Clare, my daughter and I were Skyping, when we heard this loud pop, like a gunshot, and the electricity and internet went off. Well, I thought it would be a short time, but it turned out to be for two days! I couldn’t talk with my kids, use the blender for my smoothies, the lights, of course, music, or the iPad. YIkes! A hasty retreat from the things of man. I really, super-appreciated having my solar lamps that line the driveway, my fire pit and my horno, and the shower and hot water, the little stove all heated by propane, instead of electricity. And it was kind of romantic with Tiko, Cuko an I hovering around a fire. You don’t really know how quiet it is out here, until the fridges, lights and computer aren’t humming! I realized I was getting a little loony when I found myself showing a picture I’d drawn to my dog! Then, on Mother’s Day, at 3 p.m. everything came back on, whew! The most lovely Mother’s Day ended with by stuffing myself with dehydrated, still-warm banana chips from the horno and Skyping with all 3 of my kids. What else could a woman want? I am the luckiest woman in the world.
Recipe of the Day: Banana Chips
10-12 bananas or platanos (plantains)
3 sweet oranges
1 Tab. coconut oil
1 Tab. cinnamon (canela)
Directions: Peel, then slice the bananas in thin circles. Squeeze the juice of the oranges over the bananas. Sprinkle with cinnamon. Cover a dehydrator tray with coconut oil, lightly greased, and lay the bananas in a single layer. Dehydrate at 105 degrees for 12 hours or until they reach your desired crispness. You can also do these in an oven on the lowest setting for 20 minutes! I did mine in the horno as it was cooling, for 10 hours.
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Word of the Day: Platanos – Plantains
Tip of the Day: This is a land of amazing gluten-free flours. I had no idea! Using Platano flour (a subtle sweet banana taste), amaranth flour, (the staple here), barley or bean flour, oats – all of them are so fun to work with and taste SO good.Use these gluten-free flours to cook with or in your raw recipes. Great for the gluten-free and the anti-candida diets!
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