Our respective gaggle of children aged between 5 and 10, were all very excited and even I, wearing several layers and keeping my fingers crossed for dry weather, got into the spirit of things. My children even wore their home-made hats as you can see in the above photo.
Camp-fires are not really anything new, but we tried a few experiments this time which all added to the fun. The first one was Bread sticks. Essentially you make up a bread dough, break off a thin branch from a tree, strip it of its bark so the green wood is showing and mould the bread dough around the stick. The next step is to hold it in the heat of the fire so it cooks. Result : a sort of long dough ball on a stick. Mr Forward brought garlic butter which made this snack absolutely delicious, hid the slight tinge of ash, and upped the middle class credentials no end.
My American friends will know all about s'mores but they are not exactly a national dish in the UK, perhaps because it is quite difficult to translate the ingredients into things we can actually buy at Asda. Graham crackers, for example. We don't know what they are but, having read "Living Simply", I believe our closest equivalent is digestive biscuits. Toasting marshmallows was not a challenge but getting the chocolate to melt without running everywhere, and the whole thing to stick together...put it this way, we needed an American on the scene to show us the art of the s'more. Ed Norton would've done.