It is at last cold here – which I like as only this week we picked the last of the courgettes – November! enough already!
The esse ironheart has been fabulous – much better than I thought, as I imagined it would be like have a woodburner you could do a little cooking on, whereas we cook pretty much all things on it. We are finding a lot of the heat control relates to the sort of wood put on – big fat logs for slow roasting, but bung in some pallet wood (all dry of course) and soon we can be frying. I even made a Victoria sponge – the ultimate test. and it was light and moist and.. nom.
One of the nicest things about having the new range is lighting it in the morning on a cold sunny weekend day – such as we are having lately, that radiant heat, the cosy kitchen is hard to beat, and it is the room we use all day long. Then come late evening we might move to the living room and light the little woodburner there.
Today was a three fire day though, as we took the opportunity of the cold clear day to have a bonfire to burn the old pea and bean sticks, which felt sort of symbolic of winter arriving too. It was beautiful with the low sun, and the smoke from the fire highlighting the sun’s rays, and of course we finished with toasting marshmallows too. Good times.