In the mood for stew!

I made a wonderful Colombian stew called Sancocho. I decided to make it after watching Anthony Bourdain’s No Reservations Dominican Republic episode:

After watching the show, I was on a mission to make sancocho, but the recipe I found happened to be Colombian.  Now, I am going to post the link to the recipe, but I made a lot of substitutions based on economics, season and availability:

Recipe: Colombian Sancocho

Sit tight because I made a ton of substitutions, deletions and additions:

Tomatoes – I forgot to buy them, so I just poured in leftover salsa

Cassava – I substituted it with jewel yams.

Cilantro – I didn’t want to buy any, so I just added Goya Sazon and Oregano for flavor


Kale – I just wanted to add something green

Leftover dumpling dough from the Trini dumplings – I didn’t want the leftover dough to go to waste


Corn – I didn’t want to buy any canned or frozen corn because I just wanted to save a some money and use whatever I had left in my fridge.

Here is the picture!



I have eaten most of it, as my roommate isn’t interested in eating any of it.  I have already run out of chicken!  Eeek!

To clean up afterwards, I used Melaleuca Tough and Tender all purpose cleaner and Melaleuca Sol-u-guard to sanitize the area.  Dishwashing was more pleasant because it smelled like Apple Jolly Ranchers when I used Melaleuca Lemon Brite Apple Scented hand dishwashing liquid!  After all of that cleaning up, I used Melaleuca Renew lotion to make sure that my hands don’t get too dry!  It is always nice to have products I like that aren’t harsh on my skin so it makes cleaning a little bit more tolerable.

Now if you’ll excuse me, I have some dishes to wash.



Texas Carne Guisada

Last week, I made a very delicious stew with skirt steak, canned tomatoes and dumplings.  Here is where I got the following recipes:

South Texas Carne Guisada 

Trinidadian Style Dumplings 

A few days before I made the Carne Guisada, I wanted to make sure my skirt steak was extra tender.  When I was looking throughout the internet for marinating ideas, I found this link.

Here were the ingredients I used:  1) 1 cup of fresh squeezed orange juice 2) soy sauce to taste  3) Frontera Grill Habanero Salsa

I read that the citrus helped tenderize the meat more quickly and I just like soy sauce.  I also had quite a bit of salsa sitting in my fridge, so I thought it would marry well with the flavors of soy sauce and orange juice.  Here are the pictures of the steps.

#1 – I had a ton of oranges left at home.


2. I just cut the oranges in half and put some muscle into my rarely used citrus juicer.


3. I mixed the juice with salsa and soy sauce to taste.


4. I  cut the skirt steak into cubed pieces and I let it marinate in the fridge for a couple of days.  It probably would have been fine to start cooking it after a few hours, but I didn’t get around to cooking it until a couple of days later.

Now here is a picture of the Texas Carne Guisada I made with the dumplings.


I added the dumplings into the simmering stew when there was about 10 minutes left.

After cooking…….Clean up …….

I love cooking and baking more than eating out, even though I am single and I mainly feed myself and occasionally my roommate/brother.  However, cleaning up – especially after handling raw meat can be quite a bear.  After learning that Lysol contains carcinogenic toxins, I decided to use a non-toxic, pleasant smelling, equally as effective product called Melaleuca Sol-u-Guard.  It has made cleaning up a lot more pleasant!

Melaleuca Sol-U-Guard is not sold in stores or by independent distributors, but I can show you where I get it and how I am able to save money and time! Have a wonderful Monday and I look forward to posting soon!