Guanabana Truffles

Guanabana fruit or graviola comes from the evergreen/soursop tree. The fruit is so good! It’s a combination of strawberry and pineapple in my mouth, my favorite juice combination. They kill off parasites, improve respiratory conditions, reduce inflammation, treat some kinds of cancer and enhance the immune system.

Recipe of the Day  –Guanabana Truffles

Ingredients:

1 c. Guanabana, mashed

1/2 c. sunflower seeds

1 T. chocolate spread or cacao nibs

Dash of water or seed/nut milk if needed to form a good ball.

Directions: Mash together, or put them in your blender or food processor, and process until it starts to form a ball. Roll into balls and chill.

Word of the Day – Guanabana – Soursop

Tip of the Day – This fruit has vitamins B1, vB2,  C., the coenzyme Q10, the minerals calcium, zinc, potassium, phosphorous and magnesium. It’s also a pain-reliever when applied topically. Holy schmoly!

Cranapple Juice Video


On this video on youtube, you can hear about cranberries, how they’re low in fat, high in vitamins E, K, C and manganese, high in anti-oxidants, good for UTIs and bladder infections!

 

Recipe of the Day – Cranapple Juice

Ingredients:

1 c. cranberries

1 apple

1 pear

Directions: Juice.

Word of the Day – usa – you use/you wear

Tip of the Day – Add a little water if you want to. Add sweetening if you’ve got a non-sweet apple!

Papaya Fig Smoothie

Our new restaurant is so beautiful, and has such a warm, welcome and pretty spirit to it. You feel good there. The walls are lined with James Birthrong’s paintings, which go so well with the hanging wooden star lanterns, the different-colored tables and the walls. The back has lay-down easy wooden lazy-chairs, a gorgeous mural, and many tables. They did so much work, and everything is so great. Now the locals have somewhere nice to be on Mondays!

table top

Recipe of the Day – Fig Papaya Smoothie

Ingredients:

1 c. frozen papaya

1 sm. frozen banana

1 c. water, tea or oat milk

4 sprigs fresh mint

2-3 figs, scooped out

Directions: Blend. OMG, this smoothie is so good.

Word of the Day – higo – fig

Tip of the Day – Thanks to my friend, Cindy, for giving me a bunch of her beautiful figs, lemons and papayas!

Joy’s Blueberry Ice Cream

Joy is the town’s blueberry seller here. Fresh, beautiful organic blueberries from Peru. And here is her Blueberry Ice Cream Recipe!


Recipe of the Day –
Blueberry Ice Cream

Ingredients:

2 c. frozen bananas

1 c. frozen blueberries

1 c. frozen coconut cream from the young coconut

Directions: Blend. Freeze again.

Word of the Day – vendedor – seller

Tip of the Day – The fruit must be frozen in this recipe. Of course, I put cacao powder in mine, ha ha.

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Peanut Butter Date Truffles

Look at what local women here are doing:You are invited to participate in providing food and encouragement for  Extremely Poor Families. Dr. Sonia Romero and Sheri Yohe are leading a community outreach to extremely poor families.  We will help 10 families in Vilcabamba, 10 families in Malacatos and 10 families in a pueblo close to Sheri’s home called Chinguilamac.

Dr. Sonia will locate the extremely poor families in Vilcabamba and Malacatos and Sheri will locate the families in Chinguilamaca. *If you know of a family in extreme need in these areas please contact Sonia at Jardin Escondido or Sheri, sheriyohe@gmail.com

  • Please bring all monetary donations to Dr Sonia at Jardin Escondido by November 28Sonia and her husband Marco will purchase bulk food supplies on Thursday November 30.
  • Please bring all food staples (non-perishables) to Jardin Escondido by December 2nd
  • Come and help fill the food baskets on December 2nd at Jardin Escondido, from 2:00 pm – 4:00.
  • Join us: Saturday, December 9, 2:00 pm – meet at Jardin Escondido – deliver baskets to 10 homes in Malacatos
  • Join us: Sunday, December 102:00 pm – meet at Jardin Escondido –   deliver baskets to 10 homes in Chinguilamaca (50 minutes from Vilcabamba)
  • Join us: Saturday, December 162:00 pm – meet at Jardin Escondido –   deliver baskets to 10 homes in Vilcabamba
Needed: 
Cars/drivers – willing to transport people and food baskets
Musicions – Sheri and Sonia play guitar – Song sheets will include guitar chords. More musicians to sing or play an instrument – WELCOME!
Advertise this event. Please help us spread the word and join us.
Saturday, December 2, 2:00 – 4:00 pm assemble the baskets at Jardin Escondido – practice our songs
Sabbath, December 9, 2:00 – 5:00 pm take baskets to 10 families in Malacatos
Sunday, December 10, 2:00 – 5:00 pm take baskets to 10 families in Chinguilamaca
Saturday, December 16, 2:00 – 5:00 pm take baskets to 10 families in Vilcabamba
 
At each home:
Hand out;
·      Basket of food staples 
·      Coloring pages and color pencils to each child
·      Sing a Christmas Hymn of encouragement
·      Pray for the families needs
Follow-up for these 30 families will take place once every 3 months. Example: We plan to re-visit the same 10 families in Malacatos one Saturday in January, the same 10 families in Vilcabamba one Saturday in February, and the same 10 families in Chinguilamaca one Saturday in March and continue to re-visit these families once every three months throughout the year to bring encouragement, sing with them, pray for them and bring food staples. Our goal is to enable and encourage – not to make them dependent but to express compassion and love. Not just once a year.
 
Please help us.
Recipe of the Day – Peanut Butter Date Truffles
Ingredients:
  • 19. soaked dates, pitted. Save the date water for additional liquid
  • 2-3 T. raw cacao or carob powder
  • 3 T.  Peanut Butter
  • 1/4 c. oats to roll or add to the mix
  • pinch salt
  • options: 2 tablespoons chopped nuts, 1 teaspoon vanilla essence, sea salt to taste, shredded coconut, berries, cacao nibs

Directions:

Directions:

  1.  In a large bowl, mix together the first 4 ingredients until they form a large ball.
  2. Add salt to taste and stir in the cereal.
  3. Shape into small balls (I made about 16).
  4. Place balls in the freezer for around 6-8 minutes until mostly firm.

Word of the Day – pobreza -poverty

Tip of the Day – Share and you’ll feel so much better. It will lighten your heart.

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Orange Cacao Truffles

Watching a friend of mine eat straight stevia leaves, and hearing how much he eats them, I was interested again, in what the benefits are, and why the body would crave them. Stevia can help regulate blood-sugar levels, as a hypoglycemic aid for diabetics. Stevia may also help in lowering high blood pressure but won’t lower normal blood pressure levels. This plant may also curb sugar, tobacco and alcohol cravings.

The leaves contain vitamin C and A, rutin, zinc, magnesium and iron, according to Dr. Sanjeev Gupta in the book “Kick Your Sugar Habit.” It’s rich in antioxidants, which helps to safeguard the body from free-radical damage as a result of metabolic and environmental factors. A particular enzyme present in the leaf, called superoxide dismutast, may also help to inhibit cancer cell growth, although further research is needed.

Recipe of the Day – Orange Cacao Truffles

Ingredients:

1 c. Raisins, soaked 10 minutes (save the soak water to add to other dishes)

1/4 c. orange juice

1/8 c. orange rinds

1/4 c. shredded coconut

1/4 c. cacao powder

pinch stevia leaves

Directions:

  1. Soak the raisins ten minutes.
  2. Then grind in a food processor with the orange rinds, coconut and cacao, adding a little of the orange juice  at a time to create a stiff dough.
  3. When the dough starts to form a ball, shape into balls by rolling between your hands.
  4. Chill for an hour, or so.
  5. Enjoy!

Word of the Day – beneficios – benefits

Tip of the Day – Get a little plant to keep in your kitchen. Then you can pluck off a leaf or two, as you need it.

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Acai Breakfast Bowl

After a dramatic night with our hill burning, my sister sent me money to get something from the Juice Factory. I got this beautiful Acai Bowl, wow! Like berry ice cream on a super hot day.

Recipe of the Day – Acai Breakfast Bowl

Ingredients:

1 c. acai berries

pinch stevia

1/8 c. almond milk

1/4 c. shredded coconut

2 sliced strawberries

1 small slices banana

1/8 c. cacao nibs

Directions.: Blend the acai with stevia or other sweetener and almond milk. Layer the other ingredients as shown above.

Word of the Day – dramatico – dramatic

Tip of the Day – Add any other ingredients you would like! You can get acai berries frozen in Loja.

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Spanish Vinegar Dressing

Oh my gosh, Tiko did a great job the other morning. I came home from market with 12 lbs. of meat and my other goodies in my arms. My neighbor and friend, C, pointed out that the  bulls, about 8 of them, were in my yard. I must not have secured the gate properly! “Do you want help?” C shouted! “No, Tiko and I can do it, thanks!” One bull was shaking a big banana tree mightily, and another tree was already crushed. I threw my bags and purse down, and grabbed two long branches to swing with my call, “Vaca” I say with a loud growl as I shout at them like their owner does. Tiko, without even touching the meat on the ground, ever, barked and nipped at their heels. Those great grey, looking-like Brahma bulls would turn around in anger, stamping their feet at him, like they’re about to charge. IWould be dead in a second if they wanted to. Not Tiko, he’s too fast. But me, yes, He would jump back and circle, never letting himself be kicked or bullied until they were all out the gate.Boy, they did not want to go, with all these banana trees bearing fruit and the lush grass. C, my good friend, stayed until all was clear. 

Recipe of the Day – Spanish Vinegar Dressing

Ingredients:

1 clove garlic

large slice cucumber

slice onion

1 T. parsley

2 T. taragon leaves

2 c. apple cider vinegar.

Directions:

Put all into 2 c. apple cider vinegar. Put in to a bottle and let stand several days, strain and keep for salads and dressings.

Word of the Day – bulls, cows – toros, vacas

Tip of the Day – You have to be confident and in charge here to take care of the bulls and cows. The Eucadorians take a somber approach, as well.

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Doggy Trail Mix

Well, it’s a sad day. Tiko grew out of his backpack. I tried the backpack on as a fanny pack for myself, and it’s too big. That means Tiko’s girth is officially bigger than mine. Good.

Recipe of the Day – Doggy Trail Mix

Ingredients:

Rice

Pieces of meat
Potatoes
Vegetables (with no garlic or onions)
Fruit (no grapes or raisins)

Directions :Cut ingredients into ½ inch thick pieces
Coat  lightly with oil,
Place in a food dehydrator or into a 200 degree preheated oven until dried.

Word of the Day –sendero – trail

Tip of the Day – Mix any leftovers from your refrigerator to make a flavorful trail mix, which you can pack for a hike or treat.

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Carrot Corn Cookies

I find myself singing. Yay! For several weeks now. And I find myself singing the songs that only came out with the births of my new babies. Isn’t that something? Dare I write this! Yes, I do.                                                                                                                           My friend, Marli came in just now to trade sunflower seeds for bananas while I was taking these out of the oven, and said “Great cookies!”

Recipe of the Day – Carrot Corn Cookies

1 c. carrot pulp from making carrot juice

2 c. oats

1 c. soft yellow corn flour

1 egg

1/4 c. coconut oil

1/2 c. almond milk

1/2 c. coconut crystals

1 tsp. vanilla, or pinch vanilla powder

1 tsp. cinnamon

1 tsp. salt

1/2 tsp. baking soda

Directions: Preheat the oven to 18o degres C./350 degrees F. Mash the oil, egg and vanilla together.,Add all the dry ingredients and stir well. Bake on an oiled baking sheet for 12-15 minutes, or 20 for high altitudes.

Word of the Day –  canto – i sing

Tip of the Day – You could make these with other gluten-free flours, but the soft pale corn flour works surprisingly well here.