High, high up in the mountains, on a hike yesterday and this lady pushed her baby goat through the window for me to hold. All the guys in the jeep had to wait for me to hold and squeal over it, and I could feel his little heart beating rapidly in my arms. Then, the men had to wait for me again, on the steep hill coming back; the altitude and the ascent was very hard for me! Luis, in the horse picture finally came down and took my backpack off and shouldered it himself. We visited a site of the Incans, learned about their houses, their circle of rocks, perhaps for cooking, while sitting with the guides. I shared my popcorn with Luis and his brother, who had the clearest, deepest eyes, of one who lives alone on a mountain.They dug up the valeriana, the flores aromaticos, the dientes de leones, the other flower for sleep, the nerve tonic (cucharillo), all for me to take home, when they learned I considered the medicinals a treasure. What a gorgeous, gorgeous day. i am so indebted to Bill, for taking me up there, and Scott, with his jeep, and Luis and his brother, and all waiting for me without comment to catch my breath on the steep slopes, over and over again.
3 c. gluten-free or whole wheat flour, plus more for dusting the work surface
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 c. olive or sunflower oil
1 c. water
Combine flour, salt, oil and water in a large bowl, and mix until dough forms a ball.
If the dough is dry, add more water, 1 tablespoon at a time, until moist. If dough is sticky, add more flour, 1 tablespoon at a time, until it’s smooth.
On a floured work surface, knead dough 3 or 4 minutes or until elastic. Cover dough with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.
Roll, cut, fill and cook pierogi for 3-4 minutes by plopping them into boiling water and then removing with a slotted spoon.
Vegan Pierogi Fillings:
Mixed Fruit berries or cherries, plums or chopped apples, strawberries and other small berries are perfect in this recipe that calls fruit, coconut sugar, water, cinnamon or cardamom, lemon juice and dry bread crumbs.
Mushroom and onions
Potato-Cheese – my daughter’s favorite
Buckwheat-Sauerkraut – the cabbage roll filling
Word of the Day – montanas – mountains
Tip of the Day – To connect with another human, different cultures, no matter, on a mountain, high on an isolated mountain slope, over a beautiful medicinal herb. What an adventure this life is. Do it.
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