As the title of the thread says, I just felt like sharing today's follies.
A week ago, the forecast for Monday, March 18th, was for rain and strong wind from the South. I had already made plans with my friends, one of whom was visiting Japan all the way from Wisconsin. He was bringing cheese and I mean GOOD cheese that is not at all easy to get. So I had two 10'+ canopies/tents setup the day before, completely locked down to hopefully withstand 30mph winds and heavy rain. The day started with sunshine, and with it, false hope that the weather forecast might be wrong. At 8:30am I balled dough, that had been fermenting since Thursday, giving it a full 72+ hours. So far, so good. Caputo "00" is an absolute pleasure to work with from the making of the dough, to balling it, to stretching it, cooking it, and, of course, eating it. Needless to say I had a bit of excitement building up, along with the hope that the weather might take a turn for the best.
Just as the wind kicked up two notches, the rain began to steadily fall. I picked up my friends from the station at 11:04am. As we watched the trees bend on the roadside, I told them that if we got home and the canopies were still standing it would all be fine. We had a chuckle, but I was really quite worried.
By 12 noon, everything was ready. Rain and wind was pretty persistent but the canopies held like champions. We started baking pizzas. One by one, we cooked, sliced, ate, and gushed over the sheer deliciousness and repeated everything in that order. Garlic Summer Sausage with very small pinches of 8 year aged cheddar on Caputo Napoletana crust was one of my favorites. Something that could not be bought anywhere. It continued to rain and the wind continued to shake the canopies but we continued to endure and press on with our piiza party.
By 3:00pm, the rain stopped...and so did the wind. By 8:00pm we were all pretty full. Now, it was just a matter of finishing all of the dough and calling it a night. This was on a day full of the unexpected. Oh, and sorry for standing in front of the camera. I just put it on the tri-pod and hoped get things in focus.