DO NOT PREHEAT YOUR OVEN WHEN USING CLAY COOKING VESSELS.
This is a cheap and easy method of an ancient cooking technique known as clay pot cooking using a common terra cotta flowerpot and saucer. You can spend over $100 on a clay cooker at a gourmet kitchen gadget store, or about $20 at a garden supply. You choose. Some of you may already have the pot lying in your yard, garage or shed. Once you try this you will probably be cooking all kinds of things in it! N
First find (or buy) a large 12-14 inch diameter UNGLAZED pot and saucer. Clean any loose dirt off by scrubbing with hot water, but NEVER use soap on unglazed terra cotta. The taste will never leave.
Step 1: Soak the Pot
Soak the pot and saucer in cool water for at least 15 minutes prior to putting it in the oven. Prepare all your food before and during the soak, so you can quickly fill it and put it in the oven Your oven MUST be cold when you begin or the rapid change in temp may crack your clay pot. Let the pot heat up gradually with the oven.
Step 2: Prepare vegetables.
Chop your vegetables while the pot is soaking. You can use whatever you like for this, root vegetables mixed with onions are always a nice base. This time I used leeks, bell peppers, garlic and red onions.
Step 3: More chopping.
Chop everything up and set aside. To avoid crying while chopping onions people suggest sucking on a piece of white bread, slicing under cool water, breathing through your nose... none of these work however, because it is a gas that is in the air coming in contact with your eyes, not the fine mist of onion juice going in your mouth or nose. Try wearing a gas mask, which can be purchased from most army supply stores.