No-Bake Macaroons

One of my three kids has just made the statement, after wanting children forever, that she and her partner can’t quite, with all integrity, bring a child into this world in the state that it’s in. Quite a disheartening statement, for our earth isn’t it.

Recipe of the Day – Quick and Chewy Macaroons
Ingredients:
5 c. shredded coconut
2 c. coconut milk
1 pinch vanilla powder, 2 tsp. vanilla
Directions: Mix together all ingredients. For raw macaroons, roll into balls and drop into your container. For cookies: Drop 2 inches apart onto greased cookie sheets. Bake at 350 ˚ for 10-12 minutes or until lightly browned. Immediately remove to wire racks to cool.
Word of the Day – raices – roots
Tip of the Day – This country is full of a culture who remembers their roots. It’s what makes them strong.
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4-Ingredient Sour Lemon Tart

Find Wilson, my gardener, in this tree. He’s cutting the fice, (mesquite) branches from over the roof, where the little needles were turning the roof grey. The guest thought it was mold, but whew! It was grey needles that were covering the tiles – much easier to deal with,just sweep them off, yay!

Recipe of the Day – Sour Lemon Tart

Ingredients:

2 c. dates (or 1/4 c. coconut syrup/honey or raisins)

1 c. lemon juice

1 1/2 c. walnuts

1 T. lemon peel

Directions: Soak dates  or sweetener in lemon juice. Process with the walnuts and stir in
the lemon peel. Press into a  pie pan. Sprinkle with 1/8 c. sesame seeds. Chill.

Wor od the Day – jardinero – gardener

Tip of the Day – You gotta keep up on the rain gutters, the roof, and a lot of other things in Ecaudor, it’s so wet!

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Cashew-Onion Creme Cheese

I started teaching yoga for the Raw Food Retreat again Sunday And I got to enjoy their raw food breakfast of cashew cheese and crackers, granola, almond milk and stevia, and  gynostemma tea! I haven’t had that in years; used to live off it. Wed. I get to have dinner with them after an afternoon yoga and enjoy Karl the Chef’s Raw Food Feast!

Recipe of the Day – Cashew Creme Cheese

1 1/2 c. cashews, soaked

  • 1 cup water
  • 1 large green onion, minced
  • juice of one lemon
  • ½ tsp. Italian herbs: cilantro, oregano, rosemary
  • pinch powdered garlic or 1 minced clove
  • salt, to taste
 Directions:
  1. Soak the cashews in the water for at least 2 hours.
  2. Drain off water. Add to the blender with the onions ,lemon juice, Italian seasonings and garlic into a blender.
  3. Blend until smooth, stop and scrape down the sides and repeat until the mixture is smooth.
  4. Word of the Day – comi – I ate

Tip of the Day – This is incredibly good on raw crackers, and also mixed with avocado, yum and 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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Raw Barbecue Chips

I call Tiko in the middle of the night, even in the softest voice, and he comes and lays down by me. A guanchaca… footsteps… things that go bump in the night. I love camping with Tiko. I love him.

Recipe of the Day – Raw BBQ Chips
They’re amazing and they taste like junk food. (Except they’re good for you!)

Ingredients:
1 1/2 c. water
2 carrots
2 tomatoes
4-6 dates (soaked for 30 min.) or sweetener of choice
2 1/4 tsp. chili powder
1 celery stalk
1/2 c. sundried tomatoes (soaked 30 mins)
3 dashes of cayenne pepper
Bragg’s amino acids or crystal salt to taste
2/3 c. flax seeds (soaked over night)
1/4 to 1/2 beet (optional)
dash cumin
1/8 tsp. turmeric
1 T. onion
1/2 tsp. garlic

Directions:
Put all ingredients in blender except the flax seeds. Blend well and check taste. Then add flax seeds, blend well again. Mixture should be slimy and a little thick, but runny like pancake batter. Drop by spoonfuls on Teflex sheet. Dehydrate for 10-12 hours at 105 degrees. Flip and remove sheet. Continue dehydrating 8-10 hours or until desired crispness.

Word of the Day – guardian – protector

Tip of the Day – Man, my workers were right for me to get a dog. Tiko is my warrior angel.

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Portabella Pizzas

I’m sitting on my mats in my grass hut, last day of camping. Eating Peruvian chocolate oatmeal (type it in the search engine of this blog to see the recipe!) and listening to meditation music. The rain has coming down steadily, and the sound of the rain and the chanting makes me very happy. I realize I’m living my constant vision of living in a meditation hut and meditating, and it makes me laugh how absurdly human I am in contrast to that life-long image.

Recipe of the Day – Portabella Pizzas

Ingredients:

2 Portabello Mushrooms
1 lemon
raw almond butter
1 tomato
1 avocado
sprouts
Sprinkle salt, Italian herbs, basil

Directions: Clean the mushrooms, cut off the stems. Squeeze lemon over the bottoms. Spread almond butter. Top with tomato and avocado. Top with sprouts for a sandwich!

Word of the Day – sitting – sentado

Tip of the Day – The portabella is a giant crimini mushroom.

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No-Bake Coffee Cake

Oh, my gosh, it’s so sweet to have neighbors. I’m camping up on the fence line, near the road, right?  I messaged C to beg for DVDs, since my internet was spotty. After a week without diversion, they drove by in the dark of night, and passed a bag of DVD’s over the fence. Then, tonight, my other neighbors family passed an empty jar over the fence for me to fill with aloe for them. So sweet! I love this passing over the fence thing!

Recipe of the Day – Raw Coffee Cake

Ingredients:
Cake:
¾ c. almonds
¼ tsp.  salt
¼ tsp. cinnamon
3 dates, soaked for 10 minutes or more, with the water
1 tsp. almond butter
1 T. coconut oil

TOPPING
1/4 c. coconut crystals or raw sugar of choice
1 T. coconut oil
½ tsp. cinnamon

Frosting
1/2 c. coconut oil
1/4 c. raw honey
1/4 c. lemon juice
some of the rind

Dorections::
Cake:
Process almonds, salt and cinnamon in food processor until finely ground. Add the dates, coconut oil and almond milk, blend ’til combined.  Press into a small glass dish
Add the frosting,
then the topping:
Topping
Mix topping ingredients together in a small bowl.Sprinkle on top of cake.

Word of the Day – fence – cerca

Tip of the Day – Dates are so expensive here, so be sure and use your own sweetener.

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M’s Amaranth Waffle Cookies

I went to this beautiful luncheon hosted by a beautiful woman, for all the ladies and children on our mountain. Such a vibrant experience with good, solid people and wonderful food. While we were speaking of how different individuals could hear everything that goes on on this mountain, we made a decision to get foghorns. If anyone hits the foghorn for three seconds, anyone in hearing distance is to call 9-1-1. Good one, right?       M also made us these incredible waffle cookies made feom Amaranto (amaranth) flour.

Recipe of the Day – Amaranth cookies

1 c. amaranth flour

1 c. platano flour

6 dates soaked for 10 minutes, or sweetener of choice

(save the date water)

pinch sea salt

2 T. coconut oil

oil for the waffle maker

Directions : Combine all ingredients by hand or in a food processor. Oil the machine and Heat the waffle machine until the light goes off. Add the batter until all holes are covered. Cook until the light goes off again. Remove with a fork.

Word of the Day – amaranto – amaranth

Tip of the Day – Use any gluten-free flour. Our local gluten-free waffle maker at the Juice Factory uses a combination of haba (bean) flour, quinoa and platano.

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No Bake Pecan Pie

I’ve found two disadvantages for having an electric bike. One is that I can’t say, “Buenos Dias,” fast enough to my neighbors. I’m going too fast! And the other is that my hair stays flat wearing my helmet. Que lastima, (What a shame), my curls are gone!

Recipe of the Day – Raw Pecan Pie

Ingredients:

1 small papaya, sliced, or mango
8 strawberries, sliced
3/4 c. pecans, ground

Filling:
Blend:
5 soaked dates
3 bananas,
1 T. lemon juice

Directions: Line Pie Plate with the papaya, strawberries. Grind up 3/4 c. ground pecans . Sprinkle 1/2 cup on top of the fruit. Leave 1/4 cup for the top of the pie. Blend and spread the filling on top Sprinkle with 1 T to 2 c. raw, whole, honey-soaked pecans and the rest of the ground pecans.
Chill.

Word of the Day –nueces  pecanas – pecans

Tip of the Day – Pecans delay age-related neuron activity, perhaps delaying Alzheimer’s, etc. Lowers cholestrol and helps you lose weight!

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