There is something special about “sun cooked” food. I am very possibly dreaming, but I think it tastes better and that the suns energy must add elements that are good for me . . . Who knows?
I have been happily cooking in a solar oven for years. My handy husband built the first one and it has been “much more than a gadget” ! As soon as the sun is out, it is on a table in front of the kitchen door with something in it….
This summer we are delighted to be inaugurating a NEW solar oven into the family…
Old solar oven
New “Rolls Royce” solar oven:
My old oven, on a sunny day in the summer, would get up to 120°C max.. This baby was at 170°C yesterday, I have what was supposed to be roasted tomatoes to prove it. . . 😦
What can you cook in a solar oven ? Well with this new powerful model I have made stews, pulled pork, tagines, braised meats or veg, Spanish tortillas, baked eggs…… I have also had much more success with baking, as you do need a certain temperature for cakes and bakes to rise.
Some of my favourite things to cook in the “sun”:
- Tagine (meat, veg or fish)
- Fritatta / tortilla / kuku
- Plum cake
- Bone broth (stock)
- Braised chicken
- Baked eggs
- Braised Greek green beans
My latest pleasant surprise was a roast chicken (with an Ottolenghi twist, recipe to follow soon). Nicely browned with meat falling off the bone . . . Have you noticed ? I’m hooked 🙂