Tofu Scramble Open-faced Sandwich

From my sister, “So we have been experimenting with a lot of new plant-based dishes. A new favorite is healthy toast smeared with guacamole and topped with tofu scramble full of diced veggies and cilantro. So good. M 

D-Yummy!
Hey, M,, I’ve gone vegtarian for a month now and feel good! i eat eggs though. And if chicken broth is in the town’s cooked rice, i may have had that.

Recipe of the Day – Tofu Scamble Open-or Closed- faced Sandwich

Ingredients:

14 oz. firm tofu, pressed for at least 30 minutes then crumbled
1 T.nutritional yeast

1/2 c. cilantro
1 tsp. turmeric
1 tsp. garlic powder
1 T. Coconut oil
1 Green onion, chopped
1 c. mushrooms, stems removed & caps thinly sliced
1 c. guacomole
salt + pepper to taste
6 slices healthy bread

Directions: Press the tofu between two plates lined with paper towels, to squeeze out the water. Crumble and mix with the cilantro, nutritional yeast, turmeric, and garlic powder in a large bowl. Set aside.
Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add onion; cook 5-6 minutes or until softened, stirring occasionally. Add tofu mixture and mushrooms and cook until warm, 2-3 minutes.. Spread guacomole on each piece of bread and top with the scramble.

Word of the Day – adivinar – to guess

Tip of the Day – Saute carrots, broccoli or cauliflower, spinach and/or peppers to add to the mix!

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Mel’s Anniversary Orange Cake

It’s my anniversary of living here three years! Am I am vibrantly in the right place, and very grateful to be here. Time for cake!

Recipe of the Day – Amaranth Orange Cake

This Paleo Orange Cake recipe is made with 6
Ingredients:
2 small oranges
4 large eggs
¾ c. honey
2 c. amaranth or other gluten-free flour
½ tsp.  salt
1 tsp. baking soda

Directions:
Wash the oranges and simmer whole (peel and all) for 1 ½ hours, or until soft. Place whole oranges (peel and all) in a food processor and blend until smooth. Pulse in eggs, honey,  flour, salt, and baking soda until well combined.
Pour batter into a greased 9 inch round cake pan.
Bake at 375 F for 40 minutes, until a toothpick stuck in the center comes out clean.
Cool in the pan for 2 hours.

Word of the Day – anniversario – anniversary

Tip of the Day – Do it with lemons, yum!

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Asian Vegetable Soup

So, the eclipse, huh? Tell me if you felt any unusual change of energies in your body, before, during and/or after the eclipse,. Everything affecting our planet affects our bodies, as well. But you have to be still and look inwards to see what’s going on in your body. I’ve felt tons of energy, almost too much at times, plus short periods of great emotion, for instance.


Recipe of the Day
– Asian Veggie Soup

INGREDIENTS:

1 banana

1 onion

1 clove garlic

1 pinch nutmeg

1 T. cinnamon

2 c.  pumpkin

2 c. vegetable stock

1/2 c.  orange juice

2 T. olive oil

2 T. roasted pumpkin seeds

¼ tsp. salt

¼ tsp ground black pepper

Directions:  Peel, de-seed and cube the pumpkin. Mash the banana, finely chop the onion and crush the clove of garlic. Add all three into a large saucepan with 1 T. olive oil and saute gently 4-5 minutes, until soft. Stir in spices and pumpkin and cook over medium heat for 4-6minutes, stirring occasionally. Pour in the stock and orange juice. Cover and bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer for 20 minutes, until the pumpkin is soft. Pour half the mixture into a blender or food processor and blend until smooth. Return the blended mixture to the pan and continue stirring. Add the salt, pepper, cinnamon and nutmeg. Add 1 T. olive oil and pumpkin seeds to a small pan and saute for 1-2 minutes. Serve immediately with the seeds over top, or chill 20 minutes and then serve.

Word of the Day – eclipse – eclipse

Tio of the Day – This makes a good summer soup, chilled on a hot day!

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Horsetail Tea

Here is my friend and yoga student, Lollie, with her new horse, Garañon, which she says means, “Mustang” here in Vilcabamba. The picture is so cool, I just had to show you.

Recipe of the Day – Horsetail Tea

Ingredients:

1-3 tsp.fresh or dried horsetail herb

1 pot water

Directions:

Us 1 to 3 tsps. of fresh or dried horsetail for every cup of water. Pour almost-boiling water over the herb, steep twenty minutes and strain the herbs before drinking or applying topically.

Tip of the Day – Horsetail, an ancient herb that goes back to the time of the dinosaur, is high in silica, which may help strengthen bones, hair and nails, fight fungal infections, relieve bloating and even cure black spots on your roses. It’s a diuretic, a hair rinse, and fights dungal infections in toes and roses!

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Sweet Beet Salad

From my friend, Sharon, who sells her basket of Middle Eastern cooking in Viocabamba-

Hello there!

Here´s the improved version of my cooking workshop offer. I have emphasized my request to use phone communication rather than email due to compu problems. If you know of a Microsoft lap top for sale etc, pls inform me!
Thank you for helping me lift this new bird off the ground…

SHARON´S VEGETARIAN MIDDLE EASTERN COOKING

WORKSHOPS, PRIVATE COOKING

MENU

Chickpea Soup w/ vegetables *
Tahini-Chickpea Soup*
Lentil Soup
Bulgur Wheat Soup w/ hot pepper & cinnamon

Cooked Beet Salad with fresh onion & spices
Lentil Majadra with rice/quinoa
Chickpea Rice / Quinoa *

Fava Beans & Tahini dish
Beans & Greens (Fava / other beans are the freshly peeled kind)
Couscous
Eggplant w/ spicy tomato-pepper sauce
Sauteed Eggplant w/Tahini Sauce
Red Cabbage Dish w/fried onion & caraway/cumin seeds
Tunisian Pumpkin Squash Dip w/cilantro , cumin & hot peeper

Tabouli Salad w/ Bulgur Wheat/ Quinoa

Stuffed Tomato / Squash/ Pepper ( counts as 2 items)

Sweet Semolina Cake

*recipes marked * require simple pre -cooking ( as for chickpeas)

Dear client, please call me regarding the 3 items you desire to cook in workshop, and when you would like it to happen. Sundays are my preference. You will then recieve a shopping list.
Please be responsible for the shopping and collection of payment to be delivered upon the beginning of the workshop.

SHARON 096 709 8467. I prefer communication via phone whenever possible:You may also find me Fridays at the JF selling products between 11:30 and 13:30.

PRICING:
Couples………………….$30
Groups of 3 – 5 ……….$10 per person
Individuals………………$20

Pricing covers 4 hour workshop including recipes, tips, hands-on experience and sampling of the food we create.
Food items will be purchased separately by the group organizer ( ie the client), as mentioned.

 

Recipe of the Day – Sweet Beet Salad

Ingredients:
4-5 red beets

1 c. shredded sweet ootatoes or carrots

1/2 purple onion
2 T. coconut sugar or honey
Juice of 1/2 lemon or lime
1 T. olive oil
1 tsp. salt

Directions: You can do this raw by washing and shredding the beerts, sweet potatoes, carrots and onions, or
1. Wash beets. Cut off their stems and bottoms, but do not peel. Cut them into quarters and place in a pot of water (enough water to cover the beets). Bring the water to a boil. Turn the flame down to low, cover, and cook for 45 minutes or until tender,

2. Drain and cool the beets. Then peel and slice. Add the sugar, lemon juice, oil and salt, according to taste, Stir in raw or cooked sweet potatoes or carrots and onions. Chill..

Wors of the Day – remolachas – beets

Tip of the Day – Sharon says, “Please contact SHARON 096 709 8467. You may also find me Fridays at the JF selling products between 11:30 and 13:30. LET´S GET COOKIN’!”

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Sambal Goreng Labu Siam – Chayote Soup

A bird, the langache, the Pacific Hornero, just flew in my house, and landed on my telephone! Does he want me to call someone? Or am I getting an important call. In that first pic he’s looking right down at my phone. I think he may have hit the button and it lit up,

Recipe of the Day- Sambal Goreng Labu Siam

Sambal Goreng Labu Siam (Labu Siam meaning “chayote” in Indonesia) is a dish made from chayote squash, simmered in coconut milk.

Ingredients:

1 medium Chayote squash

100 g tofu, cut into cubes or as desired, then fried

1 c. thick coconut milk

3/4 c.water

1/2″ ginger, minced finely

2 bay leaves

 

Spice Paste. You can buy your own, or make it!

Ingredients:

2 – 3 big red chillies, seeded

2 green onions

2 cloves of garlic

3 peanuts

Salt

Directions:

1. Peel the Chayote squash and cut it into thin strips. Sprinkle with salt and set aside for 15 minutes.

2. Grind or blend the spice paste.

3. Saute the spice paste until fragrant, add the ginger and bay leaves and saute for a few minutes, then pour in the water and bring to boil.

4. When it’s boiling add coconut milk and Chayote. Continue cooking for about 15 minutes then add fried tofu. Cook for another 10 minutes. Remove from the heat.

5. Serve with zucchini noodles or steamed rice.

options: Add vegetables of choice: broccoli, tomatoes, carrots….

Word of the Day – pajarito – small bird, langache – Pacific Hornero

Tip of the Day – You can add sliced small chillies to make it spicier, chicken or fish for a traditional soup.

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4 Ingredient Plantain Pancakes

 If you’re having a Hard day… make pancakes. Pancakes + coCao = Comfort.  Yes ,definitely make pancakes. These ones are so good for you!

Recipe of the Day – 4 -Ingredient Plantain Pancakes

Ingredients:

1 large green/ yellow plantain (7oz or 200g after peeled)

3 whole eggs or 3 T. flax seed in 9 T. water

1 T.  coconut oil, liquid

3 T. cacao or carob powder

optional–few drops stevia if you want sweetness Directions

Peel plantain. Place peeled plantain into food processor or blender. Add in eggs and raw cacao powder. Mix together. Next add in coconut oil. Continue to blend together. Heat up skillet or griddle on medium-low heat. Scoop about 3-4 tablespoons of batter and cook until bubbly on top and golden on the bottom, about 4 minutes. Flip and cook until golden on the bottom, about 2 more minutes. Top with your favorite pancake toppings.

Word of the Day –dificil – hard

Tip of the Day – Serve with the cherry syrup from yesterday!

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Blue Granola

Lately my walking meditations, or blessings, or emptiness, if you will, are so profound while I’m walking. And watering, Better than anything one could ask for.                                            Thich Nhat Han, my favorite author on walking meditation, says, as a boy, he would meditate while eating a cookie and petting his dog with his toe. I love that.

Recipe of the Day – Blue Granola

3 c. oats

1 c. blue corn flour

1 banana, sliced

1/4 c. coconut oil

1/4 c. coconut sugar or other sweetener

1 pinch vanilla powder or 1 tsp. vanilla extract

1/4 tsp. cinnamon

1/4 c. berries

1/4 c. chocolate pieces

1/8 tsp. salt

Directions: Mix all together with a spoon and pour onto oiled baking sheet. Bake at 350 degrees for 15-20 minutes until desired crispness, or dehydrate at 105 degree for 4-24 hours, as you like it. Flip granola half-way throught cooking.

Word of the Day – caminando – walking

Tip of the Day – I like it chewy, with coconut milk or tea on top! Add shredded  coconut or raisins, if you like!

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Dried Choco-Coco Bananas

I filled my freezer with bananas, and am now dehydrating the next batch. Last season I did them with orange, lemon or lime squeezed on them, and sprinkled with cinnamon. Or covered them with chocolate. This batch I sprinkled with coconut extract, then cacao powder and cinnamon, yum!

Recipe of the Day – Dried Choco-Coco Bananas

Ingredients::

6 ripe bananas

1/2 tsp. coconut milk or  extract

1 tsp. cinnamon

1 tsp. cacao powder

Directions: Peel and slice bananas once lengthwise down the center, then twice more down the halves, Lay them on your dehydrator trays, then sprinkle with coconut milk or extract, cinnamon and cacao powder. Dry ar 105 degrees for 24 hours until bendable but not damp.

Word of the Day –  deshidratador – dehydrator

Tip of the Day – Don’t let them get crisp!

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