Ginger Tulsi (Holy Basil) Tea

I finally have a plethora of Holy Basil (tulsi) growing in my garden. What a blessing! And it smells so good. I love the smell and Holy Basil.

Recipe of the Day – Holy Basil Ginger Tea

Ingredients:

4 c. water

1 handful holy basil leaves

1 1/2 ‘ slice ginger, depending on how strong you want it.

Directions: Add the water to your pot or teapot. Then add the basil leaves and ginger. Bring to almost a boil and let simmer for 10 minutes. Strain and serve with a dash of stevia, honey and lemon juice.

Word of the Day – albahaca – basil

Tip of the Day – Tulsi benefits include: reducing anxiety, fighting acne, protecting against diabetes and cancer, balancing hormones, relieving fevers, improving respiratory problems, teeth care. It’s also a good source of Vitamin K.

Will’s Popcorn Salt

I am so happy to have my friend, W, my new neighbor. Woohoo, another friend closeby! I went to see his Storybook house, and he gave me some avocados, mangoes, and the recipe for his Popcorn Salt. Good idea, right? For those of us who eat a lot of popcorn, as I do, it’s good to have the salt on-hand. Homemade and everything!

Recipe of the Day – Will’s Popcorn Salt

Ingredients:

2 T. salt

  • 2 tsp. paprika
  • 1 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1 tsp. curry powder
  • 2 tsp. turmeric
  • 12 tsp. pepper
  • 1 pinch cayenne – optional

Word of the Day – palomitas de maiz – popcorn

  • Tip of the Day – Add other things to make it the way you Like it!
  • For Sweet popcorn – add powdered stevia, perhaps cinnamon. For Southwestern Popcorn, add, chili powder, cumin and salt. For Italian – oregano, pepper, salt and parmesan. Curry = add your homemade curry powder (See recipe on this blog.)

Sapote Spinach Smoothie

Have I shown you the sapote yet? A sweet, orange, stringy fruit, so good! L and I saw the big trees full of fruit at Hotel Ramses and shamelssly climbed up to get one. Okay…three each.

Recipe of the Day – Sapote Spinach Smoothie

1 sapote, the flesh only

1 banana

handful spinach

1 c. water

Directions: Blend.

Word of the Day – 

Tip of the Day – Use a frozen banana, if you like. Sapote are full of Vit. A, C and B6, surprisingly. Pouteria sapota, mamey sapote, is a species of tree native to Cuba and Central America, naturally ranging from southern Cuba to southern Costa Rica, plus Mexico.

Homemade Curry Powder

Its hard to get good curry powder here. Better to make your own. It tastes so good and its so much fresher than ones on the shelf.

Recipe of the Day – DIY Curry Powder

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 c. turmeric
  • 2 T. Cumin powder
  • 2 T. cardamom seeds, ground
  • 2 T. Roasted coriander
  • 1 T. dry mustard
  • 1 tsp. fenugreek seeds
  • 1 tsp. celery seeds
  • 1 tsp. bay leaves, ground,
  • 1 tsp. black pepper
  • 1 tsp. red pepper or paprika
  • 1/2 tsp. cloves
  • Directions:

     

    Place all ingredients in a container and shake.. Store in a cool dry place for up to 6 months.

    Word of the Day – sabor – taste

    Tip of the Day – You can leave the herbs and spices, whole, like cardamom, if you want. Then grind it when you’re ready to cook. It’s fresher and more potent that way.

Split Pea and Green Banana Soup

These peas sure took a long time to cook, holy schmoly! About 3 hours after soaking. It would be a lot faster with fresh peas, or perhaps ones from a different country. Still delicious, though.

Recipe of the Day – Split Pea and Green Banana Soup

Ingredients

  • 2 c. dried split peas
  • 6 green bananas, peeled and diced (about 4 cups)
  • 2 T. coconut oil
  • 6 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 1 medium sized finely chopped white onion
  • 1 tsp. cumin
  • 6 c. water, can also use the broth or cooking liquid from the peas
  • 1 c. oat milk
  • 4 T. finely chopped cilantro
  • Salt and pepper
  • Directions:
  1. Add the water or broth from the peas, bring to a boil and add the diced green bananas, simmer until the green bananas are soft, about 20-25 minutes.
  2. Add the cooked split peas, stir well and cook for 5 minutes. You can blend this for a creamy pea soup, if you like.

Word of the Day – arvejassplit peas

Tip of the Day – Serve with avocado and hot sauce, salsa or Aji! The traditional Ecuadorian recipe, known as Arvejas con guineo, uses ½ tsp ground achiote (optional) mozzarrella and fetacheese and milk in the recipe, and ½ tsp. ground achiote (optional.) I threw a handful of steamed kale in my bowl.

Herbal Toner for the Skin

From Herbal Treatments from Enmar’s Herb Class here at Madre Tierra in Vilcabamba- Her name is Enma Cordero. You can find her here on FB too.

Recipe for the Day – Herbal Toner

Toner Ingredients:

1 T. fresh parsley

squeeze of lemon

1 T. fresh sage or lavender

Directions: Chop the herbs very fine, cook in one cup of water for 10 minutes, then add the lemon after.

Word of the Day – Tonificador de piel – skin toner

Tip of the Day – Use daily after washing, to tone and firm the skin. Keep refrigerated.

Egg White Lemon Mask

Awhile back, probably 10 months, I wrote a post about sun-gazing. And after 45 weeks of daily sun-gazing, I finished! I started with 10 seconds, and added 10 seconds a day, to 1 minute per week. I did that for 45 weeks, as instructed, with proper eye care, (looking at the compass directions around the sun, not in the middle), and beautiful meditations, and today reached 45 minutes.  I cleared out physical problems, emotional, spiritual while meditating. Today I pretty much cried the whole time at the grace of amazing, Divine, divine Love being poured, being shared with me.  Now I’m supposed to walk barefoot 45 minutes a day for 6 days. And one can stop at that point. But it’s better to do it a year. I’m doing it.

Recipe of the Day – Egg-white

Lemonl Mask

From Enmar’s Class on Herbs in Your Garden

Ingredients:

1 egg white

3 drops lemon

1 c. water

Directions: Whip the lemon and egg white until it just starts foaming. Put on your skin and leave for 10-15 minutes.

Word of the Day – masque – mask

Tip of the Day – Do twice a week to firm and tone your skin.

Chocolate-Covered Dried Papaya

Somebody asked me if they need to take a collagen supplement, for their skin, or can they eat foods rich in collagen. Fish, red vegetables, orange vegetables, berries all increase/boost collagen. Soy, white tea, egg whites, garlic and oysters, boost collagen – within the dermis (below the outermost layer of skin), the foundation of connective tissue that supports the skin’s structure. Too bad egg whites, soy and tomatoes are not recommended for my blood-type.

Recipe of the Day – Chocolate-Covered Dried Papaya and Figs


Ingredients:

3/4 c. coconut oil

3/4 c. shredded cacao butter

3/4 c. raw honey
1/4 c. raw cacao powder/carob
pinch of Himalayan crystal salt
pinch of vanilla powder, cayenne powder or 3 drops peppermint oil/extract

Directions: Melt all over a double boiler, stirring constantly until creamy. Put the dried fruit on a plate and pour the chocolate over..

Word of the Day – colágeno -collagen

Tip of the Day – Other fruits work well, too! Bananas, raisins, coconut, nuts….

Papaya Fig Smoothie

Our new restaurant is so beautiful, and has such a warm, welcome and pretty spirit to it. You feel good there. The walls are lined with James Birthrong’s paintings, which go so well with the hanging wooden star lanterns, the different-colored tables and the walls. The back has lay-down easy wooden lazy-chairs, a gorgeous mural, and many tables. They did so much work, and everything is so great. Now the locals have somewhere nice to be on Mondays!

table top

Recipe of the Day – Fig Papaya Smoothie

Ingredients:

1 c. frozen papaya

1 sm. frozen banana

1 c. water, tea or oat milk

4 sprigs fresh mint

2-3 figs, scooped out

Directions: Blend. OMG, this smoothie is so good.

Word of the Day – higo – fig

Tip of the Day – Thanks to my friend, Cindy, for giving me a bunch of her beautiful figs, lemons and papayas!

Herbal Bean-Potato Salad

How would you have answered? I just came back from town, brought a friend over to my house…first time. When he asked if he should remove his shoes, I said , “Oh, that’s okay, ’cause the dogs have already been running in and out.” Half hour later, while we were in the kitchen, he looked down at the floor and said, “Your floor is dirty.”                                              I didn’t know what to say, too many ways to answer. I think I said, “Oh, that’s okay” or something. But then he said, ‘Cleanliness is next to Godliness, Dorothy.”                              Wow, how would you have answered?    “As a single mom, the rule in my house was, if you pointed out dirt, you had to clean it.”      But since that time, I’ve thought of other response. What do you think of these?                                                                                                                            “Oh?”

“After a lifetime of cleaning for others, I choose when to clean. ”                                           “Yeah, with the dogs and living in the country, it needs it three times a day, ha ha. Better for me not to get neurotic. about it.”                                                                                                                                                          “Who stands in someone else’s house and points out dirt? My friends never do.  They wouldn’t want me to point it out in their houses, haha!” 

I think now, a week later, knowing the person, I would have liked to have said, “You know, there are so many ways to be next to Godliness. Sometimes you make order and space in your house. Sometimes you choose to meditate instead of cleaning.  Sometimes you have to respect the pain in your body, and know it’s better to rest. No matter how much you’d like your house to be beautifully clean. Sometimes you choose to be with the person standing there, listening well, instead of cleaning.”                                                                                                                                                               What would you have said?


Recipe of the Day –
Bean Potato Salad

Ingredients

    • 2 c. black, garbanzo or red beans
    • 1 c. green beans
    • 1/4 c. fresh parsley leaves with tender stems
    • 1/4 c. olive oil
    • 3 T. green onions
    • 1 c. chopped, cooked, cold potatoes
    • 1 T. finely grated lemon zest
    • Juice of 1/2 lemon
    • 1/2 tsp. black pepper or 1/4 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes
    • Salt