My adventures in building a brick oven in my backyard
Food

The very first pizza baked in the oven

The very first bread I baked in the oven

Pizza party, May 15th 2005
6 Pizzas

Pizza party, May 15th 2005
6 Pizzas

Pizza Party, May 21st 2005
Twelve co-workers came over and enjoyed an afternoon of great pizza.

Pizza Party, May 21st 2005
15 Pizzas

Pizza Party, May 21st 2005
15 Pizzas

Pizza Party May, 21st 2005
15 Pizzas

Pizza Party, May 21st 2005
15 Pizzas

Multi Grain Bread, May 29th 2005

Multi Grain Bread, May 29th 2005

Sicilian Bread, May 30th 2005


Sicilian Bread, May 30th 2005

Ciabatta, October 23rd 2005

Peasant Bread (épi), November 20th 2005

Peasant Bread (dinner rolls), November 20th 2005

Challah, November 23rd 2005

Pizza Party 2006









Pizza Party, March 19th 2006
24 pizzas

Pizza Party, March 19th 2006
24 pizzas

Pizza Party, March 19th 2006
24 pizzas

Pizza Party, March 19th 2006
24 pizzas

Pizza Party, March 19th 2006
24 pizzas




Pizza Party, March 19th 2006
24 pizzas


24 bagels made from scratch and kept in the fridge overnight
March 25th 2006


Next morning, all bagels were boiled in water for 4 minutes total
March 26th 2006







All 24 bagels were baked at once at 500 degrees. I kept them on parchment paper
because I wanted to load them in the oven quickly and because I was lazy.
March 26th 2006

10 minutes of baking and they all turned golden brown.
We had poppy, sesame, sea salt, garlic and a mixture of the above as toppings.
Half of the bagels also had vegetables snippets (veggie confettie) in them.
March 26th 2006

Mmmm......, chewy and crunchy.
March 26th, 2006

Most of the bagels were put in little baggies and passed out to neighbors
as we went on our morning walk.
March 26th, 2006

April 2nd, 2006


Last year, I went to a pizza party in Spring Hill and somebody there
told me about "Dirty Steak".

He said: "It's simple. You take a very thick ribeye steak and throw it
right on top of very hot coals. No salt, no pepper, no nothing".

I was intrigued by "Dirty Steak" since that day, but not until today
did I have the courage to throw $35 worth of meat right into a fire.

I did a bit or research and found that Julia Child did an episode on "Dirty Steak"
You can watch it here.
 
It's quite a treat to hear Julia say "Dirty Steak" and "Hot Fanny"
in the same sentence.



The steaks were about 1" to 1.5" thick
April 2nd, 2006


The sound is soo cool
April 2nd, 2006

About 5 minutes on each side.
Suprisingly enough, there is very little ash that sticks to the steaks
April 2nd, 2006

Medium Rare and quite delicious
April 2nd, 2006

Dirty Steak with Hot Fanny Sauce
Thank you Julia
April 2nd, 2006

Focaccia Sandwich:
Roasted Peppers, Grilled Pesto Chicken, Fresh Tomato, Provelone Cheese
and freshly baked Foccacia Bread. Mmmmm
June 25th, 2006

Pistolets for Christmas party

Pizza Party, October 7th 2006
12 pizzas

Pizza Party, October 7th 2006
12 pizzas

Pizza Party, October 7th 2006
12 pizzas

BIG pizza party, February 2nd 2007
61 pizzas

BIG pizza party, February 2nd 2007
61 pizzas

BIG pizza party, February 2nd 2007
61 pizzas

BIG pizza party, February 2nd 2007
61 pizzas

BIG pizza party, February 2nd 2007
61 pizzas

Pizza Party, March 31st 2007
19 pizzas

Pizza Party, March 31st 2007
19 pizzas

Pizza Party, March 31st 2007
19 pizzas

Pizza Party, April 14th 2007
  23 pizzas

Pizza Party, April 14th 2007
  23 pizzas

Pizza Party, April 14th 2007
  23 pizzas

Pizza Party, April 14th 2007
  23 pizzas

Pizza Party, April 14th 2007
  23 pizzas (including one with fresh Louisiana Crawfish)

After several failed attempts, we finally were able to start (and keep alive)
a sourdough starter. Not very sour yet, but very active.

One of the first succsesful sourdough breads. Extremely crusty and very tasty.

Good things come in pairs.

Neighborhood Pizza Party, February 1st 2008
  75 pizzas

Neighborhood Pizza Party, February 1st 2008
  75 pizzas

Neighborhood Pizza Party, February 1st 2008
  75 pizzas

Neighborhood Pizza Party, February 1st 2008
  75 pizzas

Neighborhood Pizza Party, February 1st 2008
  75 pizzas

Neighborhood Pizza Party, February 1st 2008
  75 pizzas

Neighborhood Pizza Party, February 1st 2008
  75 pizzas

Neighborhood Pizza Party, February 1st 2008
  75 pizzas




Hope you enjoyed watching the building process and the site.


If you want more detailed pictures, consider getting my Construction CD ROM.




Cheers,
August Vanderdonckt



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