Österängen's Open Outdoor Kitchen (2020)


Fire Soup, Österängens Open Outdoor Kitchen. Photo: Erik Sjödin.

Österängen's Open Outdoor Kitchen is an outdoor kitchen with a combined wood fired cooking stove and charcoal grill. The kitchen can be used for traditional grilling but also for boiling and frying food over fire.

The purpose of the kitchen is to support diverse food culture, outdoor well-being and social interaction, and to remind of and inform about humanities long relationship to fire. The logs that function as seating are from locally grown trees that were scheduled to be cut for other reasons than for the kitchen. They allow various animals to find shelter and habitat and are therefore a small contribution to the areas biodiversity.

Fire Soup, Österängens Open Outdoor Kitchen. Photo: Erik Sjödin. Fire Soup, Österängens Open Outdoor Kitchen. Photo: Erik Sjödin.

The kitchen was quickly adopted by and integrated into the adjacent cultivation initiative and has also been successfully used by other residents in the area. During the opening of the kitchen there was a workshop where the participants cooked fire soup on the stove, baked stick bread on the grill, and talked about humans long and complex relationship to fire.

A fire soup is hot and spicy soup cooked over fire and consisting of primarily red, orange and yellow ingredients. The ingredients for the soup at the opening were harvested from the adjacent cultivations and included pumpkin, beets and carrots.

Österängens Open Outdoor Kitchen. Photo: Erik Sjödin. Österängens Open Outdoor Kitchen. Photo: Erik Sjödin.

At Österängen Konsthall there is a box that can be loaned for cooking activities in the kitchen. It includes soup bowls, a cooking pot and various other utensils for cooking and eating. The box also includes a handbook on basic fire safety and how to use the stove and grill. In the handbook there are also recipes for fire soup and stick bread as well as a short essay on humans, fire, and food. The handbook is available here as pdf (in Swedish).

Österängens Open Outdoor Kitchen. Photo: Erik Sjödin.

Thanks to Österängens Konsthall, Vätterhem, ÖK Kolonilott and Naturen tar över / Public Art Agency Sweden.