Before you can begin trying our those recipes you have been collecting you need to set up and light your fire. There is nothing more satisfying than lighting a great burning fire however to do so you need the right tricks to get it burning to its full potential!
The lighting of the fire is simple – whether you are outside with a barbeque, campfire or fire pit or in the house with a wood burner or open fire, the principles stay the same.
TOP TRICKS –
- Most important way to start is with very dry Kindling and Firewood
- Prepare or collect a range of logs in variating sizes, this will help the longevity. Begin with small and use the larger pieces for a long steady burn once its going
- Ensuring good airflow is crucial, place the logs at a vertical angle with lots of gaps between them
- Let the base light and add more to build a strong base fire – the more heat your base has the easier it will be to keep the fire going.
- Once you have your base lit and burning strong add more logs and wait until they start to become white
- …Then hey presto your ready to begin cooking!
Here are a few of our recent favourite recipes for cooking on wood –
(use a grill from a bbq stood on two blocks over the fire for the results)
Jamie Oliver Grilled Rabbit – Cooked in a herby, garliky, honey marinade. “The smashed woody herbs add incredible flavour to the rabbit, especially when the smoke hits it”
BBC Good Food Mackerel – Asian inspired mackerel with ginger, chilli and lime drizzle!
Jamie Olivers Burgers – “It’s always worth making your own burger as then you can control exactly what goes into it. I love adding spices but you could also experiment with herbs and even things like cheese. These ones can be cooked on the barbie or on a griddle so are great all year round”