Home-Made Mustard

 I never knew, when I moved here, that I would get to see such beautiful sunsets. Almost every night, if you come out at the right time – it’s amazing.  This one is from the the gazebo/meditation hut at the far end of my property, at some time after 6 p.m. today. It’s winter here. It’s absolutely dark at 6:30 p.m., but then it is every night all year! Well, during summer it sneaks up until 7 p.m. , but that’s tops.

Recipe of the Day – Mustard


-3/4 c. apple cider vinegar or water
-1 1/2 T. Mustard seeds
-1 T Fresh Rosemary
-1 garlic clove
-fresh black pepper, sea salt

options: ginger, honey

Directions:. Grind the mustard seeds with a little mortar and pestle. Add vinegar or water until it becomes a paste. Then play around with it, add ginger and black pepper for a little spice, add honey for a little sweetness. It’s good because it’s so intense, so real and strong – not like from a jar.

Word of the Day – sunset – puesta del sol, or here in Vilca – salida del sol

Tip of the Day – The words used here are somewhat different than other spanish-speaking cultures. It’s very humbling to think you finally learned a good word, only to realize its a different word for this part of Ecuador!

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