An off the hoof decision meant we where heading out for Breakfast in the forest using a Frontier Stove yesterday.
I had planned to head into the woods to do some foraging for fungi as it had been quite foggy and had been raining for two day anyway but when a friend contacted me we decided to head into the forest for a fry up.
Down to the Forest
When we arrived at the location I had realised I had my frontier stove in the back of the car so we decided to carry that down into the birch and use that to cook breakfast off.
The only downfall is its heavy to carry along way but sharing the load we dragged it into the forest.
We ended up in a secluded area of birch and pine where we started to prepare for our breakfast.
Firstly my friend needed to hang his Basha to dry so he set this up and I showed him some methods I use to hang a tarp.
He realised the benefit of using a 3m x 3m tarp compared to a Basha.
I have 2 tarps both made by DD Hammocks a super light and a normal both 3m x 3m. I really like using a tarp as there is so many different configurations you can use depending on environment and weather.
Once setup and firewood collected I started a fire using birchbark, piece of flint and a steel striker.
It take a little while to get this stove up to heat but after 15 minutes it was hot enough to place the pans and the eagle kettle on to start cooking and heating water for a brew.
Using a skillet, frying pan and the camp kettle we cooked up breakfast and brewed some coffee.
We sat eating and chilling listening to the deer rutting in the marsh behinds us for the middle of october it was still really warm as we where both sitting in t-shirts.
I didn’t find many fungi just one lonely Bay Bolete but loads of Amantia Muscara around.
Slight downfall was the welds on the stoves door had finally given way but after eight years of use I’m not complaining.
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Cooking alfresco with the frontier stove. After a busy couple of days at work, the family away for the summer and extremely hot weather I decided to combine dog walking, swimming and evening meal all together.
I had decided on a evening cooking alfresco with the frontier stove. I had to carry my frontier Stove down to a very secluded beach near me and have an evening on the beach.
The walk from the church at Covehithe takes about 20 minutes.
The Frontier Stove isn’t lightweight but the journey wasn’t to bad because of the carry bag the stove is in.
I arrived on a very desolate beach, set up the stove, gathered some firewood as there’s plenty about because of the trees being washed onto the beach due to the coastal erosion then the dog and I had a swim.
Using a primitive method to light a fire the stove was soon fired up.
After the dog and I had a swim it was time to get the evening meal on.
Meal consisted of a huge piece of sirloin, king prawns, onions, garlic butter and Stilton to ooze over top of the steak.
I like using primitive methods I know there are easier methods but there’s something therapeutic about lighting a fire using flint and steel.
Place a knob of butter into a pan and cut a white onion in half and allow it to sweat. Break into pieces on its own over a fairly low heat for a good while.
Place the steak in the pan and cook one side to your liking (I like my steaks blue) flip it over. Add prawns and garlic butter and lay Stilton on top of the steak.
Once the under side of your steak is cooked to your liking, you can remove and serve.
Make sure you have a plate big enough unlike me as I had to eat out of the pan.
Serve with your favourite beer. I tried an oatmeal stout which went down really well.
Take your stove and head to the beach and have ago at cooking alfresco with the frontier stove.
Bobotie is a very old South African dish with probable origins in Indonesia or Malaysia. The name derives from the Indonesian “bobotok,” and the dish was likely adapted by Dutch traders and brought back to the region around Cape Town.
Somewhat of a national dish, every South African cook has his or her own favorite version, some very simple, others quite elaborate.
The great thing about this dish is that it is really just a one pot dish (apart from preparation).
Oil — 2 or 3 tablespoons
Onions, thinly sliced — 2
Ground beef — 2 pounds
White bread, crust removed and cut into cubes — 2 or 3 slices
Milk — 1 cup
Vinegar or lemon juice — 1/4 cup
Raisins — 1/2 cup
Sugar — 2 tablespoons
Curry powder — 1 or 2 tablespoons
Turmeric — 1 teaspoons
Salt and pepper — to season
Bay leaves — 5
Eggs, beaten — 2
Heat the oil in the Dutch oven over medium heat ( a flat bottomed Dutch oven is best but I have a three footed Dutch oven and to get the heat I remove the metal plate to get more heat into the Dutch oven.
Add the onions and saute until translucent and just starting to brown. Add the minced lamb and break it up while sauteing until cooked through and crumbly.
Remove from heat, drain off and discard any excess fat.
Put the bread and milk in a bowl and soak for 5 to 10 minutes. Remove the bread and squeeze it dry, adding the squeezed milk back into the soaking bowl.
Add the soaked bread, vinegar or lemon juice, raisins, sugar, curry powder, turmeric, salt and pepper to the bowl with the cooked meat and mix well. Taste and adjust seasonings.
The meat should have a pleasantly sweet-sour flavor.
Pour the meat mixture back into the Dutch oven and smooth out the top. Lay the bay leaves over the meat in a decorative pattern and press down lightly to make them stick.
Place the dutch oven back onto the frontier stove or over the fire and place the lid onto the Dutch oven and add some coals onto the lid.
Beat the eggs with the reserved bread-soaking milk. After the meat has baked for 30 minutes, pour the egg-milk mixture over the top of the meat and bake for another 15 to 20 minutes, or until the custard is set.
This recipe is best served with yellow rice.
Can’t remember where I saw these stoves advertised I think it was on the bushcraft uk forum but I thought ‘got to have me one of those’.
At the time they where retailing at about £80 and with some Christmas money a week later there was a cardboard box at my front door.
First meal on the frontier stove was a pork joint given by a local farmer that was slowly cooked all day in a local orange wheat beer by Greenjack Brewery.
I roughly cut vegetables and put them in the Dutch oven for the last 2 hours and I must say it was fantastic.
I really enjoy using the frontier stove with a Dutch oven as the heat can be controlled and coals can be placed on top to heat the food inside from above as well.
There’s nothing like slow cooked lamb in a Dutch oven served with couscous or veg.
The added advantage to the frontier stove is the lots of different add ins you can get for it like a flashing kit to install into tent / shed, spark arrestor or the water jacket.
Now when I brought the water jacket it was around £80 so quite expensive but I must say what a great bit of kit.
Basically the water jacket is stainless steel that fits and clips around the flue so you can heat water then once it’s boiled you can turn the jacket to the back of the stove so it frees up cooking space and keeps the water hot by using the wastes heat which is radiated to the flue.
Great bit of kit as you always have hot water.
There is a great little add on which is the metal rod on the side of the stove which is brilliant for drying clothes or tea towels.
So many times people have stopped and commented on this stove. We where stopped once and the photos where put in a camping magazine.