Everything tastes better in the open air, around a fire. Here are a hundred recipes to inspire you to venture outdoors and eat wild all year round. From the simple dishes that sustained our ancestors to feasts fit for modern foodies, this book draws from a rich repertoire of traditional cooking methods and recipes that have been passed down the ages. They include Lebanese flatbread, hot smoked trout, chicken wrapped in clay, waffles, chocolate bananas and Transylvanian tree cakes. All are easy to prepare and do not need special equipment. The author has years of experience of cooking outdoors, and the recipes, arranged by season, are designed for both beginners and more experienced campfire chefs. With clear instructions on selecting wood and making a fire, a range of ovens and cooking methods and even suggestions for wild ingredients to forage, this is a book for anyone who wants to enjoy the thrill of cooking outdoors, with woodsmoke, companionship and fresh air to sharpen the appetite. Visit Susanne Fischer-Rizzi's website at www.susanne-fischer-rizzi.de
Susanne Fischer-Rizzi is a traditional healer, herbal expert and outdoor specialist. She is a lecturer at ARVEN in Sulzberg, Germany, her school for medicinal plants, aromatherapy and wilderness wisdom, and she has also been imparting her knowledge in seminars, workshops and lectures for over 30 years. She is passionate about cooking on an open fire and has honed her skills on the countless wilderness seminars she has headed. Of her twelve published books, three are available in English: The Complete Earth Medicine Book, The Complete Aromatherapy Handbook and The Complete Incense Book. She lives in Sulzberg in Germany.
7 Foreword: A Dash of Adventure 10 Fire:The Heart of the Outdoor Kitchen 10 Taming the fire devil 10 The fireplace 10 Fire and wind 10 Flames, embers and ashes 11 Regulations and laws 14 Wood: Heat, Flavour and Atmosphere 14 Kitchen or living room 14 Gathering wood 15 Lighting the fire 15 Different qualities of wood 16 Types of firewood for outdoor cooking 17 Cooking Methods 17 Cooking on embers and ashes 17 Cooking on embers with clay 18 Cooking on a flat stone 18 Cooking in a leaf 18 Ember pit 18 Ember pit, earth oven 19 Ember stones 19 Ember burning 20 Clay pot 20 Skewers 21 Grill rack 21 Wickerwork 21 Pots, roasters, pans 22 Pot stands 22 Jugs 22 The Dutch oven 23 The hobo oven 24 Muurikka 24 Tajine 24 Pressure cooker 25 Fire pit 25 Swedish log fire 25 Cooking in bottles 25 Clay overn 26 The Art of Improvisation 28 Wild Plants for Outdoor Cooking 28 Gathering with care 28 Where to gather 28 What to gather 28 Wild plants as vegetables 28 Wild plants for seasoning 30 Tips for cooking with wild berries 30 Nuts and seeds 30 Herbs for cooking with hay 30 Herbs for tea 33 Baking Bread in the Fire 34 Recipes for All Seasons: 34 Spring 80 Summer 124 Autumn 172 Winter 212 Acknowledgments 214 Index