Saturday, August 16, 2014

Light and fluffy natural yeast sandwich bread

Natural yeast sandwich bread


This is my go to sandwich bread recipe 2 times a week!

Ingredients:
2 3/4 C flour + 1 1/4 C flour
2 tsp salt
1 C warm milk
2 Tb unsalted butter, melted
3 Tb honey
1/2 Cup natural yeast 
(more info on natural yeast can be found here )

1.  Mix 2 3/4 C of the flour and the salt in the bowl of a standing mixer fitted with a dough hook.  Mix the milk, butter, and honey in separate bowl.  Pour mixture into the 1/2 cup of natural yeast and mix until all the ingredients are well incorporated.  Turn the machine on low and add the liquid.  When the dough comes together, increase the speed to medium and mix for 5 minutes.  If the dough is still sticking to the sides of the bowl, add the remaining flour, one 1/8 cup at a time until the dough no longer sticks (you might not use all of the flour - it all depends on the humidity level in your home at the time).  Continue to mix until the dough is smooth and satiny, about 5 more minutes.
2.  Form dough into a ball, place in lightly oiled bowl, cover and allow to rise until double, (usually overnight in a warm place).  Punch out the air and form into a loaf. Place in a greased loaf pan, seam side down, cover and allow to rise until double, about 2 hours.
3.  Bake at 350°F for 35-40 minutes until golden brown all over and internal temperature is 180°F.  Remove bread from the pan, transfer to a wire rack and cool for at least 15 min before slicing.

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Sweet peach candy fruit rolls - only one ingredient!


Ingredients:
Peaches ... yep that's it!!

The secret is to roast the peaches to release their natural sugars before dehydrating them.  Here is how to do it:


  1. Preheat oven to 375.  
  2. Slice peaches in half and remove pit.  Place peach halves pit side up in a glass baking dish.  Bake for 15min.  
  3. Switch the oven to broil.  Move the peaches under the broiler to roast for another 10 min (monitor peaches so they don't burn - just looking for a light browning.)
  4. Carefully remove the roasted peaches from the oven and let rest for 10 min.  (The pit cavity might fill with peach juices 
  5. Puree the peaches in a food processor or blender until smooth.  
  6. Spread the puree onto a dehydrator tray that has the fruit leather liner (smaller holes so the puree will not fall through).  use an offset spatula or the back of a spoon to smooth out the puree into an even layer (about 1/4 inch in thickness). 
  7. Set the dehydrator to 140°F and allow the fruit to dry for 8 to 10 hours.
  8. Peel the fruit leather off of the tray and slice long strips with a pizza cutter.
  9. Roll strips and place in an airtight container for storage.

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Fire roasted tomatoes and easy tomato paste

Roasted Tomatoes

Roasting vegetables and fruit is a great way to bring out their naturally rich flavors.  Roasting tomatoes before adding them to a sauce or hot dish will intensify the flavors and take that sauce to a new level.  Here are three ways to roast tomatoes, and how to make a tomato paste from the roasted tomatoes. 




1 - Grill them...  Place the tomato right on the grate or in a grill basket.  When the tomato skin gets slightly charred flip the tomato to the opposite side and repeat.  This method will give you the most flavor and will add a slight smokiness to the tomato.

2 - Broil them ...  Arrange the tomatoes in a single layer on a cast iron pan or heavy cookie sheet.  Place the pan directly under the broiling flames or heating element.  Keep a close eye on them because this will only take a few minutes.  When the first side is slightly charred flip the tomatoes and repeat.

3- Sear them ... heat a heavy duty skillet or dutch oven to medium high heat.  Once the pan is hot add medium sized tomatoes.  Toss the tomatoes around with a spoon until desired char level is reached on the tomato's skin.

Quick and easy fire roasted tomato paste
This paste uses the sear method mentioned above.  
  • After the tomatoes have reached the desired char level turn down the heat to medium.  
  • Use a potato masher to smash each tomato.  
  • Add a pinch of salt and stir the tomatoes until the desired consistency is reached.  
  • Add 1/8 cup of cold water and stir for a few seconds - then remove the pan from the heat.  Stir the paste to incorporate all the "flavor" on the bottom of the pan.  
This paste can be used right away, canned or stored in the freezer (ice cube trays are a great way to freeze them).

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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Bone broth - liquid gold fountain of youth

I recently posted a picture on our Facebook page of a large pot of bone broth and received lots of questions.   Here are a few answers.

Bone broth is a nutrient, mineral and collagen rich broth that has a long list of health and beauty benefits.  To name a few - it aids in joint health, digestion,  building the immune system and is great for hair, skin and nails.  A cup a day in cooking or just to sip warm out of a mug is recommended.

Bone broth with rosemary and pink salt

Here is how I make mine.  (Note: you can use any kind of roasted bones for this broth.  I've tried it with beef, lamb and turkey as well)

Ingredients:

  • Roasted chicken (bones must be roasted for optimum benefits and taste)
  • Apple cider vinegar
  • Veggies (I use onions, carrots, celery, and garlic)
  • Bay leaves
  • Pepper corns
  • Salt
  • Chicken feet (cleaned, skinned and declawed, this is optional but they significantly increase the collagen)

Instructions:
  1. Roast a chicken for 75min at 350°F with salt/ pepper and whatever else we want to spice it with for dinner (last night I used it for onion chicken). 
  2. Pull off all the meat for dinner and put the bones in a large pot. Cover with cold water and 2 Tbls of apple cider vinegar and let it sit for 20 min. 
  3. While waiting prepare the veggies (I use onions, carrots, celery, and garlic). 
  4. Add veggies and throw in some bay leaves, pepper corns and salt. 
  5. If you also have the cleaned chicken feet throw them in there too (I know it sounds weird but the collagen boost is worth it!!). 
  6. Fill the pot with cool water and simmer on low for 12-24 hrs.  *Update* I now only use the crackpot for this recipe as it produces a richer more flavorful broth.  I start it on high for 6 hours and then let it run overnight on low for at least another 10hrs.


Large pot of bone broth that has been simmering for 16hrs 

After the broth is done cooking let cool and strain.  You can freeze, can and refrigerate this broth.  Consume one cup a day in cooking or just sip warm out of a mug.  Flavor with herbs, spices and salt/pepper when sipping it or using it in cooking.

Cheers to yummy health!

Farmer J's guacamole perfection

It's not taco nights on the farm without Farmer J's yummy guacamole dip.  When he makes this for guests I always hear the same thing "no thanks, I'm not a guacamole fan".  When they are convinced to take just one bite the entire bowl is suddenly empty lol



You will need:
2 ripe avocados
1 cup diced tomatoes (medium size)
1/2 cup chopped cilantro
1/2 cup finely diced red onion
Juice of 1 lime
Salt to taste
Potato masher

Using a knife slice all the way around the long edge of the avocados and twist the to halves appart.  Remove the pit and scoop out the avocado meat into a large bowl.   Add cilantro,  lime and salt then mash into a creamy consistency.   Add tomatoes and onion and stir.  Taste for salt and season as needed.

Note: If you like a little heat stir in a diced jalapeƱo.

So yummy!





Friday, July 25, 2014

Super easy homemade nut butter

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Here is what you will need.


• Food processor or blender
• 2 cups unsalted roasted peanuts (or any other nut - almonds, cashews,  and hazelnuts all work well)
• 2 Tbls raw honey
• Pinch of salt (optional - can add more or omit to taste)

Put roasted nuts in the food processor and pulse until nuts are in small chuncks.  Add honey and salt then puree until smooth.

Yeah - I couldn't believe it was that easy either!!  Enjoy :)
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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

How to ferment and save seeds

Seed fermenting 101

Last year I fermented some seeds as an experiment.  This year we planted those seeds and we're BLOWN AWAY!  The seeds had a 100% germination rate - yes, every single one sprouted and produced a very healthy strong and beautiful plant!  Here is why, what and how to ferment.

*other great resources are at the bottom of this article*

Why ferment?
Fermenting wet seeds will remove the gel coating from the seed that prevent it from germinating.  It is also helps you weed out the non viable seeds.  Saving your own seeds will also strengthen the seeds year over year and get the seeds better acclimated to your environment.

What to ferment?
Wet seeds (such as tomato or squash) are the only candidates for fermentation.  Seeds that do not originate in a wet environment will naturally dry out for use in the following year.
Choose the best fruit from the strongest plant.  That will give you similar plants the following year.

How to ferment?
1) Select fruit from a healthy strong plant.  The fruit/veggie you select should be the best one on your plant - no imperfections if possible.

2)  Scoop or squeeze out the pulp and seeds.

3)  Place pulp and seeds in a jar.  Add filtered water, the ratio is one part pulp and seeds to three parts water.


4)  Place in a warm place with a loose lid.  The lid is only there to keep bugs out and the smell in.

5)  After a 5-7 days the viable seeds will sink and the bad seeds and most of the pulp will float.   Pour off the bad seeds and pulp that rose to the top (and any white film that may have formed).

6)  Rinse the remaining viable seeds .


7)  Place seeds on a flour sack cloth or paper towel to dry compleatly. (1-2 days)

8)  Store seeds in dark paper envelope labeled with the seed name/type and year.  Store in a cool dry place for next season.

Other great resources:
Seed to seed (book)
I will add more to this list as I find them!

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Friday, July 11, 2014

Veggie lo mein with homemade noodles

Our Chinese NON-take out veggie lo mein was kicked up a notch with homemade noodles.


Here is the recipe:

Noodles:
1 Cup semolina flour
1 Cup all purpose flour
2 large eggs
1/2 teaspoon salt
Water (if needed to get the proper consistency)

Lo mein:
1 lb snow peas
2 cups of shredded cabbage
2 tablespoons freshly grated grated
4-5 cloves garlic chopped
3 tablespoons vegetable oil
2 tablespoons soy sauce
Bean sprouts (optional)
Sesame oil (optional)

To make the noodles mix the two cups of flour with the salt.  Add the eggs and knead into a dough.  If the dough is too dry add a little bit of water knead it in.

If you have a pasta roller run the noodles through the press on the highest setting 10 times, (folding over the noodle and running it through again).  Then decrease the setting by one notch and run the dough through again.  Repeat until you reach the desired thickness.   Then run the dough through the spaghetti cutter.

If you don't have a pasta roller you can roll the noodles out using a rolling pin.  When you get the dough to the desired thickness flour the dough and roll it.  You can then cut the roll into thin disks and unroll it.   It will unroll into noodles.

Boil noodles until al dente.  (This will only take a few minutes so don't walk away!)

For the lo mein:
Place a pan or wok on high heat.  In the hot pan or wok, add vegetable oil. It will smoke lightly.  Add the peas, and toss for 1 minute. Add the garlic and ginger then toss for 1 minute.  Add the rest of the vegetables, noodles, and soy sauce.  Toss for 2 minutes.  Quickly remove the mixture from the pan and place it in a serving dish.  Drizzle sesame oil over the hot lo mein for garnish.

This entire process took less than 20 minutes!!  Hope you love it as much as we did.





Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Homemade egg drop soup

We had Chinese NON-take out night the other night.  Here is a simple recipe we used for egg drop soup.

2 Cups chicken broth
1 tablespoon soy sauce
salt/pepper to taste
2 large eggs
chives for garnish

In a saucepan bring the chicken broth to a light simmer.  Add soy sauce and salt/pepper to taste.  In a separate cup whisk the eggs.  Stir the soup into slow vortex and slowly drizzle in the eggs.

Let the soup simmer for another few minutes and it is ready to serve.   Add chopped fresh chives to garnish.



Monday, June 16, 2014

Quick and yummy lentil pork chop soup

I was organizing my pantry and found a bag of dried lentils - it was great timing because we had leftover smoked pork chops from the night before ... so how about a lentil and pork chop soup?

It was DELICIOUS ... our guests thought so to and asked for the recipe!   So here it is :)

Ingredients:

2-3 pork chops diced
1 large onion diced
3 Tbls Olive oil
1 bag frozen chopped spinach (12-16 oz)
1 bag of dried lentils (2 lbs rinsed/sorted)
1 Tbls thyme
1/2 Tbls garlic powder
Salt/pepper to taste

•Saute onions and a pinch of salt and pepper in olive oil on medium heat in heavy stock pot.   Stir frequently until light brown and lightly caramelized (about 10min).

•Turn heat up to medium high and add in diced pork chops,  thyme,  garlic,  and another pinch of salt/pepper.  Until golden brown.

•Saute in spinach another pinch of salt/pepper until evenly incorporated.

•Add lentils and fill pot with water.  (The amount of water you add depends on how thick you like your soup.  I filled mine 3/4 full.)  Bring to a boil, cover and simmer on med low for 10min.  After 20 min taste the broth and add salt/pepper to taste (be careful it's very hot!).  Let simmer for another 40 min stirring occasionally.

That's it ... easy peasy lentil and pork chop soup!




Wednesday, June 11, 2014

"Fraked" chicken recipe

"Fraked" is a word we made up here on the farm to describe the perfect way to make fried chicken ... fry and bake it at the same time!!



Ingredients:

2-3 lbs Chicken pieces (however you like them - bone in or boneless,  skin or skinless)
2 large eggs
1/4 cup heavy cream
2 cups Flour
Panko (or Bread crumbs)
Salt and pepper to taste
Optional seasonings: Paprika, thyme (or poultry herb blend),  garlic powder, onion powder
Frying oil (canola or vegetable)
Roasting pan

Place all the chicken pieces on a cookie sheet and season well on both sides (I used all the optional seasonings listed but a simple salt and paper works well too).

In a flat bowl (something you can easily dip the chicken into) whisk the eggs and heavy cream together and set aside.

Now it's time to assemble the "breading station".  Make sure the bowls you use are flat enough to dip the chicken into.  It will look like an assembly line in this order:

Seasoned chicken --> Flour bowl --> Egg mixture bowl --> Panko bowl --> Clean cookie sheet

Working your way through the the line, pick up the chicken and dust it in the flour (both sides).  Shake of excess and dip it in the egg mixture,  let excess drip for a second and place in panko.  Place breaded chicken on cookie sheet.  Once breaded it is time to "Frake" the chicken.  The longer you let the breaded chicken rest the easier it is to fry it without loosing all the breading.  (I try to prepare the chicken in the morning and let it rest in the refrigerator before I fry it for a Saturday lunch but most days I only have 30 min to let it sit while I make the side dishes!)

Fill a high sided roasting pan with 1 inch frying oil.  Place in the oven at 450°F.  When the oil has reached 350° gently place the chicken in the oil and close the oven.




Flip once half way through cooking.   When chicken reaches 170°F pull it out of the oil and place it on a cooling rack to drain and cool slightly.

Use caution when working with hot oil - I used long heavy tongs to handle the meat.

And that's oven Fraked chicken ... I hope you love it as much as we do!!

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

A Year supply of laundry detergent for under $13.00 and 5 minutes!!

It takes less than $13.00 and 5 minutes to make a batch of laundry detergent that will last you 12 months (240 loads of laundry).


I find it easier to mix a 6 month supply at a time ... so here is what you will need for a 120 load supply:

4lb box of Borax
3lb 7oz box of washing soda
1 Fals-naptha bar
Cheese grater

Instructions:
In a large bucket with a lid (I use a 3 gallon) pour in washing soda and borax. Grate the Naptha bar into the bucket. Put the lid on tightly and shake to combine.

That’s it … you now have very effective laundry detergent for 6 months and it cost you less than $6.50 to make it!!

Use 2 Tablespoons per load of laundry.

Sunday, June 8, 2014

Clean your microwave using lemon scraps!

Clean your microwave the easy, chemical free way!


We use LOTS of lemons around here!!  A great way to use leftover lemon rinds is to clean the microwave.

Fill a heat resistant glass container with water and the lemon rind.  Microwave on high for 8 min.  Leave the microwave door closed for another 2 minutes giving the steam time to work the baked on gunk loose.  Wipe down with clean towel ... it'll come right off!!

Before:



After:


Once you try it, it'll be the only way you clean your microwave ... at least that's what happened at our house :)

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Farmer J's perfect strawberry lemonade!

The perfect strawberry lemonade!

My hubby makes the BEST fresh lemonade.   When we had an abundance of strawberries I decided to add pureed strawberries to his recipe.  It was delicious!!  Here is the recipe ...

Ingredients:
4 washed medium-sized organic lemons (halved)
1/2 cup sugar
1 cup of warm water
2 cups of pureed strawberries
Ice
Filtered water

In a 2.5 quart jug squeeze the lemon halves and drop the rind in the jug with the lemon juice.  Mix the sugar and warm water together until completely dissolved and add mixture to jug.
Add pureed strawberries and stir the mixture.
Then fill the jug with ice and add filtered water.  Stir mixture again and serve.


Monday, June 2, 2014

Gooey Cinnamon rolls using natural yeast

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Gooey Cinnimon Rolls Using Natural Yeast

Now that we have this lifetime supply of FREE yeasthomemade vanilla extract and easy to make cream cheese what are we going to do with all of it ... well I'm a sucker for a gooey fluffy cinnamon roll so let's do that first!

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Gooey Cinnamon rolls using natural yeast


INGREDIENTS
  • 2 cups Whole Milk
  • ½ cup Butter
  • ½ cup Sugar
  • ½ cup yeast starter (find out how to make it here)
  • 4 cups All-purpose Flour + 1 Cup
  • ½ teaspoon Baking Powder
  • ½ teaspoon Baking Soda
  • ½ Tablespoon Salt
FILLING
  • 2 Tabelspoons Butter (melted)
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons cinnamon 
  • 1 teaspoon cloves
  • ½ teaspoon nutmeg
CREAM CHEESE FROSTING:

Mix Whole Milk, butter, and Sugar in a pan. Bring to a 180°F. (You are just scalding the milk here. If you boil it you went too far, it will curdle the milk.) Remove from the heat and let it cool until warm (110°F).

Bringing milk mixture up to 180°F

Getting the natural yeast ready while waiting for milk mixture to cool to 110°F

Put mixture in a mixing bowl and add the natural Yeast starter.  (I now switched to my stand mixer and used a dough hook but you can stick with the mixing bowl and spatula if you don't have one).  Add 4 cups flour, Baking Powder, Baking Soda, and Salt.  This mixture will be very sticky, that's normal.  Cover the bowl (I used a glass pot lid) that let rise for 6-12 hours (until doubled). After it has risen, turn out to a floured surface and add 1 more cup flour while kneading it all in.

Combine filling mixture and set aside.


Adding cloves and nutmeg to the classic brown sugar and cinnamon mixture.
Roll dough into into a rectangle.  Cover with a thin layer of melted butter, sprinkle liberally with filling mixture.


Starting with the long side away from you, roll the dough up towards you. Fold the dough up and close the roll by pinching it together.



Now take a pastry cutter (or a sharp knife) and cut the roll in half.  Then cut the right half in half, and those 2 pieces in half until you have 4 equal pieces.  Repeat on the left half.  You will end up with 8 equal pieces. 



Place them in a greased pan without touching each other (giving them plenty of room to rise). 

Cover and let them rise about 1-2 hours (until they fill the pan).



and put them into the oven at 400 for about 15 minutes. 




Remove and cover with frosting!


Enjoy!!!

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Thursday, May 29, 2014

A lifetime supply of FREE yeast!! How to feed your yeast starter

My favorite part of making bread, gooey cinnamon rolls, or any other carbo-licious treat is seeing the yeast work to fluff up the dough.
Bread dough before rising with natural yeast

Bread dough after rising with natural yeast
Store bought (lab created) yeast is not good for you AND expensive!  A good natural yeast starter will last you generations ... and it's FREE.  (Click here if you need to start one from scratch)

As long as you feed your starter you will have free yeast.  If you keep your yeast starter in the refrigerator this will be every 2-3 days.  Here is how:

Once you pull out what you need for your recipe (1/2 cup for every 4-5 cups of flour) you will need to feed your starter.  It is an equal ratio of one part starter, one part filtered water, and one part flour.

I find it easier to put the starter in a measuring cup, then add an equal amount of filtered water and stir until combined.

Then pour the mixture back into the jar an add the flour.  Then stir to combine.   Move your market to mark where your starter is.   When it has bubbled and risen it is ready for use again.  When my yeast was running low I just feed it without using it for a recipe.

Here I had 1/4 cup of yeast left after I took out what I needed.  I added the 1/4 cup of water then poured it back into the jar.



I then added a 1/4 cup of flour.   And remarked my jar.

A few days later when my yeast was ready to feed again I added 3/4 cup water, then 3/4 cup flour.  I moved half of the starter to a clean jar and gave it to a friend :)

How to make a SWEET yeast starter!!

After many MANY failures I finally have an active yeast starter that makes fluffy slightly sweet bread.  We started making our own bread a few years ago but have always purchased the yeast.  This yeast starter will make bread indefinitely as long as we keep feeding it!  (Some have been around since the 1800s!)


This starter was made by fermenting organic unsweetened raisins.  You will need THREE ingredients. Filtered water, flour, and organic unsweetened raisins ...

Firmented raisin water:
▪ Mix 3 parts water to one part raisins in a mason jar for one day (at room temperature).
▪ Every morning open the lid, gently swirl the liquid and replace lid.
▪ Throughout the day shake the jar 2 more times with a lid on.
▪ After 6-7 days all the raisins will float to the top and you should hear the raisins and water mixture fizing (like a can of soda).

Yeast starter:
▪ In a clean mason jar stir 4 tablespoons of the fermented rasin water with 4 tablespoons of flour.
▪ When the mixture doubles in size stir in 8 tablespoons of filtered water and 8 tablespoon of flour.
▪ When the mixture doubles in size again you now have an active starter!!

To learn how to feed, use and store your yeast click HERE!

For the perfect natural yeast bread recipe click HERE!

An incredibly delicious gooey cinnamon roll recipe using natural yeast is posted HERE!

**3/1/2016 Update!!!**
I recently helped a reader work through her first starter too.  Here is the link, she has pictures of her process in the comments as we worked through it together :)

Hi there I was using your recipe for making my own bread starter and have a few questions. I've fermented the raisin...
Posted on Friday, February 26, 2016

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Quick Refrigerator Pickle Recipe

Quick Refrigerator Pickle Recipe


I've gotten lots of requests for the refrigerator pickle recipe on the Facebook page (www.facebook.com/MiniSliceOfFarm)  ... So here it is!  Enjoy!!

3/4 cup white vinegar
3/4 cup water
1/2 cup sugar (or honey)
1 teaspoons celery seed
1 teaspoon salt

4 medium sliced cucumber
1 small onion, thinly sliced

Place sliced cucumber, onions and celery seed in a large container. In a separate bowl, stir vinegar, sugar, water and salt together until dissolved. Pour liquid over cucumber and onions.  I put a small glass (like a shot glass) on the top to push the cucumbers and onions down before closing the lid.  Refrigerate for 5 to 7 days - lasts about 3 months.

It almost seems too easy doesn't it? :)  Trust me those 5 to 7 days of waiting will be torture lol!!  But the longer you wait the yummier they get.

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Chicken and mushrooms in fire roasted tomato sauce

Growing up we ate a lot of sauce over rice dishes.  I have many favorites but this one tops the list.  I now make a double batch and can half of it for a quick lunch or dinner option!

What you will need:
  • 1 large onion diced
  • 24 oz sliced mushrooms
  • 2 large green bell peppers diced
  • 2 large cloves of garlic grated (or finely diced)
  • 48 oz (3lbs) fire roasted diced tomatoes
  • One whole chicken cut up
  • 2 tsp each:
    • Italian herbs
    • dried thyme
    • garlic powder
    • onion powder
    • garlic powder
    • paprika
    • Salt and pepper to taste
Instructions:
  1. In a large heavy pot (I use a big dutch oven) saute the onion with a smsll pinch of salt and pepper on med/high until translucent.
  2. Add green bell peppers with another small pinch of salt and pepper and saute for another 5 minutes.
  3. Add mushrooms and greated garlic with another small pinch of salt and pepper until the water is released from the mushrooms and re absorbed (about 10min).
  4. Add chicken with salt and pepper.  Stir mixture around for 5 min then add all the rest of the herbs and spices.
  5. Add the tomatoes and 1/2 cup of water.  Stir the mixture to incorporate everything well. Bring to a bubble then reduce heat, cover the pot, and let simmer for 90 minutes stirring occasionally.
  6. Serve over a bed of white or brown rice.  photo I have of this recipe is after I canned a batch.  I will take some next time I make this dish and post them for your reference :)