Saturday, 29 August 2009

How to cook Sunday lunch without using an oven

I took on board your suggestions of dialling for a pizza or getting fish and chips, but I felt I had to conjure up a homecooked meal for my family this weekend. If you've missed what I'm talking about - I've cleaned my oven and now want to create sunday lunch for my family without using it and getting it dirty again. I had a little think and I've come up with this:

Salmon baked on a bed of leeks with a honey and mustard glaze
(cooked in microwave; fish is always better cooked in a microwave)

Leek and Gruyere Tart (for vegetarian sister-in-law)
(bought from Tesco and cooked in combination oven in microwave)

New Potatoes
(all cooked on hob)

Delia's Tiramisu
Good Food's White Chocolate & Berry Cheesecake
(both made the day before and kept in fridge)


Do you think anyone will notice?


rosiero said...

Have you set an extra place for me too? It looks wonderful.

Pippa said...

I doubt anyone will notice that you didn't use the oven as they will all be too busy shoving food in thier mouths!

Iota said...

Can I join you? Sounds delicious.

Maggie May said...

Sounds great to me.
How long are you going to avoid using the oven for though?
Its like the woman who bought a vacuum cleaner, then bought a carpet sweeper to save getting it out, then bought a dust pan & brush to save getting the sweeper out!
Where will it end?

Suburbia said...

They will if you show off your lovely gleeming oven!

Kelloggsville said...

I shall be there about 1pm to sample whether it is up to scratch or not!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Sharon Owens said...

Hi, I don't blame you for wanting to keep your fabby kitchen clean!!! I would be the same, but my kitchen is tiny and has two racks of laundry in it, so even when it is tidy it still looks a bit sad. My advice is to buy salad, bread, fruit and cheese, a ready-made flan or quiche or cooked chicken... I'm sure nobody will mind. It's just nice to be invited over for lunch at all, never mind getting fussy about home-made pies etc. I would be happier, actually, to think that my host had not been up half the night baking. PS. I also love rows of glass jars...

Studentmum said...

Isn't it 'sad' how we love a clean oven! I, somewhat shamefully let my oven get so bad I had to pay a company to come & clean it - the cleaner muttered about me leaving it for so long!(Best £40 I spent in a long while) I refused to cook anything in it for at least a week.

A Confused Take That Fan said...

Hmm, I like it.Excuse number 325 on why not to cook. 'Sorry darlink, I have just had the oven cleaned!'

Claire said...

How did it go, was everyone suitable impressed with your oven-less menu?!

Working Mum said...

Rosiero, Iota & Kelloggsville - sorry I only had room for 7 round my dining table. Maybe next time....

Pippa - You were right, they were too busy eating to notice none of it was cooked in the oven

Maggie May - the lure of baking will entice me back; I've already made some muffins. I'm just easing myself into using it by doing things that don't splash or drip!

Suburbia - I kept the door shut so they didn't see

Sharon - that sounded a lovely spread, can I come to yours? Actually, I enjoy cooking and baking, I just didn't want to mess up the oven. Mission accomplished!

Student Mum - I was sorely tempted to pay someone to do it, but when my MIL did that the glass front fell out of her oven and couldn't be mended, she had to get a new oven!

Confused Take That Fan - I must use that excuse more often!

Claire - yep, they all enjoyed the meal. I think two puddings helped. Knowing my family, I decided against a starter and did two puddings instead!