How to Cook With...Lava (Our First Lava Recipe Ever!)

This has got to be the most unique cooking method I have ever seen. Hot flowing lava might be dangerous, but it can provide an excellent heat source for cooking food. Most of us will likely never have the opportunity to cook over lava ourselves. I think if I was ever in proximity to a volcanic eruption I probably would not be thinking about cooking. However, if we are lucky, perhaps this trend might catch on at some restaurants that might offer displays of their lava cooking techniques for patrons. But you might want to stay away from the front row seats.

Fortunately, lava flows slowly enough that if you ever were caught in the path of a flowing volcano you would likely be able to escape the lava flow before it reached you. However, a number of towns have been destroyed or damaged by lava flows over the years in places like Hawaii, Samoa, Mexico, Iceland, Italy and the Philippines.

A relatively young volcano called the Tseax Cone exists in northern British Columbia, Canada. It has been active twice in the past several hundred years. An eruption in the eighteenth century resulted in the destruction of the First Nations villages Lax Ksiluux and Wii Lax K'abit when they were both buried by lava flows. It is estimated that approximately two thousand people were killed in this tragic natural disaster. A memorial provincial park site was established by the Nisga'a band and the province in 1992. A number of reminders of the lava flows of the past still exist at this site. Formations such as tree casts, lava tubes, cinder cones and a lava-damned lake can be viewed when hiking the trails of old growth forest in this unique and special park site.

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