Oat Cake with Papaya

Well, one of my guests broke a bowl that held my soaking oats. So she put my soaked oats, with cinnamon and stevia, on a saucer. I saw it the next morning and saw it was now an oat cake! And gosh, I loved the oatcakes when I traveled around Scotland. I know they were probably for the children, but I loved them.  And here is my recipe.

Recipe of the Day – Oat Cake with PapayaIngredients:

  • 4 c. oats
  • 1 c. platano or other gluten-free flour; potato is good
  • 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/4 c. coconut oil
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. stevia powder
  • 1 c. cinnamon tea
  • 1 T. honey

options: chocolate bits, cacao nibs;

Directions:

  1. Pre-heat the oven or dehydrator.
  2. Mix together the dry ingredients. Add the oil in little shavings until the mixture looks like it has large bread crumbs.
  3. Add your tea bit by bit and combine until you have a somewhat thick dough. The amount of water varies; depending on the oats.
  4. Pack into a loaf shape on your dehyrator or broiler. Dehydrate 105 degrees for 1-4 hours, or bake for appprox. 20-30mins. or until slightly golden brown.
  5. Brush with honey the last few minutes.

Word of the Day – vender – to sell

Tip of the Day – You’ll see the signs  “Se vende”- for sale signs all around, handwritten, most often! Keep them in mind if you’re looking.

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Peanut Butter Truffles

Going to Shambalamba today, so I will bring some peanut butter truffles. It’s about time I started to share food with the people there and their beautiful lunches! Look at the lunch they provided last time I went.

Recipe of the Day – Peanut Butter Truffles

Ingredients:

  • 1 c. mani (peanut butter)
  • 1/3 c. cacao powder
  • 3 T. honey
  • pinch vanilla powder, or 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • fine grain sea salt, to taste (I used 1/4 teaspoon)
  • 6 T. puffed brown rice

Directions:

  1.  In a large bowl, mix together the first 4 ingredients until they form a large ball.
  2. Add salt to taste and stir in the cereal.
  3. Shape into small balls (I made about 16).
  4. Place balls in the freezer for around 6-8 minutes until mostly firm.

Word of the Day – tejas – tiles

Tip of the Day – When you don’t have the words, use pictures. I often bring my workers over to the computer to show them what I want. And they do it!

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Clare’s Onion Soup

Wow, the land is full today. Full of rain, yay! And full of guests: two in the casita, one from Poland and one from the States, two in the Cacoons (hanging tents) from the Czech Republic and Russia, one in the grass hut from Maryland and two in the main house from different parts of Canada – web designers! I am SO taken care of. And so are they, I hope, which is the main reason for this land, to take care of people!

Recipe of the Day – French Onion Soup

Ingredients:

French Onion Soup

2 T. olive oil

6 yellow onions

2 T. Bragg’s or Coconut Aminos

2 T. Worcestershire Sauce

4 garlic cloves, thinly sliced

2 T. brandy OR 2 T. red wine

1 1/2 qt. vegetable stock or water (beef broth is Clare’s go-to, but for vegetarians…)

2 tsp. fresh thyme, minced (opt.)

Sliced Gruyere OR for the vegetarians/the lactose intolerant, cheese-less Parmesan and sliced rice mozzarella cheese (or nut based cheese of choice)

French Bread OR 4-8 slices bread (gluten-free bread, for the celiacs)

Parmezano: (cheese-less Parmesan – see recipe on this blog)
Directions:
  1. Cut the onions in half, then slice them across in thick strips. Pull apart layers.
  2. Drizzle olive oil over the bottom of your pans. Spread the onions out over the bottom of the pan(s). I use three or four pans at a time. Pour in about 1/4 c. water into each pan, with onions.
  3. Keep your pan REALLY low on heat…. just above simmer. The slower and lower the heat, and longer the time, the sweeter the onion will be. BEST SOUP EVER.
  4. Sweat the onions for  AT LEAST 45 minutes, until golden.
  5. As the onions begin to brown in the pan, EVERY 15 minutes or so, de-glaze it with a dash of brandy (or red wine) (De-Glaze = pour a tsp. or so in the pan and, using a spatula, let the liquid scoop up the brown sticky bits on the bottom of the pan, Your onions will turn a lovely caramel color.)
  6. Add the thyme and garlic for the final few minutes of the cooking time, then keep stirring as you gradually add the wine, followed by the hot stock. Cover and simmer for 15-20 mins. Add the Braggs or coconut amino AND Worcestershire sauce.
  7. Turn your broiler on high.
  8. Ladle up a ramekin’s (an oven safe bowl) worth of soup and place a piece of bread on top of it, then a slice of Gruyere and a slice of Swiss OR Parmezano and rice Mozzarella. Broil on HIGH for 1-3 minutes. WATCH CLOSELY! Broilers vary and this can easily burn!
  9. If you don’t have a broiler, toast the bread. Ladle the soup into heatproof bowls and add the toast. Sprinkle with Parmesan. Stick in oven to melt cheese at high heat.

Word of the Day: cebolla – onion

Tip of the Day: In order not to cry while you’re chopping onions, keep wetting the knife and the onions with water. And/or put a piece of your bread in your mouth to absorb the fumes. Both methods work well! I hear a match works, too!

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Vanilla Berry Bark

My guests are looking ar and now, buying land from Jose, my maestro. Very interesting for me to go with them to the lawyers, with Jose, and hear the difference between buying land now, as opposed to several years ago. Jose has to get all 5 of his brothers and 3 sisters to sign off on it. One can’t build with concrete 16 meters from the bank of the river. But you can build with adobe, wood or bamboo. So that’s interesting. My friends had trouble with a wire transfer at the bank – Capce Loja doesn’t do those anymore. So they have to write a check from the States to start a new account. Both things on both sides will take about 3 weeks, so that’s not bad. And then they transfer money and deed, and the land is their’s!

Recipe of the Day – Vanilla Berry Bark

Ingredients:

  • 1 c. cacao butter, broken into chunks
  • 6 T. cacao powder
  • 3-4 T. coconut syrup or honey
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • Pinch vanilla powder, or 1/2 tsp. vanilla essence
  • 1 T. almonds
  • 1/4 c. dried berries
  • 1/4 c. shredded coconut
Directions:

Melt the cacao butter or coconut oil in your dehydrator, or a double boiler, or over a bowl of hot water. Mix in the other ingredients by hand. You may add a little water, if necessary.
Other options: add vanilla, orange, (yum!) extract or juice,peppermint, cacao nibs

Word of the Day – corteza – bark (of a tree)

ladra – to bark

Tip of the Day – Make sure, when you buy land here, you get a 3rd party lawyer who has a good reputation, to hold the money and transfer the deed. There are many stories of people giving money away to someone who doesn’t even own the land!

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Petr’s Roasted Plantains

The night of  the full moon was lovely. The courtyard lit up like a stage, reminding me that it was time to plant the goji berry seeds, the pepper seeds, the banana trees: filipino, tocho, seda and some more lettuce. Lovely. Petr, the Banana Man, as his family calls him, made these wonderful yellow plantains over the fire. Yesterday green ones, today the yellow, with cinnamon!

Recipe of the Day – Roasted Plantains

ingredients:
Plantains

fire

Directions: Place your plantains over a fire, 30 minutes or more for the greens, 20 for the yellows, over a roasting fire, in the skin. So easy and so sweet. They don’t need anything else.
Word of the Day – huesped – guest

Tip of the Day –When something is this simple and this incredible, no need to dress it up. It’s amazing.

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Cashew Chocolates

And speaking of being married several times, and on dating, in general, my kids, Clare and Jared (My surrogate son) the wise ones who help me with the men problems, said this: Dating is like trying on shoes. This is the perfect way to analyze our dating lives… I have never seen it fail to work and make you laugh.

Shoes and Dating: A Metaphor for Life. This metaphor works for every single dating circumstance: Which one works for you right now?

There are so
me shoes that you take out for special occasions only.

There are some you just wear around the house.

You always outgrow the shoes of your youth.

And there are some shoes you only take out to dinner.

There are some shoes you wear only in the privacy of your home.

There are some shoes that are unpractical, uncomfortable, and you only take them out to show off. You would NEVER wear them at home.

There are some shoes you work in, but you take them off as soon as you get home. They are supportive and great…at work

There are sandals and then your winter boots too, seasonal and not practical year-round.

There are some shoes that are attractive in the window, but make you look and feel awkward – just not YOU.


There are some shoes that you ordered online, but once you got ’em, they weren’t exactly as advertised.


There some shoes that you buy because everyone else got them. They seemed cool when everyone else was wearing them, but like Gellies, they were a fad that never made sense.

There are some shoes you keep in the back of your closet. Even though you ruined them a long time ago, just seeing them there reminds you of that one time…

There are some shoes you LOVE, but the timing isn’t right, and you can’t ever find an excuse to wear them.

There are the shoes that you always wanted, but never had the courage to buy.

There are the shoes that you continue to go back to, because they are comfortable, a brand you can depend on.

There are some shoes you give away, because they always looked better on that other person anyway.

There some shoes you donate to charity, one man’s trash etc….

There are some shoes that only work for the era, but come back in style and you’re glad you kept them around, even if you haven’t worn them in decades.

There are the shoes that your mom picked out for you. They are great for wearing to family events and funerals.

Then, every once in awhile, you find a shoe that always fits, and looks great with every outfit. Not only that, but the brand is simply timeless and puts out a new and better version every year.

Clare, my oldest daughter, laughed hysterically and said, “What do Sponge-Bob Square-Pants slippers say? I’m wearing them right now!”

She laughed and answered herself, “Bright and obnoxious and one-size too small. My little brother gave them to me.”  (like set her up with them)

“Obviously, not exactly true about my boyfriend now, but DEFINITELY could have described a number of relationships from my past! BAHAHAHA!”

“And my Uggs are open at the mouth. They flap a lot when I walk. Seriously, they never close their mouths.”

It works across the board, she says. “I have yet to find a situation where a pair of shoes can’t be an analogy to dating.”
And Jared’s final advice on dating and shoes: “New shoes never fit quite right. You have to break them in.”

That’s it. I’m going barefoot. I may go barefoot for a year.

And, in true Dorothy fashion, after dishing about the men-folk, here is a recipe with chocolate. 🙂

Recipe of the Day – Cashew Cacao Bites

Ingredients:
For the Bites:

  • 1 c. cashews, ground to a fine powder
  • 1 T. coconut oil
  • 1 T. coconut syrup
  • 2 tsp. raw cacao powder
  • 2 tsp. tahini
  • pinch of sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla powder (or 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract)

Topping

1 tsp. coconut oil

1 T. raw cacao powder

2 tsp coconut syrup

Directions:

For the topping, blend the syrup, cacao and coconut oil together.  Pour 1-2 tsp into each mini muffin tray.Put in the freezer to set.

For the Bites, melt syrup and coconut oil together in a small bowl over simmering water and stir into the cashew powder along with the cacao, tahini and vanilla.  Roll into  balls and press into the muffin pan on top of the set topping and press down.  Place into the freezer for 10 minutes or until set. HOLY Schmoly!

Word of the Day – zapatos – shoes

Tip of the Day – One of the reasons I came to live in this country was so that I could go barefoot, everyday of my life! And ground with the earth. And I can!

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Chia Coco Cookies

The new guy came and put in my windows! What! They’re in and they’re beautiful, and so is the back door, woohoo! And it’s too hot. But it was a windy day AND the fire was happening at the Moliendo, so good day to close the windows. I only hit the kitchen window once, so far, with the compost! A  banana peel.

Recipe of the Day – Coco Cookies

1 c. coconut meal

1 c. oats

1 c. potato flour

1 c. shredded coconut

1/2 tsp. vanilla powder (1/2 tsp. vanilla extract)

1 c. coconut oil

1 Tab. cinnamon

1 Tab. chia seeds soaked in 3 Tab. water

1 large banana

1 tsp. vegetable glycerin

options: 1/2 c. cacao powder, walnuts, cacao nibs or chocolate pieces, berries, pumpkin seeds

Directions: Soak the chia seeds, then combine the dry ingredients and mix together. Mash the banana, then add the glycerin and oil and stir together. Mix all very well and dropby spoonfuls onto your dehydrator or cookie sheets. Dehydrate at 105 degrees for 4 hours or more, or bake 10-12 minutes at 350 degrees F.

Word of the Day – ventanas – windows

Tip of the Day – Espera, wait. Not that I’m good at it. Perhaps when you come visit me 10 years from now, I will be better at flowing with things. I hope so!

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Petr’s Chia Fruit Bowl

Petr, my guest from the Czech Republic, makes this for his breakfast. His wife says it’s very unusual for someone from the Czech Republic to have this for breakfast. Most people have bread and honey, jam, eggs, and bread is number one. They now sell tiny bags of chia seeds in the Czech Republic for $11, he says. The next morning they prepared a big bowl of this and set it in front of me when I came out of my room in the morning. Really delicious!

 

Recipe of the Day – Chia Fruit Bowl

Ingredients:

4 T. Chia seeds

1 c. papaya

1 C. pineapple

options: other fruit, bananas, mangoes, apples.

Directions:

Grind the seeds in a coffee grinder, or soak them in a 1/4 c. water. Add to chopped fruit!. Its really delicious and makes you feel good – gives you so much energy for the day!

Word/phrase of the Day – mañaña en la mañaña – tomorrow morning

Tip of the Day – Start your day with seeds and fruit, so available here, instead of bread. And your digestion will thank you!

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Cashew Chocolates

A friend told me I better get a railing up there on the new terrace, especially for children. I was thinking, “When would I ever have children up here? All my children are grown up.” Guess I’m not entirely used to running an airbnb, because the next thing you know, I have a family of three from the States, with a a one and half year old in tow. I was weeding the garden, saw Cuko the Cat run up the stairs, and the next thing you know, Jose is calling to me to get the baby, who was following the cat! She’d made it up four cement steps and was laughing hugely as mom and I raced to grab her from the 9th step. Whew! Okay, yeah. Time to make the banister and railing!

 

Recipe of the Day – Cashew ChocolatesChocolate Tahini Bites

Ingredients:

1 mashed banana

3 T. cacao

2 T. Tahini

1 T. coconut oil

2-4 drops liquid stevia (or 1/4 c. other liquid sweetener)

2 T. Chia seeds

3 T. Hemp or Chia Seeds

 Directions:

Mix the dry ingredients, then add the oil, sweetener and tahini. Roll into balls and chill.

 

Word of the Day – bebe – baby

 

Tip of the Day – Make this recipe when you’re looking for some quick sweetness in your life!

 

Vege Garbanzo Soup with Tahini

W showed me a pic on his IPAD. Do I want this bench, made of the guadua he had leftover from my shelves? One day’s work, $20? YES! Oh, my gosh, I’m so lucky. I will put it on the new terrace. Now I have something to sit on up there, and stare at the beautiful mountains!

Recipe of the Day – Vege Garbanzo Soup with Tahini

Ingredients:

2 T. olive oil

Directions:

  1. In a saucepan, warm oil over moderate heat. Add onion, garlic, and sweet potatoes; saute 5 minutes.
  2. Stir in broth, bay leaf, basil, thyme, and paprika. Salt and pepper to taste. Bring to a boil, and then reduce heat to medium low. Cover.
  3. Stir in tomato, green beans, and chickpeas. Simmer uncovered until tender, about 10 minutes more. Top each bowl with a dollop of tahini when serving.

Tahini:

1 c. sesame seeds

water to cover

3 cloves garlic

1 tsp. salt

1 tsp. apple cider vinegar

1 tsp. fresh mustard

juice of 1 lemon

dash of stevia

Directions: Soak the seeds in water to cover, for at least 40 minutes. Drain, and blend the seeds with enough water to make a creamy paste. Add the other ingredients and blend to make a super creamy sauce. Taste and add more salt or stevia to your taste!

Word of the Day – sopa – soup

Tip of the Day – The Ecuadorians are dang good at their soups. I have never been in a place that didn’t have a less-than-amazing soup. It is quite easy to make your own, but you can sure make friends fast by asking for the secret to their recipe! That’s what I do.

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