The campfire, whether or not you’re sleeping by it, is one of my favourite places to cook up a feast. The forgiving element of being out of the house and in the dark, coupled with the immediate flames and heat and the amazing things that emerge you hadn’t planned at all.
So here are my latest favourites that happened – not totally as they were meant to – on a recent trip to Italy. A magical feast we all adored.
RISOTTO CAKE CRISP
- 500g leftover Risotto (the day after is the best)
- 50g grated parmesan
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 2 tbsp Fresh parsley, chopped
Pour the oil into a large cake tin or roasting tin. Press the risotto mixture firmly down into the tin, to create a packed, even layer of sticky rice. Place the tin onto the glowing embers of the campfire and leave to cook for 10 minutes, until sticking nicely to the bottom. Then scoop and flip sections at a time, so you end up with brown, crisp rice on both sides.
Scatter with parmesan and parsley to serve.
- 1 kg par-boiled potatoes diced into 1 inch pieces
- 4 sprigs fresh rosemary, shredded
- 9 garlic cloves, unpeeled
- 200ml olive oil
- 1 tbsp sea salt
- 6 bananas – spotty and browning ripe ones
- 2 tbsp butter
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 3 tbsp honey
- 4 tbsp flaked almonds
- 2 tbsp mascarpone