This weekend we shall have Emma’s 6th birthday party and we have decided to have the party outside so that the children can ski and cook food over a fire. Inspired by Ben’s post on his blog “2 The North”. I decided to do some “Swedish Fire Torches” to cook food on. I have used the fire torch before and was sure I had written about it on here, but having searched I cannot find anything.
Traditionally it is made by making two cross-cuts into a spruce or pine log
Then fire is made on the top and the fire will then burn down the inside of the log, drawing in air via the cuts. A kettle can then be placed on top to cook coffee.
There are a couple of rules that I recommend to follow;
- Ensure the log is at least the same diameter as your cooking pot (otherwise the log can burn down before the water has cooked)
- Ensure the four quarters are the same size (otherwise the smallest quarter will burn too fast).
I also did and experiment with four individual pieces of Birch pushed into the snow with a gap between each piece.
I was rather sceptical that this would work so well, but it did!
It burned much better than the pine log I had used the previous day.
This time, as well as cooking coffee I also made fried bannock bread.
The ingredients in my bannock were; flour, salt, water, honey, cheese and marmite.
I am thinking to also cook popcorn on Saturday.