Iron forged with bacon & beef.

I tend to gravitate towards open fire cooking. Just scroll down through my, admittedly, limited blog selection and you’ll see a handful of smoky-posts. Read how I relish the way flame laps at food, scorching flavour deep into its nom-nommery… you get it.

So with a happy heart (and very low light) I found myself stood next to a fire pit, while various cuts of deliciously high-welfare meat grilled above glowing fire balls – behind my camera you’d find my happy face…and a little tear of joy.

mrnickhook-photography-puertolounge-7887Peter, cooking an incredible banquet of sizzling, crisp-crackling, lip-smacking meat!

I had the pleasure of eating fantastic produce from Pipers Farm (at Pipers Farm, I should add). Cooked on an open fire pit with in snapping distance of the creators of this smoking iron cauldron, Dean Forge. Not one to dine alone, I was summoned along with other like-minded souls, eagerly awaiting the fruits of the farm to experience the full workings of their new product, The Dartmoor Baker stove. I want one, you’ll want one. It’s a wood fired stove that you can cook a chicken in, while boiling a kettle and frying some bacon… in your living room!


mrnickhook-photography-puertolounge-7996mrnickhook-photography-puertolounge-8Got a chance to hang out with the legend that is, Marcus Bawdon (on the right) aka CountryWoodSmoke – master of all things smoke and flame!

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