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Blog archives: April 2020

Slow Roast Tomatoes from the Wood Fired Oven

April 29, 2020, 1:52 pm

If you have an excess of tomatoes and aren't likely to use them up, dry them out in the very fallen heat of your wood fired oven and then you'll have your own semi-dried tomatoes. We bought a box from of Isle Of Wight tomatoes which are fantastic and there…Read more »

Mushroom Risotto from the Wood Fired Oven

April 28, 2020, 12:42 pm

The wood fired oven is a great place to cook some risotto - there is a huge school of thought that says you have to stand over the pan of rice on the hob stirring pretty much all the time to release those creamy starches; another group are quite happy…Read more »

Picanha Steak from the Wood Fired Oven

April 22, 2020, 2:58 pm

In our latest wood fired video, David is grilling a picanha steak - a delicious and not so well known steak (in the UK) from the top of the rump or the end of the sirloin. The name comes from the picana, the pole the gauchos in South America use…Read more »

Lockdown Bluebells

April 22, 2020, 12:23 pm

We always love bluebell season but this year in particular they seem to be bluer than blue, spreading throughout the woods and tumbling over meadows. We really appreciate how lucky we are to be able to walk out of the door and see these lovelies within 10 minutes' walking. If…Read more »

Chocolate and Date Cake

April 21, 2020, 11:01 am

While so many have taken to baking and the flour and eggs are running out, we quite fancied cake, and a chocolate cake to boot. As we've had some dates loitering for a while and Holly had been interested in exploring vegan cakes, here's what we made after checking out…Read more »

How to Shape Sourdough

April 20, 2020, 7:02 pm

Making sourdough bread is very of the moment and we've had lots of queries about it, particularly how to shape it before it goes in the oven. We thought the best way to show you would…Read more »

The Khachapuri Challenge

April 17, 2020, 10:53 am

For this week's lockdown baking challenge, we are asking you to make one of our favourite flatbreads - Khachapuri. We've had some fabulous challenge results emailed in from all over the world so many thanks for sending those in; we've loved seeing what you've made. Let's see how you get…Read more »

Ready to get Cooking....

April 16, 2020, 11:27 am

Spring is here, Easter is passed and most of us are in lockdown so have time on our hands. What a great opportunity to use some of that time to get your wood fired oven ready for the outdoor cooking season ahead. If your oven has been out in all…Read more »

Granola from the Wood Fired Oven

April 15, 2020, 7:03 pm

Making a tray or two of granola is a fantastic way of using the residual heat of your wood fired oven. It also means you know exactly what's gone in to your breakfast cereal and you can manage the sugar content to your taste; it no longer has to be…Read more »

Wood Fired Chicken with Cider & Bacon

April 15, 2020, 3:27 pm

This is a really delicious dish from the wood fired oven - roast chicken thighs with crispy skin, served with buttery roast apple wedges, bacon, onions, cider and thyme. We love using chicken thighs for dishes like this as they are full of flavour and stay lovely and juicy; also…Read more »

The Kingswear Signs Quiz

April 14, 2020, 6:01 am

We've had Steps and we've had Gates; how is your Kingswear village signs knowledge?? Scroll right down for the answers - let us know how you get on!     Answers below - just scroll down -                   …Read more »

Brill with Roast Vegetables & Pesto

April 9, 2020, 1:53 pm

What a great time of year for fish and what a fabulous opportunity during the lockdown to get some of the best UK fish as normally most of it goes to markets overseas. It's also very good value - almost half price at times. Make friends…Read more »

Our Top Ten Dough and Bread FAQs

April 9, 2020, 10:44 am

Since the lockdown we've had an increasing number of people contacting us with bread related questions.  Some have recurring themes so we thought it might be useful if we collected together the answers to some of the most popular questions. Let us know if you have any other questions and…Read more »

Making a Sourdough Starter

April 8, 2020, 5:50 am

With time on our hands, a renewed interest in baking and yeast being difficult to source, the nation's interest in sourdough bread is soaring. We love sourdough in all its forms and have been enjoying it for years for the following reasons and more - Sourdough breads taste awesome and…Read more »

Wood Fired Waffles

April 7, 2020, 10:41 am

Breakfast and brunch is always fun from the wood fired oven - a good way to feed a family and these waffles are fantastic for the kids to make as they are quick, look fab and taste great. Make the batter the day before you want to use it and…Read more »

The Kingswear Gate Quiz

April 7, 2020, 8:09 am

Following on from the Steps quiz, how well do you know the village gates?? Some old, some new, some metal, some wood, some grand, some not so much! The answers are at the bottom of the post - just scroll down.                  …Read more »

Lockdown New Zealand Style

April 6, 2020, 2:59 pm

If you've been wondering at all - while we have all this time to mull things over - what it would be like to be in a country not your own while the worldwide lockdown is going on, have a read of this email conversation we've had with friends David…Read more »

The Hot Cross Bun Baking Challenge

April 2, 2020, 10:56 am

We're delighted so many of you have taken to baking - this week we've had pictures of first attempt sourdoughs looking awesome and ciabattas from Devon, California and the far east; well Colchester - thanks Kate, Stet and Vanessa! If you want to join in but can't find any bread…Read more »

The Kingswear Steps Quiz

April 1, 2020, 6:03 am

For a village clinging around the edges of a hill, there are obviously plenty of steps in Kingswear but do you know where these steps are?? Check out the photos, have a think, go for a walk round the village to make sure and the answers are right at the…Read more »