Cook in the Wild
The One Pot Cauldron Cook
OK, so the ‘cauldron’ is a seasonal optional extra, but heading out mid-week for some wild-cooking turns a standard evening meal into an after-school adventure…… after all, you’d be cooking dinner anyway, and campfire cooking does liven things up a bit.
Preparation needed prior to school pick up is minimal.
- Pick your BBQ spot – head out into the garden, a local park, or just any favourite outdoor spot which isn’t too much of a trek away. If driving, choose somewhere with easy car access so you don’t have to carry stuff too far from the car.
- Prepare the vegetables and ingredients into two containers as listed in the recipe below
- BBQ, matches, kindling & fire wood, a large pot with lid and a wooden spoon for cooking, a spoon and bowl for each person
- A large tub of water for dousing over the fire when adventure is finished.
- Coats, gloves, hats and head-torches for all
- Marshmallows for toasting (optional)
- This dish does go particularly well with a large mug of red wine (probably not optional)
Here is a great recipe that makes a super tasty dinner that is hearty and healthy – the perfect winter warmer for dining al fresco.
Pork & Fennel Ragú with pasta
Stick this first lot of ingredients below in a portable container
1 large onion – chopped and diced
2 carrots – chopped and diced
2 celery sticks – chopped and diced
1 large (or 2 small) fennel bulbs – finely chopped and diced
3tbsp sunflower or olive oil
6 pork sausages – outer casings removed and discarded
1 tbsp fennel seeds
1 tsp dried oregano
2 cloves of garlic – chopped and diced
Stick this second lot of ingredients a separate portable container
1 tbsp tomato purée
A glass of wine (approx 125ml)
1 400g tin of chopped tomatoes
1 bay leaf
1/4 tsp chilli flakes
salt and pepper
Don’t forget to pack a packet of fusilli pasta
Here’s what to do:
Light a fire in your BBQ. Get it good and hot. Stick the large pot in the fire and empty the first container of ingredients into the pot. Fry off for 20mins or so. Stick the second lot of ingredients into the pot and simmer for 3-4 mins. Add in enough pasta for everyone, stir it in and add water to cover the pasta if necessary. Lid on and simmer for 20mins, occasionally stirring and stoking the fire to make sure it’s still hot enough.
Let the kids run round and burn off all their energy while dinner is brewing.
When the pasta is cooked, serve up, eat and enjoy.
When packing up make sure the fire embers are completely out.
Get home – knackered kids go straight to bed and you have no after-school carnage to tidy and no kitchen to clean! Major bonus.