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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Mart’s Morning Smoothie

The owners of the Community Center left the Hotel Ramses where I teach, right? Well, I was waiting for the owner to ask him if I could stay and continue to teach anyway. I left he and his wife a long letter, in spanish, and today, after yoga, they agreed that I could stay! And it’s close and beautiful and secluded, just 1 1/2 blocks from the center of town.
My students and I, the four of us that were there today, were SO happy. Oh my gosh. Great day.

Recipe of the Day – Mart’s Morning Smoothie

Mart says: “Mine is not really a bulk up drink, but here is what I threw in it this morning:”

Liquid vitamins
Probiotics
Chlorophyll
Coconut water
Spinach-softball size
Protein Power-30 grams ish.
raw oats- about 1.5-2 cups
Banana
Orange
Guayava (Delicous!)
Ginger
2 carrots
1/2 cup or so of Greek Yogurt.

Directions: Fill it to two liters with water and blend it all up.

Word of the Day – feliz – happy

Tip of the Day – This is my brother, Mart’s smoothie of the day. It sure gives him energy and keeps him going with long work days, a wife and two teenagers in the house! Add or take away what you want for your own body!

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B’s Mango Chocolate Shake

Story from L, a friend of mine, on Paul Newman. Lollie came from Connecticut, and one time Paul Newman and Joanne came into their store! –  “It was 2007, so he was pretty old, but still gorgeous. We laughed about how he came to my college so many years ago to stump for a candidate for president. I showed him a photo of himself! Joanne was so great. She ordered sandwiches and said she had always loved the store. I remained calm…UNTIL THEY LEFT! Then I danced all around the store with my employees and we called everyone we knew!!! hahahaha. So fun.”

Recipe of the Day – Mango Chocolate Shake

Ingredients:

3/4 c. raw milk, oat, seed or nut milk

3-4 small frozen bananas

1 avocado

1 mango

2 eggs

1/4 c. cacao powder

Directions: Peel and cut the fruit. Blend together with the rest of the ingredients.

Word of the Day – famoso – famous

Tip of the Day – It’s interesting that many people have told me they didn’t drink milk until they came to Vilcabamba. Perhaps the lack of hormones in the fresh milk makes it more digestible?

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Blueberry Fig Smoothie

On a sunny, 7 a.m. morning, with a beautiful sun-lit hill above the land, I did my sun-gathering and early yoga, ending by digging a soft indentation in the sand and raising my feet to the sky in a Vilcabamba headstand. Tiko respectfully sat right near me, the whole time, patiently waiting for the stick-throwing about to come next.

Recipe of the Day – Blueberry Fig Smoothie

C gave me the figs, J gave the blueberries, The bananas were from my land!

Ingredients:

1 fig, the gel scooped into the blender

1 handful blueberries

1 frozen banana

3 drops chocolate or vanilla stevia

1/4 c. cacao powder

1 c. water or coconut milk

Directions : Blend.

Word of the Day –– suporte para la cabeza – headstand

Tip of the Day – Use only 1/4 c. liquid, add a T. of chia seeds, and you’ve got yourself an amazing pudding!

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Kale Banana Papaya Orange Smoothie

In the moment – reflections after three years of living : It’s awesome not working for others more than a few hours a week.How did I ever live without a machete! What would I do without Wilson the gardener? I never knew what it was like to miss a country.  I miss my kids so bad, my heart aches for weeks at a time. With more time I cry more, and am a little more still and quiet inside.                                                                                                         

Recipe of the Day – Green Smoothie

Ingredients:

2 c. kale

1 frozen banana

1 c. papaya

1 c. orange juice

Directions:

Blend.

Word of the Day – reflexiones– reflections

Tip of the Day – You can make this with spinach or any other greens, if you prefer them.

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Iced Carob Tea

The wind is here. Last year it was every day throughout August. Or was that the year before. This year it started on July 1st. It doesn’t seem like an anxiety for me. Good. Just there, and blowing in the stories of things.

Recipe of the Day – Iced  Carob Tea

Ingredients:

2 tsp. carob powder

1 pot water, almost boiled

2 leaves mint

1 sprig lemongrass

Directions; Bring a pot of water almost to a boil. Turn off heat, and pour over the carob, mint and lemongrass. Let cool. Then refrigerate. Pour into glasses and add another leaf of fresh mint.

Word of the Day – algorroba – carob

Tip of the Day – There is a mention of carob in the Bible as ‘St. John’s bread’ or ‘locust bean’. It contains more calcium than milk, boosts the immune system, reduces the risk of cancer, improves digestion, slows down aging, prevents cardiovascular diseases, and helps prevent and manage diabetes. Carob tastes very similar to chocolate or cocoa powder. Add this tea with a frozen banana for a great smoothie!

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Carob Hemp Berry Smoothie

One of the small perks of being an airbnb hostess, is that sometimes people leave a small gift of food in the casita. Today it was hemp seeds, woohoo! I haven’t had them in forever. We get a good amount of chia, sunflower, apistel, sesame, sunflower here, but not hemp. So I made this!

Recipe of the Day – Carob Hemp Berry Smoothie

Ingredients:

1 frozen banana

1 c. hemp milk

1 T. carob power

6 mora or other berries

1/2 c. water

Directions: Blend.

Word of the Day – Semillas de cáñamo – hemp seeds

Tip of the Day – To make hemp milk, add a cup of seeds to the blender. Blend with a quart of water until creamy.

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Poppy Seed Raisin Bars

Last night I was a little achy and sneezy from the cold of camping. I took one poppy sprout while camping, poured hot water over it and let it steep for twenty minutes. I slept so deeply and soundly for eight hours, with dang good dreams.

Recipe of the Day – Poppy Seed Bars
Ingredients:

1/2 c. coconut syrup/honey with a
little water

For the dough:
1 c. oats or popped, dried quinoa
4 T. almond flour or more oats

For the filling:
1 1/2 c. ground poppy seeds
pinch of ground vanilla (or vanilla extract)
1/4 c. raisins, soaked ten minutes

Directions:
In a food processor, mix all the pastry ingredients with just enough of the syrup water to get a crumbly texture, which can be pressed into a dish.
3. Mix the filling ingredients with the rest of the honey-water.
4. Using the back of  a spoon, press half of the pastry batter into a pan,, followed by the poppy seed mix and top with the rest of the dough. Press down as hard as you can. Chill. Cut gently into 8 bars.

Word of the Day – estornudar – to sneeze

Tip of the Day – I also upped my vitamin C intake from 5,000 mg. to 15,000mg. for 3 days. Boy did that wipe it out!

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