For about a year and half 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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