I like to dutch oven on windy days. It keeps me on my toes. It seems to me that the wind makes my coals burn hotter. I like that. But they also burn faster, so I have to watch my side fire more. I also have to replenish more often, so I use up more coals.
In the (nearly) year since I started my sunday tradition, I've cooked in all kinds of weather. Summer heat, winter cold. Snow, rain, too, but usually under cover, like my open garage.
I knew I wanted to learn this thing, and I also knew I'd give it up pretty quickly if I didn't keep trying, and doing it on a regular basis.
So, if I can throwbout any real advice to a dutch oven neophyte, it's this: Keep cookin'. Everything will be great if you just don't give up.
Now, after all those inspiring words, let me follow up on my last entry before this week's recipe. Remember how I said that Kofta was, how shall I say it, Not my familiy's favorite dish? Well, it turns out that I pretty much had it all to myself.
My oldest escaped the culinary torture by pretending to be full.
Oh, well. *I* liked it. And I ate pretty well at lunch for the next few days.
Today, I'm doing a roast. I got the recipe from Byron's Website on the recipes page here. It turned out really great. A little zesty, a little sweet. And the meat itself was deliciously moist.
I was pretty true to the recipe, actually, so I'll just post the link. I don't know if it was the weather or my management of the coals, but it cooked about a total of two and a half hours. We were kinda lucky to have both of the vinagres, and I had to dig to find the rosemary, but in the end, it was all there, and it cooked up great!