Though the calendar doesn't indicate it, it is already Winter.
Our wood fire is pretty much constantly burning, heavy blankets are on our beds, extra blankets drape over couches in readiness to fend off the early morning chill that the frost brings into our home.
|New Kettle and Cup
In light of the fact that we have the wood heater burning constantly I purchased us a kettle ( and a new cup as a mothers day present to myself ) I really enjoy my tea now. Though I am still using tea bags I do take the time to let it steep in the hotter water, I can smell the Tea now and the whole experience is generally more Hearty and wholesome some how. When we bring the kettle to the Kitchen we are sitting it on some old Ceramic coasters but I have got some Cast Iron trivets on their way to better accommodate it and protect the bench top.
I have simmered Vege stock at a low heat all day on the top of the wood heater after starting it on the stove then realising I had an alternate heat/ energy source. Yesterday I used it to keep my Sautéed mushrooms warm and to warm my bread before I topped it with my Scrambled eggs. It wasn't burning at a high enough heat to toast but still held quite enough heat to keep what had already been cooked warm.
My thought's are turning now to wondering if I could use a heavy cast Iron Casserole dish in a slow cooker fashion, on top of the heater? Has anyone done this or do you have any other ideas, tips and advice for how I can use it for food and not just heat?
|Showing the vented area allocated as 'cook top'