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

Ingredients:

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

Directions:

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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