Okay, so the house is finished and we’re actually living here now and I haven’t even finished writing about it and how we went about building it. Think I started on that project back in the late spring…
Details. All in good time. You know.
What I really want to show you now is the essential that we splashed out on:
Our new house is a bungalow with one major central room that encompasses living, dining and kitchen areas into one; it has low ceilings and can be closed off from other parts of the house completely. The Ironheart sits in the middle of the room. It is our backup plan for when we lose power and it is also, thanks to its daily presence, our one indulgence. But it’s so much more than that.
This is one energy efficient cookstove. Three sticks of wood burned for hours the other afternoon and evening and kept the house toasty (yes, we lowered the furnace right down). Three skinny-ish logs; our old traditional fireplace in our last home would have wolfed that down in the first 45 minutes and any heat generated would have gone straight up the chimney. Bog standard woodstoves are similarly bad at actually heating the rooms they occupy. The Ironheart is also incredibly clean in how it burns, making it even greener.
What’s not to love?
We’ve had a couple of fires, just to test drive it, but now we’ve got to get to grips with cooking on and in it. My sweet husband has just pointed me to the Esse website for their suggested recipes. They all look good.
So, I need to ask you. What should we try first?
- Baked fish with fennel and potatoes (mmmm…)
- Pizza with roast beetroot, kale, anchovies, and thyme (kale!)
- Lemon sponge puddings (something sweet?)
- A plain old loaf of bread (they say you can’t beat a loaf of bread baked in the Ironheart)
- Or, the 18-pound turkey that Dave from The Piggy Market is setting aside for me (that makes me nervous…I know you’re out there Dave – what would you do?)
I think this Christmas holiday will be all about the food at our house, in a new way. Between the cookstove and the new food processer that my two boys have claimed for their own (that’s a whole other post), and the fact that I’ve got Julia Child’s French Kitchen on DVD for our downtime, I think we’re done with Christmas planning before we even start.
Merry early Christmas.