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Indulgent Microwave Mug Cakes Recipes

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Mug cake

Want a quick and easy recipe for a delicious and indulgent treat!? Of course you do! If you haven’t heard of them before, microwave mug cakes are as straightforward and as simple as they sound. Combine a few ingredients in a mug and pop it in the microwave to bake for a few minutes. When your microwave pings you’ll be left with a tasty baked dessert! The best thing about them is that no oven’s required and there’s no mess!
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Add a Pinch of Passion to Your Picnic

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Picnic with wine and grapes in nature. In the sunlight

The height of summer is usually a time when the days are long and the air is thick with the smell of barbecues. Unfortunately, it looks as though nature may have left those days behind altogether this year and gone right into winter where we are.

Still, we are an optimistic bunch at Ovenu and we think the sun will be back out before the fast-approaching bank holiday weekend, so here are some ideas for a total winner of a summer picnic for when the sunshine sky comes back into our lives!

So get that oven warmed up, because we’ve got a classic picnic staple on the cards for today – plus one of the best sandwiches you’ll ever taste.

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National Burger Day 2016

in Cooking by Rik Hellewell

I think we can all agree that us Brits love a good quality burger, however, the typical beef burger has been over-shadowed by the huge range of burger options throughout the UK. Here at Ovenu, we have put together burger recipes for you to create at home that you may not have thought of:


Falafel burgers falafel-burgers

250g chickpeas from a can
1 medium onion, finely chopped
2 garlic cloves, crushed
2 tsp ground coriander
2 tsp ground cumin
small pack flat-leaf parsley, chopped
2 rounded tbsp plain flour
2 tbsp vegetable oil
100g houmous
4 burger buns, cut in half

1. Drain, rinse and dry the chickpeas thoroughly, then tip into the bowl of a food processor. Pulse until lightly broken up into coarse crumbs.
2. Add the onion, garlic, spices, parsley, flour and some seasoning, and continue to pulse until combined. Using your hands, gently form the mixture into 4 patties about 10cm in diameter and 2cm thick.
3. In a large pan, heat the oil and fry the falafels on each side for 2-3 mins or until golden (you may need to do this in batches). Lightly griddle the burger buns on the cut side in a griddle pan, or toast under the grill.
4. Spread one side of each bun with houmous, top with a falafel burger, add a handful of watercress, then pop the remaining bun half on top.
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Throwing Your Own Come Dine With Me Dinner

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Friends Having Dinner

You are all probably very familiar with Channel 4’s hit cooking show: Come Dine With Me, and its hilarious commentary by TV presenter Dave Lamb. You can’t knock it.
Over the years the show’s popularity has skyrocketed, and as a result the programme has gone on to inspire many of its viewers to host their own ‘Come Dine With Me’ themed dinner party. Read more

Cooking and Cleaning Tips with TV Chef Rich Harris

in Cooking, Latest News by Rik Hellewell

Rich Harris


Rich Harris is a British chef, home economist and food stylist. He’s worked behind the scenes on some of the UK’s favourite cooking shows, including Masterchef, Great British Menu, Britain’s Best Dish and River Cottage to name just a few. You may also have spotted Rich on Waitrose’s very own TV channel, Waitrose TV, or in its magazine Harvest, where he also presents and writes.


After travelling to over 30 countries and working alongside many of the world’s most renowned chefs, Rich (otherwise known as The Food Insider) has experienced cooking inside some of the most high-pressured and exciting kitchens in the world.


We sat down with Rich to chat all things foodie, dishing the dirt on what’s it’s like to be a professional chef and how to keep your kitchen shipshape.


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Healthy Recipes Your Kids Will Love

in Cooking, Latest News by Rik Hellewell

Sugar Tax



We’re big foodies here at Ovenu and any time someone suggests baking a dessert, we are all for it. We love all things sweet and sometimes our sweet tooth can get the best of us so we decided to look at decedent desserts that aren’t laden with excessive calories or loaded with sugar.


Sugar is a really important subject and if we’re making treats that kids will love we’re always mindful of not putting too much sugar in. Now the Government have introduced a sugar tax on sugar-laden drinks, do you think that sugar filled foods will be next? What do you think? Do you think that this is the way to tackle childhood obesity?


If you’re concerned about how much sugar your child is consuming but still want to enjoy a sweet treat, our recipes with low refined sugar will be for you.


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Delicious and Mouth-Watering Vegan Recipes

in Cooking by Rik Hellewell

Vegan Baking

Getting creative in the kitchen is half the fun of cooking or baking, but with great recipes come great challenges.

In recent years we’ve seen a shift in the health and wellness industry, with an array of new food styles and recipes come to the forefront of cooking.

We’ve seen it all: low-carb, high-fat, sugar-free, gluten-free, 5:2 and now veganism is in the spotlight.

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