Last weekend I had a few friends round and we had a bit of a Kotlich party! I imagine you’re now wondering what a Kotlich actually is… Let me explain, basically a Kotlich is an eastern European cooking pot, which is hung from a tripod over an open fire (I’ve also seen people refer to them as Bograc, I think this is the Hungarian word for them). After getting a full Kotlich set from Outdoor Kitchen, I decided the…

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  I’m a huge fan of outdoor cooking, I absolutely love it. It’s something about the added satisfaction and flavour that comes from preparing food in the great outdoors. Despite my enjoyment, I tend to get a bit stuck in a rut when it comes to choosing what delicacies to prepare; burgers, sausages, mackerel and steak, all tend to make a regular appearance. So recently I’ve been looking for new ways of cooking more interesting and unusual meals. I’ve recently…

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  Some products are synonymous with a brand that makes them: Jeans – Levis MP3 Players – iPods Sunglasses – RayBans If I said lighters then I’m pretty confident that I know what you’d say… Zippo! I’ve always loved Zippo lighters but have never actually owned one, until now! My admiration for Zippo lighters started a fair few years ago, when I was a young lad in Scouts. The Scout leader had a silver Zippo that he would start by…

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  After 7 days the beer was conditioned and the BruBox was tantalizingly close to being ready. All that was left to do was rotate the box so that the tap was in the upright (ready to pour!) position and then leave for a further two days for the beer to settle. I had started my beer on such a date that it would be ready to drink from Christmas Eve, as the Christmas holiday is a perfect time for…

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  I first saw a Kelly Kettle at a rock festival, I remember being wowed by the simplicity and brilliance of it’s design. I gazed across our groups camp, looking enviously on as the Kettle’s owner boiled water with ease. So what is a Kelly Kettle? To find out the answer we need to travel back in time over a hundred years to the 1890’s to Lough Conn, County Mayo in Ireland, where a young farmer and fisherman called Patrick…

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  Who doesn’t love a Mince Pie at Christmas? I consider every day in December that I don’t consume one, a massive failure. I’m going to share my favourite recipe with you so that you can make your own Ultimate Mince Pie. Mr Kipling, eat your heart out… Mince Pie Ingredients Plain flour (370g) Butter (80g) Lard (80g) Salt (Just a pinch) Water (chilly) Mincemeat (580g) Milk (just a touch) Icing sugar (for decoration) You Will Also Need: 6cm Cutter…

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  So you’ve read about stage one and stage two of Wild Tide’s Home Brew, now find out what happened next… After 10 days the Brubox had finished fermenting and was bubbling at less that one bubble per minute. I took away the water, removed the tube and closed the tap. As I am creating a draught beer, I removed the cap and poured in three teaspoons of lovely white granulated sugar.   The smell from inside the cube was…

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  Following on from my first post about stage one of my home brew. I thought I’d update you with how it’s going. After I had left the beer to ferment I went to bed, got up and went to work. When I returned the Brubox had changed… It was no longer stooped to one side, it was now pressurised from the fermentation and was rigid because the CO2 had been released into the cube. Bubbles were coming regularly from…

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  Recently I’ve been becoming more and more interested in Ale, craft beer and brewing in general. I know very little about the brewing process and have been wanting to find out more about what goes into making beer (on a small and large scale). A brewery tour is definitely on the books to get a bit more knowledge on the topic, but I’d thought a great way to learn more about brewing would be to actual brew my own…

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  I love fire. Not in a scary pyromaniac sort of way. Just that basic neanderthal instinct which I think every person has deep down. It’s a great time for fires and outdoor cooking; Autumn, bonfires, dark evenings and fireworks night. I’ve recently decided to treat myself to a few new bits of outdoor cooking gear. I found a great site called Not On The High Street. The items I bought were a Steel Bucket BBQ, a fire cooking utensil…

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