Using your Indian Fire Bowl all year round
Are you familiar with Indian Fire Bowls? If so, what do you think of when you hear about them, or see pictures of them? If you own an Indian Fire Bowl, perhaps you think of you and your friends enjoying summer barbecues in the garden - lots of laughter, delicious food, and a magnificent Indian Fire Bowl centrepiece. If you don’t own one, do you know about the different ways they can be used? Although summer is the time when these unique fire bowls really come into their own, did you know they can actually be used throughout the year?
We want you to enjoy your Indian Fire Bowl all year round so we’ve put together some suggestions of different ways to use them, whatever the season.
As the weather starts to turn cooler, your fire bowl becomes a wonderful focal point for autumnal celebrations. Whether it’s for Halloween or Bonfire Night, or just an informal gathering of friends and family, Indian Fire Bowls can be used for toasting marshmallows. This activity is especially popular with children, who love the experience of putting a marshmallow on a wooden stick, placing it carefully amongst the flames, and turning it until the marshmallow blisters and melts. You could also go one step further and make s’mores, a favourite with American children, who place the toasted marshmallow and a square of chocolate between two digestive biscuits for a truly decadent treat.
Cook traditional Indian cuisine
Dishes like soups, curries and chillies are the perfect meals to enjoy during the cooler months, and Indian Fire Bowls are a fantastic way to cook them. By suspending a large pan or bowl in a tripod over the flames, you can simmer dishes on a low heat for hours until all the flavours blend together. This method of cooking also echoes the way fire bowls have been used in Indian culture for hundreds of years – traditional slow-cooked curries and stews with tender meat and complex layers of spices.
Make mulled drinks to enjoy at Christmas
On a cold, crisp winter’s day, there’s nothing better than a hot mulled beverage to warm you up. And, particularly in the weeks leading up to Christmas, mulled wine and cider are a perfect way to get in the festive spirit. As an alternative to a pub visit, invite your friends and family round and ask them to bundle up in warm clothes. Arrange lots of blankets and pillows in a circle around your Indian Fire Bowl, and encourage everyone to snuggle up to keep warm. You can then use a fire bowl suspended from a tripod to heat up mulled wine or cider, and ladle it into mugs for everyone to enjoy.
Celebrate New Years’ Eve with a difference
As the clock strikes midnight on New Year’s Eve, many people choose to see in the new year with a fireworks display. If you’re celebrating at home with your own fireworks, an Indian Fire Bowl could make a spectacular centerpiece for your garden. Alternatively, if you’re watching a local display from a nearby park or field (venue permitting), you may choose to take your Indian Fire Bowl along with you, to keep you and your guests warm and comfortable throughout the evening.
Create a garden centerpiece
Alternatively, you and your family may prefer to spend most of your time inside during the winter, snuggled up by the fireplace for warmth. If you’d rather not use your Indian Fire Bowl for barbecues during the colder months, consider using it as a planter instead. You won’t have to put the fire bowl away in storage, and growing flowers and plants will transform it into a beautiful floral centrepiece for your garden that will make the cold months that much more bearable.
Experiment with different cuisines
As Spring arrives and the weather starts to get warmer, take the opportunity to practice different cuisines and cooking techniques on your fire bowl. With a huge range of accessories and cooking utensils, there’s no limit to the different things you can make. Why not try making authentic, thin-crust pizza? Make a homemade pizza dough, add your favourite toppings, and cook the pizza on a large pan or skillet over the grill. Alternatively, make use of the large grill area on your fire bowl and make traditional Spanish paella. Whether you use chorizo, king prawns or chicken (or a mix of all three) your paella will cook slowly and evenly, with the smell of garlic and spices filling the air.
Use as a heat source during colder evenings
Springtime in the UK brings a real mix of weather. While the daytime can be warm, the evenings are often chilly. Indian Fire Bowls are the perfect way to heat your garden during these colder nights, and will allow your parties to carry on long into the night, regardless of the temperature. And, due to their combustion mode, fire bowls are a much greener and more eco-friendly option than a conventional patio heater. Simply fill the bowl with logs, sit back and relax, enjoying the unique warmth and ambiance it creates.
Invite friends round for a barbecue
Indian Fire Bowls are perfect for barbecues and grilling during the warm summer months. Inviting a big group of friends round for dinner and drinks in the garden is the perfect way to spend a summer evening, and a fire bowl will make even the most casual barbecue a special occasion. Use the cooking techniques you practiced in the spring to wow your guests, and encourage everyone to get involved with the food preparation and try out the unique features of your fire bowl themselves.
Use as a cooler to keep drinks cold
One thing to avoid at a party is offering your guests warm drinks. If you aren’t using your Indian Fire Bowl for a barbecue, they’re perfect for keeping drinks ice cold during hot summer nights. Simply pack your fire bowl with ice cubes before guests arrive, and then encourage them to place their beer, wine and soft drinks amongst the ice. You can replenish the ice throughout the evening as needed, and your guests will be thankful for the plentiful supply of cold drinks.
We hope we’ve given you some new ideas of alternative uses for your Indian Fire Bowl. We love to see what people are using their fire bowls for so if you’ve found an innovative use for yours, or you’ve tried out a new cooking technique, get in touch and let us know!
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