Cooking with Fire Weekend

Friday 20th July – Sunday 22nd July 2018

Learn the art of cooking with fire and smoke in beautiful relaxed settings far away from the buzz of your busy world.

 

Join us on our journey to bring people together through food and fire, using an abundance of great local produce and open-fire cooking techniques.  Immerse yourselves in our nose to tail and root to fruit ethos, for a weekend centred on our love of the relaxed farm-to-table feasting experience. Cooking in the great outdoors is one of life’s great pleasures, but one that so many of us don’t get to enjoy often enough. 

 

Our friendly and experienced team will guide you in creating (and most importantly indulging in) unforgettable dishes presented with passion and joy, in the company of new friends. We’ll get away from the hustle and bustle and explore the local countryside as we gather from nature’s bounty on a foraging walk with Sarah from Wild Feast. At the end of the days, we’ll put our feet up and sit around the campfire and enjoy the wood-fired hot tub under the stars.

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Whether you're a seasoned outdoor chef, a weekend enthusiast or hoping to try your hand at cooking outdoors for the first time this summer, we've got plenty of ideas to inspire you.

Cookery Courses

 

Your weekend will include a mixture of hands-on cookery sessions and demonstrations from The Salt Box team.

 

Cooking and dining with your fellow guests is an integral part of your cookery experience. You will cook your recipes in pairs, learning the basic skills and key techniques for curing, smoking and pickling, with plenty to taste and try along the way. You’ll also have the opportunity to take a number of items home with you to share with family and friends (or, to devour yourselves!).

 

Oh, and you won’t have to do any washing up!

Location

 

Set on five acres of beautiful Kent countryside, Gooseberry Field has stunning views over the haunted Dering Woods of Pluckley. Surrounded by ancient hedgerows and oak trees, there’s an onsite vineyard, vegetable and herb garden, bountiful orchard and wildflower meadow, as well as rare-breed pigs and chickens, for the freshest of ingredients!

 

Gooseberry Field owners, John and Kerstin have created the perfect setting for feasts over fire with a wood-fired oven, fire pits and traditional hot smoker. To top it off, the site also has a wood-fired hot tub – the ultimate after-dinner treat under the stars. Only 39 minutes by train from St Pancras or an hour’s drive from central London, it’s the perfect weekend getaway.

What’s Included?

 

  • Two nights accommodation
  • All meals (two breakfasts, two lunches, two dinners & snacks)
  • Cookery courses and demonstrations
  • Foraging walk
  • Local village walk
  • Drinks tasting session
  • Wood-fired hot tub on Friday and Saturday afternoon/evening
  • Friday welcome drink and breakfast tea/coffees included. Selection of drinks available to purchase. You’re very welcome to bring your own drinks and keep them chilled in our communal fridge!
  • The Salt Box gift set (per couple) – including a recipe book of all recipes.

Pricing

 

£395 per person, based on 2-people sharing a Bell Tent.

 

To book, a 50% deposit is required, with the remaining 50% required 6 weeks in advance.

 

Our bell tents can sleep up to 4 adults, please contact us for pricing if you are a group of 3 or 4 guests wishing to share a tent.

 

Over 18s only.

FRIDAY 20TH JULY 2018

 

ARRIVE AT GOOSEBERRY FIELD

Settle into our glamping village and welcome in the weekend in our wood-fired hot tub.

 

INTRODUCTION TO CURING

Enjoy a demonstration on curing, one of the oldest traditional food methods, as we start the first cure for our beetroot and gin-cured trout.

 

FIRE WORKSHOP

Join John and get the confidence and skills to build, light and control a cooking fire – crucial to creating delicious outdoor food. We also look at different types of wood to burn for the ultimate outdoor food.

 

WELCOME DINNER

Let us kick-start your weekend with our welcome feast served around the campfire.

Share a story or two with us around the campfire over a glass of Gooseberry Field cider.

SATURDAY 21ST JULY 2018

 

CAMPFIRE BREAKFAST

Rise and shine to feed the pigs, then enjoy our ultimate campfire breakfast with home-cured bacon and ample tea and coffee to kick start your day.

 

FORAGING WALK

Get the know-how on sustainable and safe foraging with Sarah from Wild Feast, as you go on a walk to gather unusual ingredients which may include wild herbs, fruit, flowers and seeds from local hedgerows, fields and woods.

 

COOKERY SESSION AND LUNCH

Get stuck in as we smoke fish and learn to cook over an open-fire, creating dishes from our foraged ingredients for lunch.

 

OPEN-FIRE COOKERY SESSION / DINNER

Firstly, we’ll complete the second cure of our fish from Friday evening, ready for Sunday’s breakfast! We’ll then get stuck in for the main event – cooking a spit roast kid-goat, learning to make flatbreads and a wide selection of fire-baked side dishes.

 

DRINKS TASTING

Kick back and sample an array of tipples made from Kent’s bounty of hops and fruits – it is known as ‘The Garden of England’ after all!

 

ACOUSTIC SESSION

Sit back and relax after a busy day of cooking, eating and drinking with an acoustic session around the campfire.

SUNDAY 22ND JULY 2018

 

BREAKFAST OF CHAMPIONS

Enjoy the fruits of your labour, with your own cured trout, baked bread and fresh eggs from the Gooseberry Field chickens, served with foraged herb créme fraîche.

 

LOCAL WALK

Join Kerstin from Gooseberry Field for a leisurely Sunday morning walk exploring the haunted village of Pluckley.

 

PICKLE LIKE A PRO

We’ll share our secrets to creating perfect quick pickles. We’ll go over supplies, types of brines, and more useful bits of knowledge that will bring your at-home pickling skills to the next level! Each guest will get the chance to create a selection of pickles to take home.

 

PICNIC LUNCH

Enjoy a seasonally inspired picnic lunch served in the charming surroundings of Gooseberry Field.

 

DEPARTURE

We’ll bid you a jolly farewell and send you on your way with a bag of Salt Box goodies. If you can’t quite face heading home, we can recommend local walks and attractions to explore the local patch for the rest of the day!

FRIDAY DINNER

 

Achari Spiced Butterflied Chicken

Fennel Kachumbar

Smoked Aubergine

Coal-Baked Bombay Squash

Courgette Chutney

Bacon and Paneer Naan

Lime Pickle Yogurt

Cherry Bakewell Pizza

SATURDAY LUNCH

 

Coal-Baked Potato Gnocchi

Chilli and Fennel Meatballs

Foraged Herb Salsa Verde

Pangrattato

SATURDAY DINNER

 

Spit-Roast Kid Goat

Charred Broad Bean Salad

Fire-baked Sweet Potato Salad w/ Chilli and Lemon

Burnt Salsa

Feta, Green Chilli and Yogurt Sauce

Flatbreads

Seasonal Fruit w/ fire-baked nutty granola, yogurt, boozy fruit syrup

SUNDAY LUNCH

 

Chicken and Chorizo Picnic Pie

Short Rib Rilette

Smoked Mackerel w/ Pitta Chips

Assortment of Pickles

Tabbouleh

Coal Roast Leeks and Spring Onions w/ Mustard Dressing

Watercress Salad

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