Skinflint Sunday: The pizza oven edition!

A few weeks ago I saw a post on FB about a new pizza oven that Thermomix was selling. I was curious, so I called my sister Kate, who is still a consultant, to ask her about it. As it turned out, she’s earned one as a consultant reward and had been playing around with it for a couple of weeks. I was expecting her to be politely enthusiastic about it, but her reply blew me away.

“OMG Frogdancer, this thing is FANTASTIC! We’ve been making pizza every few days and they’re so delicious. Last night we had Indian and I made naan bread… I’ve never had better. I LOVE it!”

Or something like that.

Anyway, I thought that if Kate was THAT enthusiastic about it, it must be pretty darned good. So I ordered one as soon as they were released. We eat home-made pizza pretty regularly. Trouble is, our oven makes pizzas with slightly soggy dough. It never cooks properly underneath the pizzas. They’re still tasty, but yeah.

I already have a pretty large family, what with the 4 boys and 3 girlfriends, and chances are it’s only going to get bigger. How much fun would it be to be able to get people to put their own toppings on their own pizzas and be able to cook each pizza in a little over a minute, instead of having to wait to cook 2 pizzas in 12 minutes like we’ve been doing with our oven?

Talk about easy catering! As long as I have enough pizza dough made beforehand, all I’ll have to do is provide a variety of toppings and a birthday/Mothers Day/whatever cake and my work here is done.

It arrived last week. One big box and a couple of smaller boxes with the added extras I ordered. In for a penny, in for a pound.

As luck would have it, Kate’s car was being serviced near me so she spent the day with me on Wednesday. I took her on a Little Adventure up to Digger’s nursery in Dromana and then, after lunch, she helped Ryan27 assemble the pizza oven. We didn’t have a suitable table to put it on so she scouted around, found the pile of bricks that Blogless Sandy gave me a while ago and we made a makeshift table from the bricks and a couple of concrete pavers.

That night we fired her up and made 2 pizzas.

This was the first one. The oven has to run for a while to get up to 400C. It comes with a big paddle to push the pizza into the oven, and a smaller paddle to turn it every 20 seconds or so, because the gas flame runs along one side.

It’s a learning curve. It’s not difficult to do, but we’ve never worked with implements like this before. Luckily thermomix have short videos showing what to do so, armed with this knowledge, we produced two very delicious pizzas.

Unfortunately, mine folded a bit when Ryan27 was launching it into the oven, so it looks a bit like Tasmania. The dough was a little soggy in the middle because of the fold, but it was still SO much better than the kitchen oven-cooked pizzas we’ve been eating up till now.

The dough was – I’d say “to die for’ but that’s just wrong when you’re talking about food. The underneath has a beautiful char quality that’s so damned tasty. We use home-made pesto on our pizzas and I could taste it so clearly. Maybe it loses its fragrance with the longer oven cook in the kitchen?

The number of toppings we had on them was too much. A couple of olives rolled off and the stone had a lot of cheese left on it that had to be cleaned off. We decided the next time we made pizzas, we’d pare the toppings right back and then slowly increase each time until we hit the sweet spot.

Friday lunchtime. Tom30 was here working from home and so there were 3 for lunch.

We made ultra-simple pizzas with just tomato paste, a scrape of pesto for Ryan27 and me, some salami, basil leaves from the garden and (of course) cheese.

I didn’t think to take photos, (sorry). The pizzas were still delicious and so much easier to manoeuvre. We agreed that they were a tad dough-heavy, so next time we’ll add a little more on top. The longest part of the cook was waiting for the balls of pizza dough to defrost, once we’d decided what we were having for lunch.

I’m really happy with this purchase. We’ll use it a fair bit just on our own, but it’ll really shine when we entertain.

For anyone wanting to check it out, HERE’S THE LINK. If you decide down the track that you’d like one and you don’t have a thermomix consultant, please shoot me an email and I’ll put you in touch with my sister. You see, if people buy online and they don’t have a consultant, Thermomix keeps the commission that they would otherwise pay to a consultant and I don’t think that’s fair. (For those who don’t know, I was a consultant for a few years. We work really hard to provide a great service and the current crop should be rewarded for that, in my opinion.)

In other news, Tom30 has moved all this stuff in and as of yesterday, it’s all either put away or packed up in boxes. I have my dining room table back – hooray! The house is back to its uncluttered self and Tom30 is learning the rhythms of the new place. Seven years is a long time to be gone. When he left home it was still very much a household of parent and kids. Now it’s far more a household of adults sharing the space.

Hmmm, after writing this post I feel a strange hankering for pizza. Is it ok to have pizza for breakfast? LOL.

Dad joke of the day:

What would a pirate say on his 80th birthday?

“Aye matey!”

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