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Motor City Homestead » Blog Archive » Site news and Winter Adventures

Site news and Winter Adventures

Hey everybody.  After months of wondering why no-one ever posts comments, I realized that I have to view and approve them before they show up.  So for everyone who has commented in the past six months, I’m so sorry.  I’ll do a better job from here on out.  For everyone who hasn’t posted comments . . . Hey - check out all the comments on the blog.  There’s a ton of them.

 In other news, we lit what is probably our final fire for the season today.  We’re pretty much out of wood, and the days are in the 40s or 50s - not quite cold enough to really enjoy a fire.  I know fireplaces are notoriously inefficient and wasteful, but my family enjoys them more than almost any other group activity.  The first words I heard when coming home from work all winter long were, “Daddy, can you make us a fire?”  We were curled up in front of our hideously painted fireplace this afternoon, and I remembered an adventure that we took pictures of, but never posted. 

This January we decided to cook a meal in the fireplace.  It was supposed to be simple, just hot dogs and s’mores, but I had an idea I wanted to try.  I’ve seen several bread recipes that call for baking in a cast-iron dutch oven, and I’ve always wanted to try it out.  Without time for the traditional rise and knead, I whipped up a quick soda bread to cook in our dutch oven in the fireplace.  I let the fire get really hot, and once we had lots of coals, I raked the flames over to one side, and left the coal bed on the other side of the fireplace.  It looks quite little-house-on-the-prairie-ish if I do say so myself.

Cast Iron on fire

Everything was going smashingly, until I opened up the pot.  Lots of smoke came out - which isn’t a good sign.  As you can see, the top of the bread looks lovely, but gets progressively worse as you head down.  First, there’s a big pocket of raw dough in the middle . . . .

Dough pocket - yum

And the bottom was burnt to a crisp.  Surprisingly, the kids wouldn’t touch it. 

Burnt bread - delish

We had a great time regardless, and ended up just eating hot dogs in front of the fire.

In front of the fire

And ended with s’mores.  Can’t go wrong there.

Smores

So, the moral of the story is to keep cooking fires really low, because no-one likes second hand smoke, especially if it’s a part of dinner.

44 Responses to “Site news and Winter Adventures”

  1. joanE Says:

    hey nate….too bad! the top photo of the bread in the oven looks so…yeah little house on the prairie. they’re must be a way….

  2. sandra Says:

    nathan - when K & L were little, we (I) threw kernels of popcorn in the hot coals and dodged the popcorn missles as they shot out at us. just a cute little game - trapper enjoyed it as well; free snacks all around the living room.

    xxoo

  3. Nate Says:

    Next time we have a fire, I’m totally going to try that popcorn trick. We also have a rowdy dog who will track down any wayward corns.

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