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There's no question that barbecues belong to summer, but the end of the warm weather doesn't mean you have to stop eating outdoors. Instead, pack up the barbie and try one of the new breed of outdoor ovens on the market.

We asked chef James Coleman from the award-winning Rocket Cafe in Northland to test drive this Broady's Garden Oven, so he came up with these recipes for a cosy, outdoor winter dinner.

Being novices, we lit the Broady's mid-afternoon, thinking it'd take an age to heat up, but these clever cast iron models are almost as speedy as an outdoor oven.

Fuelled with kindling and a few small logs, it was up to temperature in less than half and hour. Everything cooked beautifully, and when dinner was (sadly) over, a few more logs gave us an outdoor fire for the rest of the evening.

Breads pizzas and pastries are fabulous cooked this way, and we've sinced discovered the Broady's also excels itself with slow roasted tomatoes (in fact roast anything), casseroles and stewed fruit puds.

 

Once upon a time, the kitchen was more than a room where meals were made. It was the original family room, and in the country kitchen the heart of the room was the wood-burning cooker