Let me tell you what I love and which is great; thats making bonfire in winter time.
Usually around this time of the year, in the Northern hemisphere, my energy reserves are low, the days are short, and daylight is low. It really calls for an activity, to spark some energy into the darkness. It feels great to do something different, and it brings some color to your cheeks.
Usually bonfire is something you make in the summertime, but its brings so much joy and community in the winter as well.
Our company SUMMER WILL BE BACK is a family run business. Denis and I are a couple. We are Designers, owners and founders of the company. Together we have a son, Mika 10 years old. All of us helps out on our company, even our dog “Mester” (he is in a lot of our pictures).
Last year we wrote a book about re-connecting with nature, it’s called “Let the Nature in, all year”, and in the book describes activities we love doing.
One of the activities, in the book, we think is insanely great, is preparing food over the bonfire during wintertime. Denis, Mika and I have been making roast beef in minus 10 degrees celsius (14ºF) in the evening, with a headlamp to check if the roast was done. We also made bonfire soup in the northern part of Sweden. We had to clear 1m (3ft) of snow, to get to ground level, to be able to make the fire.
Of course you dont need to travel to some remote part of a country, and live with reindeers, dig through deep snow, and prepare dinner at freezing temperatures, just to get som colour in your chins.
Last year we prepared burgers on bonfire with som friends, in a cold november day. That really warmed up our spirits. All kinds food can be prepared on a fire. Baked apples with nuts, cinnamon, sugar and butter, can also do something good for a cold and grey afternoon.
My son Mika has taught me to make a pagoda bonfire.
Learn how to make a bonfire here:
Materials needed: Firewood and small kindle wood.
A dry piece of paper, matches.
Place two pieces of equal height pieces of wood, parallel next to
each other, about the width of the wood apart. Then place two more across on top.
Depending on the size of the wood, stack about 3-4 pieces in height.
Place the paper in the center, and put some kindle wood on top of it.
You can now lit the paper, and the fire spread evenly throughout.
Here is a recipe for soup, which will keep you warm. I usually prepare the ingredients from home, so it’s ready to toss in the pot.
2 large carrots
1 sweet potato
2 cloves of garlic
2 spoons of olive oil
8 dl (27oz) vegetable or chicken stock
Salt & pepper
1 dl (3.5 oz) whiping cream
Some bread and butter
Peel the vegetables, and cut them in large pieces.
Chop the garlic fine,
Sauté the vegetables and garlic in the oil,
Add the chicken stock, and let it cook for about 30 min.
When cooked, you can mash the vegetables. Add the cream, and cook it up a bit.
Season with salt and pepper, and serve with bread and butter.
If you want some more inspiration for activities in nature, take a look at our book “Let in Nature - All year round” available here: