Kruidnoten Recipe

This time a Dutch recipe: Kruidnoten, doesn't really translate well. Literally: Spicenuts... There are spices in them but they aren't nuts.
Anyway: they're like small crunchy cookies severed when Sinterklaas is in the country.

Preheat the oven to 170 Celsius.

250 grams of self-raising flour125 grams dark brown sugar4 teaspoons of gingerbread spicespinch of salt100 grams of cold hard butter6 tablespoons of milk Mix all the dry ingredients followed by the butter (cut into small pieces, simply makes it easier to kneed) and the milk. Kneed the dough until smooth.
On a baking sheets make small marble sized balls.
Leave sufficient room between the little balls, as they expand in the oven (as you can see in the photo). We didn't leave enough room...
Bake in the oven for 25 minutes. Let cool, enjoy.

Preheat the Oven to 170 Celsius

Preheating the oven takes time and a little bit of guessing of how much wood to use. For whatever reason I'm always struggling with it. This is my first attempt to keep track of how long it takes to heat the oven and to what temperature it goes.
Usually the oven has a temperature of around 100 Celsius as a starting point.

Fill the oven with wood, nice long pieces (if you have). Normally I put one smaller block of wood across in the oven and add the longer wood lengthwise on top of it, creating a bit of air underneath the wood. Crumbled up newspaper on top and some small, easy to light starter wood. Open the door vent just a little bit and the chimney damper, light the newspaper and wait.
After the wood has turned to small coals, push them through the shute into the main firechamber. Close the oven window vent.
Once in the firechamber, put the vents into the coalburning stage and wait until it's all done.
Close the chimney.

09:22: lit the newspaper, oven temperature: 100 C10:21:…

Coconut Macaroons

This very simple recipe makes a bunch of really tasty Coconut Macaroons.
Preheat the oven to 170 Celsius.


4 egg whites175 gram sugar200 gram grated coconut

Mix the egg whites and the sugar and whip them until stiff. Gently mix in the coconut. Place globs of the mixture onto baking paper. They don't rise in the oven (too much) so they can be closely together. In the oven for 20-30 minutes and let cool.

Weekly Cleanup

In season, when we're using the fireplace everyday: "stoke season", we clean up once a week, usually on Saturday morning.
Keep in mind that the heat is retained by the fireplace, so take caution; the grates, ashes, outside of the fireplace and window are still warm (or even hot), even if you haven't lit the fire in the last 12 hours.

Tools and Tips Tools needed:
Newspaperspaper towelsfireplace brushfireplace window cleanerashes (when soote stains are difficult to remove) Wear short sleeves. The inside of the fireplace is dirty, there is soote there. Undoubtedly you will touch the insides with your arm and you will get a black stain. If you're wearing short sleeves you can easily wash it off.

Firebox On the floor place a couple of sheets of (news)paper, at least the width of the outer dimensions of the Tulikivi and at least as much as the window protrudes (when opened).

Open up the chimey; when you're sweeping the inside of the fireplace, it can throw up a lot …

Warm Welcome!

For a couple of weeks I've been walking around with the idea of starting a blog about our Tulikivi fireplace.
We've had our Tulikivi fireplace, more specifically the TLU2000/92, for a couple of years now and we're very happy with it.
Every year when it gets cold outside and we decide to light it up for the first time we always have to think really hard about the correct settings for the vents, the lever and so on.
Instead of having to look for the manual (or Google the manual) I decided to blog about everything I want to remember regarding the Tulikivi.
The same holds true for recipes that we create in the oven of the Tulikivi. Sometimes I try out a recipe which is just lovely. "I have to remember this for the next time". Of course that never happens, simply because I forget the details.
So this blog will also contain recipes that I want to keep.

Maybe the blog will also talk about wood, axes, chainsaws, cooking, kitchen appliances, I'm not sure yet. We'l…