Lemon Polenta Cake

“Are we camping again,” Tiko, my dog asks? “Oh, good. Because, you know, Dorothy, I’m always camping. i know where to find water, how to sleep and eat in the forest, and how to go pee. I will guard you. And I like it when you camp with me.”


Recipe of the Day –
Lemon Polenta Cake
Ingredients:
2/3 c. polenta or yellow corn meal
1 3/4 c. Ground oats
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp. salt
14 T. Coconut oil
1 c. Coconut sugar
3 eggs, whisked or 3 T. Flax seeds soaked in 9 T. Water
zest of 1 large lemon
juice of 1 large lemon
1/2 c. plus 2 T. Coconut sugar
Directions:
Preheat oven to 350F. Line the bottom of a springform pan with parchment paper and oil th sides with coconut oil,
1) Whisk together the polenta, oats, baking powder and salt in a medium bowl, and set aside.
2) Melt the oil and sugar in a saucepan over low heat. Place flax or Crack eggs into bowl and beat gently.
3) Working in stages, gently mix together 1/3 of the oil mixture, 1/3 of the dry ingre
dients, and 1/3 of the beaten eggs. Repeat this process twice more with the remaining ingredients, until all ingredients are just incorporated.
4) Fold in lemon zest, and pour batter into prepared pan.
5) Just before the cake is finished – after about 30 minutes of baking – make the glaze. Heat lemon juice and sugar in a small saucepan over medium heat, stirring occasionally until the sugar is dissolved.
6) While the cake is still hot, use a toothpick to poke small holes all over the cake. Spoon the glaze evenly over the cake, and spread as necessary. Run a knife around the edges of the pan to precent sticking, before you release it. Warm slightly.

Word/Phrase of the Day – mi – my

Tip of the Day – You can do this cake while camping, by cooking over a low heat in a covered skillet. It works!

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Q&A: Voting for Foreigners

There’s this one gringo in town who keeps telling me I have to vote in the Ecuador elections, coming up in two days, or I will have to pay a penalty, It wasn’t unit l. I asked an Ecuadorian that I got the answer, ha ha! -“You should look on the internet,” he said!

Q: Can I, should I vote as a foreigner in Ecuador? If I don’t, will be imposed a penalty fee?

A: From the Consejo Nacional Electoral, 1158 Tarqui y Sangurima in Cuenca, Centro.  Foreigners can vote five years after being granted the cédula, and not before. When you are 65, it is optional.”

That’s how the law stands right now. And I’ve only been here 2 1/2 years, so there you go! You can go to this site and see if your name appears as a registered voter. i have a voter registration card but my name didn’t show up.

Go to to https://app05.cne.gob.ec/lugar… . Put in your cédula number and fill in your last name, followed by your first name as it appears on your cédula. It will tell you what your voting place is. If you are registered, you can vote. If it doesn’t recognize you, you are not registered.

 

Papaya Banana Muffins

Is that another papaya ready on the tree? Uh, oh.” I caught myself saying, uh, oh. Frozen papaya, dried papaya, papaya salads and smoothies, papaya for Tiko, seeds for me, what else is there? Papaya Banana Muffins!

Recipe of the Day – Papaya Banana Muffins

2 c. gluten-free flour
1 c. panela or coconut crystals

1 tsp. baking powder
1 c. mashed papaya
2 mashed bananas
2 eggs, lightly whisked, or 2 T. chia seeds
1/4 c. coconut oil, melted
½ c. walnuts or macadamias, coarsely chopped

1/2 c. more  chopped papaya, extra

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Use coconut oil to oil the pan, including the base and sides of a loaf pan.

Combine the flour, sugar and baking powder in a large bowl.

Combine mashed papaya, banana and eggs in a small bowl. Add to the flour mixture with the nuts, oil and extra papaya and gently stir until just combined. Spoon into the prepared pan and smooth the surface with the back of a spoon. Bake for 1 hour or until a knife inserted in the center comes out clean. Remove from oven. Set aside for 10 minutes before turning onto a wire rack to cool. Top with coconut and/or cacao nibs while cooling.

Cut into thick slices. Serve warm or at room temperature.

Word of the Day – temperaturatemperature

Tip  of the Day -For pancakes, using this same recipe,  heat a lightly greased large non-stick frying pan over low to medium heat. Cook 2–3 tablespoons of the mixture per hotcake, in batches, for 2–3 minutes each side or until puffed and golden. Transfer to warm serving plates and serve with berries, honey or syrup.

Veggie Sloppy Joe’s

What’s that? A high-piercing, shrieking noise, rhythmically hitting the darkness. “Is that a squeaky child’s toy? It’s so rhythmical.” At 9:30 p.m.I finally jumped up, grabbed the flashlight, and stood on the edge of the porch. As soon as the sound hit, I turned my flashlight directly high on the tree, right on the spot. And there, looking right at me, was a big, round, tan and white owl, with some black on him. Wow,  what a gift that he didn’t move. And then, he took off, with that big, beautiful rush of long, long owl wings. And I thought, after that, that he might not come back. But there he was, 4:15 a.m, the next morning. Not surprising, as the animals here are so fearless. They own this land, and they’re not afraid,

Recipe of the Day – Sloppy Joes

These are the sweet, good-for-you version of the classic Sloppy Joes, made vegetarian stye. The mushrooms and walnuts give them a meaty taste. The sweet raw ketchup adds the kick!

Ingredients:

Joes:
1/2 c. walnuts
1/4 of a red bell pepper
1 tsp. onion powder
1 carrot
1 stalk celery
1 clove garlic
1 1/2 c. mushrooms

Directions:
Chop in the food processor. Add raw ketchup by hand:

Raw Ketchup:
8 sundried tomatoes
2 tomatoes
1/2 c. honey
1 T. Bragg’s amino acids, Nama Shoyu or Crystal Aminos
1/4 inch tamarind or 1/4 c. soaked raisins
1 T. apple cider vinegar
1 tsp. onion powder
1 T. olive oil
1/2 tsp. each or rosemary, salt, chili powder, oregano, cayenne

Directions: Blend. Stir into vegetable-walnut mixture. Pour on top of lettuce wraps, beet leaves or sprouted buns.

Word of the Day – buho – owl

Tip of the Day – For the buns, use lettuce or beet leaves, or make sprouted wheat/rye buns – see Essene Bread recipe on blog or youtube.
(4 c. sprouted wheat/rye + 2 1/2 tsp. each of caraway, dill and Italian herbs, 1/4 c. Bragg’s, 1/4 c. coconut nectar – Dehydrate 105 degrees for 4-8 hours.)

 

Potato Truffles

If you’re feeling at all foolish today, listen to this. On the Ipad,to copy and paste, you click on the area, and then click again to copy.  i was wondering why each finger couldn’t copy a sentence on the IPAD, so i could hold five messages at once, or ten! (As if its the fingers that were copying the message, omg.) My dad often said, “Don’t even begin to feel foolish until you’ve done four foolish things that day. 

Potato TrufflesRecipe of the Day – Chocolate Potato Truffles

Ingredients:

1 c. cold mashed potatoes (without seasonings)
1 c. dark chocolate bits or cacao nibs
1/2 tsp.  vanilla or pinch vanilla powder
1/2 c. of topping for rolling (lucuma powder, cocao powder, coconut flakes, coconut sugar or finely chopped nuts)

Directions:

Melt the chocolate gently over a double boiler, then stir in the mashed potatoes. Add the vanilla. Stir for several minutes until creamy. Place in freezer for 30 minutes.
Pour your mixture(s) to roll the truffles in, in little bowls and have them ready. Take 1 tablespoon-sized hunks and roll between the palms of your hands. Roll in desired topping, then place on a dis and chill until firm.

Word of the Day – tonto – foolish

Tip of the Day – As my dad often said, “Don’t even begin to feel foolish until you’ve done at least four foolish things a day. Keeps you humble.

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Alfalfa Pineapple Juice

See what my lovely neighbors gave me this morning? Such friends, always there, always giving, loading my arms with papayas, citrus, alfalfa and more.  And standing on their mountaintop, gazing up the fiery rocks, looming above us – well what a gift. I sure was blessed to land on this mountain.

Pineapple AlfalfaRecipe of the Day – Pineapple Alfalfa Juice

Ingredients:

1 c. Pineapple
½ lb. Alfalfa Sprouts
Juice of 1/2 Lemon
2 c.  Water ot cold tea
2 drops stevia or sweetener,  if desired.

Directions: Juice or blend.

Word of the Day – alfalfa – alfalfa

Tip of the Day – Another green that’s high in protein, alfalfa is also high in a lot of vitamins, cool!

Q&A : How to Obtain a Residence Visa in Ecuador, Based on Buying Property

Q: Dorothy, do you rememberr any logistics about obtaining your Residents Visa in Ecuador, based on buying land, and working with a lawyer?

A: Okay, some things are coming back to me about the residency VISA. If you are working with lawyers, you will give them the deed to your land, the statement of worth, and the taxes. (The original owner can get them for you.) You can get this to them ahead of time. Make an appointment with them, maybe the day you get to Quito. Thats what I did. Then, before you get here, have all your original documents apostilled. That means you must send your birth certificate, marriage certificate, degrees or whatever else is on their list, sent away to the state or place it originated from. They wil put a gold seal on it, which says that the notary was good and it is a true and original document. It cannot be messed with. Any staples on it cannot be removed.

You come to Ecuador in hand with your passport (they will make two color copies of it), two color passport-sized phtos of you on a white backround, and apostilled original birth certificate, marriage certificate (if applicable), degrees and police reports. They submit an application which they fill out for you. They write a letter in spanish to the government for you. They go with you to the couple of offices to submit your paperwork. They take a picture of you. They translate all your stuff into spanish. They submit all your documents and send you back your passport, stamped with your resident visa stamp. They do this all in one day. You should plan to stay in Quito for another day or two, in case of any hiccups,
Some things might have changed since two years ago, but that’s the gist of how to get a residency visa in Ecuador with a lawyer’s help. Hope this helps!
Love,
Dorothymom_pickle

And from a site I found online:

Requirements for Residency

The requirements to obtain a visa to live as a resident of Ecuador are relatively simple, and the process can be done by anyone if you’ve got a bit of attention to detail.

Alternatively, there are some good attorneys who can do all the paperwork for you for a fee.

All documents submitted for this process must be originals or certified (notarized) copies

 Documents provided by the applicant must be obtained only from the responsible U.S. authorities, and authenticated by the Ecuadorian Consul

 Documents must be legally translated into Spanish if not already in Spanish

You must register your home address with immigration authorities, and report any change of address while living in Ecuador.

All applications for resident visas require the following to be submitted:

 A visa petition addressed to the Director General of Extranjería, signed by the applicant and an attorney

·A completed form ” Solicitud de visa de inmigrante” for the appropriate visa type

Two notarized copies of an up-to-date passport, with the notary attesting to the fact that its status is legally current

 A completed form ” hoja de datos para la cédula” (a data sheet, subsequently used for your identity card)

·Two current passport size photos, in color with white backdrop

·Visa fee of $350.

About the fee: These fees are current as of April 2010.
In addition to the six items above, there are additional submittals required depending on the type of visa you’re asking for.

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Tree Tomato Tahini

Can I give you a massage?” Savannah, the beautiful five-year old asked me. “Sure!” I answered. And you know what she did? After rubbing my shoulders for a couple minutes, she rubbed my third eye in circles for a good amount of time. How did she know to do that? It is a kundalini yoga technique to open the third eye for awakening. She’s done it twice. How in the world!

SavannahRecipe of the Day – Tree Tomato Tahini (Tomate de Arbol)

Ingredients:

1/2 c. sesame  seeds

1 c. water to soak the seeds

3 small tree tomatoes

juice of one lemon or lime

dash salt

1 clove garlic

pinch turmeric or paprika

Pinch black pepper

1/2 tsp. olive oil to drizzle on top

Directions: Soak the seeds in water for at least 10 minutes. Drain and discard the water. Blend the seeds in your blender with a 1/2 cup pure water and the lemon juice. Add the other ingredients except the turmeric, pepper and oil, and blend until creamy. Drizzle with a little olive oil and sprinkle with paprika or turmeric and black pepper.

Word/Phrase of the Day – tomate de arbol – tree tomato

Tip of the Day – Tomate de arbol is a fruit, a beautiful tomao that grows in a tree, and used for juices, for aji, salsas and other things. It’s really tasty and good for you!

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Raw Salted Caramel Cups

People often ask me about my water situation. I have a few water sources. I brought an ionizer from the states to filter and alkalize my water. I have two holding tanks, one from the city and one from the canal. The water coming serves three areas of population here, three barrios. And I have a new source, one from a filtered pond which filters and also removes the sediment! So water flows freely now, every day, and it sure takes the anxiety out of wondering of there’s enough water daily, wow! People here have been watching their plants die from the lack of water. I feel the anxiety, and am incredibly blessed to have enough water.

salted-caramel-sauce-2-5501Recipe of the Day – Raw Salted Caramel Cups

Ingredients:
1½ c. oats
1½ c.  pecan halves
½ c.  pretzels
8  medjool dates, soaked and pitted
⅔ c. coconut oil, melted
a pinch of coarse sea salt
1 c. thick caramel (could be homemade salted caramel, date caramel, (see recipe this blog,) or store bought caramel pieces melted into a sauce – but make sure it is a little bit salty!)
1 c. cacao nibs or chocolate pieces, melted
sea salt, optional, for topping

Directions:

Crust:

  • Pulse the oats, pecans, and pretzels in a food processor until broken down into small pieces.
  • Add the dates, coconut oil, and sea salt and pulse until a soft dough forms.
  • Chill for about 15-20 minutes.

CARAMEL:

  • Meanwhile, prepare the caramel and melt the chocolate.
  • For raw caramel, ground ten dates, soaked for 10 minutes, and pitted, in the food processor, using a little of the soak water and juice of one lemon.
  • Press the crust mixture into a muffin tin, leaving a well in the center of each.
  • Add a tablespoon or two of caramel into each cup and top with chocolate.
  • Sprinkle with sea salt if you want.
  • Chill or freeze until hardened.
  • Remove from muffin tins with a knife, let sit for a few minutes and serve.

Word of the Day – carmelo – caramel

Tip of the Day – Make these with peanut butter instead of pecans, lovely!

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Papaya Coconut Lemon Bars

Sitting in the park with my meditation guru, I asked him why it takes me three or four days to come back to some sweet, sweet meditation, once I “fall off the wagon.” He listened with sweet attention and a gentle, non-judging smile. “Don’t cling to anything, not even that thought.” I have a feeling I need to hear that a lot more!

papayacoconutlemonbarsRecipe of the Day –Papaya Coconut Lemon Bars

Ingredients:

Crust – 1 1/2 c. Granola,

Filing:

1/2 large papaya, mashed
1/2 c. Flaked coconut
1/2 c. Warm water
1/2 c. + 1 T. Lemon juice
4 T. Chia seeds soaked in 6 T. Water
1/4 c. Coconut sugar
1/2 c. Gluten -free flour (I used oat and rice today)
1 tsp. Baking powder
Papaya

Glaze: (optional)
1/4 c. Stevia powder
1/2 c. Lemon juice

Directions:

  1. Spread the granola on a parchment-lined glass baking dish.
  2. Mix the filling ingredients and pour over crust.
  3. Drizzle the glaze on top. Eat now, raw!
  4. Or bake in a 350 degree F, pre-heated oven for 20 minutes.

Word of the Day – atencion – attention

Tip of the Day – Make your food with local ingredients! These are all available here in Vilcabamba.

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