Do you know how to make Coconut Milk or Rendered Pork at home?

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Clay cookware brings out natural flavors of food, so why chose canned and packaged ingredients if there are easy options to make at home? I never really thought of making my own Coconut Milk or Rendering Pork thinking they were too time consuming… but these two videos showed me how simple, more nutritious, food safe and better tasting these homemade steps can be to dramatically improve recipes. Hope you enjoy and feel the excitement I did when I tasted my first batch of  homemade Coconut Milk and Rendered Pork.

First Video stop…. Zarela,  a goddess of cooking! Highly recommend her site, cookbooks and  restaurants. Visit http://www.Zarela.com for a tremendous selection of tips and Latin recipes.  I was so happy to have found her video for Rendering Pork, it was very eye and artery opening… Just imagine doing the pork cooking in a clay casserole, it works great… fabulous for tamale making and any dish that asks for lard.

Many more great videos with Zarela at http://www.zarela.com
Also found this super easy and quick way to make Coconut milk at home at www.tropicaltraditions.com . This site also has a rich array of oils and natural foods for sale.Send me pictures of you making your own coconut milk and rendered pork in clay and I will post! nathalie@creativeclaycooking.comHappy Clay Cooking!Nathalie

Spicy Paprika Chicken Stew

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I like to think of this Paprika Chicken Stew as a comfort food for Spice lovers.This Spicy Paprika Chicken Stew was featured on the Dish Reality TV show Webisode #1 http://www.ellenandashleytv.com so if you would like to see my kitchen, meet the fabulous Ellen Gafney and Ashley Wood and watch this dish being made along with a Carrot Almond Soup and Goat Cheese tart please watch.

Gently roasted paprika and garlic are the key to the sauce and flavors in this main meat dish.

5 Tablespoon of Olive Oil

1 lb of skinless chicken breast and thighs but in bit size pieces.

3 to 4 Tablespoons of Hot Hungarian Paprika

1 teaspoon of salt and pepper

Chicken Broth 1 large onion chopped1 green pepper, half chopped fine and the other half in bite size chunks.1 red or yellow pepper, half chopped fine and the other half in bite size chunks.2 Tablespoons of flour

2 teaspoons of butter

In 2 Tablespoons of olive oil, saute over medium heat for about 5 min a lb of skinless and boneless chicken breasts and thighs cut into 1.5 inch pieces. A heated clay pot on the stove does this very nicely. Lighty brown all around and add 3 Tablespoons of Hot Hungarian Paprika (key ingredient) . Turn and coat the pieces of chicken in the paprika allowing the paprika to lightly toast in the olive oil. Add half a teaspoon of cayenne if you really like it spicy. Gently squeeze out the soft garlic meat of a roasted full head of garlic (chopped garlic can be substituted)  into the pan of sauteing chicken and paprika. Cook for about 4 min more, add another Tablespoon of olive oil heat for a min or two and then sift or sprinkly over the chicken about 2 Tablespoons of flour, cook for couple minutes more to get the flour blended and heated and set aside, covered to keep the moisture and flavor steaming in. The heat in the clay pan will keep cooking the contents of the pot slowly, so you might want to lightly stir once or twice.

In another pan… preferably a clay cooking pot because I love what it does for breaking down the vegetables softly and the clay works to make a very velvety  sauce, saute 1 chopped onion in 2  Tablespoons of oil. Saute slowly and let the onion completely break down to you have a caramely like sauce, you can speed this step up but the more you cook the onions the more complex the flavors of your dish will be. Chop finally half a red and half a green pepper. Cut the other half of each of the peppers in to medium chunks. We will save the chunks to add later. Combine with the cooked onions a half of the finely chopped green/red pepper mix and continue to saute. You will want to let these pepper onion ingredients get very soft. They are going to be a part of the smooth part of your paprika sauce.  Cook for about 10 min, more covered… longer time, slower the cook, lower the heat the better. Patience makes a great stew particularly in a clay pot. Add 2 cups of chicken broth and the chicken mixture, the larger green and red pepper chunks. 1 teaspoon of salt and black pepper.  Cover and simmer for 20 min. or as mentioned before Long, Slow, Low. In the last couple of minutes of cooking add 2 teaspoons of butter to add a nice gloss and flavor.

Vegeta (not recommended because of MSG content) can be used to give it a quick jolt of flavor and is a staple in many Slavik homes.

Serve immediately or reheat later. This recipe can be made and refridgerated a day in advance allowing the flavors to really develop.

Rice is my personal favorite side dish for this stew or boiled potatos could also be served to compliment this spicy chicken stew well.

Visit Ellen and Ashley’s website http://www.ellenandashleytv.com/

 

Priscilla’s Spinach Salad made in a La Chamba Bowl

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This is one of my favorite La Chamba ideas… so simple and yummy.  At the New York Gift Show Priscilla, was visiting the La Vida Verde booth and we were fortunate to get to catch her on video sharing her fabulous idea for a stove top to table top great Spinach Salad. Priscilla has been selling La Chamba in her festive, beautiful gallery called The Giraffe Gallery in Washington State.

5 Cups a lb of Fresh Spinach Leaves

3 Strips of Bacon cut up into pieces (Turkey bacon works fine here too).

3 Tablespoons of Olive Oil

2 Teaspoons of Balsamic Vinegar

Salt and Pepper to Taste

1 Minced Garlic Clove

1/2 chopped green or red pepper

Watch the video and enjoy!!!

My only change is start the bacon first in the pan. I cut the (turkey) bacon into small pieces and cook fully then add the other ingredients.
Here she is making it in a La Chamba large bowl, I make my Spinach salad in a La Chamba Wok which is equally successful.
I like how the clay lightly holds the heat and just ever so lightly wilt the Spinach Leaves.

Thank you Priscilla for your brilliant idea for making this Spinach Salad.

Visit her website, The Giraffe Gallery,  for some more culinary treasures and check out the other Creative Clay Cooking blog entry “Can You grill a steak in a clay pan?” she helped inspire with her special  Giraffe Salt blend.

Please share your favorite recipes and experience cooking with clay cookware from around the world.