Episode 25 Show Notes

Raw Corn-less Tortillas with Special Guest Charles De Amor Clarke    

Intro:  Courtney…Courtney Uncooked. I’m Courtney Uncooked cause that’s how I like my food. The vitamins and the minerals, you know they all get through. Absorbed into the body so that nothing gets lost when you start eating raw of your health you’ll be the boss. Raw vegan for my health and you know that health is wealth. To help you stay your best, we will welcome special guests. So let’s go make a recipe and have lots of fun, your healthy living journey has just begun cause I’m Courtney…Courtney Uncooked. Courtney… Courtney Uncooked.

Courtney:  Hi, I’m Courtney Uncooked and this is my crazy friend Charles.

Charles:  Hey everybody.

Courtney:  I love Charles. He is probably one of the most positive guys I know. In fact, Charles recently cut his finger off and then posted pictures of himself in the emergency room, smiling and doing a thumbs up because nothing can bring him down. Charles, what is your secret?

Charles:  Salsa.

Courtney:  Salsa!

Charles:  You got to get it in you.

Courtney:  And Charles is also known as the salsa king.

Charles:  Yeah, salsa.

Courtney:  He has his own line of salsa, it is absolutely amazing. But he doesn’t just make salsa, he has a landscaping business where he doesn’t, you know, just cut grass. He, well, how do you describe what you do?

Charles:  They’re Architecturally designed masterpieces, garden sanctuaries that make your home like a botanical gardens guaranteed.

Courtney:  A botanical gardener. That’s what you are. Okay so…

Charles:  All day we can put botanical gardens in your yard. Just give me a call.

Courtney:  If you want your house to look like the botanical gardens, give Charles a call.

Charles:  For sure.

Courtney:  If you want the salsa, give Charles a call.

Courtney:  There you go.

Courtney:  If you want someone to play music for your wedding or event, give Charles a call. There’s like nothing This guy can’t do.

Charles:  That’s right.

Courtney:  And he has such a positive attitude, but Charles, how did you get into salsa? To like…

Charles:  I was raised in my grandmother’s restaurant business.

Courtney:  Okay.

Charles:  And so basically I was raised with a silver spoon in my mouth.

Courtney:  Said no one ever, so you’re admitting that?

Charles:  And no one ever took it out. So now I become a master chef and I can pretty much cook any menu item on any restaurant in this entire town and I guarantee you it’ll be the best you ever had. Promise.

Courtney:  Is that a challenge Charles?

Charles:  That’s a challenge, I always love a good challenge.

Courtney:  Charles is challenging you.

Charles:  Let’s have fun, lots of love. Cooking with love.

Courtney:  So, I know you love Mexican food.

Charles:  Yes.

Courtney:  So, I wanted to show you today how to make raw vegan tortilla shells or bake them or just dehydrate them just a little bit longer and we’re going to make raw vegan tortilla chips…

Charles:  Yummy.

Courtney:  And dip your salsa in it.

Charles:  Perfect, tortillas chips and salsa. That’s the best thing.

Courtney:  So, I know, I thought you would like that. And what’s crazy about these, have you made tortilla chips before? I’m sure you have.

Charles:  Very few, only tens of thousands.

Courtney:  But, have you ever made tortilla chips without corn?

Charles:  Never without corn.

Courtney:  Well, today is your lucky day my friend.

Charles:  Oh, good. I’m feeling lucky.

Courtney:  We’re going to make some tortillas with two cups of sunflower seeds and you definitely want to get raw organic sunflower seeds. And the reason they’re sticking is because I’ve soaked them. You always want to soak your seeds, and then strain them. So, we’ve got two cups there.

Charles:  There we are.

Courtney:  And then we’ve got two and a half cups of yellow bell peppers, which are going to help give it the nice, yellow flavor. And the reason we’re not using corn Charles is because a lot of people cannot tolerate corn.

Charles:  I see.

Courtney:  They love the way it tastes, but they just can’t digest it and they’re just not corn fans. So, that’s okay. They’re not even going to know that there’s no corn in here.

Charles:  They’re not livestock, they’re humans. I get it.

Courtney:  So, then we’re going to do a half of a yellow onion and it’s important that the onion is yellow to keep the color nice and yellow.

Charles:  Absolutely, yummy.

Courtney:  We’ve got two tablespoons of lime juice, which as you know, is what I use for deodorant.

Charles:  Excellent.

Courtney:  So I’ve got two tablespoons of my deodorant.

Charles:  Lots of Vitamin C ascorbic acid in that.

Courtney:  And then for our spices, you know, we’ve just got some onion powder, chili powder, cumin, some salt, some turmeric to give it that nice golden yellow color. And we’ll just dump that in there.

Charles:  Super healthy.

Courtney:  Alright.

Charles:  Herbal medicine is a… take a rise up.

Courtney:  And then we’ll just add a third of a cup of water. That’s it, Charles.

Charles:  That’s amazing.

Courtney:  Oh, and I appreciate you chopping everything for me.

Charles:  Oh, it’s my pleasure.

Courtney:  I know you love your knife so…

Charles:  Yeah, I mean, you know, it’s kind of like in life, you know, happy life, happy wife, happy knife.

Courtney:  Happy wife, life, knife.

Charles:  Wife comes first. Wife, life, knife. And then you can cook gourmet meals, five star, every night, which I do at my home. Guaranteed five stars meal every night. That’s just the way we roll.

Courtney:  I believe you. All right. So, we’re just going to blend this up.

Charles:  In Spanish in Mexico, this is called the masa.

Courtney:  What’s a masa?

Charles:  The masa is the bread or the dough which is used to make homemade tortillas.

Courtney:  Okay.

Charles:  We’re replacing the masa today with the sunflower seeds. Because they are raw and the sunflower seeds have been soaked, so they are nice and soft and they’re  ready to get ground up into a paste.

Courtney:  But you can see how they are starting to look like, you know…

Charles:  Yeah, like dough.

Courtney:  Yeah.

Charles:  Yeah, it’s coming together.

Courtney:  I think that’s good. Alright.

Charles:  There it is.

Courtney:  So that’s it. You just put everything, throw it all in your Vitamix, and next you’re just going to take a third of a cup of batter.

Charles:  Okay.

Courtney:  And we’re just going to put it now if you do this carefully, you can fit two on it. You’re not going to be able to fit four really.

Charles:  Okay.

Courtney:  But yeah, let me just do that. And then we’re going to, you know, just kind of flatten it out and…

Charles:  Beautiful.

Courtney:  Do you want to give it a try Charles?

Charles:  Yeah, sure

Courtney:  All right. We’ll let you do that.

Charles:  I’m happy to do that, I love cooking.

Courtney:  Yes. So, what we’re going to do is we always make sure we put this on parchment paper. And so, we’re going to dehydrate this at 118 degrees, depending on where you live and your climate. It took me about six hours on each side to do this. So, it takes a long time, but as you can see, it’s really easy. It’s the dehydrator doing the work, not you. So, we’re going to do it for six hours about on this side and then flip it over and do the other side and then pull off the parchment paper. Now, if your paper gives any at all, you know, if it starts to not peel off the paper, it’s not ready. Put it back in the dehydrator and keep dehydrating it until that paper just easily comes off. We’ve already made these.

Charles:  Alright, let’s take a look.

Courtney:  Just see how they turned out. We just want to…

Charles:  Here we go, folks.

Courtney:  Oh yeah. See, that’s just coming. That’s just coming right off.

Charles:  Wow. Look at that. That’s amazing. Beautiful. Wow

Courtney:  Okay. So you could do these for less time…

Charles:  Oh man, look at that.

Courtney:  And have them soft and use them as your tortillas for your tacos. But I thought, you know, since the salsa king was coming, we would do it longer and just kind of break them up and make our own tortilla chips. And this one’s for you.

Charles:  Thank you.

Courtney:  So we’ll just break them up and then I can’t wait to see what you think.

Charles:  Okay.

Courtney:  I know how good your salsa is, but we’ll see what you think. I mean, and this is, you know, absolutely healthy, nothing bad in that. Wow, that’s really good. That’s really hot Charles.

Charles:  Yeah, this is the medium but it’s Texas hot.

Courtney:  That’s delicious. You always inspire me.

Charles:  Oh my God.

Courtney:  I need some hydration for that.

Charles: Oh! I’m feeling inspired too.Courtney Rapping:  Making raw tortillas with salsa King. He plays almost every instrument and he can sing. The shells are made from seeds and have no corn. And when they’re all gone you’re sure to mourn. The golden color comes from yellow bell peppers. Your family can’t wait to eat this together. No, you don’t need a stove or an oven to cook. Just a blender, dehydrator, and Courtney Uncooked.