One of the fun things about a campfire is the experiments that you can explore while you sit around it. I’ve witnessed some pyro-type activities on different occasions, but my interest in firecraft leans more toward practical uses such as heating, signaling and cooking. At one of my day-long exhibitions, I had cooked a hoe-cake on a trowel, and then, having run out of rice which I normally cook in a bamboo segment, I poached an egg in water instead. Then I wondered… if I had no vessel to cook with, how could I cook an egg? Although eggs are normally cooked by frying or boiling, I wondered if they could be roasted as well.
Remembering an explosive cooking incident in my microwave, I knew that pressure would build up inside when heated so I punctured a few holes in the shell and then set the egg on top of ash covered coals. I occasionally turned the egg during the roasting process to evenly cook the innards. The photo shows the results… perfecto! Can you imagine roasting an ostrich egg?