In the country, we occasionally seize the opportunity to roast meats on the hearth of our fireplace, which is our only source of heat. Husband altered a (garage sale $5) Farberware rotisserie in order to use it as a roasting jack in front of fireplace coals.
Last night, a 2# rear lamb shank
Works well with chunks of meat but a 3# chicken takes too long to be efficient.
When I used to have a wood stove I loved cooking in it . I would place a cast iron pan inside . Or do a steak caveman style . Once i did a duck hanging from a string . It spins around slowly. Saw this on great chefs.
What is your temperature and time for the duck? Do you remember the size of the bird?
Yes I saw Mallmann hanging the meat for hours in his cooking.
This was years ago . I don’t remember the time and temperature. I moved the coals around and put a little wood on when needed . Cooked it until it was browned nicely . Medium heat fire with a drip pan underneath
Always good to see another fan of the flames. Our latest acquisition for outdoor cooking is a flambadou. Here, we’re flambadouing scallops with duck fat (last week). They were extremely good.
More on the flambadou:
Thanks much for this, jammy! I had seen this tool pictured in several books on antique cooking paraphernalia . (I recommend both books to those interested in old cooking equipment as well as hearth cooking. Recipes are written for today’s cook.)
I really hankered for one, so I was thrilled to find one at an antique fair in France. The seller, I think, had no idea what it was, so the price was quite manageable. Wrought iron,
No, I’ve never tried to use it. I suggested that I was going to and husband responded as if I were quite mad. So it is part of my “old cooking stuff” collection.
Those are some nice looking books! If they weren’t so expensive, they’d be in my amazon cart.
I hope you use the flambadou. It’s not difficult and it imparts a good flavour to the food. Yours looks to be in good condition.
Sorry about the current prices of the books. I’ve had them for years and had no idea. You might find the first one at your district library, For instance, I see that San Francisco has it. Good luck.
Keep those treasures safe. It’s amazing what some books cost after they’re out of print.