Jessica’s Uvilla Berry Sauce

Jessica gave me her recipe, as we were sitting down together at the Gourmet Dinner. Uvillas are SO good! So what a great idea to make them into a sauce.

 Recipe of the Day – Jessica’s Uvilla Berry Sauce


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.


Berry Bulgarian Geranium Jam

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.”

Recipe of the Day – Berry Bulgarian Geranium Jam

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!

Bill’s Berry Kefir Pancakes

Bill brought these pancakes on our big hike. A nice break from my sprouts, gorp and raw food bars, ha ha! They were awesome! He makes them from his kefir he has everyday.

Recipe of the Day – Kefir Pancakes


1 c. whole wheat flour
1 c. blue corn flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
3 large eggs, lightly beaten
3 c, kefir
4 T. butter, melted


For the topping:
1 c. berry jam (Type “Chia Berry jam”) into this blog’s search engine and you’ll see the recipe.

Make the batter: Heat a griddle to medium heat. Whisk together the flour,  sugar, baking soda, salt,in a large bowl. Add the eggs, kefir and butter. Mix until batter ingredients are combined, but do not overmix — there should still be some lumps and the batter will bubble slightly from the kefir.

Cook the pancakes: Ladle scant 1/4-cup portions of the batter onto the hot griddle and using the back of a spoon or the measuring cup, spread the batter into a circle. Cook pancakes until browned on the bottom and bubbles appear on the surface. Carefully flip pancakes over and cook the other side. Remove cooked pancakes to a baking sheet and place in the hot oven to keep warm while the remaining pancakes are cooked. Repeat with remaining batter.

Serve with syrup or berry jam.

Word of the Day –panqueques – pancakes

Tip of the Day – My mom would use leftover pancakes, spread with peanut butter and roll up for a great snack. You can’t get maple syrup here in Ecuador, so most restaurants serve fruit, jam, honey or panela syrup.

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Cherry or Berry Ice Cream

Okay, Tiko and I took the trash to the curb, and hung it in a tree, as we do every Friday, and have done for three years. A little grocery bag fuil, as befits a single lady. But today, as I was doing the afternoon watering, the bag was in my driveway, what? Inside my gate, still tied up. Did he jump up and pull it down and bring it back? Not impossible but awfully strange!

Recipe of the Day – Cherry or Berry Ice Cream


2 C cherries, pitted , or berries

2 c. coconut milk

1/4 C coconut syrup or honey

juice and zest from 1 lemon

2 T.  arrowroot powder or chia seeds

pinch Salt

DIRECTIONS: Place the pitted cherries or berries in a food processor or blender and pulse until desired consistency. A little chunky is nice.In a large mixing bowl, whisk together coconut milk, coconut syrup or honey, lemon juice and zest, arrowroot powder, and salt.
Add in the cherries and stir until evenly combined.Pour into your ice cream maker, and process according to manufacturer’s directions.
Serve  right away or freeze for later in a freezer safe jar with a lid.

Word of the Day – helado – ice cream

Tip of the Day – Full of good fats from coconut milk, loaded with vitamin C from the zest and juice of lemon, and loaded with the health-promoting nutrients, is this cherry or berry ice cream.

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Cindy’s Kitchen Sink Smoothie

I walked up to my friends and neighbors to cut alfalfa, and they had me in for smoothies! Here is Cindy’s kitchen sink, mora, ginger, green smoothie, fresh and organic from her own land, I love her so much, and the smoothie!

Recipe of the Day – Ginger Berry Green Smoothie


1 handful alfalfa

1 handful spinach

1 handful mora berries

1 handful strawberries

1/2″ ginger

Directions: Put all in the blender. Blend well.

Word of the Day – cocina – kitchen

Tip of the Day –This  smoothie gets you going with energy, and the ginger helps your tummy! And let poeple make smoothies for you.

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Mora or Blueberry Tahini Dressing

The thing you gotta do here in Ecuador is learn how to make your own good dresssings. Good thing, too, that they don’t have store-bought, as this beats anything you could buy in a store. So fresh!

Recipe of the
Day – Mora Dressing
Blueberry Tahini Dressing
½ c. mora or blackberroes

juice of 1/2 of a lemon

1 T. olive oil
2 T. tahini
sea salt, to taste
water, if needed

Place all ingredients for the dressing into a blender and blend until creamy and smooth. You can add a little water or coconut milk if you want it more liquidy, (starting with 1-2 teaspoons).
Prepare your salad by starting with a bed of greens, add whatever you want, and pour th dressing over.

Word of the Day – hacer – to make

Tip of the Day – Use this as a dip for vegetables or crackers, too!

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Harmony Mora Juice

Look at this letter, you guys!

Laura from Harmony Fund International Animal Rescue –

On Feb 9, 2017, at 2:24 PM, Laura Simpson <> wrote:

The money just went to for Dr. Pablo Leon, to pay for upcoming people who have an emergency poisoned dogs. Thank you for the lovely photos. I hope this will spare the lives of at least a few dogs.

“If your dog has been poisoned and you can’t afford to pay, please see me. The Harmony Fund international animal rescue will cover treatment up to a certain number of dogs.”

Dr. Pablo Leon

See the pics at

Recipe of the Day – Mora Pineapple Juice


2 big handfuls mora or other berries

1 c. Pineapple

1 c. Water

2 leaves stevia or 1/8 c. Other sweetener

Directions: Blend or juice in your juicer.

Word of the Day – veneno – poison

Tip of the Day – As soon as your dog starts acting differently, spacy, leaning on things, not wantin g to walk, or throwing up more than once, get them to the doctors! His lips could be purple or grey, too! You may have only a short space of time to get them there, as poison can be quickly fatal.

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Berry Iced Tea

A Tai shi student left for the States and left me all thse little gifts! You know what’s so weird,
Because last night I said, “Gee, I wish I hadn’t given away my sprouting bags.” And the first thing I pulled out of the gift bag were those green sprouters!
I skyped with my daughter yesterday and she said she bought my son some pj pants. And I wished longingly for some pj pants. I didn’t even wait one day!
I’m sitting on the meditation stool. I needed t.p. I needed a sponge! I’m serious! I wished for extra first aid products for my guest house, and there they were! Amd my favorite yellow shirt. And tea! Whoa! I mean, the lotions, the notepads, everythig is needed, even the bag. Oh my gosh, I’m getting my new, old laptop in the mail soon, so i can use the lock. What!

Recipe of the Day – Berry Iced Tea

For the tea:
4  ou. Or bags berry-hibiscus tea
4 c.  water
1/2 c.  stevia syrup, or to taste
1/2 orange, cut into wedges
1/2 lime, cut into wedges
8 frozen raspberries

For the simple syrup:
1/8 c. Stevia powder
1/2 c. water, heated
Pinch vanilla powder or 1/4 tsp.  vanilla extract

In a saucepan bring water just to a boil and pour over tea. Steep tea twenty minutes and strain through a sieve, Cool tea and chill, covered, until cold, about 1 hour.
Stir in simple syrup, to taste. Squeeze orange and lime wedges into tea and add wedges. Serve tea in tall glasses. Garnish with frozen raspberries.

For the Stevia Syrup – To prepare the simple syrup:
Add stevia to a bowl and pour hot water over. Stir until stevia is completely dissolved. Let syrup cool.

Word of the Day – baya – berry

Tip of the Day – You can pick wild berries and pour the water right over, delicious and fresh!

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No-Bake Cherry or Berry Pie

One year, two new tires and a dented blue basket, and I’m still riding my bike!

imageRecipe of the Day – 
No-Bake Cherry or Berry Pie
3 c. almonds, walnuts or other nuts
6-9 soaked dates
1 T. coconut crystals
1 tsp. almond extract
dash sea salt

6 c. fresh pitted Bing or Rainier cherries
9 dates, soaked
½ c. coconut nectar or other liquid sweetener
1 T psyllium seed
1 T. chia seeds soaked 10 miinutes
1 dash vanilla powder
juice 1/2 lemon
Process almonds and dates through Juicer using the solid screen. Add the psyllium and vanilla. Press the mixture into a 9-inch glass pie pan, saving 1/4 of the mixture for the lattice. Roll the dough and carefully cut out your strips 1/2″ wide. Lift them with a knife onto the top of the pie creating a lattice effect.
Cover and put into the fridge for up to 4 days.

Place all filling ingredients in a food processor and process until thoroughly blended and creamy. Immediately pour the filling into the pie crust. Place in dehydrator for 4-6 hours at 105 degrees until filling is to the right consistency. Serve or cover and refrigerate.

Word of the Day – ejercisio -exercise

Tip of the Day – The raw berry or cherry pie is packed with vitamins such as A and C, with antioxidants and even melatonin! With the almond crust it makes a superb brainfood. The filling also makes a wonderful, healthy jam by itself!

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Goji Berry Pudding

My ears perked up when I heard a conversation expounding the wonderfulness and wisdom of the  Ecuadorian people. They stated, “I’ve been caught three times about to taste a leaf of something, when an Ecuadorian stopped me from tasting the poisonous leaf.”                             And, “I was about to dig up a plant when a child told me, ‘Don’t dig that up. It’s good for the liver.”                                                                                                                                                                   And a third, “Wrap a tobacco leaf around that insect bite. It will take out the poison.” Gosh, I love it here.

Goji chia puddingRecipe of the Day – Goji Chia Pudding

1/2 c. Water or berry tea

1 1/4 c. Maca powder

3/4 c. Goji or other berries

1/3 c. Honey or coconut syrup

1/2 c. Lime juice plus the pith

1/4 c. Chia seeds


  1. Soak the berries in the water or tea, then blend with the honey and lime.
  2. Pour over chia seeds and chill.

Word of the Day – conversacion – conversation

Tip of the Day – My favorite tip – add a banana!

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