DIy Curry Paste

THe word, curry, to americans, means the taste of curry powder, but really there are a thousand spices of india you can use to make this curry, which means ‘sauce’ in india.

Recipe of the Day – Curry paste

Ingredients

  • 3 T. coriander seeds
  • 2 T. cumin seeds
  • 1 T. mustard seeds
  • 1 tsp. fennel seeds
  • 1 tsp . black peppercorns
  • 1 tsp. turmeric powder
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp. paprika
  • 1 or 2 dried chiles, as hot as you want them
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 ‘ ginger peeled and finely grated
  • 3 garlic cloves, finely grated
  • 1 T. tomato paste
  • 4 T. white wine or cider vinegar
  • Chili oil or hot chili oil or sweet chili oil to cover the paste for storing

Directions;

Use the wet things first, that release the moisture  – Add grated ginger, garlic, tomato purée and white wine vinegar and mix well to make a paste. Stir in the chili oil.

  1. Put the seeds and peppercorns into a dry frying pan over a medium heat. Cook for about three minutes, stirring often, until the mustard seeds start to pop and the seeds turn golden and aromatic. Tip into a bowl and allow to cool for a few minutes.

  2. Add the turmeric, cinnamon, paprika and dried chilies to a pestle and mortar. Add the cooled toasted spices and grind everything together into a fine powder. Add the salt.

  3. Use immediately, or spoon the paste into a jar, cover with the oil mixture, seal with a lid and store in the fridge for up to a week.

Word of the Day – para moler – to grind

Tip of the Day – A real curry from India is made by grinding the curry, chili and spices in a mortar and pestle. For extra depth of flavor toast the spices in a dry sauce pan or oven. And it matters when you add each spice, what order. So do that. Because you are literally, buildng flavors.

DIY Vanilla Extract

Did you know there are pressure points to wake you up?

Press each one  for at least six minutes:
  • The top of the head.
  • The top of the back of the neck.
  • On the back of the hands (in between the thumb and forefinger)
  • Just below the knees.
  • Bottom of the feet—at the center just below the balls of the feet.

Recipe of the Day – DIY Vanilla Extract

  • Ingredients:

    • 8 oz. Glass Bottle or Jar
    • 7  vanilla beans
    • 1 cup Vodka 70 Proof/35% Alcohol (or you can also use Bourbon, Rum or Brandy; any brand/quality)
      • Directions: Scrape the vanilla beans from the pods, if you need to. Split vanilla beans in half lengthwise, leaving the tip of one end attached. Place into a clean bottle(s). If the vanilla bean is too long for the bottle, cut in half or thirds as needed. Fill the bottle with vodka or bourbon and secure the top to the bottle. Label the bottle and shake vigorously. Store in a cool, dark location for at least a month, shaking once per week. The longer the vanilla extract steeps, the darker and more intense the vanilla flavor and scent.

      Word of the Day – pulsar

      Tip of the Day – This yields 1 cup of homemade vanilla extract – 1 (8-ounce) bottle or 2 (4-ounce) bottles. Try different kinds of vanilla – like Madagascar Vanilla or Ecuadorian Vanilla.

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.

DIY Dishwashing Liquid (Video)

Well, I sprained my ankle last week. Then, went to teach Tai Chi yesterday. I showed all these wonderful energy exercises, right? Then, after everyone built up their chi, at the very end, a couple asked if they could send their energy chi to my ankle. The whole group nodded excitedly, then sixteen people bent down, closed their eyes and sent prayers for my ankle. Seriously! And it feels amazingly better. Oh my gosh!

Recipe of the Day – DIY DIshwashing Liquid

Ingredients:
3 T. liquid Castile soap
2 c. warm water
2 tsp glycerine
2 T. white vinegar
10 drops lavender essential oil
Directions: Mix all ingredients in a jar, ( hopefully a dark bottle). Cover, and shake well to blend. Use about 1 tbsp for dishwashing.

Homemade Curry Powder

Its hard to get good curry powder here. Better to make your own. It tastes so good and its so much fresher than ones on the shelf.

Recipe of the Day – DIY Curry Powder

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 c. turmeric
  • 2 T. Cumin powder
  • 2 T. cardamom seeds, ground
  • 2 T. Roasted coriander
  • 1 T. dry mustard
  • 1 tsp. fenugreek seeds
  • 1 tsp. celery seeds
  • 1 tsp. bay leaves, ground,
  • 1 tsp. black pepper
  • 1 tsp. red pepper or paprika
  • 1/2 tsp. cloves
  • Directions:

     

    Place all ingredients in a container and shake.. Store in a cool dry place for up to 6 months.

    Word of the Day – sabor – taste

    Tip of the Day – You can leave the herbs and spices, whole, like cardamom, if you want. Then grind it when you’re ready to cook. It’s fresher and more potent that way.

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

Ingredients:

  • 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.

Directions:

  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.

DIY Stevia Liquid

When you’re in a country without your mainstays, you’re sometimes so dang grateful when someone comes along with a solution. I’ve been begging people from the States, whenever they come, to bring me a bottle of Liquid Stevia, right? And now, someone told me yesterday how to make my own! “Give me the recipe immediately,” I said, without qualms. And he did! This one isn’t found on the Net, as everyone uses alcohol, and I didn’t want to. So it’s very fresh!

Recipe of the Day – DIY Stevia Liquid

Ingredients:

4 c. dried stevia leaves

Directions:

Pick leaves off stevia plant, discard the stems. Wash the branches/leaves in clean water. and dry the leaves for 12 hours in the sun or dehydrator. Put the leaves in a pot of water and bring to a boil. Lower the temperature until it’s simmering, and then let it reduce until about a 1/3 of liquid remains. Taste and see if it’s sweet enough. If not, you can reduce some more. Strain the stevia out of the liquid and store in dark-colored glass bottles. Keep refrigerated.

  • Word of the Day – pais – country
  • Tip of the Day – Add flavoring if you like, to the different bottles, but nothing fresh, like fresh orange juice that will sour. You’d have to use pure vanilla or other pure extracts. You can keep the discarded leaves and put them through your juicer when you’re juicing something else. Sure makes green juice sweet!

 

DIY Face Scrub

My daughter left me some great, store-bought face scrub, and after using it and seeing my glowing, healthy skin, I was reminded I could make my own. Here’s one recipe:

Recipe of the Day – DIY Face Scrub

  • 1 tsp organic panela or raw cane sugar /good salt,(something that will fill your face with vitamins and minerals)
  • 2-3  drops aloe vera or water
  • 1 – 2 drops your choice essential oil

Directions:

Combine all ingredients in a small bowl. Gently rub into clean face, and neck, avoiding the eyes. Rinse with cool water, and pat dry.

Word of the Day – cara – face

Tip of the Day – Us 2-3x a week. A friend told me one cause of wrinkles is the accumlation of particles, make-up, etc….

DIY Hummingbird Feeder

My store-bought hummingbird feeder was worn down by wind and rain and just felt apart in pieces! Money-conscious that I am, and so in love with hummingbirds, I made my own. 

How-to of the Day – DIY Hummingbird Feeder

Materials:

1 plastic bottle (your choice in the size)

the cap of the bottle

1 plastic container

lid to the container

hammer, nail, scissors

Directions: Cut a hole in the bottle cap for the liquid to come out of. Cut a hole in the plastic container just big enough for the bottlecap to squeeze through. Cut 4 more holes in that lid for their beaks to get through. Push the container lid on top of the bottle. Screw on the bottlecap. Add the bottom of the container, Now it’s ready to fill!

Word of the Day – culibri – hummingbird

Tip of the Day – One part sugar to four parts water for the nectar. Just boil it and let cool. Don’t add any food coloring – bad for the little birds!

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