S’mores over a camp fire
I really got the bug for cooking on an open fire at Camp Bestival. And whilst we didn’t get around to doing the whole “muffin pizzas” (yes I really did take chopped coriander with me in the cool bag) we did eat the most incredible bacon and egg sandwiches. My brother in law was a huge fan of cooking outdoors and even learned how to dehydrate food for his many camping trips.
It really amazing what you can cook on an open fire when you put your mind to it. Or even look at a recipe book (not something I tend to do too often it has to be said). But when we were sent a fire starter kit (cue The Prodigy) I knew there was only one thing I wanted to cook on it.
Hell yes. You know, those marshmallow, chocolate, biscuit sandwiches that melt in your mouth and all over your fingers?
- One camp fire
- Skewers (soaked in water so they don't burn)
- Digestive biscuits
- Bar of chocolate
- Light your fight (whilst singing either Take That "relight my fire" or the Prodigy "I am the fire starter"
- Skewer a marshmallow on to the end of the skewer
- Place into fire (being careful not to get any ash onto it). Hold until coloured
- Place on a biscuit, and place a piece of chocolate on top before placing second biscuit on top of chocolate and then remove skewer
- Eat but be careful as marshmallow is HOT. Dur.
In actual fact a few years ago when we went to Reading Festival I actually left Mr B to see the headline acts on his own so I could head back to our campsite with Jonnie and Ellie. And a big bag of marshmallows and a disposable barbecue. We toasted marshmallows and watched Muse on BBC3.
But I digress.
As there are no open fires allowed at Camp Bestival we couldn’t take this with us. Which meant we had to set up a camp fire in our back garden. You know. As you do. And roast marshmallows on a sunny Saturday afternoon for no other reason than because it seemed like a fabulous thing to do. So as Mr B set about building the fire I lay in the sun on the grass thinking how we should get the hedges trimmed reading the leaflet that came with the kit I learned a few facts about burning wood. I had always thought it wasn’t a good thing to do, either cutting down trees, or polluting the atmosphere. When in actual fact that is not the case at all. Companies such as Certainly Wood ensure that there wood is sustainable and therefore ideal for pizza ovens, chimeneas, firepits or open fires.
And camp fires in the middle of your own back garden. Because, well why not? It made me remember that actually life is for living and we should be able to do slightly hair brained things every now and again.
Half an hour out of our busy weekend to sit on the grass, share a beer, enjoy the sunshine, and toast marshmallows and make s’mores over an open fire.
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