I've found a lovely recipe for tomato pasta sauce, where you halve roma tomatoes, put them in a chinese steamer, and put them in a pot which has a handful of wood shavings in it. Then you put on the lid and smoke the tomatoes for 15 minutes before making the sauce.
Now, I've experimented in the past with smoked fish, where the wood shavings were replaced by a handful of uncooked rice and some jasmine tea. While the fish tasted great, it ruined the pot - the rice and tea formed a rock-hard black layer that I couldn't scrub or soak off.
Now, has anyone done this with wood shavings as described above? I'd love to give it a try, but I worry that it will scorch/burn the bottom of my pot. Or do wood shavings smoke more cleanly than uncooked rice?
Perhaps I should line the pot with aluminium... although my boyfriend's worried it would give off toxins if the heat got really high.