Cold Rice Coco Orange Salad

TikoI was pulling some old stalks of corn from the ground this morning, then taking them over to the second compost bin, built out of wood in the area where I’ll be able to throw things from the new house. When Tiko, the pup, started grabbing the long stalks from my arm, at first I thought of saying, “Stop, Tiko.” But then, I decided to use his brains and natural desire to want to help. I said, “Bring it here, Tiko!” walking to the compost bin. Then, “up, up!!” Well, that didn’t work. But when I showed him how to go around, then he jumped into the bin, and then I said, “Drop it!!’ He did it! Wahoo! Now I only have to do it a hundred more times and he’ll really be helping me. He already “helps” me by taking my empty watering buckets back to the faucet. Seriously! German Shepherds are so smart! And he’s still only 8 months old! What a god-send. Someone remind me I said that when he makes trouble, okay?

orange riceRecipe of the Day: Orange-Coco Rice Salad

Ingredients:2 c.  brown rice

4 c. water or veggie broth

1 c. sliced carrots

1 c. sliced coconut

1/2 c. green onions

1 tsp. each: basil, rosemary, thyme, garlic, vege salt


Boil the water. When it’s boiling, pour in the brown rice. Simmer with the top on for 35 minutes, then, while its still cooking, add the veges and herbs. Continue simmering for 10 more minutes. Chill. Top with coconut slices and orange dressing, below. Pour over a bowl of lettuce .So yummy, I’m eating it now!


 Orange Tahini Dressing:


2 T raw tahini
1/2 c. orange juice
pinch salt
1 tsp. ginger
1/4 tsp. cumin
drops liquid dulse
1/8 tsp. curry powder
optional – 1 garlic clove


To make tahini, soak 2 T sesame seeds in water for at least 40 minutes. Blend ’til creamy.

Blend tahini with all other ingredients. Use within 3 days. Chill. GREAT to marinate cucumbers and as a dip for vegetables, as well as a salad dressing.

Word of the Day: naranja – orange

Tip of the Day: In reality, compost bins are just a bunch of dirt and your old vegetables, fruits, seeds, nuts, and clippings from the yard. You don’t even need a container. Some people just use a tarp and throw it over, holding it down with rocks. It’s nice to have a shovel to turn it over once in awhile, but here in Ecuador, the stuff decomposes so fast, its barely worth the trouble of turning! And then you have a nice, black, rich earth, “black magic,” for your planting, in months! Its amazing!

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