Finest Food Festivals

Chef cooking at food festival

Festival food has come a long way since the days of gristly burgers and soggy kebabs. This summer, true foodies will be spoilt for choice with a huge range of food festivals suitable for every taste.

Which one will you attend? (more…)

Food Standards Agency Logo

Did you know that every year there is a week dedicated to raising awareness of Food Safety? This year, the national event takes place between 16-22 June.

The aim, according to the Food Standards Agency, is to help protect consumers against food poisoning.

For 2014, there is a particular focus on alerting you of a bug called ‘campylobacter’ – this may sound like a made up word, but it translates to ‘twisted bacteria’ and is the most common type of food poisoning in the whole of the UK. It is mostly linked to raw poultry, with over 50% of raw chicken containing the microbes (Food Safety News).

The message is simple – never wash your chicken, and always cook it fully!

To help you avoid any form of food poisoning, we’ve put together some of the most interesting (and occasionally shocking) statistics and facts linked to safety in the kitchen, as well as some top tips on how to avoid becoming ill. (more…)

Dirty Kitchen

Did you know that your kitchen can easily become a popular hangout for a wide variety of bugs if it is not regularly cleaned, and food is not stored properly?

From flies that hover around the room, to mysterious bugs spotted in your pantry or cupboards, as soon as you see one of these pests you have identified a possible contaminant in your kitchen.

But don’t panic! By being able to figure out just what can hide in your kitchen, you can eliminate the cause before the problem arises. (more…)

A Freshly Baked Pie

Ah the pie; a true staple of classic British cuisine in all its glory. And what better way to celebrate this succulent dish than dedicating an entire week to cooking, eating and promoting the best pies around with British Pie Week?

Starting back in 2007, the festivities begin on the first Monday of March and last for a full 7 days. If you fancy cooking up something a little different at home over the next few days, there’s no better time to get involved than 2014’s British Pie Week.

Here at Ovenu we do love a good pie, that’s why we thought we’d share four of our most favourite and delicious recipes to whip up this year. There’s a little something in here that’s sure to tickle almost everyone’s fancy.
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Woman Buying Vegetables

Now we all know that fruit, vegetables and fish are among the healthiest of foods for our body, though it seems that not a great deal of us know what exactly the direct benefits are and the sort of recipes that can be cooked up using these so called ‘superfoods’. (more…)

Couple Watching TV

Happy New Year to all of you food lovers and culinary connoisseurs out there!

2014 is now upon us, bringing with it a number of fantastic cooking TV shows from the likes of Jamie Oliver, Nigella Lawson and many more.

To help you navigate your way through the year on the box, here at Ovenu we have put together a list of the top cooking programmes that you avid foodies simply cannot miss in 2014.

Enjoy. (more…)