I broke my own rule. I stepped in to a pair of boots outside the door, without shaking them off first. My fourth toe felt a slimy mess. Aagh. I pulled it out to reveal a greeny slime covering the toe, and shook out the boot to uncover a fat caterpillar, squished on one end. Good thing it wasn’t something that bites! But they are the type, I’m told, which are poisonous, so I washed it off immediately with plenty of water. If I don’t write any more blogs, follow up on me, would you, haha.


By Mary Delaney, Herndon, Virginia


2 ¼ cups organic whole wheat pastry flour or regular whole wheat flour

4 mashed bananas

1 ½ cup raisins

2 Tablespoons vanilla extract

2 individual containers of plain apple sauce

1 ½ tsp baking powder



Preheat oven to 350.  Use nonstick muffin pan or disposable muffin liners. Bake for about 20 minutes and test by inserting a sharp knife in the center.  If the knife comes out clean, they are done.

Word of the Day – magdalenas – muffins

cupcakes – bizcochos

Tip of the Day – These store very well in the freezer.  If you take one to work in the morning, it will be thawed and ready to eat by lunch.

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Menu for Guests

Okay, I think I’m ready for my my friend to arrive tomorrow, she and her three friends! Woohoo! I’ll be so happy to see my Montana friend, gosh.

Recipe/Menu for the Day:


Bowls of tangerines and cut-up pineapple

Cold drinks:

Maracuya Juice

Cold Lemongrass Tea with Lemon

Pineapple Clove Tea

Purified Alkalized Water

Home-made gluten free rolls with



Cashew-Onion Spread

Thai Green Papaya Salad

Carrot Flax Crackers

O’henry Bars


Oat Milk

Chocolate Smoothies

Peruvian Oatmeal

Directions: You know what to do. Eat it. That should get us by until dinner, ha ha!

Word of the Day – amigas – girlfriends

Tip of the Day – My wise daughter once told me, “Put out drinks for the women, and salty snacks for the guys.” Seems to be true!

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Zucchini Munchies

Okay, so you know my ghost that was sitting and lying on the guest bed? Well, the day I posted about it, I went in, smoothed the bed again, and said, “You are welcome to stay here, spirit, as long as you are peaceful and you don’t scare the guests, okay?  I won’t oust you.” And everyday, as I was doing before, I come in in the morning, and after a trip to town, and there is no more signs of anyone visiting! Dang it! Now I miss him/her! Seriously.

Recipe of the Day – Zucchini Munchies


      10 c. sliced summer squash
      1 c. gluten-free flour
      1/2 c. green onion, chopped
      1 c. nutritional yeast
      2 T. Parsley, chopped
      1/2 tsp. black pepper
      1/2 tsp. salt
      1/2 tsp. Italian herb seasoning
      1/4 tsp. garlic powder
      Dash tabasco sauce
      1//2 cup olive oil
      4 eggs, slightly beaten


Mix altogether and spread in a greased & floured glass baking dish 13x9x2 inches. Bake at 350 degrees for 30-40 minutes or until top is golden brown. Cool and cut into squares. Serve hot or cold.

Word of the Day – quedar – to stay

Tip of the Day – keep the things that are good. This recipe was made by sister when I was younger, over and over, and I loved it, still love it so much! You can substitute flax seeds soaked in water, for the eggs if you like, dehydrating for 4 hours at 105 to keep the enzymes intact.

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Oh…Henry Bars

These are drawings my daughter did while she was here: me washing my hair in the front hose, and her holding the towel. One of my favorite ways to wash, because the water is always an ambient, perfect and hot temperature in the afternoon. The other pic is all the food she liked!

Recipe of the Day – Oh, Henry Bars


4 c. oats

1 c. Mighty Fast Applesauce – see recipe this blog

dash salt

1 pinch vanilla powder of 1/2 tsp. vanilla


1 c. peanut or almond butter

1 c. chocolate pieces


Stir the first five ingredients together, and press into a 9 x 13″ cake pan.You can bake these at 350 degrees F for 20 minutes, or dehydrate them in the dehydrator at 105 degrees for 4 hours. Melt the nut butter and chocolate and pour over all. Chill. But they’re awfully good now!

Word of the Day – cuadras – art pieces

Tip of the Day – These have been a big hit in my family for over thirty years. I used to make them for my children, when I wanted them to have oats in their diet. They would sure gobble them up fast, and even ask for them when they came home from college, or make them themselves!

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Mighty-Fast Applesauce

Some secret elf fixed my bike. I have an idea who it was. Some sweet man who knows I live alone and this is the second time he’s fixed my bike. But I came out of the JF, and there the basket was, all un-dented and looking healed. Wow. I love Vilca. And the people here.

Recipe of the Day – Mighty-Fast Applesauce


1/2 c. water or coconut water

1 banana

1 date, soaked and pitted

2 medium apples, cored and sliced

juice of one lemon

1/2 tsp. cinnamon



Soak the date in a little water for 10 minutes. Save that date water and add to the blender with the rest of the ingredients.

Word of the Day – reparar – to repair

Tip of the Day – Use this applesauce in your sugar-free brownies, cakes, muffins. It makes them perfectly sweet!

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Camote Almond Soup

I took a header on my bike today. Went over the handlebars and landed palms down, in push-up position, just centimeters from crashing my face into the hard sidewalk. The basket caught my middle. Thorns in the chest area, on the shirt. One long two-inch scrape on my left arm, one tiny on my right knuckle. A man, and Ecuatoriano came over and lifted the bike off of me, and another murmured consolations. So sweet. My basket is seriously dented on all sides, one from where it hit the cement, the other from where I landed on it! I’m so grateful I had that basket to take the damage off of me!

Yeah. I wanted to cry from the jarring but couldn’t see and ride, so I blew my chance for a good cry, dang it.


Recipe of the Day – Camote Almond Soup


  • 2 large sweet potatoes or camotes, peeled and cut into chunks
  • 3 large carrots, peeled and cut into chunks
  • 3 medium tomatoes
  • 3 T. olive oil
  • 1/2 onion, finely chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 1 qt.  vegetable stock
  • 1/2 c. creamy almond butter
  • 2 tsp. paprika
  • 1 tsp. black pepper
  • Directions:
Boil the camotes for 40 minutes, in a pan of boiling water. Add the carrots the last 10 minutes and cook until soft. Cook the onions, garlic and tomatoes in oil until the onions are soft and translucent, 10-15 minutes. Add to the strained camotes and carrots. Cover with the vegetable stock, and heat for 30 minutes. Stir in the almond butter, season with paprika. Take out 1 c. of the soup and blend until creamy. Pour back into soup and stir until hot. Season with paprika and black pepper.

Word of the Day – accidente=accident

Tip of the Day – Wear a helmet, bring band-aids. No excuses.

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Garlic Onion-Toasted Bread

I had the most wonderful neighbors and friends once, from Argentina. All the time, from Marcella and Griselda’s house, came the smell of aromatic onions and garlic. She showed me what she was making, looked like pizza, but without the sauce. Her method was to cook the dough with the olive oil, onions and garlic,  first, and then add the toppings the last ten minutes. Here’s a recipe I made in the spirit of Griselda and her family, without gluten.

Recipe of the Day – Garlic Onion-Toasted Bread


1/4 tsp. yeast

1 1/2 c gf flour – I used, today, chuno (potato flour, oats, and brown rice flour)

1/2 c. water


1 T. olive oil to spread on 1/2

1 T. coconut oil  to spread on the other 1/2

1 c. tomatoes, shopped fine

from the garden: 1/4 c. each basil, oregano, green onions, garlic,

a touch of salt

3 drops red hot sauce

Directions: Mix the yeast and flours with the salt, and pour hot water oer all. Let sit in the bowl, covered tightly with plastic wrap, for 3 hours. Press into a skillet, and let sit 1-2 hours more, depending on if it’s raised, or not. Spread the coconut oil on one half, and the olive oil on the other. Sprinkle the tomatoes and herbs over all. Cook in the skillet for 3 minutes over a hot flame, then in the oven at 400 degrees F. for 12-15 minutes. Tell me which half you like better!

Word of the Day – sin – without

Tip of the Day –It’s okay to do without. It’s not necessarily something bad.

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Mango Tahini Casserole

I was about to teach Tai Chi, and was walking inside with the group, when one of the quieter students held back to whisper to me, “Dorothy, I was just called a Puta (prostitute) by the men on the other side of the Meditation Center.” Wow. Because of the Lycra pants. I’ve seen them do it in Loja, but not here in Vilca. Dang. And she wasn’t exactly wearing high heels or anything. She was wearing flat tennis shoes, to come do Tai chi in. Oh my gosh.

Recipe of the Day – Mango Tahini Casserole

Workday Plant-Based Meals

By Mary Delaney, Herndon, Virginia

 This is another everything-but-the-kitchen-sink recipe.

Noodle and Dressing Ingredients:

9-12 zucchini strips

3 large mangoes, peeled

1/4. c. roasted tahini

Directions: Layer top and bottom of casserole with raw zucchini strips using a cheese slicer to make long flat strips.  Chop up any extra and throw in the mix.

Dressing: Combine in salad bowl, the mangoes, juice and all. mash with the tahini.

Ingredients for the casserole:

1/2 container drained tofu (or use the whole container)

1/2 cup nutritional yeast

2 cups chopped steamed spinach

3 cups chopped kale

1 cup chopped broccoli

2 cups quinoa (or a drained, rinsed can of chickpeas)

1 cup onions (carmelized is good)

(Mushrooms  and diced cilantro would be good additions but I was out.)


Layer the zucchini in the bottom of a lightly sprayed casserole dish (large).

Empty the contents of the bowl into the pan and smooth it out.

Layer with the rest of the zucchini slices.

Top with 2 diced tomatoes and 4 diced tiny bell peppers.

Sprinkle with roasted sesame seeds.

Word of the Day – cazuela – casserole

 Tip of the Day – My sister says, “Next time, Dorothy, I am going to cut those zucchini slices on top into tiny circles to make the casserole look different than all my others.”

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Mashed Camote with Cacao Nibs

Coming in from the garden, with herbs for my soup today, I noticed something that’s been niggling at me these last two years, something about going out to the garden and back. It was fear! Fear that winter was coming in Montana, and that these herbs and veggies and greens and papayas would not be here for much longer. Perhaps even some fear from settlers, way back in my history, with my ancestors, that there could possibly not be enough food. And yet, they continue to grow like a dream. They are always here, as long as I consistently plant at the full moon. Whew. Gratefulness.

Recipe of the Day – Mashed Camote with Cacao Nibs

2 large camote/sweet potatoes, cooked and mashed
1 Tab. coconut crystals

1 T. almond butter or coconut oil

1 tsp. cinnamon

sprinkle of cacao nibs

pinch salt


Peel and cut the camote into pieces. Boil a pot of water, with the potatoes, for 10-12 minutes. Poke them with a fork or knife, to see if they are mash-able. Drain the water, then mash with the nut butter or oil. Sprinkle with cinnamon, cacao nibs and salt.

Word of the Day – mash

Tip of the Day – Sweet potatoes are a travelers’ food here. You can see kids and others eating them, skin peeled down, along the side of a road. I took some of them traveling with me. If they sprout, you can cut off the sprouted part and plant it!

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Almond Flax Cookies

Used my new potato masher to mash the bananas, how exciting! My sister, Mary gave me hers when I was in the States. I’ve been waiting so long for a dang good potato masher. Funny how the little things can mean so much.

Recipe of the Day – Almond Flax Cookies

1 banana

1/2 c. bean flour

1/2 c. brown rice flour

1/4 c. yucca flour

1 c. oats

1 banana

1 egg or 1 T. chia seeds soaked in 3 T. water

2 droppers chocolate or vanilla stevia liquid

1/4 c. flax seeds

1 tsp. baking soda

1 tsp. salt

1 pinch vanilla powder or 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract

1 tsp. cinnamon

chocolate stevia bits for top

Word of the Day – haba – bean

Tip of the Day – You could bring a potato masher, or use the rubber ones, which are of really no value. The ladies in the restaurants use forks to smash the potatoes. You could also go to a metal worker and have him make you one! Didn’t think of that, and I waited two years, how silly!

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