Lollie’s Avo Blue Mousse

Well, Lollie mentioned my ratty-old backpack so many times, these last months, that she finally gave me one for my birthday. And she remembered the exact one I liked from the exact store from months before. How could that be? Amazing friends, is what it is. And aren’t my friends beautiful? Here’s her recipe for Blueberry Mouse.

Recipe of the Day – Lollie’s Avo Blue Mousse

Ingredients:

1/2 avocado

1 c. blueberries

1 frozen banana

touch honey

Directions: Blend.

Word of the Day – hermosa – beautiful

Tip of the Day – For an even more gelatinous mixture, I would add 1 T. chia seeds and let it sit. Maybe cacao powder. When I told her this, she said, “Of course you would. You’re the cacao lady!” Thanks, Lollie!

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Joy’s Blueberry Ice Cream

Joy is the town’s blueberry seller here. Fresh, beautiful organic blueberries from Peru. And here is her Blueberry Ice Cream Recipe!


Recipe of the Day –
Blueberry Ice Cream

Ingredients:

2 c. frozen bananas

1 c. frozen blueberries

1 c. frozen coconut cream from the young coconut

Directions: Blend. Freeze again.

Word of the Day – vendedor – seller

Tip of the Day – The fruit must be frozen in this recipe. Of course, I put cacao powder in mine, ha ha.

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Peanut Butter Date Truffles

Look at what local women here are doing:You are invited to participate in providing food and encouragement for  Extremely Poor Families. Dr. Sonia Romero and Sheri Yohe are leading a community outreach to extremely poor families.  We will help 10 families in Vilcabamba, 10 families in Malacatos and 10 families in a pueblo close to Sheri’s home called Chinguilamac.

Dr. Sonia will locate the extremely poor families in Vilcabamba and Malacatos and Sheri will locate the families in Chinguilamaca. *If you know of a family in extreme need in these areas please contact Sonia at Jardin Escondido or Sheri, sheriyohe@gmail.com

  • Please bring all monetary donations to Dr Sonia at Jardin Escondido by November 28Sonia and her husband Marco will purchase bulk food supplies on Thursday November 30.
  • Please bring all food staples (non-perishables) to Jardin Escondido by December 2nd
  • Come and help fill the food baskets on December 2nd at Jardin Escondido, from 2:00 pm – 4:00.
  • Join us: Saturday, December 9, 2:00 pm – meet at Jardin Escondido – deliver baskets to 10 homes in Malacatos
  • Join us: Sunday, December 102:00 pm – meet at Jardin Escondido –   deliver baskets to 10 homes in Chinguilamaca (50 minutes from Vilcabamba)
  • Join us: Saturday, December 162:00 pm – meet at Jardin Escondido –   deliver baskets to 10 homes in Vilcabamba
Needed: 
Cars/drivers – willing to transport people and food baskets
Musicions – Sheri and Sonia play guitar – Song sheets will include guitar chords. More musicians to sing or play an instrument – WELCOME!
Advertise this event. Please help us spread the word and join us.
Saturday, December 2, 2:00 – 4:00 pm assemble the baskets at Jardin Escondido – practice our songs
Sabbath, December 9, 2:00 – 5:00 pm take baskets to 10 families in Malacatos
Sunday, December 10, 2:00 – 5:00 pm take baskets to 10 families in Chinguilamaca
Saturday, December 16, 2:00 – 5:00 pm take baskets to 10 families in Vilcabamba
 
At each home:
Hand out;
·      Basket of food staples 
·      Coloring pages and color pencils to each child
·      Sing a Christmas Hymn of encouragement
·      Pray for the families needs
Follow-up for these 30 families will take place once every 3 months. Example: We plan to re-visit the same 10 families in Malacatos one Saturday in January, the same 10 families in Vilcabamba one Saturday in February, and the same 10 families in Chinguilamaca one Saturday in March and continue to re-visit these families once every three months throughout the year to bring encouragement, sing with them, pray for them and bring food staples. Our goal is to enable and encourage – not to make them dependent but to express compassion and love. Not just once a year.
 
Please help us.
Recipe of the Day – Peanut Butter Date Truffles
Ingredients:
  • 19. soaked dates, pitted. Save the date water for additional liquid
  • 2-3 T. raw cacao or carob powder
  • 3 T.  Peanut Butter
  • 1/4 c. oats to roll or add to the mix
  • pinch salt
  • options: 2 tablespoons chopped nuts, 1 teaspoon vanilla essence, sea salt to taste, shredded coconut, berries, cacao nibs

Directions:

Directions:

  1.  In a large bowl, mix together the first 4 ingredients until they form a large ball.
  2. Add salt to taste and stir in the cereal.
  3. Shape into small balls (I made about 16).
  4. Place balls in the freezer for around 6-8 minutes until mostly firm.

Word of the Day – pobreza -poverty

Tip of the Day – Share and you’ll feel so much better. It will lighten your heart.

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Six-Banana Gluten-Free Banana Bread

No room in the freezer. Got plenty of dried bananas. What do I do with about twenty ripe bananas?

Recipe of the Day – 6-Banana-nana Bread

Ingredients:

1/4 c. coconut oil, melted
2 T. flax soaked in 6 T. water, or 2 large eggs
1/3 c. honey or other sweetener
1/4 c. almond yogurt or sour cream
1 pinch vanilla powder or 2 tsp. vanilla extract
6 medium/large very ripe bananas, squeezed in the peel
2 1/4 c. oats
1 1/2 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp cinnamon
pinch salt, optional and to taste

options: shredded coconut, cacao nibs

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350F. Oil and and flour the pan; set aside.
  2. Add the eggs, sugars, almond yogurt or sour cream, vanilla, and whisk to combine.
  3. Squash the bananas in your hand, before you peel them. Add the bananas and stir well.
  4. Add the flour, baking soda, cinnamon, optional salt, and fold in with spatula or stir gently with a spoon; don’t overmix or bread will be tougher.
  5. Bake 9×5 loaf for 60 to 75 minutes (I baked 68 minutes), or until the top is golden, and the center is set, and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.. In the final 10 to 15 minutes of cooking, or at any point if your bread is getting a bit dark before the center is setting, tent with foil. Baking times for loaves will vary based on moisture content of bananas, pan sizes, climate, and ovens
  6. Allow bread to cool in pan for about 20 minutes before turning out on a wire rack to cool completely before slicing. Serve plain, or with peanut butter, jam, or your favorite spread.
  7. Word of the Day – abundancia – abundance

Tip of the Day – Banana bread makes good french toast!

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Aji Sun Sticks

These ones I did with the beautiful aji sauce, the tomatillo salsa they make here. It gave it just the right amount of saltiness for a non-sweet snack. Tons of protein, too!

Recipe of the Day – Sunflower Aji Sticks

Ingredients:
2 1/2 c. sunflower seeds, soaked, then sprouted for 1- 1/2 days (You can omit this sprouting, if you like.)
1/2 c. aji sauce  (salsa) (find recipe in the search engine of this blog, on the first page)

1 tsp. olive oil, if baking

Directions:
Combine all in a food processor and roll/pat into 2″ sticks onto a dehydrator sheet at 105 degrees for 18-24 hours until slightly crispy on the outside. Eat while warm. Or, oil a pan with coconut or olive oil and bake or toast at 350 degrees F. for 15 minutes, until toasty.

Word of the Day – arena – sand

Tip of the Day – These Sun Cheese Sticks are so addicting. They have the crispy saltiness that makes the perfect snack, crispy on the outside and chewy on the inside. The lemon gives it a tangy edge that satisfies your sweet/salty addiction.

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Coconut Rice Horchata

My daughter’s coming in ten days! I’m so happy. She also happens to be my friend, a rare miracle between mothers and daughters. Beyond material things from the States, I am so happy to see her again.

Recipe of the Day – Coconut Rice Horchata

Ingredients:

Directions: In a large saucepan, combine rice, water and cinnamon stick. Let sit for 3 hours. Then, bring to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer for 40 minutes. Cool. Puree rice mixture in a blender until smooth. Strain through cheesecloth or a fine sieve. Flavor with coconut extract and sweetener.

Word/Phrase of the Day – Ya habrá tiempo – there will be time.

Tip of the Day – I’ve been really noticing what a true friend is lately. My friends know my shortcomings, and they still love me. I know I’m not a great listener. I interrupt a lot. But I care, between my friends, and they know me well. Always let your kids talk.

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Rosemary Tea

Rosemary has been used to ease muscle pain and spasm, support the circulatory and nervous systems, improve memory and stimulate hair growth. This herb contains two key ingredients — rosemarinic acid and caffeic acid — that are anti-inflammatory and antioxidant agents. which minimize damage to your body’s cells from free radicals. Thus preventing cancer. 

Recipe of the Day – Rosemary Tea

Ingredients:

1 pot of water

handful of rosemary

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

Word of the Day – romero – rosemary

Tip of the Day – Drink daily to improve your memory and ease muscle pain.

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Orange Cacao Truffles

Watching a friend of mine eat straight stevia leaves, and hearing how much he eats them, I was interested again, in what the benefits are, and why the body would crave them. Stevia can help regulate blood-sugar levels, as a hypoglycemic aid for diabetics. Stevia may also help in lowering high blood pressure but won’t lower normal blood pressure levels. This plant may also curb sugar, tobacco and alcohol cravings.

The leaves contain vitamin C and A, rutin, zinc, magnesium and iron, according to Dr. Sanjeev Gupta in the book “Kick Your Sugar Habit.” It’s rich in antioxidants, which helps to safeguard the body from free-radical damage as a result of metabolic and environmental factors. A particular enzyme present in the leaf, called superoxide dismutast, may also help to inhibit cancer cell growth, although further research is needed.

Recipe of the Day – Orange Cacao Truffles

Ingredients:

1 c. Raisins, soaked 10 minutes (save the soak water to add to other dishes)

1/4 c. orange juice

1/8 c. orange rinds

1/4 c. shredded coconut

1/4 c. cacao powder

pinch stevia leaves

Directions:

  1. Soak the raisins ten minutes.
  2. Then grind in a food processor with the orange rinds, coconut and cacao, adding a little of the orange juice  at a time to create a stiff dough.
  3. When the dough starts to form a ball, shape into balls by rolling between your hands.
  4. Chill for an hour, or so.
  5. Enjoy!

Word of the Day – beneficios – benefits

Tip of the Day – Get a little plant to keep in your kitchen. Then you can pluck off a leaf or two, as you need it.

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Acai Breakfast Bowl

After a dramatic night with our hill burning, my sister sent me money to get something from the Juice Factory. I got this beautiful Acai Bowl, wow! Like berry ice cream on a super hot day.

Recipe of the Day – Acai Breakfast Bowl

Ingredients:

1 c. acai berries

pinch stevia

1/8 c. almond milk

1/4 c. shredded coconut

2 sliced strawberries

1 small slices banana

1/8 c. cacao nibs

Directions.: Blend the acai with stevia or other sweetener and almond milk. Layer the other ingredients as shown above.

Word of the Day – dramatico – dramatic

Tip of the Day – Add any other ingredients you would like! You can get acai berries frozen in Loja.

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M’s Peanut Butter Kale Chips

Our little town of Vilcabamba -Sometimes it feels like we live here like it’s one home. Like, when you go home, you feel like you’re just going to a different room of the house. “I’m gonna go to my room now,” I often feel like saying when I’m in town.

Recipe of the Day – Peanut Butter Kale Chips

M – I was trying to come up with kale chips so we can get more greens and we love these.

Ingredients:

1 Tbsp peanut butter

1/8 cup peanut vinaigrette

1/8 cup water

1 Tbsp Garlic Parma (this is ground sunflower seeds with chipotle, salt and garlic so leave out or substitute garlic powder if you want; it’s really about the peanut butter!)

4 drops olive oil

1 bunche Kale

Directions:  Wash and strip the kale from the stem. Make a paste of the other ingredients and massage the leaves with the paste. Cook at 300 degrees for about 10 minutes.  Toss and cook another 5 or 10 minutes till dry.  Eat while warm!

We totally made this one up – but it works!

Word of the Day – al revés/ boca abajo – upside down

Tip of the Day – M says, “I’ve only seen this peanut butter vinaigrette in Trader Joe’s refrigerated section.  Try regular vinaigrette and increase the peanut butter to taste. D- You could also dehydrate these at 105 degrees for 24 hours or until crispy.

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