Goji Berry Pudding

My ears perked up when I heard a conversation expounding the wonderfulness and wisdom of the  Ecuadorian people. They stated, “I’ve been caught three times about to taste a leaf of something, when an Ecuadorian stopped me from tasting the poisonous leaf.”                             And, “I was about to dig up a plant when a child told me, ‘Don’t dig that up. It’s good for the liver.”                                                                                                                                                                   And a third, “Wrap a tobacco leaf around that insect bite. It will take out the poison.” Gosh, I love it here.

Goji chia puddingRecipe of the Day – Goji Chia Pudding

1/2 c. Water or berry tea

1 1/4 c. Maca powder

3/4 c. Goji or other berries

1/3 c. Honey or coconut syrup

1/2 c. Lime juice plus the pith

1/4 c. Chia seeds


  1. Soak the berries in the water or tea, then blend with the honey and lime.
  2. Pour over chia seeds and chill.

Word of the Day – conversacion – conversation

Tip of the Day – My favorite tip – add a banana!

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Chelating Smoothie

Tiko gets his tube and stitches out tomorrow, woohoo! I noticed the vet sprayed a blue spray on his area after surgery. Then, I was stopped on the road by Luis, who had just come from caring after his cows. He took a look at Tiko’s surgery, then pulled the can of blue spray out of his pocket. He said, “Dorothy, use this whenever they get an insect sting or bite. “It said ‘bovine’ on the can, but he said, no, it’s for all animals. So I went to the ferreteria, (hardware/pet/household) store to get some, and got the same lecture. It’s called Matagusanos, cura heridas (cures wounds.) Even though it’s got a huge cow on the front, get it! It says it’s for all species!

Wound SprayRecipe of the Day  – Chelating Smoothie


1 1/4 c. water or tea

6 sprigs parsley with stems

1 organic cucumber, chopped, with the peel

1 apple, organic with skin and seeds, chopped

1/4″ ginger root

2 basil leaves

1/2 lime with the pith, if it’s organic, but not the peel


Blend or juice. Gets the metals put of your body!

Word of the Day – heridas – wounds

Tip of the Day – Again, always use the wisdom of the locals, before you go to the doctors!

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Coconut Pecan Ice Cream with Mango

Just found one of my ceramic pots with lid, broken, stuffed together with all the pieces, from the last tenants. It was pushed behind the propane gas canister under the outside kitchen. Who does that? They have six kids and still hide something when they broke it? The dogs just broke a flower pot and just looked at me! Ha ha.

Coconut pecan ice creamRecipe of the Day – Raw Butter Pecan Ice Cream


1 1/2 c. Cashews

1 c. Mangos

1 1/4 c. Coconut milk

1/2 c. Coconut syrup or honey

1/3 c. Chopped pecans

Directions: Blend the mangoes, cashews, syrup until creamy. Pour into freeze-able molds or ice cream maker and freeze until desired texture. Blend again, if you like, then sprinkle with pecans!

Word of the Day – ocultar, esconder – to hide

Tip of the Day – When you make a mistake, admit it right away, right? Much easier


Smoothie for Cancer

WIth so many of my acquaintances and one ex-husband suffering from cancer right now, I thought I’d put up a good-for-you smoothie to fight cancer and build your immune system. I’ve asked you how you feel, and you seem to mostly say it’s like having the flu in your bones every day of your life. My hats off to your bravery and thanks for reminding us to keep healthy and strong, avoid the sugar and keep away from the wrong fats that cancer love. Here’s to you.

imageRecipe of the Day – Cancer Smoothie


1 1/2 c. Water ot tea of choice

2 basil leaves, fresh

1/4 head purple cabbage

1 small beet

1/2 lime with the pith and seeds

1/2 ” ginger root

1 carrot

Directions: Blend or juice as desired.

Word of the Day – cancer – cancer

Tip of the Day – My lovely friend, the one I was working/juicing for, says, with aliveness, “You know, Dorothy, I did the juicing, I did the cannabis oil. There is no sign of cancer in my body. But honestly, I feel like, more than anything, it is just being here, here in Vilcabamba, that created thw healing. Tell your friends to just be here and heal.”

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Raw Tiramisu

A woman in town asked me for this recipe yesterday. So here it is!

Recipe of the Day – Raw TiramisuTiramisu


2 c. hazelnut or almond meal
4 T. Coconut syrup or honey
1 T. chilled coffee espresso shot or cold pressed ( to be RAW )
1/4 c.cacao powder

Pinch ground vanilla or 1 tsp. extract
pinch Himalayan salt
The  Cake –
1 c. Cashews (soaked and rinsed for at least 2 hours)
1/2 c.  coconut flour
1/2 c. honey or coconut syrup
1/4 c.  coconut oil
1/4 c. coconut water
Pinch vanilla powder or 1 tsp. extract

The mousse-
1 c. cashews (soaked and rinsed for at least 2 hours)
1/4 c. coconut oil
1/4 C. honey or coconut syrup
1/4 c. coconut cream
1 T. cacao powder
5 pitted dates. (Soak 10 minutes and save the water.)
Pinch  ground vanilla or 1 tsp. extract
pinch Himalayan salt

Espresso topping:
1/3 c.  coconut oil (melted)
1/4 c. honey or coconut syrup
1/4 c. raw cacao powder
1 tsp. chilled espresso coffee shot or cold pressed (for RAW option)
1 pinch vanilla powder or 1 tsp. extract

For the base, process all ingredients into a high speed food processor or blender until it starts to form a ball. Press into your molds or cups.

For the cake, blend the cashews into a high speed food processor or blender until crumbly. Add the remainder of ingredients and blend until a fluffy cake dough.
Evenly spread over the base and place in freezer.
For the mousse,  place cashews into a high speed food processor or blender and blend until cashews resemble a meal consistency. Add the remainder of ingredients and blend until creamy.
Evenly spread the mousse  over the top of the cake. Chill in freezer for at least 2 hours.
For the Topping, whisk  all ingredients together in a large bowl until liquidy. Pour evenly over the top of the mousse. Freeze over night.
Top with sifted raw cacao powder.

Word of the Day – cafe – coffee

Tip of the Day – Don’t mix up the word cafe (coffee) for a small restaurant! If you ask the whereabouts of cafe, they’ll show you coffee, although that might work! (By the way, you can add more espresso if you prefer a stronger coffee flavor.)

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Cacao Hazelnut Mousse

As far as I know we’ve had one squirrel on the land. We see him seasonally and Tiko goes wild, as he jumps from tree to tree. Well, we saw him. Tiko went and chased after him, Toto following, and I let them. It never occurred to me that they could catch him, but yikes! Back they both came, carrying that poor, dead squirrel between them. They weren’t even fighting over it! We’ll see if I ever see another squirrel, or if that was the same one we always see, over and over each year.

imageRecipe of the Day – Cacao Hazelnut Mousse


1/2 c. water

2 T. cacao powder

1/3 c. hazelnuts

3 pitted dates, soaked for ten minutes

dash vanilla powder or 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract

1/2 c. nut, seed or oat milk


Blend. Pour into four dessert dishes, warm. Chill.

Word of the Day – ardilla – squirrel

Tip of the Day – Look closely, the squirrels here are very different than in North America.

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Kale Chip, Beet Chip, Dried Tomato Snacks

Thanks, all for the kind support! Tiko’s lump was even bigger and growing under his neck. The doc said it was an abscess, that perhaps he swallowed a bee or something. He opened it and let it drain, yikes. But there was not one, but three stings and a cup and 1/2 of pus, whoa. But they got it out. Guess I can’t call him “Lumpy.”anymore!

Recipe of the Day – Kale Chip Beet Chip, Dried Tomato Bits

1 lb. fresh kale

1 lb. beet leaves with the stems

6 small tomatoes

juice of three limes

6 T. Nutritional Yeast

1 T. Olive oil


  1. Wash the beet leaves, kale and tomatoes and pat dry.
  2. Slice the tomatoes into thin pieces,
  3. Put all in a bag and pour the olive oil in.
  4. Massage well, with your hands, and let sit for ten minutes.
  5. Squeeze the lime juice over all.
  6. Sprinkle the yeast or Raw Parmezano over all and dehydrate on trays at 105 degrees for 24 hours or more, until crispy.

Word of the Day – absceso – abcess

Tip of the Day – I guess those absecsess can get quite painful, so don’t let them go too long!

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Sesame Zing Ice Cream

My friend was somewhat sad. He had gone to Shambalabamba for the dance performance, leaving his bike in front of the Juice Factory. Then, in the dark of night and rain, took a taxi home without thinking about the bike (totally what I would have done!). This morning, he came out to get on his bike, and his bike wasn’t there. He remembered where he left it and, aagh, came  back and it was gone. So sad! The whole town knows R and his friend, his red bike. But guess, what? Happy ending already. The miracle of a small town, this town. Vilcabamba.

Here is his story:                                                                                                                  

“I had been talking to the merchants along gringo alley. The woman who is at the clothing store near Lyseca’s gave me the idea to go to the radio and purchase an announcement. So, I was on my way back from the radio station and I was coming up the street when the woman who owns the almuerzo joint katy-corner to Pura Vida was walking down towards me. She had been out walking yesterday evening. She asked if I had left my bike out last night and said that she had put it safely in her restaurant because she was sure that it was mine! I gave her $20 dollars propina (tip), and returned to the radio station to cancel the announcement. The radio station refunded $5 of the $6 that I had paid. The bike and I are safely home.”Wahoo, I love stories like this, kindness, kindness.

Black sesame ice creamRecipe of the Day – Sesame Zing Ice Cream


3 c. water

1 c. sesame seeds, black or white, depending on the color ice cream you want!

1/2 c. pecans

4 dates, pitted and soaked

1/2 c. coconut syrup or honey

1/4 tsp. cinnamon

1/4 tsp. cardamom

1/4 tsp. ground cloves

1/8 ” grated ginger


Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend twice intil creamy. Add the sweetener little by little. Freeze in an ice cream maker or regular freezer-safe jar/bowls.

Word of the Day – propina – tip

Tip of the Day – Lock your bike, Dorothy!

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How to Open a Thai or Ecuadorian Coconut

At the end of our yoga practice, I had the sudden desire to go around the room and ask everyone how long they’d been practicing. It was a group of us elderly folks, no youth, and I believe they had all told me, at one time, or another how long they’d been doing yoga.  There was quiet, and then, in subdued voices, came the answers: “23, 28, 20, 40, whoa, and then one more…60 years.” I was humbled to be to the facilitator. “Why were they letting me be the teacher? They answered, laughingly, “Because it’s nice to have a leader and not have to think. ”  “Because you tell us how good we’re doing!” “Because of the neck rub at the end.” Ha ha. They all laughed. Okay. But I’m still humbled and honored to do yoga with them.

imageRecipe/How-To of the Day – Open a Thai or Ecuadorian Coconut

This how-to is for young Thai coconuts, but is pretty much the same for the Ecuadorian coconut, and without any fancy coconut tools!  Peel off the top and sides with a good sharp knife. Using the other side, the nub of the knife, knock the edge and all around until you can peel up the top of the coconut.

Word of the Day – coco- coconut

Tip of the Day – Great for drinking the liquid, eating the coconut, making smoothies and puddings!

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Coco-Mint Truffles

I was tired, I was stressed, but I was ready to go to town in my nice yoga clothes to teach. “Oh, yeah, I gotta walk the dogs first!” We took the trash down to the street, then on the way back, Tiko asked for Toto’s leash. We were almost to the gate when he let go. “No, wait, Toto!” He took off like a rocket! Under the barbed-wire to a closed-in section of another property. I called Toto but his leash was caught around a tree. I looked in dismay at the steep slope starting immediately under the barbed-wire. Could I fit? Probably. Dang. I laid on my back under the wire, tucked it up a little, laid my head on the ground and slid down the wet, muddy slope. I grabbed Toto and stood on two tree roots to work my way back up, and had just reached my face under the wire when I dropped the leash. “Nooooo! And rats!” Of course Toto took off again, but the procedure was repeated and we all landed safely at the top. I brushed my hair out quickly, sponged my clothes off as best as I could, and took off for yoga. Dang. I gotta breathe and meditate more before getting up in the morning.

imageRecipe of the Day – Coco- Mint Truffles

These are so insanely decadent they’ll make you swoon, yet so powerfully good for you.

1/4 c. cacao butter
1/2 c. raw honey
1/2 c. cacao powder
2 T. coconut oil
6 drops peppermint oil
dash salt
pinch vanilla powder

In a food processor:
3 c. shredded coconut
1/2 c. coconut flour
1/2 c. mesquite flour

3 T. water, coconut water or coconut cream as needed


  1. Melt the cacao butter with the oils, salt, vanilla, then add the powders.
  2. In a food processor, process the coconut and flours to a fine meal.
  3. Add the liquid ingredients to the dry.
  4. Process until it forms a ball. I added about 3 T. coconut cream or water to help it hold together.
  5. Dehydrate at 105 degrees 18-24 hours as desired to eat them warm.
  6. Or just chill.
  7. Variations: Roll in cinnamon, coconut crystals or banana sugar. Add orange essential oil, take out the peppermint oil, add vanilla; top with an almond, a dollop of whipped cashew cream, or strawberry chia jam.

Word of the Day – sucio – dirty

Tip of the Day – You gotta make breathing and meditating the most important thing, the first thing of the day, Dorothy. Everything else flows after that, just flows.

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