One the main features of our garden makeover (full reveal coming this week, I promise) is the DIY fire pit. We’ve developed such a love of cooking outdoors on our camping trips that a fire pit at home just seemed like a natural choice. It’s been a real winner because we didn’t quite get the garden makeover finished in time for the summer, so the fire pit has meant we can enjoy cooking and eating outside even now the evenings are chillier. We’ve been experimenting with lots of new fire pit recipes, so when I got the chance to try out the Gardeco Movo Portable Pizza Oven from Chimineashop.co.uk, I couldn’t wait to give it a go.
The twins love making homemade pizzas – we use Jamie Oliver’s pizza dough recipe because we prefer our pizzas thin and crispy and because it’s super-easy recipe (even I’ve managed to make it before, and Ben’s the bread chef round these parts). One reason I’m a huge fan of homemade pizza (besides the fact it tastes better) is that I’m lactose intolerant, so I generally can’t eat shop-bought pizzas. However, I can tolerate the milk of animals other than cow, such as goat, sheep or buffalo, so when we make pizza at home I’m able to substitute standard mozzarella for buffalo mozzarella.
Ok, some oven nitty gritty. The pizza oven is nice and sturdy (made of steel), and has integral handles so you can lift it on and off the fire or BBQ really easily. There’s a temperature gauge on the front which means you can check the temperature of the oven without opening the door and letting all the heat out. You can also watch what’s going on inside through the tempered glass window on the door. We’ve only used the oven for pizza so far, but you can also bake bread and cakes in it, so we intend to expand our repertoire very soon.
The pizzas really were delicious, even if they did take a little longer to cook than expected – we think this was down to the heat of our fire rather than the oven itself do we need to work on this next time. It was also a really lovely way to spend an evening together, from making the pizzas, cooking and eating them, and then sitting around the fire afterwards (toasting marshmallows, of course). I hope we make it a regular event throughout the year.
Disclosure: I received the Gardeco Movo Portable Pizza Oven from Chimineashop.co.uk for review but all opinions, images and words are my own.