Garlic Coconut White Sauce

I saw a package of White Sauce in the store, and as usual, thought I’d just go home and make it! Great for your gluten-free noodles and breads, pizzas, etc….!

Recipe of the Day – Garlic Coconut White Sauce

Ingredients
  • 2 T. Coconut Oil
  • 1 green onion, chopped fine
  • 3-4 cloves garlic
  • 1 tsp. fresh or dried herbs
  • 1 c. coconut cream
  • 1 tsp. miso paste or soy sauce
  • pinch salt
Instructions
  1. In a small saucepan over medium heat, melt the oil. Reduce the heat and add the onions and garlic. Simmer 10 minutes until tender.

  2. Allow to simmer for 3-4 minutes or until tender Add the cream , miso, herbs and salt and stir until smooth. Blend, if you like it more creamy.

  3. Store in a sealed jar or container in fridge for up to 2 weeks.

    Word of the Day – salsa, sauce

Tip of the Day – A lot of my friends would use butter or ghee in this recipe.

Toasted Pumpkin Seeds

How to toast pumpkin seeds? They pop, like popcorn! It’s really fun and fast in your toaster oven.

Recipe of the Day – Toasted Pumpkin Seeds

Ingredients:

 1 c. Pumpkin seeds

1 tsp olive oil

1/4 tsp salt

1/8 tsp ground black pepper

1/8 tsp. garlic powder

1/8 tsp. onion powder

1 tsp. Bragg’s Aminos Acids or soy sauce

1/8 tsp. ginger

1/2 tsp. curcuma-aji sauce (optional)

  1. Heat  the oven to 300 degrees F.
  2. Line a small baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
  3. In a small bowl, combine pumpkin seeds, olive oil and spices.
  4. Spread  onto baking sheet and toast for 10 minutes.
  5. Set aside to cool.

Word of the Day – pepitas – pumpkin seeds

Tip of the Day – Sprinkle on your salads and soups, yum.

Cinnamon Sweet Walnut Butter

I knew I liked walnut butter. But on the way to the food processor, I thought, “Why not put cinnamon in it? And sweetening? Cinnamon Sugar!”

Recipe of the Day – Cinnamon Sweet Walnuts

Ingredients:

1 c. walnuts

1 pinch stevia (or more to taste)

1 tsp. cinnamon

Directions:

Blend in a food processor a good blender. Rest your machine as needed.

Word of the Day – nueces – walnuts

Tip of the Day – These are a lot faster to blend than almonds. Maybe only five minutes in your food processor.

Joy’s Pickled Turmeric

A combination of two herbal powerhouses, this pickle makes a wonderful condiment that you can add to many common dishes such as scrambled eggs, rice, soups, curry, and many more. 

Recipe of the Day – Turmeric and Ginger Pickle

Ingredients:

1 c chopped fresh turmeric

¼ c chopped fresh ginger

1 clove of garlic, chopped

1-2 fresh green or red chilies

½ c lemon juice

2 T orange juice

2 t apple cider vinegar

1 T evaporated cane juice sugar

½ t sea salt, adjust to taste

¼ c toasted sesame oil, to seal jars

Directions:

  1. Combine turmeric, ginger, and garlic in a food processor fitted with an S-blade and process until small chunks.  Transfer mixture to a large bowl.
  2. Slice chilies into small strips and mix into turmeric mixture by hand.
  3. Add remaining ingredients except oil and mix everything together by hand. Fill into sterilized jars and cover with oil.  Let sit for a week to blend flavors.

Word of the Day – Curcuma – Turmeric

Tip of the Day –Will keep refrigerated for several months.

 

Amaranth Greens or Salad

Amaranth is  a very nutritious leaf that makes nice salad greens. It’s  techically a seed, not a grain. The leaves are nutitionally similar to beets, Swiss chard and spinach, but are much superior. And they are all over the place, in the wild, when in season here. They  contain three times more calcium and niacin than spinach leaves. an excellent source of carotene, iron, calcium, protein, vitamin C and trace elements.


Recipe of the Day –
Amaranth Leaf Salad

photo by serious eats

Ingredients:

4 c. amaranth (washed , picked and towel dried leaves .)

1 T. olive oil

Juice of 1/2 lemon

pinch of salt

Directions- Toss.

Word of the Day – amaranto – amaranth

Tip of the Day – Growing amaranth is possible all year round in the tropics. That’s one of the reasons it is an essential and ubiquitous plant in my permaculture garden.

 

Flowering Amaranth PlantsPhoto by Dysviz

 

Diy Jamaican Jerk Seasoning

I saw C in town with a great new haircut from our neighbor, Phil, who has a new salon up from the JF. On her way back she said, “i bought you a haircut and you have to get it right now!” Which i did ($15) and he washed my air! I feel pretty! 

Recipe of the Day – DIY  Jamaican Jerk Seasoning

Ingredients:

    • 1/2 c. allspice
    • 1/2 c. Panela
    • 6 tsp. Powdered garlic
    • 4 tsp. mild red pepper spice
    • 1 T, ground thyme, (or 2 T. fresh leaves)
    • 2 T. Powdered  onions
    • 1 1/2 tsp. Cinnamon
    • 1/2 tsp. Nutmeg

salt and pepper to taste

    Add 2 T. Bragg’s Amino Acids or Soy Sauce to make a paste,

Directions: Put all of the ingredients into a food processor or a blender and process until smooth.

  • Word of the Day  – corte de pelo – hair cut

    Tip of the Day – put whole allspice berries straight into the food processor or blender, if you like. Store this (if you added Bragg’s) sauce in an airtight container in the refrigerator indefinitely.

M’s Fried Rice

My sister, M wrote this: “

I was trying to make our favorite and fantastic fried rice recipe without the brown sugar and sesame oil and it turned out good!  Who knew?  I made the sauce in the blender instead of the pan and replaced the brown sugar with grapes and the sesame oil with tahini.  I was so surprised that it was good! Dates would have worked too but I didn’t think of that and my grapes were about to turn bad.

Recipe of the Day – M’s fried Rice

SCRAMBLE 

1/2 onion sliced, carmelized

Tofu block crumbled (regular size container)

1 T. nutritional yeast

1/4 tsp. black pepper 

1/2 tsp. onion powder

1/2 tsp. turmeric

1/2 tsp. garlic powder

2 c. cooked brown rice

1/2 c. peas

1/2 medium carrot small cubes

SAUCE

2 T.  Bragg’s or soy sauce low sodium 

2 T. rice vinegar

2 T. grapes, panela or coconut crystal

1 tsp. smoked paprika 

4 T. water 

2 cloves garlic minced

1 tsp. red chili flakes

1 tsp. sea salt

1 tsp. black pepper

DIRECTIONS: Carmelize onion by sauteing for 15 minutes or so until crystal and sweet. Add tofu scramble. Move to bowl. Heat sauce, peas, carrots. Add rice. Reduce heat. Add scramble. Mix and serve.  

Word/Phrase of the Day – te conoci – i met you

Tip of the Day – Add avocado!

How I Harvested My Cacao – DIY Cacao Tea and Nibs

I’m harvesting my first cacao pods! I’ve shelled the dried seeds to use as cacao tea. And the beans to ground for my desserts. The nibs to use in my oatmeal and cookies! It worked very well. No bitterness at all. Beautiful!

Recipe of the day – DIY Harvest Cacao

Ingredients:

3-4 Cacao Pods, slightly soft and dark red

Directions:

Cut the pods in half. You can cut off the ends first, if you like. Scoop out the insides. You can eat the white flesh around each seed, if you like. But you don’t have to! They dry in the dehydrator and taste like candy! Throw the whole mass on the dehydrator sheets and dry at 150 degrees F. for 20 hours. Put in a bag and mash with a mallet. The shells will come off and you put them in a bag for cacao tea. Put the nibs in another bag, and the white shells in a third. The shells are your tea!

Word of the Day – cosecha – harvest

Tip of the Day- You can put them in the sun. It’s just that the bugs come so fast. You can dry them under 105 degrees F, to keep them raw. But going over 150 degrees will make them bitter and burnt.

 

How to Ferment Your Tofu

Well, my friend the  froggy, the one basically lives in my house  – I finally discovered how he was getting in. I watched his legs disappear through these tiny holes in the bathroom sink. Then, if I’m very observant, I can watch his little eyes peak out when he thinks I’m not looking. Here he is peaking out of the bathroom sink holes.

Recipe of the Day – Fermented Tofu

Ingredients:

  • 8 slices fresh firm tofu
  • 1 tsp, chili powder
  • 12 tsp, pepper
  • 12 tsp. fennel
  • 1 T. salt
  • 12 c. rice wine or your choice vinegar
  • Directions:

    1. Press the bean curd  between 2 paper towels and 2 plates for 2 hours. Dry with towels and cut into 9 cubes. Place in covered baking dish or steamer pot in well aired room for 2 to 4 days.  It will have an old yellowish color and have a very strong smell like blue cheese.
    2. Sprinkle seasonings over all.
    3. Put into a clean, wide-mouth jar Pour wine to cover and sprinkle salt mix on top. Cover in keep in refrigerator. IT will be ready to use in a week and will keep indefinitely. It should be soft and creamy.

Word of the Day – bano – bathroom

Tip of the Day – This smells really strong, as strong as blue cheese. Don’t be afraid!  You could also make it without the seasonings if it’s too strong for you. It was most excellent in M’s stir-fry and sauce, in black-eyed peas, with beans or rice.

M’s Date Stir-Fry and Sauce

Yesterday I looked in chagrin at the smoldering hillside, on the property bordering mine, where the new neighbor’s gardener had left. They don’t have a house yet, just burning brush. At 11:30 p.m. I was awakened, perhaps the nearby crackling. Jumped up, looked out, and uncontrolled fires were wreaking havoc. I grabbed the flashlight and my boots, took the long watering hose, and proceeded to put out fire after fire. Jim, the neighbor was on the hillside talking down to me. I couldn’t see him, but knew his voice – a comforting voice

in the quiet of the night. I asked him to call the fire department. The stars were truly amazing through the smoke. I kept trying to cover my face with my short hair, but after an hour or so my eyes were stinging and I started to cough. My arms were
aching from holding the hose upward to the hillside. I had to vacillate running up to the Casita Guadua – the bamboo house, where there was so little water I was using a trickle  to put out the approaching flames. Then, I would go down and to the corner again.

Then back up, and the flames were within 5 feet of the casital Holy cow. Jim was gone, but another couple was talking to me and shining their flashlight on the next bit of flames. There was nothing anyone could do as mine was the only hose. Their houses were too far away, yet they had seen the flames from up the mountain and come down. Sweet and comforting, Otis and Jessica to come down after midnight. They left after awhile and it was so silent, in my mind and outside, except for the cracklingof the brush and newly catching mesquite/fice trees. 

When I started feeling overwhelmed,I said, “I need help,” and immediately there were golden beings at my back. Fires went out. The irrigation hose on the ground sprouted two leaks which kept back the fires. Come on! I did my Shaman way of becoming pure love and facing the spirits of the fire, and IMMEDIATELY they went out, one by one.
Oh

My

Gosh.

I went in to the house without thinking, knowing it was all taken care of. This morning I translated my speech, ready for the neighbors, and put it in my pocket.  They stood on the burnt slope and I told them I needed a conversation. With wide, gentle eyes, they never looked down or away. Never looked anything but helpful. Six of them. I told them how dangerous it was for their worker to start fires in the wind, and repeated I needed the hose repaired by the end of the day. Then Wilson drove by. I caught him, and he translated for them as well, telling them to call him and he would help repair this afternoon.

Sweet!

I’m tired, ha.

But still with empty mind and remembering the quiet of the night, the beauty of everything even with the sounds of Tiko and Lucas barking at the fire. I’m SO taken care of.

So loved.

Recipe of the Day –Date Stir Fry Sauce

In blender:

2 dates soaked

1 c soak water

1/2 c low sodium soy sauce

1/2 c walnut pieces

4 tsp minced garlic

2 tsp ginger

4 tsp unsweetened rice vinegar

2 tsp sriracha sauce

1/4 tsp red chili flakes

1/4 tsp ground back pepper

Blend. Put in frying pan. Add:

1 c frozen peas

1 c chopped carrots

2 c diced kale

1/2 container drained tofu seasoned per other recipe*

Cook till carrots are soft before adding rice. Let flavors blend in low simmer before removing.

Mary

Word/phrase of the Day – luchando contra el fuego – fighting the fire

Tip of the Day – D- We have these wonderful greens here that would work in this recipes, that steam up like spinach – 4 different types of kale,
amaranth greens and these weird-looking spinach that don’t look like the States.