Cranberry Coleslaw with Nut Mayo

For about a year and hal
f now, I have passed by a man, a neighbor in our barrio Cucanama. He’s lean and dark, with a heck of a sadness about him. He usually faces away, leans on a pole, or faces directly with his back to the street. But when he is facing my way, I say a soft, “Buenos Dias,” to him as I coast by on my bike. And for a year and half, he’s never answered. Never. But he’s not a threat, or upset, so it’s okay. But today, I came up off the Chaupi Bridge, hot and pushing my bike up the last hill, walking. And we passed on foot, and he said, “Hey, you’re not on your bike today!” in Spanish, like we always had known each other! Yay! What if I had not been walking at that moment? Would he have said, “hi?”

Recipe of the Day – Cranberry Coleslaw with Nut Mayo

This unusual slaw is enlivened by a combination of cabbages and honeyed cranberries.
It’s a delicious, colorful salad that is tart, sweet, and crunchy at the same time.If possible, prepare ahead of time and refrigerate it for a few hours before serving to let the flavors come together. Serve with the creamy cashew-ranch dressing or a low-fat dressing of choice.

1 c. shredded green cabbage
1 c. shredded purple cabbage
1 grated carrot
1/2 c. cranberries combined with 1/8 cup honey
1/3 c.diced red onion
options: dash of garam masala, celery salt or dill, 21 Seasoning Salute, caraway,1/8 tsp. turmeric
Directions: Combine all ingredients and toss lightly.

Ranch Dressing Ingredients:
1-1/2 c nuts (cashews)
soak them 12 hours, sprout 12 hours for a creamier dressing
Juice of 1/2 lemon
1/3 c cider vinegar
1/3 c olive oil
2-3 T coconut nectar, honey or 3 soaked dates
2 cloves garlic
1 t garlic pdr.
3 t onion pdr.
1 t dill
1 T sea salt
1/2 t basil
Add 3/4 – 1 c filtered water, rejuvelac or barley water while blending Then, mix in by hand:
1/4 c finely minced parsley
another 1/2 t dill, minced
Blend.   Chill. It will thicken in the fridge.

Combine all vegetables. Combine dressing ingredients. Toss and serve.

Word of the Day – Hola – hi

Tip of the Day – Keep saying, “hi,” if you’re feeling it!

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Kratom Mango Ice Cream

Five days ago, my daughter Clare had great pain relief from her rotator cuff pain, with this herb called Kratom from Indonesia. She got it in Bozeman, Montana. She had been in severe pain  for years, and the pain went down 80%, immediately. She was so happy!

I talked with Clare, who still feels amazing today. That herb works in minutes. She took it and watched the clock. She is SO dang happy. She said to tell everyone, that it works like an opiate, but is not an opiate and non-addictive and has no side-effects Google it, I did! You can get it at Mellow Mood, ColdSmoke, and the Grateful Shed in Bozeman. It was cheaper at Mellow Mood. 32$ for 3oz or 12$ for 1oz, she says. Her friend went off the addiction to opiates with this herb from Thailand!
Clare woke up yesterday with ZERO pain, and again today. She was so elated. We talked about taking a break from the herbs, in case the body builds up a resistance to it, so that was good. I take a break from all my supplements two days a week, for instance. She backed off to 1. 5 tsp. as she felt a little jittery. And her skin is so clear and her digestion is amazing, she says! What a miracle. But she says it tastes, not that good, like a mix between henna and maca, ha ha! So put it in your drinks or smoothies, or mango ice cream!

Recipe of the Day – Mango Ice Cream

2 frozen bananas
3-4 strawberries,
2 frozen mangoes

1 1/2 tsp. Kratom

Directions: Use the Omega Juicer with the flat screen and oval nozzle. Put all ingredients in and mix thoroughly. Or use a blender, an ice cream maker, or just the freezer, stirring every 20 minutes. Add the kratom to your first bite.

Word of the Day – hombro – shoulder

Tip of the Day – Herbs seem so bunko to some people. Often the most simplest of things turns out to be the cure. Peppermint for your tummy, chamomile for your skin, aloe for boo-boos, and kratom for pain!

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Raw Vanilla Chocolate Mousse

A yoga student said she referred the Vets to someone who’s dog was poisoned, who couldn’t pay, and that Dr. Pablo and his brother saved the dog’s life! Wahoo!

Recipe of the Day – Chocolate Vanilla Mousse

1 T. Flaxseed

3 T. Water

1 c. Cashews or macadamias
1 hpg. T. coconut oil
1/4 c. honey
1/4 c. shredded coconut
1/4 tsp. salt
dash vanilla powder

Directions: Grind the flax seed. Stir into a paste with 3 T. hot water.
Soak 1 c. cashews or macadamia nuts.
In food processor, process nuts with flax paste until creamy. Drizzle in 1 T – 1/4 c. water until creamy.
Take out 1/2 the mixture and fill your wine glass/dessert cups with vanilla mousse.

To the other 1/2 of the mousse, add:
the flax seeds
2-3 T. heaping cacao powder (I mixed mine half with carob)
1 T dark honey or agave

Directions: Blend until creamy. Cover the mousse with this layer of chocolate. Chill.

Word of the Day – vida – life 

Tip of the Day – if you’ve got a pet here in Vilca, get them to the Vet, get thir shots, keep them protected.

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Raw Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough

My brother, Martin asked me to pick if he could bring me some things from the States. First, i was like…”No…that’s okay.” Then I said, “Hey, could you bring me a pair of jean shorts?” Later, I thought, “What about those herbs for my salves? How about a slow-cooker I can use when I’m camping? Coconut crystals, curtains, vitamin C powder, good matches! Yikes. I guess I am a material girl living in a material world.

Recipe of the Day – Raw Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough

1 T. flax seed powder in 3 T. water
1/2 c. cashews
-1/2 c. ground oats
-1-2 rounded T. raw honey
-dash vanilla
-1/4 c. chocolate chips or cacao nibs – Make chocolate bits by melting 2 T. coconut oil or cacao butter with 2 T. raw honey. Add a dash of vanilla and 2 T. cacao powder. Freeze for 10 minutes, then break apart for “chips.”

Directions: Dissolve flax in water. Grind the cashews in the food processor. Then add the oats, honey and vanilla.

Word of the Day – materiales – materials

Tip of the Day – Don’t ask for things you can get cheaply here!

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Tofu or Mushroom Marinade

My brother is coming to Ecuador, what! I am so entirely happy, my heart swelling so much I can’t believe it. The youngest of my seven brothers and the first to come to see me. I am going to show him everything around here. In one week! I can’t wait!

Recipe of the Day –
Tofu Marinade


2 handfuls fresh parsley

1 sliced red, yellow or green pepper

1 chopped red onion

3 cloves garlic, minced

1 handful fresh cilantro, chopped

3 larege leaves fresh oregano, chopped

2 T. coconut oil

1 tsp. vegetable salt or more to taste

1/2 tsp. black pepper

1/4 tsp. cumin

Directions: Combine all in a food processor. Blend well. Mix your mushrooms or tofu in and let sit for three hours to overnight. Beautiful.

Word of the Day – comino – cumin

Tip of the Day – One of our best local Ecuadorian chefs uses this as her hamburger marinade. That certainly improves the health and taste of the hamburger!

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Chocolate Covered Grapes

You know how I took prednisone for these four days. Well, I experienced just a little nausea for a short period each day. And each day I took a piece of buscapina leaf from my garden. Chewed on it, swallowed, and the nausea subsided to about 1%. each time. that herb is amazing. It’s too bad they don’t sell it in the states, It’s just amazing!


Recipe of the Day – Chocolate-Covered Grapes


1 1/5 c. your choice grapes
1 c. chocolate pieces
1 T. coconut oil

3 drops olive oil

1 tsp. honey


Wash and dry the grapes thoroughly. Melt the chocolate, with the coconut oil, salt, honey and olive oil. Slide several grapes onto bamboo skewers. Dip the grapes into the dark chocolate and use a spoon to pour the chocolate over the grapes, covering them all, and then let the excess run back into the bowl. Place on a sheet of parchment paper to firm up. Once the dark chocolate is firm, you can cover the chocolate with shredded coconut, cacao nibs or just a grain or two of sea salt.

Word of the Day – hierbas – herbs

Tip of the Day – Kids love frozen grapes. Even by themselves, they are wonderful. And what an easy party dish!

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Apple Spice No-Bake Doughnut Holes

I love that tiko lays against the side of my tent all night. It’s so comforting. Last night, though, I could hear the tiny, squeaky scurry of, perhaps a little mouse approaching tiko’s big body. Did he not see the big, sleeping canine? then, a high-pitched squeak. Aah. And the sound of Tiko’s big body with springing energy. No more mouse sounds…Hmmm….glad I didn’t see that. But i will remember not to leave my un-shelled sunflower seeds out anymore.

Recipe of the Day – Apple Spice DoUghnut Holes


2 small crisp apples
1 T. coconut oil
½ tsp. cinnamon
1 c. walnuts
½ c. oats
1 heaping c. figs or dates, pitted
¼ tsp. ginger
½ tsp. cinnamon
Dash of nutmeg
¼ tsp. salt
¼ c. coconut flour


Pit dates or wash figs and put in a bowl. Soak in warm to soften for 10 minutes. Drain and save the water for moistening the dough, if needed. Chop apples into large diced pieces and spread evenly in a glass pan or tray. Toss with coconut oil and cinnamon.

In a high-speed blender or food processor combine walnuts, oats, sea salt, ginger, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Pulse a few times until mixture becomes broken down with large pieces throughout. Don’t over process.

Add in apples and soaked and drained figs or dates. Pulse until thick and sticky, with some bigger pieces for texture.

Roll apple mixture into heaped tablespoon sized balls, then in coconut flour to coat.

These will keep 3-4 days in the fridge, or up to a month In the freezer.

Word of the Day – raton – mouse

Tip of the Day – You could dehydrate these at 105 degrees F. for 12 hours, or bake in the oven 15-18 minutes, to have nice warm doughnut holes.

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Deb’s Fava Garbanzo Patties

These  half-garbanzo, half-fava bean falafels we had at my friend, Deb’s house, were so good, the best I ever had over any restaurant!

Recipe of the Day – Garbanzo Fava Falafels

Ingredients for about 12 falafel balls:

1 c. dried garbanzo beans aka chickpeas (SOAKED 1 HOUR IN BOILING WATER OR OVERNIGHT IN COLD) 


1/2 yellow onion, diced

4 cloves minced garlic

1/2 c. chopped Italian parsley

1 1/2 tsp. salt, or to taste

1 tsp. freshly ground black pepper

1 tsp. cumin

1/2 tsp ground coriander

1/8 tsp. cayenne pepper

1/4 tsp. baking soda

1 rounded T. flour (Gluten-free)

2 tsp. lemon juice

1/2 c. sundried tomatoes

2 T. coconut oil


Soak garbanzos over night, process in vitamix or food processor, until they hold together when you squeeze them into a ball. Then process the fresh favas the same way . Then process the onions, garlic, etc, till pretty fine ground, and stir it all together. I use ground dry garbanzos for the flour, but anything will work. Put in fridge or freezer for at least half hour or more. Then fry in 2T. coconut oil. Fry at 350°F for about 5 minutes or until browned and crispy. Serve with tahini sauce.

Word of the Day – mejor – best

Tip of the Day – I still and always will get recipes from everyone, all the time, my friends, the waiters, cooks, etc. Send me yours!

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Whole Lemonade

What do you do, James, with your pain. How do yoi handle it?” I spoke to him of his heart, knee and other pain. “I see it as energy,” he said. “And I laugh.”

Recipe of the Day – Whole Lemonade


1 whole lemon

1 qt. water, or 1/2 water. 1/2 ice

1-2 T. Honey

5 drops Lemon Stevia, liquid

2 grains salt

2 mint sprigs

Directions:Take a whole lemon. Peel, if it’s not organic. Separate into sections and take out the seeds.
Fill blender with 1 qt. water, or 2 c. water, 2 c. ice cubes. Add
the lemon, a couple grains of good salt
1-2 T. honey, or honey plus 5 drops lemon Stevia
Blend well. Add a sprig of mint to each glass.

Options: add agave, raw sugar, instead of honey, add maple syrup, strawberries, raw, grated ginger, cherries, rhubarb

Word of the Day – dolor – pain

Tip of the Day – Laugh as much as possible. There is a kundalini yoga lesson which is to wake up and laugh for one whole minute. It’s funny!

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Stuffed Apples


M-Hi, Dorothy,

I read something that might be relevant to you by Dr. Joel Fuhrman.  He was saying that while a low fat vegan diet worked for many people with reversing heart disease and other health issues, some people do poorly without the nuts and seeds and if they aren’t aware of the cause, they sometimes go back to eating meat to reverse the depression and feeling poorly.    Were you eating nuts and seeds at the time you were feeling so poorly?  He says studies have been accumulating that nuts and seeds are needed in small amounts and that they decrease dramatically the occurrence of cancer, strokes,  heart disease while significantly increasing life span.I at least make sure I get a tablespoon of ground flax seeds every day.Just a thought – not trying to get you off meat – just sharing.  He also adds “Even those whose diet included a small amount of animal products and also used seeds and nuts outlived vegans who did not eat seeds and nuts.” It’s an old book.   I suspect you’ve always eaten nuts and seeds.  You’re incredibly fit and healthy!

D-Thanks for that! I eat very little nuts as they’re ridiculously expensive,but make sure I eat seeds as a regular part of my diet: plenty of flax, chia, sesame, apistel (canary seed) and sunflower, I vary.I love this last line, “Even those whose diet included a small amount of animal products and also used seeds and nuts outlived vegans who did not eat seeds and nuts.”

That’s me!

RecipE of the Day – Stuffed Apples

Serves 4


4 crisp organic apples, preferably organic
1 Tbsp coconut oil, melted
½ tsp cinnamon
Dash each of nutmeg and ginger
¼ tsp pink sea salt
½ cup walnuts, roughly chopped
¼ cup dates, pits removed and roughly chopped
½ cup boiling water


First core the apples. Use an apple corer or a sharp pairing knife to carefully cut out the core, leaving the bottom half of the apple in tact. Use a spoon to carefully scoop out seeds and flesh around core and discard.

In a small bowl, combine melted coconut oil, spices, sea salt, walnuts, and dates. Mix well to combine and spoon mixture into each apple, stuffing to the top.

Word of the Day – manzanas – apples

Tip of the Day – You could bake these by placing each apple into a baking dish and pour boiling water around them. Bake apples in the oven for 45-60 minutes, or until apples are cooked, but not overly mushy. Or keep them raw and serve with banana ice cream and cacao nibs!

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