Friday, July 31, 2009

Cooking Pizza

It has been well worthwhile building our new improved is fantastic! With a few hours firing it cooks for about 2 hours. Having the fire pit close by to shovel the coals into and then reheat the oven after a few hours is a great way to cook all night long....makes for good fun pizza parties. The big long bench set up is also a fantastic improvement-Pizza prep on one side of the oven and pizza chopping and eating on the other. We have thoroughly enjoyed all the creativity...everyone wants to get in and make their special topped pizza or calzone

Monday, July 13, 2009

Our new oven

With the help of our fantastic wwoofers we have finished our new pizza oven and we are looking forward to the first feast. Finding the clay was the first step, we found a big seam of it in the front paddock and filled the bath tub about half way and covered it with water. Our last wonderful wwoofer Dafna had begun so there was some clay in the bottom that had already been soaking for a good few weeks. This was great for stomping as it was much softer and it is certainly worth soaking the clay for as long as possible beforehand. So the bare foot stomping began in the tub felt great...but jeez our feet were sore the next day!
For the first layer we added sand until it felt like a good consistancy...not too wet..and just after building the dome of sand(covered in plastic) we started throwing the mud on. We built up a good thick layer had a rest and then added straw to the mix and put the next layer on. We found it easier to add the straw by hand as we went.We then added the finishing touches and will wait a week before we pull the sand out. After three days of beautiful clear winter weather it feels quite dry and hard on the outside in the parts exposed to the sun.