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Building a Cob Pizza-Oven in Pictures

4 May

How timely! The Guardian just published this cool article about building your own cob pizza-oven.

If you’re curious about the process and wonder what the heck Josh and I are getting ourselves into this summer. Here is a photo slideshow so you can see each step.

More soon about this project as we develop a timeline and start stocking up on supplies. Stay tuned!

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Cob Oven Adventure

19 Apr

In the fall our good friend Amy emailed us this article, The 36-Hour Dinner Party by Michael Pollan because she thought it would be right up our alley. Josh read it right away, fell in love with the idea, started enlisting friends to join us in this adventure and for months has been urging me to read the article and get on board too. The inspiration is this: Pollan, along with some friends built a single wood fire in a cob oven and cooked 4 meals over the course of a couple days.

I finally just read the article. And I am officially on board with this crazy and fun undertaking. Our friend Amy was right – as folks who love to cook, and better yet share in the cooking and the eating, this sounds like a totally cool project.

Anatomy of a Cob Oven - Image from urbanhomestead.org

One major difference though: Pollan conveniently had a friend with an already existing cob oven. So, seeing that we don’t know anyone with a cob oven, and seeing that we think it could be really fun to build one in our backyard ourselves (admittedly Josh is the one who is a bit more excited and confident about that aspect of this endeavor) – we’re going to take it one step further. For us, it’s not just about making a big fire and cooking for a couple days, it’s about making the whole oven in which to do all this fabulous cooking.

Some of you may be asking yourselves, “What the heck is a cob oven?” I was answering that question a lot this past weekend as I was explaining this endeavor to  friends. Cob is like adobe. It’s building material made of earth, clay, straw, and sand.  See photo above to get an idea of what they look like.

I bought Josh this book titled, Build Your Own Earth Oven for his birthday in February and we’re in the planning stages now. Wish us luck and stay tuned for more updates about this adventure. Eventually I would love suggestions for what we should cook in it!