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.
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.
Fire cooked Shakshuka
- 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
- chopping board
- sharp knife
- 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
- heat the oil in a shallow pan, and fry the garlic until slightly brown
- add the spices and herbs to release the flavours
- add the tinned tomatoes and fill the tin with water to add to the pan.
- stir in the tomato puree and honey
- leave to simmer for 15 minutes
- put into a tupperware to take with you.
- pack, the eggs, bowls, spoons, fresh thyme, seasoning, frying pan and spoon.
- once the camp fire is going, place a grill over the stones, and your frying pan
- tip your tomato sauce into the pan and let it reheat.
- slice bread and toast, directly on the grill.
- one by one, crack the eggs into the sauce, and heat until the white has hardened, and the yolks are still soft.
- season, and sprinkle fresh Thyme on the top.
The boys looking like the cast of the Stranger Things… I see that series everywhere I look. Do you?
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.
Lou Archell, a writer, photographer, stylist and founder of Littlegreenshed. A UK lifestyle & travel blog
Lou is also a busy mum of two amazing boys and the founder of Sisterhood Camp – an annual creative retreat for recharging and empowering brilliant ladies, Lou is passionate about supporting and inspiring others whether through her workshops, writing, photography or lifestyle hacks.