Monday, May 31, 2010

First Flatbread

Here is the first flat bread produced in the oven. The oven is still drying out so it is hard to get the heat up to where we would like it, about 700 degrees Fahrenheit or more. Tasty, but took over five minutes to cook, which is too slow, we are looking for two minute pizzas. We hope to take it on the road soon.

Nice Lupines this year, they made it past a bad aphid infestation and lots of powdery mildew to produce these showy blooms.

Lots of figs in the tree outside our kitchen back door.

Thursday, May 27, 2010

First Fire

The Cob is drying and we have lit a couple of small fires. Once it dries, we will lay on a final skim coat of plaster.

Monday, May 24, 2010

Orcas Island Pizza Oven

A good day, final wood fired oven build happened. First, build up a sand mold with many other space occupying objects. Next, layer of straight clay, sand, and a bit of Portland Cement. Finally, a cob layer and a skim of the same mix with added straw. The shape is great, we look forward to removing the sand mold as soon as it sets. Pizza is coming soon and many other roastable items, including our local Mangalitsa Pork.

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Next Phase of Wood Fired Oven Build

Garden Jungle. Greenhouse is over full. Trying to harvest the last lettuces before we turn over to all tomatoes. Everything is looking good, sugar snaps are 7 feet tall.

Garden Basil, I could not resist. Tomatoes and warm weather plants are very happy.

Here is the frame for the door of the oven. We have the rebar support to help out the clay when moving down the road. Made by the amazing Pete Welty, who also made the custom trailer. Tomorrow we lay the hearth and Monday is oven build day, barring any major issues.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Wood Fired Pizza Oven Build

Here is the Trailer with poured slab and insulating layer for our latest project, A fully mobile wood fired pizza oven. We will be setting the oven floor, building the door frame & chimney and will make the actual oven this coming weekend. More pictures to come.
Our focus will be on quick fired, hi heat pizzas.

Sunday, May 9, 2010

New Growth

The gardens are really taking off and most of the grafting work we have done is starting to grow. Five types of plums, six types of pear. It will be interesting to completly work over all of the vigorous trees that produce inferior fruit.

The tomatoes have been repotted and now we are waiting for all of our greenhouse lettuces and snap peas to finish so we can transition into our warm weather crops. This year we have, Tigerella, Green Zebra, Cherokees, Black Cherry, Sungolds, Yellow Pear Cherries, Orcas Orange, German Greens and some Brandy Wine Tomatoes. The utdoor greens are enjoying the warmer weather.