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    Saturday: A Set of Instructions

    You and Me, We’re the Same We’ve reached a point in our lives when daily structure and commonplace habits are, pretty much, beyond comprehension — I can’t be the only one who Googled how long to cook 2-Minute noodles for… surely. And, to be fair, it is easy to forget to refill the ice cube tray after you’ve just emptied it; or to literally research how to lace shoes — can’t just be me, right? And I don’t have an ounce of doubt that all three of all our alarms are set a minute apart. If we can’t even figure out if fifty-two is divisible by nineteen (spoiler alert — it is), how…

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    A Valley-Dweller’s Guide

    This year, much like last year, has been wild. There’s been viruses and diets and banana bread and online courses and many crying sessions on account of the coffee machine breaking… and everything in between. And on the off chance that music doesn’t immediately get you out of that funk (and by funk I mean baked-goods-induced coma), there’s only one place to look: Oven Baked’s menu.   First up: large or medium? Next, which toppings? Gluten-free base? What about add-ons? And removals? So many choices, and ones, frankly, that we don’t have time for — Outer Banks takes time, folks, and it doesn’t binge-watch itself. Nevertheless, we move. And by…

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    Pineapple On Pizza: Yay or Nay?

    Providing night-before discursive essay topics for Grade 7s since 1962… The debate of pineapple on pizza continues to set pizzeria against pizzeria, and to what end? It’s about time this debate be settled once and for all. Sorry, introverts, this can no longer be a conversation starter.   Origin To dive deep into this humanitarian issue, we have to start at the beginning: not in Hawaii. In Canada. We always say that nothing happens in Canada. The crime is low; human rights are comparatively better than other countries; they almost always stay neutral in times of war… But here’s an exception to the rule: Canadians created the Hawaiian pizza.   …

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    Online Reviews: A How-To

    Online reviews. A double-edged sword. Following the wise words  of Journey: “some will win, some will lose, some are born to sing the blues, and this is directly determined by online reviews”. Or something like that. This rings true in the food industry, and the pizza side of things are no exception. These ratings and reviews are incredibly important to us, as a community-reliant business; constructive criticism is a springboard to improvement, and pure praise is an ego boost that gets us through those quiet Tuesday afternoon shifts.   It is difficult, however, to compress an entire experience of an Oven Baked pizza into the limitation of just five stars and…

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    Pizza Jokes Are So Cheesy…

    I might just cry if someone tells me again that a dog’s favourite pizza is pup-eroni. We’re tired of hearing that pizza jokes are ‘all about delivery’. There are too many pizza-related jokes in this world, Buzzfeed. Give it a break, and let Oven Baked handle the linguistics for you. Since, as a community-based business, we’re done (for now) writing about pizza, we’ll assume you, the community, are done (for now) reading about it. As a substitute article — because we have to up our online presence somehow — we’ve put together a few reasons why Fish Hoek rocks.   All Natural First and foremost, this is an absolutely gorgeous…

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    Our Way or the Highway

    If you haven’t already noticed, we’re pretty keen on having our pizzas baked in a wood-fired oven. We could swap out our built-in caves of warmth for an electric oven, but the question is, will it do the trick? Let’s dive right in, and figure out if all our four thousand, six hundred and nine Facebook and Instagram followers have their heads screwed on right.   Electric and Gas Ovens Unlike with a fire, one doesn’t need to tend to a normal household oven at all times. It can be left to heat up on its own without the  reassembling of logs — or even the purchase of them —…

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    Ten Reasons to Eat Pizza Right Now

    Feeling a bit peckish? Here’s a bunch of reasons to order from us. Oven Baked provides this cozy valley with authentic Italian-style pizzas, with our own little spin on things, too. We thrive when our community does, and we truly appreciate your support, which we have received without hesitation, from day one. However, for marketing purposes, this article needs to be witty. So, here goes. Apologies in advance.   Support Local Apparently funding small family-owned businesses in your area is, like, the new cool thing to do (?) Plus, it ensures your Gen Z kids’ happiness by resisting capitalist urges. And if you don’t believe us, someone on The Interweb…

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    Film and Flavour — You’re Welcome

    What’s the bet The Italian Job is on TV again? Or Keeping Up With The Kandasamys? I don’t know about everyone else, but I’m totally over it. And what’s worse, when one desperately begs a friend for movie or series suggestions, one will either end up with a Studio Ghibli movie pirated from a sketchy site, or a too-good-to-be-true movie that isn’t even on Netflix. And they have the audacity to pull this during a global pandemic… Dearest South African television provider (who will remain anonymous due to legal obligations): you’ve got to mix things up. But until then, darling TV supplier, we shall do it for you. Take some…

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    Tunes With Taste — Pitches for Pizza

    Picture this: you’re sitting under the covers on a Sunday night, mentally preparing for the monotony of another week by wearing tracksuit pants and the only knitted garment you own. The Friends reunion has somehow wormed its way onto the TV screen and you’ve admitted defeat in the kitchen. As your failed 5-Minute Meal stares out at you, your mind wanders to the only possible alternative: pizza. So, you’ve got your pizza from your favourite crave-crunching pizzeria, Oven Baked, but then it hits you: nothing will come of the Friends reunion, and it’s probably a hallucination anyway. Your next move: Spotify. Haven’t got tunes? — look no further! We’ve put…

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    Wood-Fired Ovens’ Maintenance

    Wood-fired ovens are a rarity in homes, and a valuable one at that. Often those who own them — whether at home or in business — have limited resources when it comes to maintenance. Caring for these sorts of ovens is often swept under the pretence of it’ll burn away next time. Unfortunately, this is far from the truth. It is necessary to regularly and efficiently clean your wood-fired ovens in order to combat the pizzas from taking up unpleasant scents or tastes. Plus, if soot in the oven builds up, it stands a chance to catch fire.    Wood Use Arguably the best result of an oven-baked pizza is…

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