Cooking on a Log Burner – Simple, But Delicious Summer Recipes

As the longer days draw us outside, preparing meals on a log burner or stove can enhance the experience of rustic summer cooking – and help make the most of seasonal ingredients, whether these are home-grown, produced locally and sustainably, or foraged in the wild.

The flat, even surface and consistent temperature of a stove makes it an ideal choice for summer recipes – from perfectly seasoned steaks to slow simmering casseroles and rice dishes.

Cooking meals on your log burner also adds another flavour dimension to dishes, producing rich, smoky flavours without the need to get out the barbecue.

Here are some simple, Salamander-approved, delicious summer recipes that are perfect for cooking on a log burner;

Recipe 1: Wild Garlic and Mushroom Omelette


– 3 eggs

– Handful of wild garlic (foraged)

– 100g mushrooms, sliced

– Salt and pepper to taste

– Olive oil for cooking


  1. Heat a small amount of olive oil in a pan on a small stove.
  2. Add sliced mushrooms and cook until softened.
  3. Beat eggs in a bowl, season with salt and pepper, and add chopped wild garlic.
  4. Pour the egg mixture into the pan with mushrooms.
  5. Cook until the eggs are set, fold the omelette, and serve.


Recipe 2: Nettle and Potato Soup


– 200g potatoes, peeled and diced

– 1 onion, chopped

– 2 cups nettle leaves (foraged)

– 500ml vegetable broth or Bouillion

– Salt and pepper to taste

– Olive oil for cooking


  1. Heat olive oil in a pot and sauté onions until translucent.
  2. Add diced potatoes and cook for a few minutes.
  3. Pour in vegetable broth and bring to a boil, then simmer until potatoes are tender.
  4. Add nettle leaves and cook for another 5 minutes.
  5. Blend the soup until smooth, season with salt and pepper, and serve.


Recipe 3: Dandelion Greens and Bean Salad


– 1 can of white beans, drained and rinsed

– Handful of dandelion greens (foraged), chopped

– 1 tomato, diced

– 1 cucumber, diced

– Olive oil and lemon juice for dressing

– Salt and pepper to taste


  1. In a bowl, combine white beans, diced tomato, and cucumber.
  2. Add chopped dandelion greens.
  3. Drizzle with olive oil and lemon juice, then season with salt and pepper.
  4. Toss everything together and serve.



Recipe 4: Simple Wild Berry Pancakes


– 1 cup flour

– 1 cup milk

– 1 egg

– Handful of wild berries (foraged)

– 1 tablespoon sugar

– Pinch of salt

– Butter for cooking


  1. In a bowl, mix flour, milk, egg, sugar, and salt until smooth.
  2. Fold in wild berries.
  3. Heat butter in a pan on a small stove.
  4. Pour batter into the pan to form small pancakes.
  5. Cook until bubbles form on the surface, then flip and cook until golden brown.
  6. Serve warm.


Cooking on a log burner should be easy and fuss-free! We hope these simple but show-stopping summer recipes will inspire you to use your stove during the warmer months – whist giving you more time to relax and enjoy the best of the Great British Summer, long may it continue. Happy cooking folks!

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