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Manna from Devon Cooking School

How much wood would a woodchuck chuck?

February 25, 2017, 3:21 pm

Well a wood chuck should never be judged on the quantity of wood just the quality of the said wood....and you definitely need to make sure your wood for burning is top quality stuff. Another question we get asked all the time – and that’s fine – is “what kind… Read more »

Still lots of heat to use in a falling oven - don't waste it!

January 25, 2017, 10:16 am

One of the pre-conceptions students on our woodfired courses have is that if they can't see the fire, they can't do any cooking. In a wood fired oven with a good refractory covering and layer of insulation however, there will still be plenty of stored heat to carry on cooking.… Read more »

Using the Door Of Your Woodfired Oven to Best Effect.

January 11, 2017, 1:00 pm

To Door or Not to Door: Whether you have built your own woodfired oven from scratch or bought one of the many manufactured versions available it probably has a door of some sort. Today I am going to talk about how and when to use the door to best effect… Read more »

Are you ready for your new delivery? Our essential advice for siting your wood fired oven

December 16, 2016, 7:50 am

Christmas is upon us and if you’re hoping Santa is bringing your wood fired oven down the chimney, you'd better think of where you’ll be putting it and get the site ready for when it arrives.   Here’s our advice for making the most out of your site – it… Read more »

Wood Fired Duck - A Quacker of a Christmas Dinner

December 8, 2016, 9:08 am

  Today we've been cooking a Christmas meal of roast duck, roast potatoes, braised cabbage, steamed Brussel sprouts and heritage carrots. This was mostly cooked in a 60cm internal diameter insulated wood fired oven, in this case a small Bushman oven from Dingley Dell. Our blog will tell you, step… Read more »

Pop Ups are still popping up

August 23, 2016, 3:27 pm

Our pop up suppers have been just fab this year - lots of lovely people having fun and enjoying great food on our new wood fired oven deck. We've only got a few evenings left - our pizza night on the 15th September followed by a couple of fundraising suppers… Read more »

Manna from Devon Chocolate Brownies - the recipe!

August 22, 2016, 7:37 am

Remember our double chocolate brownies? Dark, rich and melting. perfect just heated slightly and served with some fresh raspberries and tip-top vanilla ice cream. Winners of awards and bringing smiles to chocoholics everywhere..... Since we became so busy with the cooking school, we have stopped making brownies for sale -… Read more »

Firing up your wood fired oven - how hot is hot?

August 4, 2016, 9:24 am

How hot is the oven? This is the question we are asked more than any other here at the cooking school on our wood fired classes. The answer is always – “it depends”.   If you think about it, your thermometer can only tell you the temperature of where it… Read more »

Snorkers - good oh - or know your pork

July 14, 2016, 5:30 pm

You know how we love a bit of outdoor cooking especially when the weather is as fab as it is at the moment. We thought we’d do a Bistecca Fiorentina for some friends for supper the other night in the wood fired oven – that’s a t-bone steak cut to… Read more »

Free-range Eggsellence

July 4, 2016, 2:07 pm

One of the weekly routines here at Manna from Devon is planning for the week and seeing what ingredients we have and what we need to get in. We're limited by space by the amount of stock we can carry which sounds crazy as we're in quite a big old… Read more »