The focus on this weekend was without a doubt, fire. To be more exact, cooking with it. I am just loving our new chiminea, the way it's so portable, the way it splits in two for dual purposes and the way it warms! Not to mention the way it gobbles up fallen branches on our property with greed..this has to be the best incentive to get out there and tidy up the never ending supply of kindling we have dropping from the enormous gum trees!
It also makes a pretty good toasted sandwich, too!
Not one to miss out on the fire action of the weekend, hubby felt inclined to go and light himself a man fire. Efficient as our chiminea is at throwing out the heat, there is no way it could cope with the generous amounts of fallen bark and branches we have.
The little chimney warmer also managed to provide us with a couple of loaves of hearty bread this weekend.
Tandoori chicken skewers made with homemade yoghurt were attempted for dinner. Very tasty! Although I can see why the book I had skewered a lemon half onto the bottom of each skewer - a very good heat buffer. We had to pick our bottom bits off, they were ..ah, slightly blackened.
A homemade eucalyptus dye pot experiment..
So inspired was I by the glorious offerings of our chiminea, I decided to crank up our woodfired oven the following day..
After a completely exhausting day the twelve year old and I had baked enough food for a week..literally.
It was such a sunshiney, springy day without a breath of wind, perfect for such a woodfired bake-off!
Our efforts produced (in order of cooking, with fire in the oven throughout):
Vegemite scrolls (note to self - next time do a double batch as they were eaten straight away)
Roast leg of lamb
Spinach, bacon and egg filo pie
chocolate chip cookies
baked meatballs in napoli sauce
slow cooked boston baked beans
orange cake x 2
tray of roast vegetables
apple pie (note to self, put this in earlier, base needed more cooking)
It was a lot of work but it feels great that our cooking is now done for the week..all without the use of any electricity!
I'm looking forward to pulling out our woodfired meals as the week progresses. The only hard part is deciding just what to have, when!
Hoping you managed to soak up a little sun, fire and good food on your weekend. :)
(Thanks for your tips on the fair isle knitting! I will be coming back to this post to follow your links, they are much appreciated)