Firewood is one of the cheapest forms of fuel to heat your home during the cold winter months. There is nothing better than coming in from the cold outside to be met with a roaring fire, one that draws you closer and gives your whole body a warm hug.
Not only does a fire provide you with heat but it is a great way to bring the family closer together and makes the festive season a happy, memorable one. Sitting around the fire with a warm cup of hot chocolate for many is what winter and Christmas are all about.
If you happen to have a wood burner stove instead of an open fire then you can also benefit from using the fire to heat up food and drinks. Using a good quality cast iron casserole dish placed on top of the stove will ensure that there is a lovely hot treat waiting for you and the family after a walk in the snow. A cast iron kettle works wonders when sat on the corner of your stove. Ok, it’s not as practical as a conventional kettle, however, we can guarantee that you will enjoy your drink a lot more when it’s made in this way. If you have an open wood fire then you can still get the benefits of cooking with the heat of the wood by using a campfire tripod in your fireplace.
The important thing to remember is to protect the food from the flame and just use the heat generated to cook your food. Unless you are toasting marshmallows, then chuck some more wood on the fire and get those flames going.
If you are going to be using your fire to cook foods then it would be wise to consider what fuel source you are going to use. One of the benefits of kiln dried woods is that you know that it has no chemicals or nasty elements that will taint your food. Try using fruit woods for a subtle infusion of flavour into your food, Olive wood gives a nice sweet, smoky added taste to the food.
If you do not have any cast iron dishes to use for cooking you can still benefit from cooking with the embers as well as getting the children involved as well. Try cutting a slit down a unpeeled banana and then inserting some chocolate buttons inside. Once you have an even amount of chocolate in the banana, simply wrap it up in tin foil and place it on the embers. After a few minutes, you have a wonderful melted chocolate treat.
These are best eaten with a spoon, just scoop out the filling and enjoy.
For an added treat add some mini marshmallows as well.
CHOCOLATE AND MARSHMALLOW STUFFED BBQ BANANAS