Pizzas for the (very) young at heart

Late this morning we headed up above Daglan towards the hamlet of Le Peyruzel, having been invited to an open house at Cantegrel by friends Alex and Sophie. Little did we know that we would wind up in a wonderful world of kids making their own pizzas.

Alex and Sophie run three businesses. She is a baker and a cook (among other things, she prepares most of the meals for Le Thé Vert, Daglan’s popular tea room). Alex is a talented carpenter. And together they rent a large, fully-equipped yurt (the circular Mongolian tent, known as a yourte in French) in a wooded corner of their property. Today’s open house was meant to feature the baking that goes on in their wood-fired oven.

To start, here’s a view of the oven itself, which Alex was tending:


Wood-fired oven, ready for the next pizza.

The idea was that people could make their own pizzas for lunch, to accompany a variety of salads and other goodies. Here’s the variety of toppings, all set to go:


From cheese to sausage to olives -- all set for the pizzas.

Then the children got into the action — rolling out the dough, and then topping off their pizzas as they wished. (I missed seeing the funniest bit, that my wife Jan saw: A young girl first rolled out her dough; then an adult spooned the tomato sauce over it; and then the young girl proceeded to roll out the pizza some more — squishing sauce all over the place.) Here are some of the kids at work:

Pizza makers

Lined up at the table and working away.

Here’s another view, showing the work area where the pizzas were prepared, before being carried to the wood oven:


The centre of the pizza action.

And a close-up of one of the little chefs:

Young pizza maker.

Getting a helping hand.

Once a child had prepared the pizza, he or she would carry it from the patio into the building where Alex was manning the oven. Here’s one of the masterpieces being pulled from the oven:

Pizza from the oven.

A little masterpiece being pulled from the oven.

And here it is, being handed over to the little chef who made it (with proud parents standing by to help):

Pizza delivery

Pizza delivery: From oven to chef.

Once the pizzas were made, it was time for lunch. Here’s the lunch table with the little chefs munching away (and being amazingly well-behaved, it must be added):


Lunch at Cantegrel: Salads and pizzas for all.

After spending some time in the pizza-making centre, we wandered over to visit the yurt. Along the way, we visited briefly with the two donkeys that had been giving rides to the children earlier in the morning:


Taking a break after their morning of providing rides.

The yurt itself is a large circular structure that’s set onto a large wood platform, in a secluded wooded area. Here’s how it looks as you approach it:


The yurt at Cantegrel.

Inside the yurt, here’s the sleeping area:

Yurt bed

The yurt's large bed.

And here’s the kitchen area:

Yurt kitchen

The kitchen area inside the yurt at Cantegrel.

Finally, nearby the yurt is a wood cabin with toilets and a shower:


The cabin with toilets and a shower.

Okay, it’s not luxurious — but it seems like a charming (and romantic) place to commune with nature and, of course, enjoy all the attractions here in the GDA (Greater Daglan Area). If you’d like to know more about renting the yurt for a week or so, visit the Cantegrel website at


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2 Responses to Pizzas for the (very) young at heart

  1. Suzanne says:

    Mmmm, wood-fired pizza! Did the adults get to make one (or two) as well? I hope so!

  2. loren24250 says:

    Bien sûr — but of course! We didn’t stay to make our pizzas, since a fabulous lunch at home was already awaiting us. But other so-called adults did make their own pizzas!

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