I went swimming, are you proud of me on a grey day? And the pool was filled with beautiful Ecuadorian families who loved the water so much, and didn’t think of their bodies. And their joy just filled that pool. Adults and children alike. They have no compulsion about showing joy on their faces – just like when they eat ice cream!
Word/Phrase of the Day – Eso es tu maletin – That’s your problem
Tip of the Day – Serve with raw flax seed or oat/sesame crackers found on this blog.
1 c. uvillas, cranberries or Mora berries
1 tsp. cardamom
1 T. chia seeds
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
Combine all ingredients in a blender or food processor. Let sit in the fridge until the chia seeds have made it thick.
Word of the Day – sentado – seated
Tip of the Day – Add a little sweetening, if you like. Honey goes really good with uvillas.
So, I came in to town to meet Joy, right? And there she is with a present from my daughter, huh? Clare paypaled her the money and asked her to go get me chocolate for Christmas, and she did! She wanted me to have a present to open for Chrismas. And I was just about to go buy cacao powder, when there she handed me the powdered chocolate, gorgeous chocolate syrup and three different chocolate bars!!! Holy cow, that was fun. And my ex- sent the Juice Factory money for smoothies! So of course we broke up the chocolate ginger bar and put it in the smmothi! I am one lucky gal.
- 2 c. diced fresh mango
- 1/2 c. coconut milk
- The cream of one young coconut
- Blend the mango and the coconut milk and cream in a blender until smooth. Taste to see if you need any more sweetening.
- Pour the mixture into the popsicle or ice cube trays.
- Freeze for 35 minutes and gently insert popsicle sticks.
- Freeze until solid.
Word of the Day – por supuesto – of course
Tip of the Day – After blending, add a couple drops of stevia or honey, if you’d like it sweeter. Or papaya and a banana, if you want your popsicles creamier!
You know, on our trip to Zamora something wonderful happened. I got into the cold, cold Andean water, right? Submerged the whole body for a second, and it was so cold I couldn’t even gasp. And i said, “I”m gonna try and stay in for one minute, ” so I started to count. At 40 seconds there was this huge, “whoosh” of feeling from my solar plexus to the base of the throat. The whole area expanded and warmed with pleasure. I told Joy about it as it happened. And i was able to stay in for fifteen minutes, what!!!! Come on. Well, I mentioned in to three people . One said it was a heart-healing from the waters. Another said it was a gift from the fairies in the waters. I love that! the other said it was a kundalini experience. I think, now, maybe it was all three. I will never forget that in my life. What happiness.
Joy Lopez brought these cookies on our trip to Zamora. They were So good, it was all I could do to not eat them all!
1 cup almonds, soaked in water for several hours (alt: Peanut butter)*
1 Tbsp flaxseed soaked in 3 Tbsp water for at least one hour
1/3 cup cane sugar (Panela)
1 tsp vanilla
2 Tbsp freshly grated ginger
2 Tbsp freshly grated turmeric
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp grated nutmeg
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp sea salt
1/2 cup shredded coconut
Instructions 1. Preheat oven to 350 deg.F (175 deg.C) 2. Blend almonds in food processor till buttery. *3. Mix together the almond butter and sugar in a bowl. 4. Add the flaxseed, vanilla, ginger, turmeric, cinnamon, nutmeg, baking soda, salt and shredded coconut and mix thoroughly. 5. Batter will be thick but not crumbly. *6. Scoop by heaping tablespoonfuls onto oiled cookie sheet. Slightly flatten the tops with the back of a spoon. 7. Bake for about 15 – 20 minutes .8. Let cool on the baking sheet for a couple minutes and then transfer to a cooling rack. *Alternates:Substitute peanut butter for the almonds.If mix is too runny, add ground flaxseed and/or coconut flour to achieve desired consistency.
Word of the Day – bienestar – well-being
Tip of the Day – Says Joy, “Here’s my Ginger cookie recipe. (Note, I used ground turmeric powder in the ones you tried because I didn’t have any fresh.)”
This picture is a group of butterflies in Zamora, Ecuador. The big one in the middle is the Zebra Swallowtalike. The red and brown “89” has an 89 on it’s back, and the Skippers are the little, brown grey and black ones! At least, so says my friend, Jim, butterfuly aficionado!
These truffles are based on Karl’s Spirulina Truffles! And they are the best I’ve ever tasted, including my own!
There are three options for the Filling:
Option 1 –
2 c. almonds
1 c. dates
1 T. maca geltainized
3 T. spirulina
1 T. goji berries
1 pinch sea salt
1/4 c. cacao nibs
2 T. chia seeds soaked in 1/2 c. water
1 T. turmeric
optional: add mint or orange food grade essential oil
Option 2 –
1 c. cashews
1 c. almonds
1 c. dates
1 T. spirulina
Option 3 –
1 c. cashews
1 c. coconut flakes
1 c. dates
1 T. maca
2 T. cacao powder
Directions: Blend in a food processor until smooth. Roll into balls.
1 c. cacao butter
1 c. cacao powder
1 c. coconut crystals
1/2 tsp. vanilla powder
pinch sea salt
Directions: Grind the coconut crystal to a fine powder. Melt cacao butter and add remaining ingredients. Stir until smooth. Dip balls in chocolate and place on waxed paper. Refrigerate until firm. The coating is somewhat grainy depending on how fine the coconut crystals are.
Makes 24-28 balls with about 1/2 oz. of coating each.
Word of the Day – mariposas – butterflies
Tip of the Day – Try them with walmuts and stevia for a low-glycemic option!
Here in Zamora -2 1/2 hours from Vilcabamba, they don’t have that many interesting restaurants. So Joy brought us her home-made granola! Taken from ketodietapp, it’s a low-carb granola, and so amazingly good! There’s Joy, below, planning our next move in Zamora.
Ingredients (makes 6 cups)
1/4 cup pinenuts (34 g/ 1.2 oz)
1 1/4 cup whole almonds, skin on (179 g/ 6.3 oz)
1/4 cup cashews (45 g/ 1.6 oz)
1/4 cup slivered almonds (27 g/ 1 oz)
1/2 cup pecans (50 g/ 1.7 oz)
1/2 cup sunflower seeds (70 g/ 2.5 oz)
1/2 cup pepitas (65 g/ 2.3 oz)
1/4 cup sesame seeds (36 g/ 1.3 oz)
1/2 cup flax meal (75 g/ 2.6 oz)
1 cup shredded or shaved coconut, unsweetened (75 g/ 2.6 oz)
1/4 cup sugar-free maple syrup (85 g/ 3 oz) –
1/2 cup virgin coconut oil (120 ml/ 4 fl oz)
1/2 tsp vanilla powder
2 tsp orange zest (can be dried)
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp cardamom
1/4 – 1/2 tsp sea salt or pink Himalayan salt
1/4 c. cacao
optional – cacao nibs, raisins, bananas, strawberries
Pre-heat oven to 150 °C/ 300 °F. Combine all nuts, seeds and spices, except for the salt and orange zest, into a large bowl.
Melt the coconut oil in a small pan. Add the syrup and mix well. Pour melted ingredients into nut and seed mix and combine thoroughly.
Spread mixture out in an even layer onto a lined baking tray and bake for 60 minutes.
Stir every 15 minutes and keep a close eye on it after the 45 minute mark, it can easily go from toasted to scorched.
Once brown and crunchy, remove from oven and let cool. While still warm, sprinkle sea salt and orange zest over granola and stir through. Once chilled, transfer into a jar or airtight container and keep at room temperature for up to a month.
Word of the Day – carbohidratos – carbohydrates
Tip of the Day – Good maple syrup is hard to find here, but they did have it at SuperMaxi in Loja!
I was lucky enough to be invited to Kimberly’s 7-Course Gourmet Meal at Madre Tierra last night. What a gourmet! Every single dish, (Which there was too much of) tasted absolutely delicious and elegant. I loved it. The menu is below.
- Put the cabbage, and carrots and beets, if you like, into the food processor with salt and caraway.. Press down the cabbage with something – I use the plunger to the food processor – it works great! For several minutes, until there is enough liquid to cover. Or you can press it down with a plate, with a stone on top. There has to be enough liquid to cover the cabbage. You can add water if you need to.
- Cover the jar with a lid, paper towel or coffee filter and a rubber band.
- Let sit for a two weeks and let the air out daily. I put a note on top to tell me when it’s done. But if there’s too many fruit flies here, in Ecuador, after several days, then I put it in the fridge.excess pressure. The sauerkraut’s flavor will continue to develop as it ages.
- Word of the Day – gastronomo – gourmet
- Tip of the Day – Some people like to put the cabbage leaves on top to keep in the moisture, and bury it underground. That keeps the bugs out. Keep checking those leaves, though, to make sure they aren’t moldy.
A reader just asked me – “Hi Dorothy, Looking at trying to make a blueberry sauce for turkey.. water, panela (pequena) dried blueberrys? Any thoughts? What do you think of wine instead of water?” I said, “For my taste, I’d do blueberries, chia seeds to make it thick, coconut waer and coconut crystals or stevia in the blender. Super fast and no need to cook it! Let it set. No wine for me – I prefer it on the sweet side.”
2 c. blueberries or raspberries, strawberries or grapes
2 leaves bulgarian geranium
1/4 c. chia seeds
1/4 – 1/3 coconut water
1 T. coconut crystals or3 drops stevia
Directions: Super easy and all in the blender in 5 minutes. Let it set.
Word of the Day – jam – marmelada
Tip of the Day – Use any sweetner and any liquid!
Well, I kept track of my expenditures last month. Every day I wrote down the tiniest things. I felt like a total spendthrift, eating what ever I wanted and having smoothies whenever I wanted. And I’m so thrilled. And shocked! I’m still only spending $225 a month. Including swimming! (But not counting yardwork.) That’s what I was spending 4 years ago! (The difference in using my electric bike – no taxis, as I was 4 years ago.)
- 1 c. peaches, frozen
- 1 tsp. turmeric powder.
- 3 drops vanilla stevia
- juice of 1/2 lemon
- 1 c. coconut milk
- 1/2 an orange, juiced.
- 1/4″ ginger root, grated
Word of the Day – curcuma – turmeric
Tip of the Day – Turmeric root powder contains 2-4% curcuminoids where all of the turmeric benefits are stored) while standardized turmeric extract contains 95% curcuminoids! That’s quite a difference!
Did you know you could make things with geranium leaves? And they smell amazing! My good friends Darina and Oracio gave me Bulgarian Geranium to plant, and Bulgarian Rose Perfume. Wow! What treasures, both the friends and the gifts!
5 c. water
1-4 Geranium leaves, depending on the strength you like it
1 heaping tsp. mint leaves
1/2 tsp. chamomile flowers
optional – sweeten with your sweetener of choice, stevia, coconut crystals, honey.
Directions: Bring water to almost a boil, then throw in the mint, chamomile and geraniums. Turn off heat and add sweetening.Cover and steep 20 to 30 minutes. Strain into a pitcher and chill. Pour over ice cubes and add fresh sprigs or leaves, if desired..
Word of the Day – geranium –geranio
Tip of the Day – Darina puts them in her jams and jellies!