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REVIEW – COOKING WITH FIRE by PAULA MARCOUX

COOKING WITH FIRE From Roasting on a Spit to Baking in a Tannur, Rediscovered Techniques and Recipes That Capture the Flavors of Wood-Fired Cooking By Paula Marcoux Paperback, 320 pages  (also available as an ebook). ISBN: 9781612121581 (1612121586) Published by Storey … Continue reading

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Cooking with Fire – Paula Marcoux’s new book. If it’s hot cook with it.

It was a conversation with Paula Marcoux that set us off building our cloam oven last year.  Several batches of bread and pizza later it has had to be dismantled while we have building work done. It will be back. … Continue reading

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MORE PIZZA – learning to use the clay oven

The weather has improved so we decided to make pizzas and try to get better control over the heat. We heated up on sticks and some split pine. Once the soot burnt off the inside (40 minutes or so) we … Continue reading

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FIRST LOAVE – the clay oven installed and baking bread.

Yesterday we got the oven installed and working for the first time. We built the structure using the collection of kiln bricks and architectural reclaim that we have in the garden. It is all loose laid so that we can … Continue reading

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The Cloam Oven Ready for Installation

Here it is successfully fired (by Liz Williams at Bristol School of Art) and ready to install. The crank body is about 3cm thick and has fired very well. The next stage is to get it fully insulated and ready … Continue reading

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FIRST CLOAM OVEN COMPLETED

The first cloam oven is complete and ready for firing. It’s a small one – roughly 50cm deep. I followed the Portuguese potters’ method (see video below) and started with a slab beaten out onto a sanded batt. The walls … Continue reading

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HOT BREAD AND CLAY: BUILDING CLAY OVENS – CLOAM OVENS

I have always hankered after a clay oven ever since I first saw one of the West Country cloam ovens. We bake our own pizzas regularly in the kitchen and it would be great to make our own bread. There … Continue reading

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