Not long ago, I wrote about some of the virtues of a woodstove. Not only is a woodstove a great way to heat your home, it can also be used for cooking. Since our woodstove has a flat top, we use it for cooking fairly often, especially when it is Really Cold outside.
There’s something very satisfying about cooking on a woodstove – I’m not sure what it is. Maybe it’s the warmth from the stove coupled with the aromas that dance through the house.
A few weeks ago, it was bitterly cold here in the Valley.
Yes, like I mentioned – bitterly cold. The kind of cold where, if you have to go outside, you take greater care than any other time of the year. If we have to go down to the barn, we make sure we have Yaktraks on our boots. Although they are not failsafe, having them on our boots does make it a lot safer to be walking around on the ice.
If I’m home alone, I always take da Wolf with me down to the barn, or even for that matter, over to the woodroom. Usually, though when it is that cold, I do as little outside as I need to and then hunker down in the house for the day.
When we had that last cold snap, Graham made us a fantastic breakfast on the woodstove. He started by frying up some shredded potatoes.
Then he added a few slices of ham, and some eggs.
Having a cast iron frying pan is wonderful! If you don’t have one, pick one up when you can find them on sale – you will be glad you did! Every time I wash the cast iron pan, I coat it with some oil. I just rub in around using a paper towel. Then I put the pan away till next time.