Last updated 2nd May 2017
Cooking on the Aga at Erw Wen
An Aga Cooker
The Aga in Erw Wen runs on gas. It is constantly hot and needs little, if any, attention. Those that know about Agas think that there is no other way to cook. They are ideal for meals such as soups, casseroles and roasts. There are roasting pans, large Le Creuset casseroles and frying pans and skillets, so you are very well equipped to cook for the large numbers that Erw Wen can sleep. Animals love to curl up next to it and it is invaluable for drying and airing clothing, towels etc.
Cooking The top oven is the hot one, used for most cooking. The lower is cooler and is used for slow cooking and can be used for warming plates and other dishes. There are two large hot plates. The left hand plate is the really HOT one and the right hand one is less fierce - for simmering. Up to three pans at once can be placed on the hot plates. You can also do toast on the hotter plate, using the wire mesh ‘racquets’, although there is an electric toaster if you prefer.
Cookbook There is a Mary Berry Aga Cookbook with plenty of recipes for you to try.
History The original Aga was a Swedish design introduced to the UK about 80 years ago. It remains outstanding in its ability to cook food with better taste and flavour. This is a stove that has become a legend in its own right. The story begins in 1922 when a Dr. Gustaf Dalen, a world renowned Swedish physicist and Nobel Prize Winner, lost his sight following an explosion during an experiment with pressurised liquids and gases. He was now housebound and realised his wife was exhausted by the constant need to care for and watch over food as it was cooked. Although unable to see, he was determined to develop a stove that was easy to use, and which also produced good results. Adopting the established principle of heat storage, he combined a solid fuel heat source, two large hotplates and two generous ovens into one robust and compact unit -- the AGA Cooker. By the standards of the day the Aga represented a very efficient use of energy!