Scenes from Sunday // a beach cook out…

sunday scenes a beach cook out

What a gloriously sunny weekend.  November has really gotten off to a fabulous start with it’s crisp sunny days and cold nights. I love it!  Yesterday we decided to have ‘cook out’ and headed to a bay outside of Clevedon, on the river Severn.

While the boys busied themselves climbing the rocks and discovering caves, Dan and I made camp and built the fire.  We both love cooking outside in the colder months, there is something so primal about it.  Wood smoke and fire it’s the best.

sunday scenes a beach cook out

One of my favourite recipes to cook, and simplest too, is the North African dish, Shakshuka.  A simple warming tomato based dish with spices and a poached egg. To make life easier in the wilds, I prepped the base at home and carried it to the beach in a tupperware.  Knowing full well, that as soon as the fire was going my family would be demanding food.

sunday scenes a beach cook out

Fire cooked Shakshuka

Equipment needed

  • Grill (we use the grill from our oven)
  • metal frying pan (one without a plastic handle)
  • wood kindling and logs (cardboard to get the fire started)
  • matches or lighter
  • large serving spoon
  • bowls
  • spoons
  • chopping board
  • sharp knife

Ingredients

  • 1 tin of chopped tomatoes
  • 2 cloves of garlic, sliced thinly
  • 1 tsp of mixed herbs
  • 1 tsp of cumin
  • 1 tsp of harissa paste
  • 2 tsp of runny honey
  • 2 tsp of tomato puree
  • salt and pepper
  • olive oil
  • 4 eggs (one per person)
  • fresh thyme
sunday scenes a beach cook out
Dan is wearing Red Wing boots / Shirt from H&M / wool cap from asos

sunday scenes a beach cook out

Method

  1. heat the oil in a shallow pan, and fry the garlic until slightly brown
  2. add the spices and herbs to release the flavours
  3. add the tinned tomatoes and fill the tin with water to add to the pan.
  4. stir in the tomato puree and honey
  5. leave to simmer for 15 minutes
  6. put into a tupperware to take with you.
  7. pack, the eggs, bowls, spoons, fresh thyme, seasoning, frying pan and spoon.
  8. once the camp fire is going, place a grill over the stones, and your frying pan
  9. tip your tomato sauce into the pan and let it reheat.
  10. slice bread and toast, directly on the grill.
  11. one by one, crack the eggs into the sauce, and heat until the white has hardened, and the yolks are still soft.
  12. season, and sprinkle fresh Thyme on the top.
  13. serve.

sunday scenes a beach cook out

sunday scenes a beach cook out
Rufus is wearing hat from Alex & Alexa / sweatshirt from Zara
sunday scenes a beach cook out
Charlie is wearing sweatshirt from Alex and Alexa
sunday scenes a beach cook out
Rufus is wearing coat and hat / Charlie is wearing sweatshirt – all from Alex and Alexa

The boys looking like the cast of the Stranger Things… I see that series everywhere I look.  Do you?

sunday scenes a beach cook out

The shakshuka went down well, wolfed down by my hungry gang.  We had a beach full of envious dog walkers, if only we had enough to share.

We are already planning next weekends adventures and plan to cook out as much as we can this winter, there really is nothing like it.  What is your favourite recipe to cook outside?  Do leave me a comment to share your recipe.

 

  • I’m always really worried about cooking with fire outside! Like where are you allowed to and where aren’t you?! Recently moved to Bristol so if you have any recommendations around, that would be fab! :) Woodlands or beaches or anything really! Ps. love your feed xxxx

  • I feel so boring, all I’ve ever made over a fire was hot dogs and s’mores! My dad used to take me camping though and it was tradition that our first night there we would have venison steaks cooked in a pan, with “baked” potatoes wrapped in foil right in the fire.

    After seeing this I clearly need to step up my game!

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