Bee’s Nest Remedy

You know when I got stung the other day, I didn’t realize that loud, anxiety-producing sound was bees nesting in the cracks of the cement foundation where I’m camping. I googled it to find that ordinary dish soap might get rid of them. While W, my friend and gardener was lighting a fire to smoke them out, I started pouring my home-made dish soap on them and into the cracks. There were hundreds, dying rapidly, wow! I used two whole home-made bottles over the course of three days, but it appears every last bee is gone, yay!

Recipe of the day – Dish Soap

1 c. purified water
3 Tab. liquid Castile Soap
1 tsp. glycerin
5-8 drops Essential Oil (either lemon, lavender, rosemary or geranium)
Directions: Use a brown bottle and pour all ingredients through a funnel. Shake well before using.

Word of the Day – ansiedad – anxiety

Tip of the Day – I don’t like killing animals, but it seemed worth it to avoid another bee sting in the mouth, or other areas, just three feet away from where I sleep!

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Coconut Aloe Lassi

I got stung by a bee this morning, in my mouth! I took a drink from my cup in the darkness of the morning, not realizing a bee had taken a header in it. I pulled it out of my palate immediately, but felt the pain settle in, as well. What’s interesting was that the cup held my supplements, including fresh aloe vera from the plant. So I continued to swish that around before swallowing. I could feel numbness spreading across my mouth, as it does when you go to the dentist. On the way to the gate I felt the stinger with my tongue, and pulled that out. Then, I kept my mouth open on my bike ride so the cool morning air could keep it cool. When I got to yoga, 25 minutes later, the pain was gone. That’s pretty good, hey? Think it was the aloe vera thát made it heal so quickly?

Recipe of the Day – Coconut Aloe Lassi
Ingredients:

  • 2 C. coconut water
    1 sliced mango
    1/3 c. Almond, coconut or regular yogurt
    1/4 c. cream of coconut
    Juice of 1/2 lime
    1 T. Aloe Vera Gel
  • Directions: In a blender, add the ingredients and puree until smooth. Transfer to large pitcher.

Word of the Day – sting – picadura

Tip of the Day – Get that stinger out, if you can find it!

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Mint, Fennel Lemongrass Tea

To make your own mix of teas, you can choose and mix herbs. It’s just that some of them don’t do well together medicinally. So it’s best to google them. There are actually charts of which herbs go together, and which don’t. This one is a lovely mix from the garden: lemongrass, mint and fennel.

Recipe of the Day – Lemongrass, Mint, Fennel Tea

Ingredients:

1 pot water

2 sprigs lemongrass to fit the pot

4-5 mint leaves

1 small sprig fennel

Directions: Being the water almost  to a boil. Then turn off. Put your leaves in a kettle or tea pot and pour the water over. Let steep for 20 mi utes, covered.

Word of the Day – forage – forrage

Tip of the Day – Go with your instincts, but also know your limits!

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Corn Cookies

Ooh, I’ve been teaching Yoga at the New Community Center, Mondays and Fridays here in Vilca. It’s so uplifting! The beauty of the mountains behind are reflected in the long, wide mirrors. The emptiness of sound and the prettiness of the Hotel Ramses, just a block from the Park. I love it so much. 

Community Center Hotel Ramses

Recipe of the Day – Corn Cookies

Ingredients:
1 c. Coconut milk
1 C. Coconut sugar
3 eggs or 3 T. flax mixed with 6 T. water
1 1/4 c. Platano or other flour
1/3 c. Corn Flour
3/4 tsp. baking powder

1/4 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt

Directions: Combine the oil and sugar in a mixer or food processor  for 2 to 3 minutes. Scrape down the sides with a spatula.
Then add the egg or flax until creamy.

Add the dry ingredients. Mix just until the dough comes together, and for no longer than 60 seconds. Don’t overmix. Scrape down the sides of the bowl with a spatula.
Using a spoon or ice cream scoop, portion out cookie dough onto a parchment-lined cookie sheet, about 3 inches apart. Wrap the sheet pan tightly with plastic wrap and chill for a minimum of 1 hour, and for no more than 1 week.

Heat your oven to 350°F. Bake each batch for 18 minutes. The cookies will spread, until faintly browned. Give them a couple more minutes if needed.
Cool the cookies completely before transferring to a plate or an airtight container for storage. At room temperature, corn cookies will keep fresh for 5 days. In the freezer, they’ll stay fresh for a month.

Word of the Day – maiz – corn

Tip of the Day –Use the chilled cookie dough to make a beautiful pie crust! Strawberry ice cream goes great with a corn crust!

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Chocolate Avo Brownies

in emotional state all day, not all day, for five or more days, like a radio station in my head, ’til something outward happened. I was teaching yoga to the staff at The Raw Food Retreat, on a small porch where we laid head down, right cheek on the floor in Downward Corpse. We were so close,mface-to face, that when the man reached out suddenly to slap a mosquito, the slap on the floor near my head cleared my brain. Literally! Everythign went solent, all the drama, all the radio-head. What a blessing after five days or more of drama, i thanked him! And thanks, mosquito, for giving your life for my enlightenment!

Recipe of the Day – Chocolate Avo Brownies
Ingredients:
1 C. Platano or other gluten-free  flour
1/3 c. Cacao powder
1/2 tsp. baking soda
Dash salt
1/3 c. coconut oil
1 ripe avocado smashed
1/3 c. Panela or coconut sugar
1 large egg or 1 T. Flax in 3 T. Water
Pinch vanilla powder or 1 tsp. vanilla extract
options: cacao nibs, coconut, walnut pieces

Directions:
Preheat the oven to 350ºF. Line an 8×8-inch square baking pan with parchment paper or oil the pan
Sift together the flour, cacao, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.
In a large mixing bowl beat together the oil, avocado, and sugar until well blended. Beat in the egg/flax and vanilla. Fold the flour mixture into the avocado mixture just until moistened. Gently fold in the cacao nibs, walnuts, and/or coconut if using.
Bake for 15 to 20 minutes or until a wooden toothpick inserted into the center comes out with only a few dry crumbs. Allow the brownies to cool completely before removing them from the pan.

Word of the Day – mosquito-mosquito       Enlightenment – iluminación

Tip of the Day – This is a great recipe to use for avocados about to turn black!

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Avocado Cilantro Dressing

I’ve been doimg  a little caregiving for a woman in Vilca, one of my favorite people. And today I made us this huge salad with dressing that came out really great. It sure has been great with the extra work to pay for cleaning my teeth, setting some old jewelry, the gardener, the internet, electricity, propane,, food, and taxis, wow! 

Recipe of the Day – Avocado Cilantro Dressing

Ingredients:

1 huge avocado, mashed

1/8 c. Apple cider vinegar

Juice of 1/2 lemon

1/2 c. Chopped cilantro

1 T. Fresh basil, chopped,

couple grains salt

Directions. Mash the avocado with a fork and add all the other ingredients by hand. So good!

Word of the Day – viejo – old

Tip of the Day – You can make a really nice dressing without oil, This one, with the natural fats of the avocado, sure didnt’t need any!

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Orange Pineapple Oat Juice

There’s nothing that stops everything, even the sound of your own thoughts, than nature happening. Right in this minute there was a mud slide down the mountain. I could hear it first, then see it from my camping perch. It stills everything and gives me a sense of awe, like… Yeah, I am not the center of the Universe.

Recipe of the Day – Oat Orange Pineapple Juice

Ingredients:

1 orange

1 c. Pineapple

1 c. Water

1 T. Oats

Directions. Peel the orange  and throw in the blender wih the water and pineapple. Add the oats and blend until creamy. Yummy!

Word of the Day – montañas – mountains

Tip of the Day – You can make a whole pitcher of oat milk, if you want, by blending a pitcher of water with a cup of oats, straining, if you like, and adding sweetening. It doesn’t last more than a day or two.

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Nimbu Pani – Indian Lemonade

“Hi, Tiko,” I whispered, in the wee hour of the morning. “Wait, was that Tiko? Why didn’t I hear his toenails on the wooden floor of the platform where I’ve been camping this week? ” Later, i was awoken by Tiko sniffing the top of my head through the thin fabric of the tent. He’s never done that before! I heard his soft claws circling and circling the tent. I could see his broad shadow on one whole side, guarding, guarding. He’s never done any of that before. Makes me cry to think of his love for me. I must’ve drifted off again when I heard his deep-throated growl, then serious barking in the grass near the front gate. I’m sure he woke the guests. But worth it, for his protection of us.

Recipe of the Day – Indian Lemonade
Ingredients:
Lemons – 4 ( 1 sliced for garnishing )
Fresh Mint sprigs – 4 – 5
Coconut Sugar – to taste ( 6 tsp. for 4 glasses)
Salt – a pinch
Pinch Cumin Seeds Powder
1 qt. Water
Ice cubes
Directions:
Take a large Pitcher and add a little  water to it. Now add the coconut sugar (you can adjust the sweetness as per your taste) and stir till it dissolves. Squeeze all lemons and add the juice. Add pinch of salt and cumin and stir. Now add chilled water and crushed ice to the jug and stir again. Toss in the mint leaves. Serve in chilled glasses garnished with lemon slices and mint sprigs.

Word of the Day – grunido –  growl

Tip of the Day – Add a couple grains of black pepper and ginger to keep up your immune system, You can replace water with soda water, Yum!

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Banana Destruction of Mango

i went up to My friends’ house this morning. If I go at 7 a.m. i can have as much alfalfa as I can juice! Today they gave me these gorgeous small mangoes from their tree. Supposedly you can eat the skin, too! I took the ugliest one that was mushy on one side and cut into it with my pocket knife, I ate that half on the way home, throwing the seed into the bushes. Whoaaa….you have never tasted a more delicious mango in your life. Tiko gladly licked my hand.

Recipe of the Day – Banana Destruction of Mango

Ingredients:
2 mangoes, peeled and sliced
2 T. tahini
3/4 c. water
2 frozen bananas
dash vanilla
2 soaked dates

Directions: Wash and peel the mangoes. Slice into pieces and scoop out. Lay them on a plate. To make the ice cream, blend the rest of the ingredients and pour over the mangoes, oh….my…gosh.

Word of the Day – desayuno – breakfast

Tip of the Day – Instead of the tahini, try nut/seed milk of any kind, or 1 T. almond butter or cashew butter with the same amount of water. Top with blueberries, strawberries, cacao nibs, coconut, cinnamon, peppermint, chocolate sauce, etc…

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Crustless Slow Cooker Spinach Quiche

Listening to the guests and owners of the Raw Food Retreat talk about the inability to get a hot shower, i was assured I still am not alone in Ecuador whenever the water pressure is low. Their solutions were the same. With a calefon (hot water heater affixed to the wall), once you find the correct setting, leave it and never let anyone touch it. (I have a sign on mine.) Then, after you know there is gas in the propane tank and a healthy battery, do either or both of these. Turn the water off and on, off and on, until it becomes hot. Or, turn on all the faucets in the house to get the pressure up. Haven’t tried that one yet.

Recipe of the Day – Crustless Slow Cooker Spinach Quiche

Ingredients:

2 huge handfuls chopped spinach
1 T. Coconut oil
2 c. Baby mushrooms, washed and chopped
1 medium red bell pepper
1 1/2 c. Nut/seed or  cheddar cheese
8 eggs
1 c. Almond or other sour cream
2 T. snipped fresh chives
1/2 tsp. sea salt
1/4 tsp. ground black pepper
1/2 c. finely ground almond flour
1/4 tsp baking soda

Directions:

Lightly grease slow cooker with oil. Chop the spinach, onions and mushrooms
Heat 1 T. Oil over medium heat, and saute pepper and mushrooms together until fragrant, about 4 minutes
Mix together eggs, sour cream, salt, and pepper in a large bowl. Add grated cheese and chives and mix to combine
In a small bowl, combine almond flour and baking soda. Fold into the egg mixture
Add the vegetables in the eggs mixture and pour into the slow cooker
Cook on high for 2 1/2 hours or low for 4-5.

Word of the Day – precion – pressure

Tip of the Day – I have full disclosure to my guests: that the water in the big house is heated by solar panels. Thus, the heat is supplied by the sun. If there hasn’t been sun for three days, the water may not get hot. In the casita, the water is heated by calefon. If there hasn’t been enough rain to supply pressure to heat to move the calefon, there my not be hot water. We’ve been lucky to have hot showere most of the year.

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