Cardamom Pistachio Honey Bites

I was about to leave Willson with some emergency money, while he takes care of Tiko. And I did, but then I realized, Ecuador’s emergencies sure don’t need the money we think of. If Tiko has a Vet emergency, Dr. Pablo will wait for the money, or charge $5. The hospital charges $15 for a day’s stay. House, plumbing, landslides, water, electric…those are all taken care of more efficiently by the workers, than me. So wow, they know much better about emergencies than I. I feel so spoiled living here. I know that, even when I’m back in the U.S. with my kids, everything will just be okay.

Recipe of the Day: Pistachio Honey Bites

1 c. pistachios, ground into a paste
3 T coconut butter
3 T raw honey
2 cardamom pods, seeds only, ground (or 1/8 tsp cardamom powder), or 2 drops Cardamon Essential Oil
1/8 tsp. ginger
1/8 tsp. cloves
1 pinch vanilla powder
2 pinches Himalayan salt

add cacao nibs, raisins, or chocolate chips if you desire!

1. Grind the pistachios into a paste.
2. Add the rest of the ingredients in a food processor and blend until combined fully.
3. Roll into tiny balls, mold into squares or other shapes.

Word of the Day: pistacho – pistachio

Tip of the Day:  Pistachios grow here, wahoo! We can find them in our neighborhood Vilcabamba markets! And cardamom has a warm, lemony flavor that goes well with many of the cinnamon-ginger-clove combinations we enjoy this time of year. Also, just FYI, Honey and cardamom paste is very good for the eyes. Mix cardamom seeds with one tablespoon of honey and consume it regularly. It is one of the most effective and very simple home remedy for improving eye sight.

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