Things I've made in the La Chamba
Delicious Soups (a few, so far, and they all came out great, even though most of them were leftovers thrown together)
--Yeminite soup (Hawaaj spice mix, some frozen leftover soup from a few weeks ago, potatoes, some lima beans, and dill)
-Potato-zucchini soup (I even blended it in the pot, with fantastic results)
---1 onion, sauteed in a bit of olive oil. A few garlic cloves. 3 potatoes, 3 zucchinis. Salt, pepper, bay leaves, maybe a pinch of soup powder (peccavimus!) Cook. Puree.
-Two-Nut soup- Coconut/Butternut squash.
---Take 2 frozen blocks of butternut squash and unwrap into the pot. Open a can of coconut milk and add it to the pot with an equivalent volume of water or maybe slightly more. Add freshly ground black pepper, a few whole peppercorns, salt, cayenne pepper, and nutmeg. Boil. Thats it. It is supremely delectable.
Brown Jasmine Rice- which comes out deliciously separated and perfectly fluffy- I think the La Chamba clay conducts heat very slowly and evenly, making this the most perfect rice I have ever had the pleasure of cooking, and I've ruined a few pots of rice in my day.
Mark Bittman's famous no-knead bread!!! More on this exciting development later.