It is hard to call a wood buring oven an innovation as it has been around for years, a lot longer than the traditional electric or gas oven; but a wood buring oven has never has never been so attractive than in times of load shedding. Trying to feed a family or oganise food when you are sitting in the dark in the 6pm – 8pm slot is the worst, and so incosiderate of the governement. However, that could change, and I could have a solution for that right here in this short article.
I was invited last week to experience a unique way of cooking from the home, a very unique way of entertaining and a very must-have new toy for the house, a Woody Woodcooker. This wood burning oven was the most unique one I’ve come across to date – mainly because it was built on top of a trailer for a traditional view of wood burning fast food. This sounds bizarre but the delectable treats that came out of that trailer/ wood burning oven were nothing less than DELICIOUS and it only took a few minutes.
South Africans are no strangers to lighting a fire and throwing some meat on it, we affectionately call this a braai, and other parts of the world know a braai to be a barbeque, the results of which are no doubt delicious (provided I am not put in charge of the braa meat); we in South Africa, and dare I say the rest of the world are also no strangers to wood fired ovens as this is a big tag line used to push more pizza out the doors at popular pizza take outs – so why does this idea of having a wood burning oven in the home seem so foreign? Well, in retrospect, after being introduced to one, it really should not seem foreign. After meeting the brain child of the colourful Cape Town local Woody Woodcooker, Mr. Darin Sacker, the creator of a wood burning oven which has a heat efficient design that will allow you to cook a variety of foods from the comfort of your own home without having to rely on Eskom to do so.
You don’t have to simply cook pizzas, although if and when I get mine installed I think that is all le boyfriend and I will love off pizza for years, reminiscing of our Italian trip last year… Woody Woodcooker allows to cook a roast meal in the oven, or grill fish or even bake a cake and of course make wood fired pizzas.
Darin’s, Woody Woodcooker will truly challenge your ideals on cooking and installing one in your home could easily challenge the ideals of who is the head chef in your household.
Alongside manufacturing wood ovens for private installs, Darin has accomplished great feats of organising parties for adults and children alike.
“I enjoy the challenge of catering for 21sts or other big parties. We’ve had as many as 200 guests enjoying a constant stream of fresh, host pizza from the mobile oven.
Our wood cookers can be found in homes and restaurants in South Africa, Zanzibar and the Seychelles. Some of our clients are bankers and others are start-ups or established catering businesses.”
Unique to Darin’s company is that he creates the ovens to a client’s specifications and once the oven is installed he doesn’t simply leave it at that, he will ensure that his clients are able to use it to their full potential with training and he even gives them some tips on how to get the best food out of their oven as well as a widely tested collection of recipes for the best out of your oven for years to come.
For more information on the wood cooker or getting one installed, check out Woody Woodcooker.
Disclaimer: I attended an event where I experienced the Woody Woodcooker in action. This has not altered my view of the product in anyway.