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How to make the perfect goulash - in a Kotlich


IMGP9323Kotlichcookingcomp.blogtopThis is the Goulash according to Trish based on the vital information handed over verbally by campfire cooks all over the Balkans. This is more a collection of ideas than a full blown recipe.

My Goulash is based on many Bon Mots, such as “This isn't a goulash it's got carrots in!” and “When you press the meat with your wooden spoon, if it falls apart it is ready ” and another one, “Well if you are drinking red wine with the meal you should have wine in the goulash as well.”

Felicity Cloake's perfect Goulash gave me the prompt I needed to do my own version of the perfect Goulash.

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Campfire breakfast - with the Kotlich kit

campfire breakast with KotlichBreakfast at Bredwardine Bridge last year was truly memorable.  Porridge followed by bacon with American pancakes and syrup.

Choosing a bright early morning with a hint of dew we set off for the shingle bank just below Bredwardine Bridge on the river Wye.  Our aim was to cook a truly scrumptious breakfast using our fire pit and wood from home.  This was to be real campfire event using several different parts of the Kotlich kit.  We used the Kotlich for the porridge, grill for the bacon and the clean Kotlich for the American pancakes.  Coffee came to the boil in an enamel dzezva and we were in Herefordshire heaven.

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What can I make in my Kotlich - Marmalade

Marmalade in kOTLICHMaking marmalade in the kotlich is an easy and cheerful activilty, especially if you have friends doing it with you.

Keeping all that sticky mess outside is well worth the trotting in and out with sterilized jars and chopping boards.  If you have a good wood collection you won't regret using some of it to make yourself a good supply of marmalade.  See here how we made 62 normal sized jars of delicious well set marmalade in half a day, with friends to help.

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Kotlich Cafes

Kotlich cafeThe Kotlich café makes a fun change from the usual barbeque or Paella pans on gas. Cooking over wood is a really attractive option.

 Set up your station in good time as people come asking for lunch any time from 10.00am onwards!  Have the contents of your recipes prepared beforehand and you'll have the energy and space to chat with the crowd as you cook and serve.

Being a festival café has worked for us on small scale several times. We served 100 portions a day and each day we had a choice of three different soups.


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Where it all started - Kotlich parties

Kotlich cookingIn the shade of a plum tree, in a beautiful abundant garden in Vojvodina, Serbia, the Kotlich/bograc bubbles away.

We wait  for our guests to arrive enjoying the garden and giving the pot an occassional stir.  Kotlich parties were born for us at this point and we will never forget that happy event.

Heat, in the mid 20s, loose clothes, children running around in the garden and lots of wine and elder flower juice.  Mmmmm mmmmm what more could we need.  I did collapse at about 4.00 and hog the most comfy chair, putting my feet up.

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