So since my last fire exploits. I’ve learnt a few things about fires. I watched a few videos and skim read some books. All-in-one recipes such as curry’s and stews are the easiest to cook.
So I’ll impart some of that oh-so-expert knowledge and a little recipe for curry goat.
I was making a fire in an existing fire pit, so no need to clear the surface down to the earth, but this is definitely the first step ordinarily, so you don’t risk the fire getting out of control.
I made sure I have a bundle of dried grass, some twigs, kindling, logs and I bought some eco-friendly fire lighters. Be careful not to use green wood, and check that it’s okay to collect fire wood if you’re on a camp site, as some sites are looking for fallen wood to mulch down.
A tip from Ray Mears is to lay a bed of wood. It keeps the kindling away from any dampness on the ground and it allows air to flow beneath your fire.
I got the Eco fire lighter going. I know, one day I’ll rub some sticks together and all that. The dried grass and twigs took off. I added the kindling in a little tippe, once that had collapsed I added the logs.
Not having a Dutch oven and a tripod (oh I yearn for those!), I brought some bricks and a grill and an old pan. This works quite well, not just as a surface for the old pan, but as a funnel for the wind, I made sure the open end was pointing in the winds direction.
Surprisingly, the fire was going stably, so I cracked on with cooking.
Jamaican Curry Goat.
(Minus quantities, just bosh in what you feel is right)
Start with preparing a couple of onions, ginger and plenty of garlic. I whacked that all in the pot with loads of curry powder and allspice. I failed in bringing any oil, but you won’t I’m sure, so heat until fragrant.
The goat meat was nicely diced, if it’s on the bone it’s all the more authentic. Brown it in the spices.
Then add a tin of chopped tomatoes, a tin of coconut milk and a few glasses of water. Cook for 2 hours or so. You’ll need loads of wood. Goat meat can be very tough, so you have to cook it good and long. Cook until it starts falling apart.
Cooking in some new potatoes is nice, but I didn’t have any, so I just served with rice. If you have another can of coconut milk, use some of that when making your rice. Here’s a full recipe for Jamaican rice and peas.