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May 4, 2012

For years I have been dreaming about a mud-oven. Dreaming and talking to anybody who would listen. An oven made of mud, heated with wood, big enough to cook in for a whole community. It all started when I met Anamorel in his mythological bakery, Rifta, that was built around a real wood oven. When I moved to Neve-Eytan, where I live in a community – I wanted it even more. Time passed, planning and talking until I met Roman. I told him of my dream. His response was: “Let’s do it!” – so simple…
So we started, Roman leading the way. Now we have a mud-oven – thanks to Roman. It is all made with local materials; it is not factory-made and does not come with operation instructions. We finished the work on it a few weeks ago, and I have been learning to bake in it since. This is a real mud-oven, similar to the ovens our ancestors used in our area all through history.

The oven has one cavity, like a small igloo. You light the fire, let the oven get hot until the wood turns into coal. You take the coal out – the oven will keep the heat. It is amazing to see how the mud can hold the heat for so long. We light the fire in the oven at noon, get the coal out (and cool it down) about an hour and a half later, and at dawn the day after I find, to my surprise, that the temperature in the oven is 120 degrees!

It is amazing how you can create and conserve energy so simply and naturally.

Now, obviously, we have to learn how to use all this energy.

All along history these ovens were used not only to bake bread and pastry; the fact that the cooling process is very long and the oven keeps its high temperature for a long time served for cooking different dishes.

You start at the highest temperature with pitas or pizzas, then bread, then slow-cooking dishes; you end with roasting nuts. Last time when we lit the oven, we started with fantastic pizzas, continued with 9 loaves of bread (in two rounds), then challahs, then ripe tomatoes that turned into tomato paste, one pot of ful (broad beans), and a large pot of chicken.

The next morning Tali put in sliced apples for drying.

Roman, who built the oven with us, has been a part of the family for a long time, with Maya – his dog.
But he is not the only one. The oven was a center of interest and of communal activity from the start, all through the “mud preparation dance”, the plastering stage, and now – every time it is lit.

Adults and children come together, watch, bring chairs and sit around it, or bring pastry or dishes to cook. People can bring bread dough to bake. We all sit around under the lemon tree, and eat together. It strengthens the ties within the community. Adiel and Avner, the newcomers, are already building a door and a fire pan (shovel) for it; Ofra is dreaming of baking in it and other neighbors bring their guests over and explain to them all about it… and I see all this and enjoy every minute.

Special thanks to Roman, the mud artist with the big heart!!

Roman and I have decided to join forces
and give a 4-session course for building in mud and cob, and outdoor cooking.

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