Smoothie Pancakes

My road sign is gone, what? At first, I thought it was stolen, for the wood, but perhaps the garbage men ripped it out of the tree, accidentally? I do hang my trash there Fridays, up high by the sign, so the dogs don’t get to it. And it was Friday. But, either way, it did me a favor. The sign said, “Las Vegas, ” so named by the man here who bought it. But, actually, all the old neighbors say it was called, “Sabila,” named after all the aloe and agave all over the land. Much nicer name, don’t you think?

Recipe of the Day – Smoothie Pancakes

1 1/4 c. Smoothie plus an additional 1/4 cup (You could try sixstrawberries, one banana and a cup of water or coconut milk for your first experiment.)

1 1/2 c. Gluten-free flour (you could mix oats with platano, haba or almond/coconut meal)

1 T, chia seeds

1 T. Coconut sugar

1 tsp. Baking powder
1 large egg

1 T. Coconut oil

Directions: .Make your smoothie.

In a large bowl, sift together the flours, baking powder, salt and sugar. Make a well in the center and pour in the smoothie egg and oil; mix until smooth. Heat a lightly oiled griddle or frying pan over medium high heat. Pour or scoop the batter onto the griddle, using approximately 1/4 cup for each pancake.
Serve with sliced banana and maple syrup or berries and, yogurt
For a healthier serving suggestion, you can serve with fresh fruit and yoghurt.

Word of the Day – eso – that

Tip of the Day – Even chocolate smpotjies make good pancakes! Type in ” smoothies” in the search bar of this blog and pick your one for the day.
Sprinkle freshly cooked pancakes with fresh lemon juice and a dusting of coconut sugar or panela.

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Papaya Leaf Tea

Papaya leaf is used in herbal medicine to remove intestinal worms. It has less of the protein-dissolving papain than the fruit, so it is less likely to “dissolve” the worms, but it contains tannins that the fruit does not. Which protect the intestine from reinfection by “tanning” proteins in the lining of the intestinal wall so that worms cannot attach themselves. Pretty cool, huh?

Recipe of the Day – Papaya Leaf Tea

Ingredients :

2-3 large papaya leaves

2 qts. Water

1 stevia leaf

Directions: Wash and partly dry several medium-size papaya leaves. Cut them up like cabbage. Bring the water to almost a boil, then place the leaves in. Simmer without a lid for twenty minutes. Add the stevia. Strain into your cup.

Word of the Day – papaya – papaya

Tip of the Day – This is quite bitter, as most medicinals are. I take the leaves outafter just a few minutes, so I can actually drink it! And it’s not too bitter,But if I was sick, I would drink it full strength. You can also make it into a tonic keeping it on simmer until the water is reduced by half. Strain the liquid and bottle in glass containers.

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Adam’s Monkey Bread

I posted my daughter’s boyfriend’s Kahlua at Christmas, and here’s he monkey’s Monkey Bread!

Recipe of the Day – Monkey Bread


1 container or batch biscuits

1/2 c. Sugar

1 tsp. Cinnamon

1/4 tsp. Nutmeg

dash salt

1 c. Brown sugar

1 1/2 c. Butter

The recipe is that you make a quick, super buttery biscuit batter ( or buy the easy refrigerated pull apart biscuits) Cut each biscuit into quarters. In a large cooking bag you add a half cup white sugar, 1 teaspoons of cinnamon, 1/4 tsp nutmeg, dash salt. Throwing all of your biscuits and coat thoroughly. Add your fully coated quarters to your pre-greased Bundt pan. Next take one cup packed brown sugar and add it to a small sauce pan with one and a half cups butter. Dissolve brown sugar thoroughly and then pour over the top of your biscuit quarters. Bake at 350°F for 35 minutes.

Word of the Day – novio – boyfriend

Tip of the Day – Go ahead and have some comfort food when you need it.

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Llajua – Bolivian Hot Sauce

Tiko is much better after being poisoned! No more blood in his orifices, and his elmination is good, black from the charcoal, but that’s a good thing, He met me in the kitchen, put his hands on his hips and said, “What’s for breakfast?” Yay, I’m so happy. He only made it to the end of the driveway on his first walk, then waited while Toto and I took the trash to the road. But thats pretty good!

If you want to eat like a Bolivian,  try Llajua, Volivians happily splash this liquid fire over their meal. Sure goes  good in Peanut Soup!

Recipe of the Day – Llajua

3 tomatoes
1 serrano chili
3 leaves basil
1 sprig fresh cilantro
1/2 tsp. salt
1T. olive oil

Quarter the Chili pepper & the garlic.
Take out the seeds and guts from the tomato as they make the salsa too acidic and moist..De-seed the chili pepper if you want it more mild.Put everything in a blender along with the olive oil and salt. Puree and pour into Salsa dish.

Word of the Day – mejorbetter

Tip of the Day – Use gloves with those peppers, and don’t touch your eyes if you didn’t wear them!

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Pebre – Chilean salsa

Letter from my neighbors: “

Hey guys,

Hope all is well with you guys.
Happy Tiko is doing fine 🙂
After reading Dorothy’s blog post about Tiko being poisoned i wanted to share with you guys that our neighbor’s dog (The Pizza people) was poisoned too last Saturday night, unfortunately the dog didn’t make it.
The dog was inside their property, they think somebody threw meat with poison for him to eat 😱
Cs’ dog (guy that is building our house) was poisoned and died He lives on the Rd right in front where you turn to our house, his dog was also inside the gate …..
Who can be doing this at our neighborhood???

I guess we have to be extra careful these days….


Tiko is not out of the woods yet. He’s very skinny and his bones are poking through, even though he’s eating. i have to check his mouth, nose and poop for blood and check in with the doctor. 

Recipe of the Day – Pebre


6 green onion, finely chopped
1 large tomato, finely chopped
1 small bunch cilantro,leaves and small stems finely chopped
3 to 4 large garlic cloves, minced
3 wine or apple cider vinegar
1 T. spicy red chili sauce
1/2 T.  olive oil
1 tsp. crushed red chili pepper flakes
1/2 tsp. salt, plus additional to taste

Directions: Mix everything, except the water, together in a medium sized bowl and cover with the water to barely cover. Chill for a few hours to blend,

Word of the Day – enojado – angry

Tip of the Day – Some versions use tomatoes, others don’t. Some use onion, and others, like Ms. M’s family recipe, use scallions. Some use chopped chilis, and others use a chili paste.

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orange rice

Orange Rice

My neighbor, a wonderful Ecuatoriana named Rosa, told me that Tiko was poisoned. She held me tightly and said, “Somos amigos,” (We are friends). It was my fault he got out Monday night. I forgot to close the terrace door, and he evidently went out at night and visited the neighbors, scared their chickens, and Rosa heard the men speak of poisoning him. Tiko wouldn’t walk yesterday nor eat his food. I gave him charcoal last night and rushed him to the vets. this morning, Dr Pablo showed me his nostrils and butt were bleeding, poor Tiko! After two hours of an I.V with medications, we went and rested at the Juice Factory, where Tiko slept at my feet, and are now back home. What would I do without Rosa and Dr. Pablo?!!

Geez. Thats the third time to the vet for Tiko these two years: the spine in his foor surgery, the ball of pus in his neck six months ago, and now this. Do dogs have karma they need to work out?

Tiko just made it inside the gate after his vet appointment, Toto coming to check on him.

Recipe of the Day – Orange Rice


1 teaspoon grated orange zest

1 1/2 c.  orange juice

1 T. coconut oil

1 orange pepper, washed and sliced in lengths

1 1/2 c. cooked brown rice

1  mandarin orange  in segments

I mango peeled, cut into pieces

1 tsp. paprika

options: papaya, orange, dried red pepper, passionfruit, coconut
In a saucepan over medium-high heat, combine the orange zest, orange juice, and butter. Bring to a boil, and stir in rice. Cover, and simmer 45 minutes. Remove from heat. Let stand 5 minutes. Mix in mandarin orange and mango segments, and serve immediately.

Word of the Day – venemo – poison

Tip of the Day – Don’t use poisons around your animals, The vet said the tomato insecticide here kills an animal within three minutes.
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Peanut Salsa

Toto and Tiko spotted a forest crab today. They got real close and he looked them right in the eyes. I warned the dogs to keep back or they’d have his claws attached to their nose. And they did! He looked pretty much like this, but darker brown and red. He was as big as my hand, right in the forest outside my front gate. And no fear.

Recipe of the Day – Peanut Aji


6 tomates de arbol

3 T. peanut butter

2 T. parsley

2 T. mint

Juice of one lime
2 T. extra-virgin olive oil

Coarse salt (kosher or sea)
Directions: Bring a pot of water to a boil and drop in the tomatoes. Turn off the water and let sit for five minutes. Remove the tomatoes with a slotted spoon and let cool. Peel. Place the tomatoes, peanut butter, and 1/2 cup of water in a blender and puree until smooth. Blend in the parlsey and mint, running the blender in short bursts.

Heat the olive oil in a saucepan over medium-low heat and add the puree. Cool, stirring often, until the sauce is thick and creamy, 5 to 8 minutes. Lower the heat and simmer gently. Add the lime juice, and season the sauce with salt to taste. the sauce warm. Let cool and chill, for up to 3 days.

Word of the Day – salsa – sauce

Tip of the Day – Tey these other Latin American salsas : Pebre
Molho à Campanha

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Berry Iced Tea

A Tai shi student left for the States and left me all thse little gifts! You know what’s so weird,
Because last night I said, “Gee, I wish I hadn’t given away my sprouting bags.” And the first thing I pulled out of the gift bag were those green sprouters!
I skyped with my daughter yesterday and she said she bought my son some pj pants. And I wished longingly for some pj pants. I didn’t even wait one day!
I’m sitting on the meditation stool. I needed t.p. I needed a sponge! I’m serious! I wished for extra first aid products for my guest house, and there they were! Amd my favorite yellow shirt. And tea! Whoa! I mean, the lotions, the notepads, everythig is needed, even the bag. Oh my gosh, I’m getting my new, old laptop in the mail soon, so i can use the lock. What!

Recipe of the Day – Berry Iced Tea

For the tea:
4  ou. Or bags berry-hibiscus tea
4 c.  water
1/2 c.  stevia syrup, or to taste
1/2 orange, cut into wedges
1/2 lime, cut into wedges
8 frozen raspberries

For the simple syrup:
1/8 c. Stevia powder
1/2 c. water, heated
Pinch vanilla powder or 1/4 tsp.  vanilla extract

In a saucepan bring water just to a boil and pour over tea. Steep tea twenty minutes and strain through a sieve, Cool tea and chill, covered, until cold, about 1 hour.
Stir in simple syrup, to taste. Squeeze orange and lime wedges into tea and add wedges. Serve tea in tall glasses. Garnish with frozen raspberries.

For the Stevia Syrup – To prepare the simple syrup:
Add stevia to a bowl and pour hot water over. Stir until stevia is completely dissolved. Let syrup cool.

Word of the Day – baya – berry

Tip of the Day – You can pick wild berries and pour the water right over, delicious and fresh!

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Cindy’s High-Altitude Chocolate Chip Cookies

i got a massage table! An unexpected dream come true. A family had to leave the country fast, and now it’s mine. With a little dirt to be scrubbed, and stitching and pretty sheets, I can use it for massage and reiki, yay!

Recipe of the Day – Chocolate Chip Cookies

1 c. Ecuadorian butter
1 1/2 c. Panela sugar
3 eggs
1 tsp. vanilla extract

1/2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. baking soda
3 1/2 c. Whole wheat flour

1 c. semisweet chocolate chips

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
In a large bowl, mash the butter and sugar until smooth. Mix in eggs, the vanilla. Mix the flour, baking soda and salt and stir them into the batter. Gently stir in the chocolate chips. Drop cookies by heaping teaspoonfuls onto ungreased cookie sheets 2 inches apart.
Bake i12 to 15 minutes. Until golden brown. Cool for a few minutes sheets, thrn use a spatula to move to wire racks to cool completely.

Word of the Day – galletas – cookies

Tip of the Day – I had these at Cindy’s house and they were so good, just the right texture with the three eggs. I will try them again with gluten-free flours!

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Walnut Pesto

The five sacred Mayan crops are: camote, papas purpuras, uvilla, amaranto y amaranto purpura. But really are they sacred because they kept them alive? They were gowing  all around them and thus was sacred? And then they would use it in thankfulness in their ceremonies!

Recipe of the Day — Walnut Pesto


2 oz basil leaves
1/3 c. walnuts
1/3 c. olive oil
1 large clove garlic
dash of salt

1 tsp parmezano – 1 T. ground walnuts, 1 tsp. nutritional yeast, salt and pepper, all ground together (Optional)

Directions: Blend it all in a food processor.

Word of the Day – : camote, papas purpuras, uvilla, amaranto y amaranto purpura -sweet potato, purple potatoes, little grapes, amaranth and purple amaranth

Tip of the Day – The sacred crops may not be holy to us, but it is good to remember and be grateful for crops that sustain us.

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