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The Aldi Pizza Oven- A Success!

Pizza Oven

The Aldi Pizza Oven

The Pizza Oven. I know, I know… EVERYONE has one.  But that’s ok.  I’m not ashamed of the fact that I think it’s a fantastic addition to our garden.  Probably helped by the fact that since we purchased it, the sun has been shining non stop.  We love pizza in our house.  It’s a real favourite, and to celebrate the new oven we were going with a sourdough pizza base, due to “Sabina” being in such good form and all…

Sabina the starter

Sabina the starter


Sourdough Pizza  Recipe:

500g strong White Flour

360g room temperature water

150g sourdough starter

10g salt


Mix the flour and water in your mixer slowly for about 2 minutes.  Leave this, covered for 30 minutes.  You are almost making a starter for your starter! Then add the starter to this, and start mixing slowly.

This needs to be mixed using a dough hook for about 5 minutes.  At some stage towards the end slowly add the salt. You can do all this by hand, but I prefer the mixer, leaves me more energy and time to devote to toppings. Finish the dough by hand, then pop this back into the bowl.  Cover and leave to sit in a cool place until doubled in size.

Proving Dough

Proving Dough

This then needs to be split into balls for rolling into the bases. We had added some einkhorn flour to the dough (reducing the amount of strong white used) as I love ancient grains and use them as much as I can.

Pizza Dough

Ready for rolling

At this stage it’s all systems go.  Everyone in our house is in charge of their own toppings, I usually have the following available:

Roasted and thinly sliced duck breast

Red onion

A couple of different types of cheese

Homemade Passata






The list is sometimes endless- but all are out on the counter ready to roll.

We discovered the secret to lighting the pizza oven and getting it to the hot temperature required was good quality charcoal, and not rushing it.


Duck, ham, mozzarella and spinach

And although only one pizza can cook at a time, everyone usually shares- and with a big bowl of salad floating around, it makes for a great evening.


Spinach, Egg and Pesto Pizza

But I like mine with a cold glass of something white… it was just fabulous.


Restaurant Review: The Square Bistro

Twitter is really the best place to get restaurant recommendations.  And they are instant.  They probably exclude those establishments that don’t have a twitter presence.  But that’s their problem.

We were looking for recommendations for eating in Lisburn.  We were already heading to the new Uluru premises in Armagh, as we have been tweeting with Dean for quite some time through #SundayCookOff, and really enjoyed our meal there the last time.

He couldn’t recommend Stevie in the Square Bistro highly enough, as did other tweeps, so we booked a table.

As usual after running around mountains all day orienteering we were well and truly famished by the time we arrived.  So starters were a definite.

My feta cheese fritters with honey and truffle was delicate but each flavour was there, and the sweetness of the cheese was very good with the honey.

Starter of Honey and Truffle Feta Fritters

Starter of Honey and Truffle Feta Fritters

Due to the carnivore nature of our family, 3 out of 4 of us had steaks.  Nigel had the special, I had the flat iron, and Jordan the rib.

Simple but delicious

Simple but delicious- The Special

Robert had the duck, which was tender and nicely spiced.

The duck main course

The duck main course

Chocolate is always a winner on a dessert menu for me, so both Jordan and I had the fondant, as I am not a fan of ice cream, I always ask for cream instead, and it came exactly…

Chocolate Fondant

Chocolate Fondant

…as requested.  You’ve no idea how often it doesn’t come out that way.  The chocolate quality must have been good as the taste was so smooth.

Mind you, Robert’s sticky toffee pudding also looked like a winner.

Sticky toffee pudding

Sticky toffee pudding

This is a perfect place to go for an intimate bustling atmosphere, that ecshews the normal burger/ steak joint format.