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I have been photgraphing our adventures with the Kotlich for at least 3 years now. Kotlich cook's scrap book It is a wonderful record ot places and people with whom we have travelled.

Coombe Trenchard is holding a garden festival in the grounds of their arts and crafts manor.  They are sharing it with Gardens Illustrated, which means high standards and very beautiful.  We are all having our stalls judged, plants and non plants.

The scrap book is a great selection of photos and ideas.  It is not really a recipe book, more a book of inspiration.  I believe that the Kotlich is a great symbol of community.  Any family or group of people who sit round the kotlich can know each other better, bond, make plans and tell stories.

I encourage eating local, seasonal and growing at least some of your own food.  Come and look for us at Coombe Trenchard on 1-2nd June.

Picture to follow.  See outdoor kitchen on face book for a preview of the front cover.


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The Red Enamel Water Carrier

"Oh it is soooo lovely, but what would I use it for"?Red Enamel Water Carrier

This is a question I get asked so often I've decided to dedicate a whole blog to the great big red water 7lt carrier.

They were originally designed for village use.  Maybe to hold water in the Kitchen.  I suspect water would have been pulled up from the well, or pumped up, as we saw in some yards in Serbia.  The water would have been stored each day in several of these carriers.

You know how Victorians in the UK had a china bowl and jug in each bed room. Well this is the Central European equivelant of the china bowl and jug.  (we have bowls as well)  The water carrier has one handle and a lid.  It is easy to carry and has a beautiful shape.

Red Enamel Water CarrierIf you have a conservatory, outdoor eating area or camping corner this is the best place to use your water carrier. 

We have just had the loft insulated and so this great troop of water carriers have been "down loaded" from the attic and are cluttering the kitchen work surfaces.  I suppose I will have to put most of them back up there again. 

I will be taking loads of them to Coombe Trenchard Garden Festival on 1st and 2nd June, Jubilee Week end.  Come and join us there near beautiful Dartmoor.



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May Kotlich Party on the Arrow

The 19th Dawned cold and dull.  I had been listening to the guttering running water all night and wondering ifdouble goulash kotlich the Kotlich Lunch was going to be rained off.

My intrepid husband with car and wheel barrow managed to get most of the stuff down to the river where he had prepared a fire pit the night before.  I had to get cooking by 10.00am and be boiling by 10.30 for my Goulash to be ready by 1.00 for our 20 guests.  All went according to plan and what started out just looking a mess soon began to look quite elegant.  We had a serving table, a pudding table and a drinks table with lovely flowers and decorations.

The goulash went really well because Robert had collected and chopped some wood exactly the right size.  The lunch was ready by 12.30, a mixture of shoulder of pork, shin of beef and stewing steak, with celery, carrots, potatoes and my secret ingredients.  I have to say it was the best goulash I have ever made.


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Spring Greens and the Kotlich Cafe
Spring Greens at Court of Noke on 5-6th may dawned cold and bright.  We were set up in the Pig Orchard, underkotlich and gypsey caravan some wonderful trees just trying to come into bud.

We had brilliant neighbours, wild flower specialists, a green wood worker and a beautiful gypsey caravan.  Alnd a beautiful composting loo, fortunately only on display.  All of these wonderful people meant we had a great crack all day and lunch time felt positively convivial.  We served at lest 85 beautiful red enamel dishes of either bean and ham soup or spicy lentil and coconut milk soup.  There was a lot of interest in the Kotlich.

During the pm on the Sunday we were able to give a scythe demo, Martin and I.  martin has several scythes which he spoke about to the interested gathering.  I managed to cut some grass with my Serbian straight handled scythe and gave a few children a chance to have a go.


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The BEST thing I've ever bought!    Some wrote on the outdoor-kitchen facebook page, "Bless you, thank                           Rabbit and cabbage stew                                            you Trish, everyone really  loves my Kotlich.  It's the best thing I've ever bought.  I use it all the time."  there is a satisfied customer and I am just so grateful and pleased that I am not the only person who likes to sit outside cooking. .                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     

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