Herbal Bean-Potato Salad

How would you have answered? I just came back from town, brought a friend over to my house…first time. When he asked if he should remove his shoes, I said , “Oh, that’s okay, ’cause the dogs have already been running in and out.” Half hour later, while we were in the kitchen, he looked down at the floor and said, “Your floor is dirty.”                                              I didn’t know what to say, too many ways to answer. I think I said, “Oh, that’s okay” or something. But then he said, ‘Cleanliness is next to Godliness, Dorothy.”                              Wow, how would you have answered?    “As a single mom, the rule in my house was, if you pointed out dirt, you had to clean it.”      But since that time, I’ve thought of other response. What do you think of these?                                                                                                                            “Oh?”

“After a lifetime of cleaning for others, I choose when to clean. ”                                           “Yeah, with the dogs and living in the country, it needs it three times a day, ha ha. Better for me not to get neurotic. about it.”                                                                                                                                                          “Who stands in someone else’s house and points out dirt? My friends never do.  They wouldn’t want me to point it out in their houses, haha!” 

I think now, a week later, knowing the person, I would have liked to have said, “You know, there are so many ways to be next to Godliness. Sometimes you make order and space in your house. Sometimes you choose to meditate instead of cleaning.  Sometimes you have to respect the pain in your body, and know it’s better to rest. No matter how much you’d like your house to be beautifully clean. Sometimes you choose to be with the person standing there, listening well, instead of cleaning.”                                                                                                                                                               What would you have said?


Recipe of the Day –
Bean Potato Salad

Ingredients

    • 2 c. black, garbanzo or red beans
    • 1 c. green beans
    • 1/4 c. fresh parsley leaves with tender stems
    • 1/4 c. olive oil
    • 3 T. green onions
    • 1 c. chopped, cooked, cold potatoes
    • 1 T. finely grated lemon zest
    • Juice of 1/2 lemon
    • 1/2 tsp. black pepper or 1/4 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes
    • Salt

Corn ‘n Bean Chowder with Coconut Milk

Hey, lately I was wondering if I should be sitting in front of the Juice Factory, resting and having a smoothie, getting out in public. Because I do spend money I don’t need to.

 But here’s what happened today to make me re-think,….or re-heart.

First, I couldn’t pay my electric bill (usually $8+) because their system wasn’t ready. So I went to sit in front of the Juice Factory and have a chocolate smoothie.Then…

I learned there is a very beautiful Buddhist monk who lives here the last few months. I was thinking I would probably meet him by chance, if it was meant to be.  Well, I was sitting there this morning when someone introduced us. Nice! I was hoping that would happen! He shook my hand and a long tingling sensation went straight up to my heart, making me happy. My heart opened. I told him what happened, and he said, “That must be because of your practice.”

Next….

This lady stopped to stare at a poster behind my head. She talked about learning to laugh: holding your heart and saying, with long breaths, the words, “appreciation….care….compassion…gratitude” over a period of 6 hours whenever you think about it. That’s all you do, to open the heart, and start thinking with the heart,
instead of the mind, she said.

I needed someone to fix my brakes on my electric bike. The left one was so bad, and the roads were wet. I was getting a little worried.  Only the bike shop didn’t have my brake pads. So I was still sitting there in front of the Juice Factory when a return traveler in town sat down with me. I was mentioning my bike situation and he said, “I’m a bike mechanic. I’ll look at it for you.” He pointed to his bike-shop company T-shirt. And he fixed my brakes! Took over an hour of recalibration. He actually rode his own bike down to the bike shop to borrow their tools. He only wanted a “V-8” juice in return, which I put on my account to pay later, but I slipped him the $10 I was gonna use for electricity, when I heard him tell the taxi driver he didn’t have the money for a taxi.

That was all this morning.

There is a reason to sit mindfully in front of the Juice Factory.

Recipe of the Day – Corn ‘n Bean Chowder with Coconut Milk Nutmeg and Potatoes

Ingredients:

2 T. coconut oil
1 onion, diced
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 tsp. grated ginger
1 tsp. turmeric

1 tsp. each crushed coriander and cumin
1/2 tsp. each cinnamon, nutmeg and allspice

2 c. coconut milk
4 c. water or vegetable stock
2 c. potatoes, cut pieces
2 c. your choice of squash cut into 1 inch pieces
2 red peppers, diced
2 c.  corn
1 c. cooked garbanzos
1 lime
Parsley or cilantro, chopped to garnish

Directions: In a large pot set over medium heat, melt the coconut oil. Add the onions and garlic and cook until softened. Add the spices. Stir about 30 seconds. Then add the coconut milk and vegetables. Cook covered for 15 minutes. Add the peppers, corn and chickpeas. Simmer uncovered for 15 minutes or until peppers are tender. Right before serving add the juice of 1/2 a lime. Serve with a wedge of lime and chopped fresh cilantro or parsley.

Word of the Day – mecánico – mechanic

Tip of the Day – Add sweet potato, yum!

Tropical Green Smoothie

What’s today’s morning smoothie? Tropical fruit from my land: bananas, passionfruit, papaya and lettuce!

Recipe of the Day –  Tropical Green Smoothie

Ingredients:

green lettuce

1/2 papaya

1 frozen banana

1 passionfruit, cut in half and scooped out

a few drops liquid stevia to taste

Directions: Wash the fruit. Cut the papays and passionfruit in halves and scoop out the insides to pit in the blender. Blend with the banana and add sweetening to taste.

Word of the Day – bumpy –desigual

Tip of the Day – Be sure to have a green juice or smoothie every day. Most of our foods are acid, and we need the greens to cool the stomach, Dorothy.

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Neem Tea

I have a neem tree on my land. – Neem leaf is used for leprosy, eye disorders, bloody nose, intestinal worms, stomach upset, loss of appetite, skin ulcers, diseases of the heart and blood vessels (cardiovascular disease), fever, diabetes, gum disease (gingivitis), and liver problems. The leaf is also used for birth control and to cause abortions.

The bark is used for stomach and intestinal ulcers, skin diseases, pain, fever and malaria.

The flower is used for reducing bile and phlegm, and treating intestinal worms.

The fruit is used for intestinal worms, urinary tract disorders, hemorroidd, bloody noses, diabetes, phlegm, eye disorders, wounds, and leprosy.

The twigs are used for intestinal worms, low  sperm levels, coughs, hemorroids, urinary disorders and diabetes. Some chew neem twigs instead of using a toothbrush, but this be careful because some have fungi.

The seeds and seed oil are used for leprosy and intestinal worms., birth control and abortions.

The stem, root bark, and fruit are used as a tonic and astringent.

Some people apply neem directly to the skin for skin lice, skin diseases, wounds, and skin ulcers; as a mosquito repellent; and as a skin softener. Neem is also used as an insecticide.

Recipe of the Day –Neem tea

Ingredients:

1 pot of water

handful of neem

Directions: Bring the water to almost a boil. Then turn it off and throw in the neem. Let it steep, top on, for twenty minutes. Tastes good!

Word of the Day – te -tea

Tip of the Day – This is such a diverse herb. Look above and use it for what you need!

 

 

 

Shamrock Smoothie

I have my first cacao pods on my cacao trees! One will be ready soon – about 10 inches long and dark red. Can you believe that?!!! I will cut it open, take out the beans and let them sit and ferment in the sun for 6 days or so. Then roast for about 5-6 mintues on each side, take the skins off, open the beans up and take the nibs out – my favorite part.

Recipe of the Day – Shamrock Smoothie

Ingredients
1/2 c. water
2 bananas, peeled & frozen overnight
3 T. chia
1 T. peanut butter
2 Fresh mint leaves or 1/2 tsp. mint extract
1 cup baby spinach
1 date, soaked and pitted
Topping
1 c. coconut milk, refrigerated overnight
A sprinkle of cacao nibs or chocolate shavings

Directions: Blend the first 7 ingredients. Pour into glass.
Use spoon to dollop about a tablespoon of coconut cream on top.
Sprinkle chocolate on top.

WWord of the Day – cacao – chocolate

Tip of the Day – Do it without the spinach for a chocolate shake.

Saffron Rosewater Tea

My daughter in Montana writes, “You would be so glad you weren’t here today! It is 7° F. outside and the wind is blowing like ridiculously hard and it is a sheet of black ice out here! There’s something really beautiful about the silence when it’s this cold outside. The world gets quieter. Especially at where we are, and there’s no one else around. All you can hear it outside is the wind sweeping across the land and whispering through the trees… Howling on days like today.”

Recipe of the Day –
Saffron Rosewater Tea

Ingredients:
4 c. water
2  tea bags or tea-infuser with tsp. of your herbs
1 Tab.  rose-water
2 green cardamom
pinch of saffron
  • Honey or other sweetener, according to taste (optional)

Directions: Bring the  water to almost a aboil with the cardamom. Add any tea you desire: green, black, herbal.  Steep 5-7 minutes and remove teabags or strain. Add saffron and rosewater and sweetening, if desired. Serve hot or over ice.

Word of the Day – invierno – winter

Tip of the Day – Saffron is an aphrodisiac, diaphoretic- causes sweating, carminative – prevents gas and to bring on menstruation..

Theresa’s Avocado-Stuffed Peppers

From my sister, Theresa, who cooks for her own alehouse in Oregon – Portal Brewing.

Recipe of the Day – Avo Stuffed Peppers

Me and mike eat it every day.
It’s a roasted Padilla pepper stuffed with avocado, cilantro, pine nuts, cabbage, sweet peppers etc. so delish.

 

Ingredients:

1 lb. Padilla or other bell peppers

1 onion

1 garlic clove

1 T. olive oil

1 c. chopped cilantro

1 c. cabbage

2 c. cooked brown rice

1 c. pine nuts

Salt

Pepper

1  avocado

3/4 cup pepper jack cheese

1 c. corn

Directions:

Preheat oven to 425° F.

Cut peppers into halves (lengthwise) and remove the seeds. Finely dice onion and garlic and cabbage. Brown onions, garlic, cilantro and nuts in a skillet in the oil over medium to medium-high heat. Add  salt, and pepper, and cook briefly.

Cut avocado in half, remove pit, peel, and dice the flesh into cubes. Mix with all other ingredients. Fill into the pepper halves. Sprinkle with cheese.

Cook in an ovenproof dish for 10-12 minutes, or until peppers are tender.

Word/Phrase of the Day – todos los dias/ everyday

Tip of the Day – Theresa says, ” For non vegans you can add veggie or vegan burgers or Morningstar sausage patties grilled and chopped up. Mike puts pepper jack on his.

Moringa Recipes

A yoga student gave me Moringa, powdered and the leaves, in return for a few yoga classes. What a nice exchange. benefits include antioxidants and anti-inflammatory elements, balancing hormones and slowing the effects of aging, improving digestive health, balancing blood sugar levels and helping fight diabetes, protecting and nourishing the skin, and helping stabilize mood and protect brain health!

Here are some ways to use moringa in cooking.

Wash and finely chop the leaves. A little lemon juice will take out the bitterness.

  • salad, soup, tea
  • scrambled eggs, omelettes
  • curry, dal, egg rolls, rice

 

Word of the Day – donacion – donation

Tip of the Day – Wash the leaves well and discard all the stems, which are inedible. While the leaves aid digestion and gastrointestinal health, they are  somewhat tough to digest. Cooking them will help.

Sprouted Lentil Quick-Bread

Hey, when I went in to pay for my March yoga classes at the hotel, the owners looked at each other and said, “No, no Dorothy.” When I asked why I didn’t have to pay, they said, “Because it’s you.” Wow.!!! What? Way to make me cry before yoga!!!

 To sprout lentils, soak the lentils in a large cup or jar, with a filter on top, for 1 day. Strain and rinse them twice a day until little green leaves emerge at the top of the sprout. Usually 2-3 days, depending on how long you want them to grow. If you don’t eat them right away, put them in the fridge to stop the growth.

Recipe of the Day – 

Sprouted Lentil Quick-Bread

Ingredients:

  • 1 c. haba (bean) flour
  • 1 c. oat flour
  • 1 c. platano
  • 2 c. sprouted lentils
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1¼ c. water
  • 2 eggs, or 2 T. flax seeds soaked in 6 T. water
  • 2 T. coconut crystals or sweetener of choice
  • 2 T. coconut oil
  • 1½ tsp. salt
  • Directions:
  1. In a large bowl, stir together the flours, baking soda and salt.
  2. Add the spouts, water, oil and salt to the dry mixture and stir to make a sticky dough. Press into your loaf pan.
  3.  Bake in center of 400°F oven for 15 minutes. Reduce heat to 350°F, bake for 30 to 35 minutes or until browned and loaf sounds hollow when tapped on bottom.
  4. Remove from pan: let cool on rack.

Word of the Day – crecer – to grow

Tip of the Day – Sprouts are a very inexpensive way to keep yourself supremely healthy. You can sprinkle these on salads, pizzas, vegetables, stir-fry’s; put them through the juicer, or carry for a healthy snack.