Cooking pancakes on a charcoal fire at dusk is a very seductive experience. Patience is the key- the batter needs time to ‘swell’ and the charcoal time to develop sufficient heat. A hot, heavy cast iron pan is the secret to producing thin perfectly cooked crepes. Another triumph tonight! Pancakes are cooked on a stove – crepes on charcoal. Cooking vs culinary passion.
During the last week, I have found, for me, another equally exhilarating use for charcoal - DRAWING! It was with some trepidation that the first line was put on paper. The tactile sensation of the charcoal on paper was rather foreign, but pleasing. The resultant drawing was not! However, after two mornings and five more drawings, David (teacher) assures me that he can see a faint sign of improvement. I will gladly exchange the displayed picture (singed) for a decent bag of charcoal.