We had visitors during the middle of the day, so I didn't get to start the process until 4.00pm by which time the sky was overcast and not very inviting at all!
However, the forecast was for a brilliantly sunny evening, so I began...As I usually do, making the dough for the pizza.
I stuck to the same pizza base recipe I've been using for the past few weeks - 200g flour, teaspoon Marigold stock, teaspoon herbs and a teaspoon of curry powder - except that I added 25g of tomato puree to the liquid. When the dough was made I divided it into 2 - one half was to be a pizza, and the other a sort of rolled up, slit and shaped into an S shape pizza (haven't really got a name for it!)
Once the dough was made I went out and started the fire. Hadn't really got it going when it began to rain - but it wasn't much, so I carried on. I'd just about added the heavier chunks of wood when it began to rain in earnest.
|Before rolling out|
|And after shaping|
When this was done, the downpour had stopped and I was able to cover the fire with charcoal.
After the charcoal had taken hold I put another layer of charcoal on top. When this layer was well alight I put the pizza in the oven.
Conscious that heat escapes through the door I propped up an oven tray against the hole.
|Note the welder's gloves and a small kneeling mat - essential to keep my knees from developing deep grooves from the decking!|
I still haven't got enough charcoal in there since it took about thirty minutes for the pizza to cook - almost! I still had to flash it in the oven in the kitchen for about 4 minutes to cook the top. Then I put the other pizza in the chiminea. Once again, after thirty minutes I had to take it out and put it in the domestic oven to finish it off.
|The S-shaped filled pizza and all that's left of the other one!|