Tepache

I had this drink in Agave Blu – one of the Mexican Restaurants here in town. Honestly, the gals I was with and I thought it was cranberry juice. But, no! A wickedly delicious, fermented drink known as Tepache. The chef keeps it raw, so that all the natural bacteria is intact. Here’s his recipe, or one close to it while I was rapidly storing his words in my brain!

Recipe of the Day –  Tepache

Ingredients
  • ½ pineapple cut into chunks (leave skins on)
  • ½ c. panela
  • 4 c. water
  • 2 whole cloves
  • 1 tsp. each of cinnamon, cardamom , Jamaica flower and sweet pepper.
Directions:
  1. Wash the pineapple and  cut into chunks.
  2. Mix the panela and pineapple chunks,water and  spices, and add to a large glass jar or pitcher.
  3. Cover with a cotton cloth or towel and let sit on the counter in a cool, dry place away from direct sunlight for 3 days.
  4. Tepache will become cloudy in 2-3 days and white foam will form on the surface.
  5. Scoop out the white foam that forms.
  6. Serve over ice.
  7. Word of the Day –fermentacion – fermentation

Tip of the Day – Use organic pineapple, so you don’t get the pesticides in there!

Toasted Pumpkin Seeds

How to toast pumpkin seeds? They pop, like popcorn! It’s really fun and fast in your toaster oven.

Recipe of the Day – Toasted Pumpkin Seeds

Ingredients:

 1 c. Pumpkin seeds

1 tsp olive oil

1/4 tsp salt

1/8 tsp ground black pepper

1/8 tsp. garlic powder

1/8 tsp. onion powder

1 tsp. Bragg’s Aminos Acids or soy sauce

1/8 tsp. ginger

1/2 tsp. curcuma-aji sauce (optional)

  1. Heat  the oven to 300 degrees F.
  2. Line a small baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
  3. In a small bowl, combine pumpkin seeds, olive oil and spices.
  4. Spread  onto baking sheet and toast for 10 minutes.
  5. Set aside to cool.

Word of the Day – pepitas – pumpkin seeds

Tip of the Day – Sprinkle on your salads and soups, yum.

Chocolate Glaze

Mi pobrecito – Lucas. His hips started swaying to one side. Then got worse until he didn’t want to stand up or walk! One vet said it was Long-dog Syndrome – hip dysplasia from his genes, even though he’s not even 3 years old yet. And the other said, herniated disc. Both gave meds which only made it worse. So, poor thing. I hope it’s temporary. He’s such a positive guy!

Recipe of the Day –  Chocolate Glaze

Ingredients:

1/2 c. plus 1 T. water
1 c. plus 2 T. panela or coconut crystals
1/2 c. thick coconut cream
1/4 c. cocoa powder
3-5 drops chocolate stevia, liquid, adjust to taste

Directions

  1. In a saucepan, combine 1/2 cup water, coconut sugar, coconut cream and cocao powder. Simmer for about 20 minutes until mixture slightly thickens.
  2.  Place 1 tablespoon cold water in a small bowl. Sprinkle gelatin over top and let soften 5 minutes. Remove chocolate mixture from the heat and whisk in gelatin mixture  and stevia until thoroughly combined.
  3. 3. Set over an ice bath and whisk until the glaze thickens and reaches about 80 degrees, about 1 minute.
  4. Word/Phrase of the Day – caderas malas -bad hips
  5. Tip of the Day – Go to the coconut lady. Have her pour out the coconut juice. Drink as much as
  6. you want, but leave a little for your recipe. Have her scoop out the cream and she’ll put it in a baggie for you. Try not to eat it before you get home!

Walnut Cream Smoothie

Using the walnut butter in the previous recipe, this makes a wonderful smoothie with coconut cream – from the inside of the coconut.

Recipe of the Day – Walnut Cream Smoothie

Ingredients:

1 c. coconut cream

1 c. coconut milk from the coconut

1 T. cacao powder

1 T. walnut butter

2-3 drops Stevia

Directions: Blend.

Word of the Day – usar – to use

Tip of the Day – This is pretty rich, so watch out! I don’t know if I can finish this one glass!

Cinnamon Sweet Walnut Butter

I knew I liked walnut butter. But on the way to the food processor, I thought, “Why not put cinnamon in it? And sweetening? Cinnamon Sugar!”

Recipe of the Day – Cinnamon Sweet Walnuts

Ingredients:

1 c. walnuts

1 pinch stevia (or more to taste)

1 tsp. cinnamon

Directions:

Blend in a food processor a good blender. Rest your machine as needed.

Word of the Day – nueces – walnuts

Tip of the Day – These are a lot faster to blend than almonds. Maybe only five minutes in your food processor.

Remedies for Toe Fungus

Seems to be quite common here, where the air is so moist, to have foot fungi. I know, because I saw it on the yoga and chi students, not mentioning the guys in town with the yellow, cracking, swollen painful feet. I had it for a time in Montana, but it left while on a fast. A reader asked me to post these recipes she found, so here they are, in her writing:

Recipes of the Day – Foot Fungus

-So, Vick’s Vapo Rub is good because of the mixture of Thymo (Thyme Oil), Camphor and Eucalyptus Oil. This you apply 2x a day for a few weeks, if it’s a mild case, or 5-16 months if extreme.

-You can also mix a 1:2 mixture of white vinegar:water and soak 15 minutes 2x a day for weeks to months, depending on the severity. You MUST wash and dry your feet super thoroughly however if you use the vinegar treatment because any moisture can cause MORE fungus. Also, vinegar can actually burn your skin, so, if it at any time,it  becomes painful, dilute with more water and use the soak every other day. Keeping a clean, BLEACHED OUT basin or bucket is MUCH safer than doing this in your tub or shower, as any foot and or toenail fungus can be extremely contagious.
Word of the Day – hongo – fungus
Tip of the Day – No matter what, if you have toenail fungus, you should not share socks, shoes, or nail polish with anyone else. If you live in close quarters with other people, take 1 Tbsp. Bleach and 1/2 Qt. Water, mix and spray down shower or tub and leave it for at least 15 minutes before rinsing, wiping clean, and allowing anyone else to use it. Bleach all socks between uses so that you don’t give it back to yourself. Get an anti fungal spray for any/all shoes you own and have worn with foot fungus. Pre-spray any shoes you might wear without socks.

 

Most doctors recommend an oral pill for mild to severe fungal infections but for people with liver disease, an aversion to pharmaceuticals, etc. there are a ton of homeopathic remedies.
Cool, eh?

Joy’s Pickled Turmeric

A combination of two herbal powerhouses, this pickle makes a wonderful condiment that you can add to many common dishes such as scrambled eggs, rice, soups, curry, and many more. 

Recipe of the Day – Turmeric and Ginger Pickle

Ingredients:

1 c chopped fresh turmeric

¼ c chopped fresh ginger

1 clove of garlic, chopped

1-2 fresh green or red chilies

½ c lemon juice

2 T orange juice

2 t apple cider vinegar

1 T evaporated cane juice sugar

½ t sea salt, adjust to taste

¼ c toasted sesame oil, to seal jars

Directions:

  1. Combine turmeric, ginger, and garlic in a food processor fitted with an S-blade and process until small chunks.  Transfer mixture to a large bowl.
  2. Slice chilies into small strips and mix into turmeric mixture by hand.
  3. Add remaining ingredients except oil and mix everything together by hand. Fill into sterilized jars and cover with oil.  Let sit for a week to blend flavors.

Word of the Day – Curcuma – Turmeric

Tip of the Day –Will keep refrigerated for several months.

 

Repe Soup with Camote

My camote plants started producing! These are my first sweet potatoes, yum! They are so good, coming out of the dirt. Here’s my Repe Soup with camote..

Recipe of the Day – Repe with Camote

Ingredients:

  • 6 green bananas, peeled and diced (about 4 cups)
  • 2 T. coconut oil
  • 6 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 1 medium sized finely chopped white onion
  • 1 tsp. cumin
  • 6 c. water, can also use the broth or cooking liquid from the peas
  • 1 c. oat milk
  • 4 T. finely chopped cilantro
  • Salt and pepper
  • Directions:
  1. Add the water or broth from the camote, bring to a boil and add the diced green bananas, simmer until the green bananas are soft, about 20-25 minutes.
  2. Add the camote, stir well and cook for 5 minutes. You can blend this for a creamy soup with the oat milk, if you like.

Word of the Day – repe – green banana soup

Tip of the Day – Serve with avocado and hot sauce, salsa or Aji! The traditional Ecuadorian recipe uses ½ tsp ground achiote (optional) mozzarrella and feta cheese.