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A day of cooking in the woodfired pizza oven

On Xmas Eve last year my husband finished building our woodfired pizza oven and we cooked our first pizzas. It’s been great fun feeding pizzas to friends and family over the last 6 months. Today we decided to light the pizza oven before dawn, so that we could cook in it all day.

So the husband lit the fire at about 4.15am, and then went fishing. I went out just after 6am and put a few more logs on the fire.

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I said good morning to the animals and gave them breakfast too.

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after making a coffee I went back inside and starting preparing meals to cook

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I made 2 lots of dough, one for pizza and one for focaccia. I made 2 different bean dishes, makings for 2 quiches, some Anzac cookie dough, and some dough to make some lovely chewy big salty pretzels. I’m never made them before and they were tricky to handle! I’ll make smaller ones next time. They were like bagels in that they are boiled briefly first, then baked. a new favourite I think.

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BBQ beans, and a cannellini bean bake

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leek and rosemary focaccia having it’s final rising

The last log was put in the fire at about 7.30am. so by 11am it was ready for pizza

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5mins later it was ready to eat!

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then time for the giant pretzels

they had 2 risings, a quick boil, then into the oven for about 10 minutes

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hmmm not very pretzel shaped……..

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some post lunch snoozing by the fisherman, and some reading and sewing for the rest of us

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then at about 3pm it was in with the focaccia, the quiches and the Anzac cookies

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before

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after. kale, parsley and leek quiches.

then at 6pm, the freshly caught dart fillets with their secret recipe lemon “rub” went in for 15mins.

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this was dinner with some salad. delicious.

and finally at 7.30pm. a vanilla cake took 15mins to bake.

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The oven is still hot enough to bake, but we’ve run out of fridge and freezer space!

We have some meals and lunches for the week, some food in the freezer and all with an armful of wood, an early morning, and a relaxing day at home. t

Thanks for reading 🙂