Friday, 12 June 2015

How to Eat Outside - the movie… and a recipe for dark chocolate & marmalade bread & butter pudding

My next book, How to Eat Outside is published on 18th June. To celebrate its publication I made a little film about the idea behind the book. It also contains a recipe for a dark chocolate and marmalade bread and butter pudding, cooked in a dutch oven over a fire.

Here's the movie - shot and directed by Rob Wicks of Eat Pictures - a master food film maker and all round good egg.

And here's the recipe:

Bread and butter pudding with marmalade and chocolate

The idea for this pudding was conceived at the end of a week of camping when we were left with a collection of slightly sad looking leftover bits of this and that; a stale (and rather squashed) brioche loaf, half a jar of marmalade and two-thirds of a bar of dark chocolate, not to mention some just on-the-turn milk. All in need of a good home, and what a home it turned out to be! 

The beauty of brioche (croissants would be equally good too) is that they are butter-rich so you don’t need to add any extra butter. For extra richness, substitute some of the milk for a splash of cream (single or double), if you have some handy. Just as with the crumble, a foiled-lined springform cake tin placed inside a Dutch oven is the best way to cook this recipe. 

Serves 6

1 brioche loaf (about 400g), torn into bite-size pieces
About ½ a jar of marmalade 
About 70g dark chocolate, broken into bits
2–3 tbsp sugar (any sort is fine)
500ml milk
4 eggs

Line a 23–25cm springform cake tin with a double layer of foil. Scatter about half of the brioche pieces into the base of the prepared tin. Dollop on teaspoonfuls of marmalade, using about half of what you have, then scatter over about half of the chocolate pieces. Sprinkle on about 1 tablespoon sugar. Repeat with the rest of the brioche, marmalade, chocolate and sugar. 

In a bowl, lightly whisk together the milk and eggs, then pour evenly into the tin over the brioche layers. Place the tin inside the Dutch oven, cover with the lid and hang the oven over your fire, not too close to the coals otherwise the bottom will burn. Use tongs to put 8–10 hot coals on the lid to cook the pudding from the top as well. Cook for around 25–30 minutes until the custard has set and the top is crisp. Serve whilst piping hot. 

Monday, 1 June 2015

20th June - How to Eat Outside - fire cooking workshop & feast

Just in time for the camping and BBQ season, and in celebration of the launch of my new book HOW TO EAT OUTSIDE, I shall be running a hands on 'fire cooking' workshop and feast on the 20th June 2015.

If you are a keen camper or a keen back garden barbecuer but a little jaded with your culinary repertoire then this could be the most exciting cookery lesson you've ever attended. Cooking with real fire is seriously addictive and surprisingly straightforward once you learn some simple time saving tricks and get stuck in.

Over the course of the afternoon you'll learn (and very much get involved with preparation - I'm not doing all the work here!!) how to cook:

- wood-baked paella with samphire, chorizo, chicken & prawns
- speedy campsite beef curry with cumin roast new potatoes, with easy spiced dhal
- roast peppers stuffed with couscous, dates & blue cheese
- amazing fire-grilled vegetables, featuring aubergines, sweetcorn & broad beans
- jerk-spiced campfire popcorn (the perfect beer snack for when the sun is over the yard arm)
- a legendary bread and butter pudding with dark chocolate & marmalade

Places are strictly limited, and tickets cost £55 (or 2 tickets for £100) for 4 hours of hands on fire cookery and plenty of eating and drinking the spoils of your labours. There will also be the opportunity to buy signed copies of HOW TO EAT OUTSIDE and you will be given recipe printouts of the things you have made.

Please note - Crumbs Magazine will be attending the workshop for a feature in the August issue of the magazine. So if you do not want to be in photos of session this might not be the afternoon for you. I will however be running the course again over the summer so drop me a line to find out when.

Time: 3pm til 7pm
Location: my back garden & kitchen (address confirmed on booking)
Date: Saturday 20th June 2015
Cost £55 per head or 2 tickets for £100

Email me ( to book your place - theres only room for 10 of you!

If thats not enough to whet your appetite, here are a few photos of the things you'll be cooking and eating……