PIZZA Archive

Founding faith!

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Is quite a long time that I wrote something in our pizza oven blog…for the last year I believed that I lived all pizza adventures we can imagine…from movies to cycling pizza parties, crazy Ireland ovens and some unfinished constructions deceptions. I lost faith on that magic once I feel in love with….till I met Rienk:)

 

We know each other from our “other” work…but since I mention the building experience and the oven adventures one thing got stuck in his mind: “I am gonna build on of these in my garden!”  All our business meetings end up discussing the pizza ovens, and it became his saturday project!

 

Once I got tired of building random ovens around The Netherlands, so I’ve wrote this manual telling people the secrets of building an oven…lot’s of people downloaded, but Rienk was the first one coming back with questions and observations! Slowly his enthusiasm and faith on that magic touch me once again…like that unforgettable sunset evening at my university in Campinas.

 

Still skeptical I decided to build the dome with him. I thought it would be a nice way of getting closer to my business relation, but what I didn’t expect falling in love with the pizza ovens again! Technically everything was the same…a good base, perfect bed of bricks and a nice round oven! The ventilation works fine and the chimney is great…

…but…

what was really amazing were their smiles, memories and dreams of cooking pizzas for their loved ones!

That’s all about! And I’ve forgot that!

I kind of realised that beter that knowing everything is knowing everybody!

Yeah!!!!

Thanks Rienk and the family…you guys rock!

 

Waar bakken we vandaag ?

We maken kilometers dezer dagen. Sinds ons eerste pizzafeestje in maart dit jaar (bij PIP in de Binckhorst) heeft de telefoon niet meer stilgestaan. Van de Wilheminapier in Rotterdam tot een zorgboerderij in Noordwijkerhout, maar dit jaar ook heel veel Haagse plekken. Straatfeesten, festivals, tuinfeesten bij woon-werkpanden, tot een voetbaltoernooi toe. Vrienden en familie vragen in deze tijd van het jaar niet meer met wat voor klussen ik tegenwoordig bezig ben , maar waar ik vandaag sta te bakken met de kinderen.

Vijf jaar koken en bakken op locatie met ons pizzabakmonster, voor steeds weer wisselende groepen mensen, het wordt tijd om zelf ook eens een bijdrage te leveren aan dit blog.  Je zou anders kunnen gaan denken dat Renato in zijn eentje de regio rondfietst, of dat we alleen Engels spreken …

Maandagochtend om 7 uur stond ik deeg te kneden. Dat is een goeie manier om wakker te worden kan ik je vertellen. Je spieren komen er lekker los van, en ondertussen kun je je gedachten laten glijden over alles wat er zo´n dag gedaan moet worden, zijn alle voorraden op peil, hoe laat zie ik mijn assistenten, staat al het gereedschap weer schoon in de bakfiets. Vlak bij huis vandaag, de La Reyschool van mijn kinderen. Mijn eigen kleine bijdrage aan een fantastische school waar spelen een wezenlijk onderdeel is van de schoolweek en ouders meewerken om hun vaardigheden en levenservaring over te dragen. De Zomerdoedag van vandaag is een buitenkans, Er wordt muziek gemaakt met alles wat voorhanden is, gesport met o.a. een traploopwedstrijd en natuurlijk eten gemaakt, buiten!

Mijn bakploeg bestaat dan ook uit mijzelf en een Vera die ook 8 jaar een dochter op deze school had, aangevuld met de dertienjarige Nobi die de kunst al lang bij ons heeft afgekeken de afgelopen jaren en nu voor het eerst zelf aan de oven staat. Zo´n 70 kinderen hebben de kans gegrepen hun eigen pizzasaus te blenderen op trapkracht, deeg te kneden en kaas te raspen. Het was moeilijk de rijen kort te houden, maar het blijft ´slow food´, en 3 uur workshop is snel om.

Wat mij betreft komt brood bakken op houtvuur gewoon iedere maandagochtend op het lesrooster ..

Half built

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Every pizza oven has his own story. Normally they are happy and full of joy, but sometimes what seems a perfect adventure ends up in something completely different.

Last summer I’ve got a call from a designer in Den Haag asking me for a pizza oven price…she told me they were making plans for a school in de Schilderswijk in Den Haag, and the school really wanted a pizza oven. I gave them the price and wait for the answer… four months later I’ve got a call from the same designer telling me that they wanted the oven as soon as possible for the Halloween party in October!

The week after I made a plan and start buying the materials…discussed the plans with the school and got the keys from their yard. It was a complex oven because I was building in a terrace, so I’ve needed to hang the structure on the side walls. Two big arches were needed for the base.

Soon as we started I felt some strange vibe around the project…nobody was coming along to see the construction, nobody was even interested in what we were doing. School teachers were not even looking at the window to check the oven. Feed-back zero! The only ones who did care were the children…they were excited with the story and wanted to eat pizzas at all costs.

Half way the construction I’ve heard that the project of the school yard  has stopped because a dispute between the school, the designer and city council. They disagreed at the results of the process even before it was finished. One was expecting a green school in October, the other was complaining about the bad execution and the third was saying there was no budget…and I was there, trapped in a half build school yard with my half built pizza oven.

Sometimes I ask myself what half built things makes with our lives. We build up expectations of doing something great and then we just made half of it! It’s a huge disappointment!

Is like willing to eat a cake, make the cake and not even place it in the oven. Sometimes I can’t understand why people do that. Maybe is because the lack of interest…or maybe is because the interest lays somewhere else.

At the project in the Schilderswijk I realised everyone was busy with something else. And I was there…in a half built story which I never intend to be.

I love people instead of building contracts, smiles instead of e-mails and laughs instead of voicemails…

so…

I decided to finish the oven for the school. I gave a halloween pizza party for the kids. I payed all costs for the Gemeente and wrote this story for me,  so I can remember myself:  I don’t leave things half build.Ever!

Yeah!

Good night!

Stone seeker

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I love bricks…they are the basic unit of architecture. But after our visit in Ireland I’ve got also excited with stones:)

The main difference between them is that a clay brick is always the same shape, and the stone is always a surprise. Between the landscape full with sheep, rain and great people what took my eye in Ireland was they culture around stones. Between walls and castles, the Irish people is always looking for the right stone for the right place. No plans needed!

I’ve saw that building a pizza oven at Angus organic farm this summer. The idea in first place was quite vague…we didn’t plan or draw anything in forehand. He came with his “L” shape rock and I just left my predescribed tools behind. This oven was meant be something different.

First of all we couldn’t fine any brick or clay, the whole island is a gigantic rock! We decided to make a half dome with the existing stones and use fire resistent cement in place of clay. After three minutes building I realise my masonry skills were minimal next to Angus experience. Used to make rocky walls in Ireland and Australia, Angus has an eagle eye for finding stones and a precise hand for shaping them. Stone by stone we built our half arch and dome laying perfectly into the original base.

When we finished the oven, I was surprised with the result…It looked that it was always there.

A brand new ancient pizza oven:) It was amazing to feel the magic of  stacking stones…it’s not just making something structural or functional…but is the art of creating meaning by re-arranging the landscape! WoW!

Thanks Angus and Woof”ers…You guys were great!!!!! Yeah!

 

My first memory…

…the one I will always remember!

My first memory was playing at my aunts house in Campinas…it’s about playing with my flying car on a great white bench on a beautiful sunny day! Everyone was like a giant to me and I was just fascinated about the car and that bench!

Last month  we cooked pizzas with Ramses, Kim and their neighbours….It was not the first time we cooked there, but for the children everything seemed new!

In between jumping on the huge bouncing castle, playing football and catch me if you can,  we made dough together with the kids.  For the first time I didn’t do it just by myself. They called me Tomato ( they could’t say Renato) and we started mixing the flour, olive oil , sugar, salt and water…Everyone could do something. I could see in they eyes that they took the task very seriously. The magic of assembling strange ingredients and creating something completely new caught their attention.

After the party one of the parents asked us: “I don’t know if you guys realised it, but giving them a chance to help cooking for the whole neighbourhood might as well have made such an impression on them that it could become their first memory.”…Wow!!!

We started this project to inspire people! But I never realised we could be part of one of their first memories in life! Maybe our simple flour and the olive oil could become part of their dreams…and me, Tomato would always be that tall huge legged guy which brought them that moment of recording!

 

We love Monnickedam!

And who doesn’t? Since our first experience with the Monnickedammers we get more and more surprised about how great they are…. they are giving us tips, screws and shelter and they impress me all the time! Even when they are not in Monnickedam!

Last november we cooked pizzas in the wind mill from Anna…showing the movie and asking people to share with us what they like! We got many funny  things…but the most surprising one came from a Monnickedammer! She invited us for coming to cook some pizzas (guess where??!!) in Monnickedam!!!!

For our surprise it wasn’t her own party…but her best friends party! Ria celebrated her 65th birthday and together with Daan they celebrated their 45th aniversary. Every thing fell in place….the weather was great, the neighbours saved us from getting a parking ticket and the location – Het Weeshuis – was astonishing, an old building with lot’s of  meaning and history.

Even the building was doing his share at the Monnickedamse charm…we had to bring the bike into the garden through two doors…the first one we had 10cm extra space…but the second one turned out to be a big challenge…

The door was to small for the bike by 2 millimeters !

Luckly at the same height of the wheel axe the wall was already a little bit damaged, leaving us with the exact space to fit the bike.

YEAHHHH…even the buildings in Monnickedam are made for our pizzaOVENbike!

Thanks Ria and Daan for the opportunity…and many thanks for all the monnickedammers…We love you guys!

PIETse oven

Every oven we build has his own soul…and my new one is finally ready…and we called PIETse oven! .

Our history of mobile pizza has many tales… First was the MPO, an oven made with rest materials on top of a supermarket car! He was definitely a high maintenance  object!

Then came the PizzaBakFiets oven…the first on top of the bike! He was cute and light…but lost most of his clay every time we met some obstacles on the way! In response to that we build Frankystoven…the super iron clay oven! He was strong and big…travelled the fietzerria trip without breaking anything…till one day his suspension systeem didn’t support his robust fame!

Now is the season of PIETse OVEN…his name is a honor to PIET, my father in law! From him I’ve got so many tips, advices and attributes for developing the suspension system, the water system and other improvements. He was so important in this process I couldn’t call this oven with another name! Thanks Piet for the help…and hopefully this PIETse OVEN will cook lot’s of PIETzzas in the future!!! YEAH!

p.s…take a look at the photo reportage from the PIETse OVEN!

Dancing pizzas:)

 

Here we go again…the sun came out and everyone (specially here in The Netherlands) are going outside from their cave:) The perfect timing for starting our new season of cooking, laughing and inventing things with the Fietzerria! YEAH

The first pizza party already took place in Den Haag some weeks ago…and it was a special one:)

Last year we produced our documentary Fietzerria by exchanging pizzas for everything…from film editing to the rent of the cinema…everyone got pizzas for their work. But it was missing one important payoff to be done…Kees Gelderblom and his music! He and Lilian Vieira made an amazing soundtrack for our movie, bringing the brazilian atmosphere into our polder images! Songs like the Fietzerria and Vai brought a new dimension for our adventure, pushing us for making a better movie. All thanks for Kees and his composition!

Kees told us that the birthday of their daughters was coming up, so we decided was time for us bringing some pizzas into their home:) And guess what, it was great! Thanks Kees, Bertha and the girls…you guys were great:) And hopefully we will make much more dancing pizzas soon!

Community building

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Last week I’ve got a brainstorm session about the future of architecture…One of my conclusions was that now it’s time for building up human relations instead of brick sculptures. People instead of cement!

The nice thing about our pizza project is that we try to get abstract concepts done. And the nicest thing is that it actually works!

Today I’ve got some news from my uncle Joep  and his family (Dory, Hans, Leo, Sanne and Jesse). They’re following my project since the beginning…always supporting, commenting and of course eating my pizzas!

One day the family decided to build their own pizza oven. I gave them some tips and info and they managed to build a mobile oven in their garden. But it didn’t stop there…now they are inventing and developing the art of building and cooking…yesterday they send me this picture…Joep’s  greenhouse solution to protect the oven against the rain and cold! WOOOOWWW…Much better then my own ideas I have to confess!

More then the technical solutions from uncle, the fact that the family is becoming as crazy as me about pizza ovens enjoys me the most…they are believing in the same values that made me do this project in the first place! We are part of the same community…doing the things we like, sharing the ideas with others and enjoying the results as they are!YEAH!!!

Wanna join too?

We, the oven builders

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Last week I received an e-mail with questions and doubts about building pizza ovens. I have to say it was not the first e-mail and I believe it will not be the last. The nice thing was that in the same week I saw the manual I’ve used to build my first pizza oven on facebook! It was written by my professor Victor Lotufo and it explains quite easily how to build an earth oven! I was so happy to see that, that I decided to make my own manual “How to build an oven in 10 steps” ( you can find it at the page “oven” at my website)(click here)

Friends and clients told me not to do it…they say I’m crazy reveling all my secrets, and that I was going to loose lot’s of jobs an opportunities by telling people how to build a pizza oven…but I don’t agree.

I believe  in people more then bricks…so why should I keep bricks information for myself instead of making people happy? My professor didn’t keep it to himself…and I will won’t do that eather!

YEAH for the pizza oven!

YEAH for we, the oven builders:)

 

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