Pickled Bamboo

You know what’s amazing? How this set of guests is picking up slack for me in my stressed time. I’m supposed to be the hostess and see to their needs. Instead, D talks to me about human relations, and calms me down. W takes Tiko for long walks and keeps charge of the gate, even during storms! G is offering to stain the shutters if I can get the stain. And I is getting Vilca Retreat a new coffee pot. Whoa, Angels! I am so grateful to them!
Recipe of the Day – 
Pickled Bamboo


  • 1 fresh bamboo shoot
  • 5 T.  apple cider or rice vinegar
  • 3 tsp. coconut sugar
  • 2 tsp. Bragg’s amino acids or fish sauce


1. Cut the bamboo shoot in half lengthways, strip off the outer layers and then trim a little off the base.

2. Cut the bamboo into 1/4″ wide strips and add to a pan of cold salted water.

3. Bring to the boil and boil rapidly for 10 minutes. Drain and refresh bamboo under cold water.

4. Repeat this process of boiling from a cold-water start, draining and refreshing twice more, to remove any bitterness.

5. To pickle the bamboo, place the apple vinegar or rice vinegar and sugar in a small pan, and stir over low heat, without boiling, until sugar is dissolved.

6. Then simmer, uncovered and without stirring, for about 5 minutes, or until mixture is slightly reduced.

7. Remove from the stove, stir in the soy or fish sauce and the prepared bamboo.

8. This keeps for several weeks in the refrigerator.

Word of the Day – bambu – bamboo

Tip of the Day – You can get your bamboo shoots in a jar at a nice local Japanese food store, or cut them yourselves when they are less than 12 inches tall!

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Carob Chia Pudding

I have a new guadua camping shower, courtesy of Wilson, who has made all of my guadua things for over two years: chimes, Tiko’s dog house, an outdoor table, a stool, my grass hut and nowa camping shower! That shower will serve me well when the two houses are full of guests in March. And now, I’m so happy because the guys working in th molienda, the sugar cane factory, won’t be able to see me change or shower. That’s good. 

Guadua Shower/changing room

Recipe of the Day – Carob Chia Pudding

Ingredients: 1 c. Almond or coconut milk
1/2 c. carob/cacao powder
1/3 c. sweetener – coconut nectar, agave, honey, etc….
6 drops vanilla stevia, or vanilla extract/powder
2 T. coconut oil
dash salt

Directions: Blend. Put in a bowl and add 1/2 c. chia seeds. Stir. Blend again. Chill for several hours.

Word of the Day  – ducha – shower

Tio of the Day – You can  make a quick almond milk by adding a Tablespoon of almond butter to a quart of water.

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Almond Joy Smoothie

There’s something about being sick that can make me very still, during and afterwards, if I coax it. Coax stillness, coax joy. I found myself again, today, taking time in-between each watering spot, to sit and be still. I used to think, “That’s what I’ll do when I’m old.” Now I think, “Dang, this is the nicest thing in the world.” To water my garden, then sit and drink my tea. Water the flower area, then sit in the lazy chair on the yoga platform. Water the banana trees, well, turn on the sprinkler, ha ha, and watch it while it while I lay in the hammock. Then up to the Gazebo, where I sit on the meditation bench after watering the bamboo and thanking my father. I always think of Dad when I water the bamboo. He loved bamboo so much. He would’ve loved these. There are about 20, 5-foot, FREE trees from Wilson, which will grow to 2 or 3 meters high, 20-30 feet! I’ve seen them down by the river and they’re gorgeous! What a fence they’ll make in with my living fence!

Recipe of the Day: Almond Joy Smoothie

  • 1 c. coconut milk
  • 1 Tab. cacao pdr.
  • 1 frozen banana
  • 2 T. almond butter
  • 2 tsp maple syrup
  • pinch vanilla pdr.
  • 1 tsp. chia seed
  • ¼ c. coconut shreds
  • 1 c. ice cubes
Blend and enjoy!
Word of the Day: bambú – bamboo
Tip of the Day: I know, easier said than done, but try to stop and enjoy the moments. Takes me a minutes, but then I also remember to breathe deeply.

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