That’s the second time in two days that a man has greeted me with, “Ola, Guapa!” Wow. Oh, wait, maybe it was the same gentleman. Did I walk in the same place yesterday? Oh, well, at 56, I’ll take it! I wonder if it’s because of all the seeds and nuts I’ve been eating, making my stomach round. Here in Ecuador they value roundness in a woman. Here’s the famous sunflower cheese I’ve been packing in my tummy for days now.
Recipe of the Day: Sunflower Coconut Cheese
2 c. (sprouted) sunflower seeds or pumpkin seeds
1 c. fermented coconut shreds
1/4 c. each: chopped bell pepper, onion, leek, parsley and chives
1 tsp. salt
2 cloves garlic
1 tsp. each: oregano, rosemary, thyme, marjoram, basil, pepper
Optional : Coconut Aminos/Braggs to taste
To ferment the seeds and coconut, cover with water and 1 T. pro-biotic, lemon or Rejuvelac. Let sit overnight, then drain and let sit for 8 hours.
Combine all in a blender, adding enough water as it blends to make a thick, creamy cheese. Pour into a sprout bag and squeeze out the liquid, if any. You are left with the cheese.
You can use this cheese as stuffing for celery, mushrooms, cucumbers. Make this into a sweet cheese by adding dates with cinnamon instead of the seasonings.
Word of the Day: Guapa – lovely Guapo – Handsome
Travel Tip of the Day: Smile when you greet people. It connects you so fast, and opens them, and you, to talking!
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