The Little Devil

Today we gave ourselves a day off to be tourists and take Katie to San Juan and Caterina.  San Juan de Oriente is famous for its ceramics, apparently 95% of the town is involved in the cottage industry – the other 5% is in agriculture.  They are justifiably proud of their skills that have been handed down from generation to generation.

Ceramics in San Juan de Oriente

After having a look around a few of the little businesses, to get a flavour of what is available, we moved on to visit Jose and Nubia Lopez and family who we knew from past visits.  They warmly welcomed us and very happily showed Katie how they made their beautiful articles, pots, dishes, vases and bowls. Nubia demonstrated how the design was drawn onto the painted clay and then gave us the opportunity to try too, Katie was a natural, I was useless.

The Artisan Apprentice

We examined the oven, which had been used for a firing the night before…

The Firing Oven

And then went next door to meet Jose’s family who make clay pots, but not the painted ones, and once again we were treated to a demonstration, this time by Fernanda, Jose’s sister who makes, among other things Little Devils, or cauldron-like pots that you can cook on.

Fernanda’s Demonstration

Awaiting Firing

For lunch we drove a short distance to Caterina, a pretty town on the side of a volcano, which is known for its craft shops and nursery gardens. There are many homes selling plants for the garden so along with the brightly coloured crafts the little town is well worth a visit.  After a typical Nicaraguan lunch we walked up to the rim of the crater to admire the view of Lake Apoyo, Volcan Mombacho and in the distance the town of Granada and Lake Nicaragua.

View of Lake Apoyo

Volcan Mombacho

While enjoying the view we were serenaded by two guitarists who sang some well-known Nicaraguan songs for us – at a price.


Having bought a Little Devil from Fernanda we decided to try it out once we arrived home. My firelighting skills were never the best, so lighting a fire in the cauldron proved to be a challenge, especially as the wood I was using was ‘green,’ the smoke produced was overwhelming and I achieved little or no flame.

The Little devil

Thankfully Santo arrived for his night guard duties, and saved the day for me. He started by giving the Little Devil the kiss of life by blowing into his mouth, that proved too much for him and threatened to cause a collapse. By this time Diederich had arrived to add his two penn’orth and between them they decided more sawdust, some mango wood and a good flap from a dust pan should do the trick…amazingly it did and the Little Devil finally sprang into life and cooked us a decent vegetable casserole which we enjoyed in front of the computer watching an episode of Barchester Chronicles.

Saved by Santo…and Diederich…and The Mutt

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1 Response to The Little Devil

  1. 8020living says:

    Thank you for your visit and kind comments, a post is in the making right now, you’ll get it on Friday. Please let me know if you try any of the recipes. Best wishes, Tina

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