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


1 clove garlic

large slice cucumber

slice onion

1 T. parsley

2 T. taragon leaves

2 c. apple cider vinegar.


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



Pieces of meat
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.

Lentil Sprout Salad

I am extremely happy as of late, Just waves of happines through yoga, chi, during watering. Graces graces. 

Recipe of the Day – Sprouted Lentil Salad

1/2 c. diced cucumber

1/2 c. chopped tomato

1/3 c. chopped green onions

1/4 c. chopped fresh cilantro

1 T. olive oil

juice of 1/2 lemon

1 T. apple cider vinegar

1 1/2 tsp. dried oregano

1 tsp. garlic powder

1 tsp. curry powder

1 tsp. prepared mustard

salt and pepper to taste

Directions: To sprout lentils, soak them in water for 12 hours. Pour off the water and let for 12 hours. Water and drain again. Do this every morning and night until sprouts are the desired length. These in the picture above took 2 full days after soaking.
In a medium bowl, combine the lentil sprouts, cucumber, tomato, green onions, cilantro and radishes. Toss lightly.
In a smaller bowl, whisk together the olive oil, lemon juice, white wine vinegar, oregano, garlic powder, curry powder, mustard, salt and pepper. Pour over salad.

Word of the Day – lentajes – lentils

Tip of the Day – Boy, i know I am very lucky to have such long periods of silence, but that is truly when grace, or happiness comes. And other times, too!

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Cashew-Onion Creme Cheese

I started teaching yoga for the Raw Food Retreat again Sunday And I got to enjoy their raw food breakfast of cashew cheese and crackers, granola, almond milk and stevia, and  gynostemma tea! I haven’t had that in years; used to live off it. Wed. I get to have dinner with them after an afternoon yoga and enjoy Karl the Chef’s Raw Food Feast!

Recipe of the Day – Cashew Creme Cheese

1 1/2 c. cashews, soaked

  • 1 cup water
  • 1 large green onion, minced
  • juice of one lemon
  • ½ tsp. Italian herbs: cilantro, oregano, rosemary
  • pinch powdered garlic or 1 minced clove
  • salt, to taste
  1. Soak the cashews in the water for at least 2 hours.
  2. Drain off water. Add to the blender with the onions ,lemon juice, Italian seasonings and garlic into a blender.
  3. Blend until smooth, stop and scrape down the sides and repeat until the mixture is smooth.
  4. Word of the Day – comi – I ate

Tip of the Day – This is incredibly good on raw crackers, and also mixed with avocado, yum and creamy!

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Peanut Butter Fork Cookies, Gluten-Free

I haven’t had the use of my washer for a few months, right? Wilson tried to fix it, the one guy, Vicente, the only washer guy in Vilcabamba, never came out. And while the guest family was here, I came home to find that Jim Royer, my neighbor and guardian fixer for everyone’s mechanics in Vilca, had taken the part. He stopped me on the road to say he took it to Loja, got the part, and would put it in Saturday. Which he did, ANd cleaned all the little filters on my faucets, whoa. Oh, my gosh. Just in time to clean all the sheets and guest towels. Now, don’t you be calling Jim for help!

Recipe of the Day – Fork Cookies


1 c. peanut butter

3/4 c. coconut oil

1 c. coconut sugar

1 pinch stevia powder

2 T. flax seeds soaked in 4 T. water, or 2 eggs

2 c. gluten-free flour (I used oats and platano)

1 tsp. salt

1 tsp. baking powder

2 tsp. baking soda

1 ½ c. coconut

1 c. chopped walnuts

Directions:  Cream peanut butter, oill, sugars, and flax/eggs. Mix flour, salt, baking powder and soda. Add to creamed mixture. Stir in coconut, walnuts, and oatmeal. Chill dough. Take a small amount of dough, 1 to 2 teaspoons, and roll into balls. Place on cookie sheets and flatten each ball with a fork which has been dipped into cold water. Bake at 375 ˚ for 15 -18 minutes.

Word of the Day – washer – lavadora

Tip of the Day – You gotta take the help when it comes here, and don’t say, “no!”

Raw Barbecue Chips

I call Tiko in the middle of the night, even in the softest voice, and he comes and lays down by me. A guanchaca… footsteps… things that go bump in the night. I love camping with Tiko. I love him.

Recipe of the Day – Raw BBQ Chips
They’re amazing and they taste like junk food. (Except they’re good for you!)

1 1/2 c. water
2 carrots
2 tomatoes
4-6 dates (soaked for 30 min.) or sweetener of choice
2 1/4 tsp. chili powder
1 celery stalk
1/2 c. sundried tomatoes (soaked 30 mins)
3 dashes of cayenne pepper
Bragg’s amino acids or crystal salt to taste
2/3 c. flax seeds (soaked over night)
1/4 to 1/2 beet (optional)
dash cumin
1/8 tsp. turmeric
1 T. onion
1/2 tsp. garlic

Put all ingredients in blender except the flax seeds. Blend well and check taste. Then add flax seeds, blend well again. Mixture should be slimy and a little thick, but runny like pancake batter. Drop by spoonfuls on Teflex sheet. Dehydrate for 10-12 hours at 105 degrees. Flip and remove sheet. Continue dehydrating 8-10 hours or until desired crispness.

Word of the Day – guardian – protector

Tip of the Day – Man, my workers were right for me to get a dog. Tiko is my warrior angel.

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No Bake Pecan Pie

I’ve found two disadvantages for having an electric bike. One is that I can’t say, “Buenos Dias,” fast enough to my neighbors. I’m going too fast! And the other is that my hair stays flat wearing my helmet. Que lastima, (What a shame), my curls are gone!

Recipe of the Day – Raw Pecan Pie


1 small papaya, sliced, or mango
8 strawberries, sliced
3/4 c. pecans, ground

5 soaked dates
3 bananas,
1 T. lemon juice

Directions: Line Pie Plate with the papaya, strawberries. Grind up 3/4 c. ground pecans . Sprinkle 1/2 cup on top of the fruit. Leave 1/4 cup for the top of the pie. Blend and spread the filling on top Sprinkle with 1 T to 2 c. raw, whole, honey-soaked pecans and the rest of the ground pecans.

Word of the Day –nueces  pecanas – pecans

Tip of the Day – Pecans delay age-related neuron activity, perhaps delaying Alzheimer’s, etc. Lowers cholestrol and helps you lose weight!

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Chayote Green Papaya Stir-Fry

I asked my friend how long it took him to get back home from my place. “In no time at all,” he spouted with enthusiasm! I love that. I could picture him winging down the road with no thoughts of time, just experiencing the bliss of a beautiful ride through Ecuador on a gorgeous day.

Recipe of the Day – Chayote Green Papaya Stir-Fry

1 chayote squash. peeled and chopped

1/2 big green papaya, grated or chopped

1/2 purple onion, sliced thin

optional 1-2 c. cooked brown rice or zucchini noodles




Add 1 T. coconut oil to a skillet. Throw in the veggies and cook until translucent, about 7 minutes or until desired crispness. Add the sauce below and heat until warm. Serve now.

Sauce – Pulse the garlic and onion in a blender until very finely chopped. Pour in orange juice, lime juice then pour in your seasonings, and be careful with the hot pepper sauce. Blend until thoroughly incorporated. Pour in the olive oil, and blend until smooth.

Word/Phrase of the Day – No hay tiempo en absoluto no time at all

Tip of the Day – Chayote squash is so good without cooking, too. Eat it raw, yum!

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Heart-Strong Juice

OMG this new electric bike is so fun. I had the opportunity to buy it quickly from someone here in Vilca, last week, checked all intuitive signs, and they were all a “Go!” So I took the money off my credit card and did it. I feel so freed! I can go anywhere, without money now, down to the river, to just…drive. I haven’t been able to do that in years. I keep checking wi myself on the ride, “Am I supposed to put in gas? Is this tiring me out? NO! Wow. ” Yesterday I drove out to the left of my driveway, and all the way past two barrios to the country, which I never did on my bike, because it’s all down hill, which means all up hill on the way back. But today, I could! How fun is that! Thanks to my kids for stressing I wear my helmet.

Recipe of the Day – Heart-strong Juice


6 carrots

1 beet

1 apple

1 handful spinach

Directions: Juice.

Word of the Day – fuerza – strength, force

Tip of the Day – Drink Immediately before it oxidizes.

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