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Buffalo wings

If you are like me, you have probably wondered why buffalo wings are so named. (When I first heard of them, I pictured a buffalo with wings!) Well, I went digging to find out more about these delicious spicy chicken morsels and, apparently, the name comes

from the town of Buffalo in New York, where they were first created. So, now we have

that out of the way, let’s get into the real delight of creating these wings at home.

BUFFALO WINGS

Serves 4

1.2 kg chicken wings

coconut oil, for deep-frying

120 g tapioca flour

sea salt and freshly ground black pepper

150 ml Hot Sauce (see recipe below)

Marinade

80 ml (1/2 cup) melted Smoked Lard (see recipe below) or duck fat

1 teaspoon ground cumin

1 teaspoon garlic powder

1 teaspoon onion powder

2 teaspoons finely grated ginger

1 tablespoon smoked paprika

1 tablespoon honey

1 ½ tablespoons apple cider vinegar

½ teaspoon fine sea salt

1 pinch of freshly ground black pepper

Combine the marinade ingredients in a large bowl and whisk together well.

Toss the wings in the marinade and turn to coat well. Cover and marinate in the fridge for 2 hours or, for best results, overnight. Heat the coconut oil in a wok or large saucepan to 160°C. (To test, drop a small piece of chicken into the oil – if it starts to bubble around the chicken immediately, the oil is ready.)

Place the tapioca flour in a shallow bowl and season with salt and pepper. One at a time, add the chicken wings, turn to coat and shake well to dust off any excess flour.

Carefully add the wings in batches to the hot oil and deep-fry for 6–6 ½ minutes until cooked through and golden. Remove with a slotted spoon and place on paper towel to drain.

Season with salt and pepper.

Transfer the wings to a bowl, pour over the hot sauce and toss the chicken to evenly coat.

Arrange the buffalo wings on a platter and serve.

HOT SAUCE

Makes 500 ml

2 tablespoons coconut oil or good-quality animal fat

1 onion, finely chopped

6 long red chillies, chopped

2–3 habanero chillies, deseeded and chopped

4 garlic cloves, finely chopped

3 tomatoes, chopped

200 ml apple cider vinegar

2 teaspoons sea salt

1 tablespoon honey

2 tablespoons tamari or coconut aminos

Heat the coconut oil or animal fat in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add the onion,

chillies and garlic and cook for 5 minutes, or until softened. Reduce the heat to medium–low, then stir in the tomato, vinegar, salt, honey, tamari or coconut aminos and 3 tablespoons of water.

Simmer, stirring occasionally, for about 30 minutes until the tomato breaks down and the flavour develops. Allow to cool.

Transfer the tomato and chilli mixture to a blender and blend until smooth. Strain through a fine sieve, if desired, discarding the leftover pulp.

Pour the hot sauce into glass jars with screw-top lids and store in the fridge for up to 1 month.

SMOKED LARD

Makes 500 g–1 kg

500 g–1 kg lard 

1 kg hickory or apple wood chips, soaked in water for 1–2 hours, drained

Place the lard in a roasting tin.

Divide the soaked wood chips between two aluminium barbecue trays. Place one tray under

the barbecue grill grates, directly on the heat source, in a far corner. Set the other tray aside.

Turn all the barbecue burners to high, cover with the lid and preheat to 180–200°C. At this

stage the wood chips will begin to smoke.

Turn off the middle burners and allow the temperature to drop to 100°C. Quickly place the lard on the middle grate, away from the heat, then close the lid. Reduce the other

burners to low and maintain the heat at no higher than 100°C. Smoke the lard for 3 hours,

switching the barbecue trays when the smoke starts to die down (halfway through the

process). You may notice that the wood chips turn to ash – this is the signal to change trays.

Remove the melted smoked lard from the barbecue and pour into a heatproof bowl.

Cool and store in an airtight glass jar in the fridge for up to 1 month or freeze for up to

6 months.

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Simple Pâté

4-8 servings

12-16 ounces liver (chicken is more mild)

8 ounces bacon (beef or pork)

1/2 cup tallow, plus more if using fat to seal 

1 1/2 tsp salt

1 tsp thyme

1 tsp garlic

2 whole eggs, whisked

Saute bacon on medium heat in a cast iron pan, a regular pan works, too.

After a few minutes of sauteing add liver and cook until still pink inside.

Melt tallow.

Blend in everything, except eggs, in a blender or with a hand mixer.

As you are blending everything, pour in the eggs. Do not stop blending or else the eggs will scramble. 

Blend until smooth.

Store in jars.

*Optional – seal top of jars with extra melted fat to prevent oxidation*

Let chill to firm up and to let the flavors meld together.

Eat cold, spread some on a burger or cheese crisps.

Or eat hot! Once firm and cooled down, you can also re-fry this to make a rendition of refried beans! 

Just scoop some into a hot greased pan, let sear, flip and sear again. You’d be amazed at how similar it tastes when you eat with taco meat!

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Tamales

Tamale:

12 ounces cooked chicken, seasoned

1 whole egg

2 ounces tallow or fat of choice, melted

¼ tsp baking soda

 

Filling:

Use your own combination of sliced cheeses and already cooked meats. Ex: sliced steak, sliced chorizo sausage, chicken fajitas, etc.

Shredded cheese and crumbled meats do not work well with this recipe, they just make a big mess, but if you cook your ground beef into a patty that works a lot better.

 

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

In your blender or food processor add chicken & baking soda and begin to blend with melted tallow.

Add in the egg while the blender is on.

Let your “dough” chill covered in the fridge until firm. (About 1-2 hours, or overnight)

 

Using a large piece of parchment paper, spread half of the batter in the middle in a rectangle shape about 1 inch thick.

Layer your slice of cheese and sliced meat in the center of the batter.

Using the parchment paper, carefully wrap the meat and cheese with the batter. Folding the parchment into the shape of your fillings. Fold in the last 2 flaps underneath the tamale to hold it closed.

Place on a sheet pan and bake for about 20 minutes. Let cool 3-5 minutes and unwrap the parchment paper.