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Fireside cooking

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What's better than spending a bitterly cold Sunday evening by ther warm cosy fire? Well cooking by it at the same time of course!




Fireside Salmon




The great thing about this way of cooking salmon (which I copied from River Cottage Gone Fishing) is that you get a smokey skin on the outside and then lovely smooth perfectly cook salmon on the inside.




Using an old roof slate (thoroughly cleaned of course) I skewered the whole side of salmon to hold it in place and then basted the salmon with a little melted butter and then placed it in front of the fire. Swapping which side of the fire the fish was on every 5 minutes or so meant that it was evenly cooked through.




Admittedly not everyone has an open fire, but if you do then you should definitely give it a go!

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I bought a Dutch oven in the summer and I have to say I wish I had done it earlier. It is a great, fun way to cook all kinds of food from stews to chilli to cooking meat etc. My kids love the fact we are doing something unusual and friends of ours that visit from town love how rustic and tasty the cooked food is. We spend enough time in doors, why not try something different. Really recommend giving it a go

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a leg of lamb! now that sounds like a challenge... I was thinking of doing a beef roast next as I like it rare in the middle.
RE the potjie pot I was thinking of getting one of those, not that I could use it on our inside fire but would be great for outdoor cooking!

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I have a Potjie pot that we use sometimes for fire cooking. I love it. (Otherwise known as a dutch oven). Sadly we don't have a fireplace inside, so fire cooking tends to be reserved for the summer months. It's great for all kinds of casseroles, pot roasts, apparently you can even bake in them, although I've yet to try that.

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Love cooking on the open fire, we have managed a leg of lamb and roast potatoes on our open fire.......

I actually have to think about how to cook when I'm in the kitchen these days.........

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