Release your inner woodsman or woman with an Introduction to Cooking Over Fire.
Join us in our private woodland glen on the Priory Farm Estate to learn the ancient skill of creating and cooking over an open fire.
At The Salt Box, each and every menu, supper or event is centred around the flames. Whether it’s cooking our food, warming our guests or simply providing light for us to work by, we are never far from a fire. And yet the skill of creating fire has been lost to the convenience of lighters, matches and an ever-more-sophisticated range of camping gear! With this course, we aim to restore this ancient skill and demonstrate how an outdoor feast tastes far better cooked over a crackling fire.
Our food-filled adventure starts with a foraging walk up to our woodland glen, gathering a selection of wild ingredients on our way. We will give you tips on how to identify seasonal hedgerow edibles, highlighting the tasty morsels that nature’s larder has to offer. Depending on the season and the (ever-changeable) Great British weather, you may want to bring wellies to change into and a good waterproof is recommended.
After a restorative cuppa in our woodland kitchen (equipped with a large shelter in case of particularly uncooperative weather!), we will then turn our attention to the main business of the day; lighting our fires. You will learn to build, light and control the fire. We will guide you in your wood selection and teach you to spark your flame by demonstrating multiple methods.
Fires crackling and curiosity sparked, we will then introduce you to a medley of different cooking methods, including the spit roast, the Dutch oven, wooden planks, skillets, grilling and hot smoking. Keen to pass on methods that are safe for the environment and for yourselves, we will give you tips on to sustainably source your firewood and also advise you on how to practice your new skill as safely as possible.
Following an introduction to butchery featuring the finest in locally sourced game and fish, it will be time for you to get cooking, using your new skills to create a magnificent lunchtime feast. And what better place to lunch than under our woodland canopy, surrounded by the snap, crackle and pop of the fires?
Expect to head home smelling of wood smoke, with plenty of food and fire in your bellies. We’ll send you an email recipe pack so that you can get started at home straight away.