Here in our private woodland glen on the Priory Farm Estate, you’ll 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 equipment. With this course, we aim to restore this ancient skill and demonstrate how an outdoor feast tastes far better cooked over the 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.
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 your very own fire on a Kadai fire bowl throughout the day. We will also guide you in your wood selection and teach you to spark your flame by demonstrating multiple methods. You’ll manage your own fires throughout the day, upon which you will cook a medley of delicious dishes!
Fires crackling and curiosity sparked, we will then introduce you to a medley of different cooking methods. This may include cooking with a spit roast, the Dutch oven, wooden planks, skillets, grilling or hot smoking.
Featuring the finest locally and seasonally inspired wild game, meats and fresh produce – it will be time for you to get cooking, using your new skills to create a magnificent feast. And what better place to lunch than in the great outdoors under our woodland canopy?
Keen to pass on methods that are safe for the environment and for yourselves, we will also give you tips on how to sustainably source your firewood and also advise you on how to practice your new skill as safely as possible.
Expect to head home smelling of wood smoke, with plenty of food and fire in your bellies. We’ll send you home with an email recipe pack so that you can get started at home straight away.
Please note that due to the additional COVID-19 restrictions in place, tickets to our Cooking Over Fire courses are currently only available for a minimum of 2 guests per booking. Each pair will share a fire-pit and cookery station, to ensure social distancing between all guests.