Brazil Nut Nog

I brought back a yoga swing from the States. My other one broke underneath me, after being out in the rain for years!   This one is specifically to hang upside from – five times a day, three minutes each. To cure my herniated disc, as my chiropractor recommended. He cured his in the same way~ I’ve been doing it just one time a day, or two sometimes, for just a few days, and have ZERO pain, as if my back had never had a problem. Whoa.

Recipe of the Day – Brazil Nut Nog

Ingredients:

1 c. brazil nuts

3 small dates, pitted

4 c. pure water

a few grains each of cinnamon, nutmeg and cardamom

optional : vanilla, maple syrup, honey or agave, cacao powder, carob powder

Directions:

Soak brazil nuts for 12 hours. (or cashews, almonds, macadamia nuts). Let them sit out and dry for 12 hours. Soak the dates for 10 minutes or more. Blend the nuts with water. Strain through a cheesecloth or nut bag. Put liquid back into blender with a few grains of : cinnamon nutmeg cardamon, the dates and date water. Blend until creamy and chill! Save the brazil nut pulp to use in raw crackers, breads or cookies!

Word of the Day – traído – brought

Tip of the Day – Hard to get brazil nuts here, but I just got back from the States, so I was lucky!

Asparagus with Raw Macadamia Hollandaise (youtube)

This is a great party/guest dish. Easy, rich and a great substitute for dairy.

Asparagus with Hollandaise Sauce

Recipe of the Day – Asparagus with Raw Cashew Hollandaise

Ingredients:

1 bunch asparagus.

1 T. olive oil

Small handful rosemary

Hollandaise:

1 c. macadamia nuts

1 yellow bell pepper, washed and de-seeded

juice of 1/2 lemon

dash salt

Directions: Wash, trim, and warm asparagus in the dehydrator at 104 degrees, for 2 hours or more. Drizzleo live oil over asparagus. Sprinkle rosemary over asparagus. Warm for 2 hours or more.

Hollandaise Sauce: Soak macadamia nuts for 4 hours. Wash and remove seeds from the yellow bell pepper. Chop. Blend bell pepper in blender. Add: nuts,lemon with salt. Blend until creamy. Add water if necessary. Pour over vegetables. Sprinkle with black pepper or cayenne. Eat immediately.

Word of the Day –  facil – easy

Tip of the Day – Add rosemary to whatever you can. It increases the antioxidants! Fresh rosemary has the highest amount of antioxidants.

GF Samosas

These guests, back for the 4th or 5th time, are so easy and such a joy to be around. They tell me things, like the propane tank is out of gas,  but never complain. Know what I mean? W takes the dogs for a walk every afternoon! Holy cow, I am lucky.

Recipe of the Day – GF Samosas

Ingredients:

  • 3  large  gluten-free or corn tortillas
  • 2 medium potatoes, peeled and chopped
  • T. coconut oil
  • green onion,  minced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 ” ginger, grated
  • 1 T. curry
  • 1/3 c. cilantro, chopped
  • 1/4 tsp. cayenne
  • 1 c. cooked green peas
  • 1/2 tsp. salt

For The Paste

  • T. gluten-free flour
  • T. coconut water

Directions:

  1. Place potatoes with cold water in a large pot over medium-high and bring to boil. Reduce heat and simmer for about 10 minutes or until potatoes are tender. Drain and set aside.
  2. Preheat oven 400 degrees. Line baking sheet with parchment paper and lightly grease.
  3. Heat oil in a skillet over medium heat, add onion, garlic, ginger and cook until soft about 3 minutes. Add curry powder and cook for a minute stirring.
  4. Add potatoes, peas, cilantro, cayenne pepper and salt and stir to combine flavors. Remove from heat to cool.
  5. Combine gluten-free flour and water in a small bowl and mix to form a paste.
  6. Cut tortilla down the middle, fold one side over towards the center and add a little paste then bring the other end up and over the pasted end and seal to form a cone. Add filling and seal the remaining open end with the paste. Repeat with remaining tortillas.
  7. Place samosas on a baking tray, brush with oil and bake for 30 minutes, turning halfway.
  8. Word of the Day – tevia – lukewarm

Tip of the Day -M says, ” I forgot to say don’t make them if you’re out of curry powder. The first batch was too bland without it. ”

Raw Zucchini Alfredo Pasta

To get a cai bo like the one in the video, you could find one and order it online. I’ve had mine for years, take it camping, brought it to Ecuador. it’s wonderful!

Recipe of the Day – Raw Zucchini Alfredo

Ingredients:

2 zuchhini

Directions:

Slice the zucchini with a spiralizer, cia bo, or peeler. Soak the zucchini strip for 30 minutes in salted water and then drain them to make them noodle-like.

Pesto: 3/4 c. (Thai) coconut water

2 cloves garlic juice of 1/2 lemon

1/2 tsp. sea salt

1 c. pine nuts, soaked at least an hour

1/2 tsp. nutmeg

Directions: Blend until creamy and pour over zucchini pasta. This picture introducing the video is the zucchini pasta with avocado, marinara and the alfredo sauce. Wow!

Word of the Day – remojar – to soak

Tip of the Day – Use sweet potatoes, beets or other squash, to make a beautiful pasta!

Will’s Popcorn Salt

I am so happy to have my friend, W, my new neighbor. Woohoo, another friend closeby! I went to see his Storybook house, and he gave me some avocados, mangoes, and the recipe for his Popcorn Salt. Good idea, right? For those of us who eat a lot of popcorn, as I do, it’s good to have the salt on-hand. Homemade and everything!

Recipe of the Day – Will’s Popcorn Salt

Ingredients:

2 T. salt

  • 2 tsp. paprika
  • 1 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1 tsp. curry powder
  • 2 tsp. turmeric
  • 12 tsp. pepper
  • 1 pinch cayenne – optional

Word of the Day – palomitas de maiz – popcorn

  • Tip of the Day – Add other things to make it the way you Like it!
  • For Sweet popcorn – add powdered stevia, perhaps cinnamon. For Southwestern Popcorn, add, chili powder, cumin and salt. For Italian – oregano, pepper, salt and parmesan. Curry = add your homemade curry powder (See recipe on this blog.)

Sapote Spinach Smoothie

Have I shown you the sapote yet? A sweet, orange, stringy fruit, so good! L and I saw the big trees full of fruit at Hotel Ramses and shamelssly climbed up to get one. Okay…three each.

Recipe of the Day – Sapote Spinach Smoothie

1 sapote, the flesh only

1 banana

handful spinach

1 c. water

Directions: Blend.

Word of the Day – 

Tip of the Day – Use a frozen banana, if you like. Sapote are full of Vit. A, C and B6, surprisingly. Pouteria sapota, mamey sapote, is a species of tree native to Cuba and Central America, naturally ranging from southern Cuba to southern Costa Rica, plus Mexico.

Homemade Curry Powder

Its hard to get good curry powder here. Better to make your own. It tastes so good and its so much fresher than ones on the shelf.

Recipe of the Day – DIY Curry Powder

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 c. turmeric
  • 2 T. Cumin powder
  • 2 T. cardamom seeds, ground
  • 2 T. Roasted coriander
  • 1 T. dry mustard
  • 1 tsp. fenugreek seeds
  • 1 tsp. celery seeds
  • 1 tsp. bay leaves, ground,
  • 1 tsp. black pepper
  • 1 tsp. red pepper or paprika
  • 1/2 tsp. cloves
  • Directions:

     

    Place all ingredients in a container and shake.. Store in a cool dry place for up to 6 months.

    Word of the Day – sabor – taste

    Tip of the Day – You can leave the herbs and spices, whole, like cardamom, if you want. Then grind it when you’re ready to cook. It’s fresher and more potent that way.

Split Pea and Green Banana Soup

These peas sure took a long time to cook, holy schmoly! About 3 hours after soaking. It would be a lot faster with fresh peas, or perhaps ones from a different country. Still delicious, though.

Recipe of the Day – Split Pea and Green Banana Soup

Ingredients

  • 2 c. dried split peas
  • 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 peas, bring to a boil and add the diced green bananas, simmer until the green bananas are soft, about 20-25 minutes.
  2. Add the cooked split peas, stir well and cook for 5 minutes. You can blend this for a creamy pea soup, if you like.

Word of the Day – arvejassplit peas

Tip of the Day – Serve with avocado and hot sauce, salsa or Aji! The traditional Ecuadorian recipe, known as Arvejas con guineo, uses ½ tsp ground achiote (optional) mozzarrella and fetacheese and milk in the recipe, and ½ tsp. ground achiote (optional.) I threw a handful of steamed kale in my bowl.

Chocolate-Covered Dried Papaya

Somebody asked me if they need to take a collagen supplement, for their skin, or can they eat foods rich in collagen. Fish, red vegetables, orange vegetables, berries all increase/boost collagen. Soy, white tea, egg whites, garlic and oysters, boost collagen – within the dermis (below the outermost layer of skin), the foundation of connective tissue that supports the skin’s structure. Too bad egg whites, soy and tomatoes are not recommended for my blood-type.

Recipe of the Day – Chocolate-Covered Dried Papaya and Figs


Ingredients:

3/4 c. coconut oil

3/4 c. shredded cacao butter

3/4 c. raw honey
1/4 c. raw cacao powder/carob
pinch of Himalayan crystal salt
pinch of vanilla powder, cayenne powder or 3 drops peppermint oil/extract

Directions: Melt all over a double boiler, stirring constantly until creamy. Put the dried fruit on a plate and pour the chocolate over..

Word of the Day – colágeno -collagen

Tip of the Day – Other fruits work well, too! Bananas, raisins, coconut, nuts….

Papaya Fig Smoothie

Our new restaurant is so beautiful, and has such a warm, welcome and pretty spirit to it. You feel good there. The walls are lined with James Birthrong’s paintings, which go so well with the hanging wooden star lanterns, the different-colored tables and the walls. The back has lay-down easy wooden lazy-chairs, a gorgeous mural, and many tables. They did so much work, and everything is so great. Now the locals have somewhere nice to be on Mondays!

table top

Recipe of the Day – Fig Papaya Smoothie

Ingredients:

1 c. frozen papaya

1 sm. frozen banana

1 c. water, tea or oat milk

4 sprigs fresh mint

2-3 figs, scooped out

Directions: Blend. OMG, this smoothie is so good.

Word of the Day – higo – fig

Tip of the Day – Thanks to my friend, Cindy, for giving me a bunch of her beautiful figs, lemons and papayas!