Saffron Rosewater Tea

My daughter in Montana writes, “You would be so glad you weren’t here today! It is 7° F. outside and the wind is blowing like ridiculously hard and it is a sheet of black ice out here! There’s something really beautiful about the silence when it’s this cold outside. The world gets quieter. Especially at where we are, and there’s no one else around. All you can hear it outside is the wind sweeping across the land and whispering through the trees… Howling on days like today.”

Recipe of the Day –
Saffron Rosewater Tea

4 c. water
2  tea bags or tea-infuser with tsp. of your herbs
1 Tab.  rose-water
2 green cardamom
pinch of saffron
  • Honey or other sweetener, according to taste (optional)

Directions: Bring the  water to almost a aboil with the cardamom. Add any tea you desire: green, black, herbal.  Steep 5-7 minutes and remove teabags or strain. Add saffron and rosewater and sweetening, if desired. Serve hot or over ice.

Word of the Day – invierno – winter

Tip of the Day – Saffron is an aphrodisiac, diaphoretic- causes sweating, carminative – prevents gas and to bring on menstruation..

Theresa’s Avocado-Stuffed Peppers

From my sister, Theresa, who cooks for her own alehouse in Oregon – Portal Brewing.

Recipe of the Day – Avo Stuffed Peppers

Me and mike eat it every day.
It’s a roasted Padilla pepper stuffed with avocado, cilantro, pine nuts, cabbage, sweet peppers etc. so delish.



1 lb. Padilla or other bell peppers

1 onion

1 garlic clove

1 T. olive oil

1 c. chopped cilantro

1 c. cabbage

2 c. cooked brown rice

1 c. pine nuts



1  avocado

3/4 cup pepper jack cheese

1 c. corn


Preheat oven to 425° F.

Cut peppers into halves (lengthwise) and remove the seeds. Finely dice onion and garlic and cabbage. Brown onions, garlic, cilantro and nuts in a skillet in the oil over medium to medium-high heat. Add  salt, and pepper, and cook briefly.

Cut avocado in half, remove pit, peel, and dice the flesh into cubes. Mix with all other ingredients. Fill into the pepper halves. Sprinkle with cheese.

Cook in an ovenproof dish for 10-12 minutes, or until peppers are tender.

Word/Phrase of the Day – todos los dias/ everyday

Tip of the Day – Theresa says, ” For non vegans you can add veggie or vegan burgers or Morningstar sausage patties grilled and chopped up. Mike puts pepper jack on his.

Moringa Recipes

A yoga student gave me Moringa, powdered and the leaves, in return for a few yoga classes. What a nice exchange. benefits include antioxidants and anti-inflammatory elements, balancing hormones and slowing the effects of aging, improving digestive health, balancing blood sugar levels and helping fight diabetes, protecting and nourishing the skin, and helping stabilize mood and protect brain health!

Here are some ways to use moringa in cooking.

Wash and finely chop the leaves. A little lemon juice will take out the bitterness.

  • salad, soup, tea
  • scrambled eggs, omelettes
  • curry, dal, egg rolls, rice


Word of the Day – donacion – donation

Tip of the Day – Wash the leaves well and discard all the stems, which are inedible. While the leaves aid digestion and gastrointestinal health, they are  somewhat tough to digest. Cooking them will help.

Sprouted Lentil Quick-Bread

Hey, when I went in to pay for my March yoga classes at the hotel, the owners looked at each other and said, “No, no Dorothy.” When I asked why I didn’t have to pay, they said, “Because it’s you.” Wow.!!! What? Way to make me cry before yoga!!!

 To sprout lentils, soak the lentils in a large cup or jar, with a filter on top, for 1 day. Strain and rinse them twice a day until little green leaves emerge at the top of the sprout. Usually 2-3 days, depending on how long you want them to grow. If you don’t eat them right away, put them in the fridge to stop the growth.

Recipe of the Day – 

Sprouted Lentil Quick-Bread


  • 1 c. haba (bean) flour
  • 1 c. oat flour
  • 1 c. platano
  • 2 c. sprouted lentils
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1¼ c. water
  • 2 eggs, or 2 T. flax seeds soaked in 6 T. water
  • 2 T. coconut crystals or sweetener of choice
  • 2 T. coconut oil
  • 1½ tsp. salt
  • Directions:
  1. In a large bowl, stir together the flours, baking soda and salt.
  2. Add the spouts, water, oil and salt to the dry mixture and stir to make a sticky dough. Press into your loaf pan.
  3.  Bake in center of 400°F oven for 15 minutes. Reduce heat to 350°F, bake for 30 to 35 minutes or until browned and loaf sounds hollow when tapped on bottom.
  4. Remove from pan: let cool on rack.

Word of the Day – crecer – to grow

Tip of the Day – Sprouts are a very inexpensive way to keep yourself supremely healthy. You can sprinkle these on salads, pizzas, vegetables, stir-fry’s; put them through the juicer, or carry for a healthy snack.

DIY Tooth Powder

Jose stopped over today. As I was cutting him some bananas,  I was about throw one to the dogs. He stopped me. “Dorothy, you can’t do that anymore. Because the bad men are filling the bananas with poison, and throwing them over the fences.Cheaper than meat.”            Dang it.

Recipe of the Day – DIY Tooth Powder


  • 4 T. Bentonite Clay
  • 3 T. Diotamaceous Earth
  • 1 T.Baking Soda
  • 2 T. Powdered Mint Leaf (optional) OR
  • 1 T. cinnamon
  • 1 tsp. Cloves
  • 2 grains salt
  • Essential oils for taste- completely optional but Peppermint, Spearmint and Cinnamon are good.


  1. Mix the ingredients in a bowl or pint size mason jar and store in a small glass jar with a lid. Mix gently..

Word of the Day – pasta de dientes – toothpaste

Tip of the Day – Wet the toothbrush to activate the charcoal, and dip into the powder. You can have a separate small glass jar for each family member since you dip your toothbrushes in it.

Chia Plum Jam

I finally drank turmeric tea as the end result of having gas all day. Tried buscapina, shoulder stands, mint, lemon and ginger, elevating the hips. All of them worked all day, but not completely. You know what took it away immediately? Turmeric in my tea.

Recipe of the Day – Chia Plum Jam


1 T. chia seeds, soaked in 1/4 c. water

1 c. seeded plums, washed

1 T. honey or coconut syrup


Soak chia seeds in water for 10 minutes. Mash plums Stir chia with water into plums. Add coconut, agave syrup or honey, if desired.

Word of the Day – estomago – stomach

Tip of the Day – The video uses agave syrup of honey, but I would use coconut syrup these days, or stevia – much less glycemic. Serve it on celery with peanut butter, yum!

Chocolate Nispero Pudding

I came out to cut dandelions for my green smoothie, only to realize that the gardener, who did such a beautiful job cleaning the land, had cut down every dandelion on the land. So, poor me, I had to have chocolate nispero pudding for breakfast.

Recipe of the Day: Nispero Jam (Knee-Sparrow Jam)


30 loquats (like cumquats, but sweeter-Nisperos)

1/4 c. stevia powder

1/4 c. coconut milk

1 frozen banana

1/4 c. cacao powder

1 T. chia seeds

1 tsp. coconut extract

Directions: Choose the sweet, orange Nisperos. Cut or chew off the end of each, and take out the seeds. Put in the food processor or blender, then add the rest,  And chill!

Word of the Day: tranquilo = calm, chill, tranquil

Tip of the Day – You don’t have to go to the market for these. They’re from the wilds of the land!


Chia Tapioca

Gosh, my neighbor’s dogs on the street, on the corner of my driveway, got poisoned again. Rosita, my neighbor was so sad. She had four dogs. One left, after three were poisoned,They threw poisoned meat over the fence along the road, to any dog available. On purpose. It’s weird because I just posted a post from a year ago, almost to the day it happened to Tiko last year. So strange and so sad.

Recipe of the Day – Chia Tapioca

1/2 c. chia seeds

1/3 c. tapioca

2 c. coconut milk

1 dropperful stevia, 1 tsp. coconut crystals or honey

1 pinch vanilla powder, or 1 tsp. vanilla


Pour the milk into a jar or glass container with a lid. Add the chia seeds, tapioca and sweetener. Put the lid on tightly and shake well. Let sit in the fridge for an hour, minimo, or overnight, to gel and thicken.

Word of the Day – mínimo, como mínimo – minimum

Tip of the Day – Think about using this daily as a staple. So filling and you won’t feel too full. Add cacao or carob, bananas, cacao nibs, coconut, or fruit on top.

Raw Chia Crackers

Twice now, I’ve got to use call a supplier or store in another city, instead of traveling to get a part. One to Quito, to get tires from Electrobikes. And another to Cuenca, to get the MacBook Charger from Marco Mendieta’s Tech Store.  I contacted them, ordered the part. They had me deposit money in their Pinchincha account, from our little store on the corner here in Vilca! And the item was here in 3-5 business days, wow!  Sure saved me a lot of travel and stress!

Recipe of the Day – Raw Chia Crackers


1 c. chia seeds

2 c. apple juice/pear juice or a mix of both

3 c. water

1 tsp. pumpkin pie spice, garam masala, or cinnamon+cloves+ginger

slices of strawberry or edible flowers

Soak chia seeds in apple juice and water Add pumpkin pie spice, gurum masala, or Stir to break up any lumps. Refrigerate overnight or 12 hours. Stir again and put dollops of the batter on dehydrator trays at 104 degrees. Place one edible flower, slice of strawberry or apple on each crisp. Check after 12 hours. If they’re ready to flip, peel them off the sheets and turn them over directly onto the mesh screen so the air can get through for the next 12-24 hours until crispy.

Word of the Day – enviar – to send

Tip of the Day – I LOVE this chia chip recipe! I’m so glad I put the pieces of strawberry and apple on top of each. They’re gently sweet and really add to the cracker.


Raw Veggie Seed Burgers

This youtube video also shows you how to grow garlic greens or whole garlic in your kitchen. Don’t forget, point side of the garlic bulb – up!

Recipe of the Day –
Raw Veggie Seed or Nut Burgers


1/2 c. ground sunflower seeds/pumpkin or chia

1/2 cup ground chia seed, sprouted nuts of any kind

1/3 c. chopped carrot or zucchini

1/3 c. chopped celery

1/4 c. green onion

1 T. onion powder

1 clove garlic, chopped

2 T. fresh parsley, chopped

1 T.  fresh chives, chopped

1/2 T. olive oil

Sea Salt and Pepper to taste water as needed

Directions: Pulse a few times in the food processor, to keep it crunchy, maybe 20 seconds. Make little patties or balls on your dehydrator sheets. Dehydrate at 105 degrees for 4 hours.

Word/Phrase  of the Day –qué alivio – What a relief!

Tip of the Day – Top with cashew mayonnaise, raw ketchup and homemade mustard! Roll in a lettuce leaf. Top with guacomole! Add zucchini instead of carrot. I added Italian herbs to this recipe and no olive oil, plus 21 Salute Seasoning