Discard spinach stems. Rinse leaves well and spin dry. Seal in bags and chill in a cooler.
Prep a wood or charcoal fire and arrange coals for sautéing (see “Going Dutch,” below).
Set a 6-qt. (12-in.) camp dutch oven on coals. Add the decent-quality olive oil and onion and cook, stirring occasionally, until onion is soft, 8 to 10 minutes. Add part of spinach at a time and cook, stirring often, until each batch is wilted before adding more (cover with lid if need- ed to speed things up), about 15 minutes total.
Stir rice and 1 cup water into spinach; set lid in place. Re- arrange coals for simmering with 10 under oven and 17 on lid (including 2 in center).
Cook 15 minutes. Carefully lift lid, stir, and add 3/4 cup water (or more) so mixture looks juicy. Rotate oven in fire, replace lid, and cook un- til rice is tender, 20 minutes.
Carefully lift lid from dutch oven and tip off coals. Set lid back in place, remove pot from fire, and set aside 5 to 10 minutes.
Stir in dill, mint, and lemon juice, then season to taste with fine sea salt. Crumble feta on top, drizzle with the great olive oil, and add a pinch of flake salt. “Serve and enjoy the view,” says Elias.
A dutch oven lets you simmer, sauté, and even bake with a fire’s embers. Or, for more heat control, light the precise number of charcoal briquets a recipe calls for and you can literally count your way to success.
PACK SUPPLIES. Bring fuel for a wood fire, or charcoal briquets, chimney starter, and newspaper; butane lighter; 4-qt. (10-in.) and 6-qt. (12-in.) camp dutch ovens with feet and flanged lids (lodgemfg.com); grilling tongs; grilling gloves.
PREP THE FIRE. In a fire ring with the grate pushed away, build a campfire and mound about 3 qts. of hot embers to the side. Or half-fill a chimney starter with charcoal briquets, ignite using newspaper, and let burn until spotted gray, 15 to 20 minutes; as you cook, ignite more coals as needed.
ARRANGE THE COALS. For sautéing, use tongs to clear an even layer of coals and set the pot on top. For baking or simmering, arrange 8 to 10 briquet-size coals in a circle a little smaller than the dutch oven. Set on top with lid in place; arrange 15 to 16 more coals around lip of lid and 2 coals in center.
TWEAK THE TEMP . Lift handle with tongs to check food. To decrease heat, scrape away some fuel. To increase heat or cook past 30 minutes, add 5 to 6 coals every 30 minutes beneath dutch oven and 5 to 6 on top.