My gas oven is rubbish. You know those careful cookbooks that explain that you should always fill your oven when you bake, and even get extra shelves just in case? It doesn't work. My oven will cook in the top third only.
This oven formerly belonged to my late Mother In Law, and worked fine for her. Apparently there is some oddity in the pipework which means that the oven is getting a lesser gas supply than it needs.
I don't really use my oven that much. I use my electric slow cooker, my electric remoska, my microwave etc. However every now and then I want to do something in the oven. And I am so frustrated that it is so hard to judge the temperature of the oven, that the times can't be relied on and that cake making is so hit and miss. I have been considering buying a new cooker.
Then I start humming and hawing. Do I really need a new cooker? My strategies are working, it could be worse, I can manage... I love a gas hob, and I don't really trust little bear around electric hobs. And if I got a new cooker then I could perhaps get new gas pipework or something. Besides, our cooker has an eye level grill which is like hens' teeth and I don't like a built in grill like we use at Pickering.
Dithering is the most constant exercise I get.
However I did see something in the Argos catalogue - a mini electric oven. What is more, it is an acceptable price (well, less expensive than a new cooker!). I checked on ebay (my friend) and I saw this. Item no 190458850546 An oven described as being able to grill, roast and bake up to 220C for £25.
I don't really need it. Not at all. Must not look for other ideas...