a wedge of lemon (and be sure to actually use your lemon as it loves this dish).


We’re back to the Mediterranean for this last no cook starter, and if you thought the others were easy, this one is simpler still. Antipasti simply means ‘before the meal’ and is a platter consisting of any number of the following: cured meats, olives, crostinis, olives, artichoke hearts, stuffed peppers, and some Italian cheeses such as pecorino. Everything here is all ready to be eaten, so all you must do is simply arrange it in small bowls or on a platter, and watch just how sumptuous your guests find this simple starter!

They say eating well doesn’t have to be difficult, and it’s so simple you needn’t even wait for your cooker to be fixed! Any one of these no-cook starters will tantalise the taste-buds terrifically – not bad for a 5 minute stroll in the kitchen, huh?

A broken oven can cause serious headaches come teatime, robbing you and your family of quite a few meal options. Of course, our wide range of oven spares makes it easy to get everything working again, but while you’re waiting for your replacement parts to arrive, here are a few delicious meals that you can do on the hob. No oven required!

  • Spaghetti Bolognese
    An Italian classic that can be cooked entirely in saucepans. Boil the spaghetti in one pan, cook the sauce in another (recipes vary, but this is a good one), and slap them together for a yummy meal that everyone will enjoy. Vegetarians can use Quorn mince instead of minced beef, while vegans might swap the mince for peppers and use egg-free whole wheat spaghetti.

  • Chilli Con Carne
    Spag bol’s Tex-Mex cousin, if you will. Here’s a recipe for you to follow – chilli con carne is a tasty mixture of mince, diced vegetables, red kidney beans, and sauce. Oh, and you can boil some rice to go with it, too. Again, veggies can replace the mince with something more suitable, although as ‘chilli con carne’ is Spanish for ‘chilli with meat’, you might want to call it something different.

  • Fajitas
    Another one from down Mexico way. This one is simple; just throw some chicken, some peppers, and whatever else you fancy into a frying pan. Then, once everything’s cooked, spoon the mixture into flour tortillas, wrap ‘em up, and enjoy!

Oven failure is a nuisance, but on the upside, such occasions can give you an opportunity to broaden your repertoire a little. Still, if you just want to get your oven working again, bear in mind that we do offer a next day delivery option – your parts will be with you ASAP, and your oven will be up and running again before you know it.