have a bonfire


A few weeks ago the school holidays had just begun, we wrote a list of all things we'd like to do together and stuck it up on the fridge - it included tasks like clearing out the shed and catching up on egg cleaning, but also play dates with friends and crafting and a david attenborough movie night - and near the top was "have a bonfire!" And so we stacked stacked dead logs and branches against an old tree stump in the paddock beside our house, and we made ready a pile of broken furniture and soiled cardboard we could burn too. I made marshmallows using honey and we invited neighbours around to enjoy the warmth with us. The little boys sat mesmerised by the flames as the sun set, it was an especially beautiful, clear winter's evening...

- honey marshmallows -

2 tablespoons bovine gelatine, grass-fed if possible

1/2 cup water

1/2 cup runny honey

tapioca flour (for dusting)

let gelatine powder "bloom" with a 1/4 cup water in a large mixing bowl. meanwhile bring honey and remaining 1/4 cup water to boil on a medium heat. pour hot honey liquid slowly into gelatine, beating on a medium speed with an electric mixer - continue to whip mixture until firm and glossy - around 10 minutes. Spread marshmallow into a paper lined dish and set in the fridge for a couple of hours. Using a sharp knife, cut marshmallow up into cubes and dust with tapioca flour. store in an airtight container in the fridge for a few months...