Flambe Pizza

Love this pizza recipe floating around Facebook – it’s a unique calzone that is inflated! The top then makes a salad bowl. Rocket and proscuito has to be my favourite post cooking pizza topping so we will do it at our next party and video the results!

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Waxlings

Waxlings® are a fantastic way to get a pizza oven fire started. They are made from sawdust and beeswax, so they don’t smell like normal firelighters. Each one burns for about ten minutes and one is enough to get a fire going! My brother in law gave me a bag when I was up with […]

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How do you know when a wood fired oven is hot enough?

Some people use thermocouples and digital thermometers or infa red scanning thermometers. Me, I’m old school and like to keep things simple! When you light the fire the bricks go black from the soot. When the oven has reached temparature they turn white again and piece of wood catches fire instantly. I tend to keep […]

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Firepit

Once you have built your own pizza oven and got used to cooking pizza for lots of people, why not invest in a fire pit to keep warm long into the summer evenings. Watching a fire is so mesmerizing! We bought the Sicily firepit via Amazon.co.uk for around £65 including rain cover. It comes flat […]

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River Cottage Bread Handbook

I absolutely love this book on making bread – the best of at least three on my bookshelf! And especially because it has a great section on building a pizza oven! The first chapter is casting a vision for home baking bread – 1961 was a bad year for bread, because that is when the […]

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Practical Self Sufficiency

Dick Strawbridge is a proper national treasure – ex army Lieutenant Colonel and team leader on the superb Scrapheap Challenge from the 90s. He is also an accomplished self-sufficiency expert who made a fascinating BBC2 series “It’s not easy being green”. He also sports an enormous moustache, allegedly the biggest in showbusiness! The Practical Self […]

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Pizza Party!

Once you have built your own pizza oven, you’ve got to have a pizza party! We keep it simple, ultra thin margarita pizzas and some farinata with loads of salads! This weekend we had thirty, cooked thirty pizzas and then sat around our new fire pit! – We made 3.5kg of dough using two 1.5kg […]

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