To raise awareness of our clean cookstove campaign, starting from today 24 November, I will be cooking my meals on an open fire until we reach our funding goal. If 3 billion people in the world cook with open fires or rudimentary stoves then why can’t I?
Here’s my setup, a simple open fire. The rocks I sourced from my garden (living on a volcano helps here), 2 clay pots for boiling and a clay comal (not shown) for toasting, frying and importantly making tortillas. Unlike most Guatemala kitchens, my new kitchen is extremely well ventilated I have 2 walls out of 4 so the smoke should’t be too much of an issue?
Last night I carried out a test run – on the menu a simple pasta dish with corn and carrots and fresh herbs. Moncy’s over for dinner!
5:30pm - Starting the fire was a bit difficult, probably my technique to blame but some dry wood and a bit of ocote saved the day.
5:57pm - Nice fire going now with hot coals – on goes the water for the pasta.
6:30pm – Test Abandoned! - Water’s boiling but the light has gone, I have no candles. Unwilling to mess my food up I’m going to have to abandon the test and finish inside. But this is just a test run so lesson learned – light required. I think this is going to be a bit tougher than first imagined!