We received our lovely new Dutch Oven this weekend, and couldnโ€™t wait to test it out!

Mark made a small campfire and we hooked it all up ready to brown off some sausages for a little stew. I must say it was lovely to be sitting al fresco listening to the oven sizzling away โ€“ more relaxing than a BBQ somehow. I love one pot cooking, and the Dutch oven seems the ultimate โ€˜one potโ€™! This is an 8 litre one, and can cook for up to 11 or 12 people, so plenty big enough for a good feast around the campfire ๐Ÿ™‚

After about an hour of cooking, our stew was ready, and it was delicious. Canโ€™t wait to try out more recipes, so we can share them with our yurt guests!

Getting the campfire going at the Yurts

  • Build a little stack of kindling with a firelighter at the bottom to make it easy. To be honest it was quite blustery in this video and it took a couple of matches to even get the firelighter going
  • Once the kindling has taken load on some small logs
  • Slowly build it up if you want a fire that keeps going for some time with larger ones – we didn’t in this example as just setting up for a quick stew.

Our smaller campfire we made in a field close to the Yurts for this meal:
Campfire Cooking
Campfire all set for the Dutch oven


Campfire Cooking
For this really simple meal it was:

  • A six pack of nice sausages
  • A tin of chopped tomatoes
  • A tin of baked beans
  • A few chopped up potatoes – depending on how many you’re feeding / how big the oven is ๐Ÿ™‚
  • A pinch or two of mixed herbs

We browned off the sausages a bit before adding the other ingredients – but other than that it’s just a case of pop it all in and get on with something else. Make sure the fire is still going and enjoy yourself.

A really simple one! We added some nice crusty bread and butter to go with it.

Campfire Cooking
Cooking on the campfire!

Campfire Cooking
Time for a play while the stew cooks ๐Ÿ™‚

Setting up the Dutch Oven Stand at the Yurt campfire