Saturday, June 12, 2010

1 Year Blogiversary! Ceramic Chicken Cooker Giveaway.


 When Jerry and Jerry of Early Morning Pottery contacted me about giving away some of there fabulous ceramic chicken cookers, I was stoked. Ever since we got one of these from Paula Wolfert for our anniversary a year ago, I've been a chicken roasting fool. One of the things that the two Jerrys mentioned to me was that besides all the other ways one can cook a chicken with their roaster , it would also work as a tandoor.
A home tandoor oven is my holy grail. I've lusted after them in online shops and fantasized where I'd put one  on our property. The one thing holding me back is the fact that we live on a woodsy hilltop in Wine Country and it gets very, very, very dry up here in the summers. Everyone is very fire safe and we keep a close eye out for sparks. Most of the grilling on our hill is done on large gas grills in cleared areas. It was one of the first things the neighbors explained to us when we moved up here. No flames. No how. No way.
 So after grilling my tandoori chicken over charcoal for many years in Santa Monica and over a gas grill in Sonoma, the idea of trying it in the oven using one of those nifty cookers seemed like an interesting challenge.
 First, I tried it my way using the marinade recipe I'd used for 20 years...it wasn't pretty.  In fact those pictures will never see the light of day. Then I thought, Kathy you rebel, the Two Jerrys have a recipe on their website for a reason. Why don't you just follow their directions, after all, it it is their cooker. What a novel idea!
 So I did and this is what I got!
 The chicken started out looking a little Pepto-Bismolly since I was toying with food coloring instead of the small vial of ground red powder I usually have from the Indian Market.


But, the colors settled while roasting, fortunately.
Happy chicken Happy wife!

I'm used to cooking tandoori chicken in skinned pieces. This chicken is marinated with the skin on and the spices and seasoning are different than my old recipe. But, following the Two Jerrys' website recipe, I had a beautifully cooked bird.
 I whipped up a cauliflower dish and some spicy kirbies (little pickling cucumbers) a bit of naan bread and it was lunch.


 The chicken turned out moist and tender.


I'll be posting the cauliflower recipe soon but I wanted to give you a look at how these Cookers work. If you want one, I'll be giving away 2 plus 1 set of Game Hen Cookers in a random drawing  on June 14th. To enter, just follow the bouncing rules.
About my Giveaway:
 Rule 1
 On Your Blog:  Post about The Colors Of Indian Cooking and this contest on your blog
or
On Twitter: Tweet about The Colors Of Indian Cooking. (Include @kathygori in your Tweet)
or
 On Facebook: Become a Fan of The Colors Of Indian Cooking Facebook Page and talk about it on your Facebook status.
or
   Become a follower of The Colors Of Indian Cooking
or
  Follow @kathygori on Twitter
 Rule 2
  Leave a comment on this blog with a link to your activity.
  That's it.
 Or
If you already follow, or tweet just leave a comment and let me know.
 Winners will be chose at random on June 14th .
 Good luck!

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