Shamrock Smoothie

I have my first cacao pods on my cacao trees! One will be ready soon – about 10 inches long and dark red. Can you believe that?!!! I will cut it open, take out the beans and let them sit and ferment in the sun for 6 days or so. Then roast for about 5-6 mintues on each side, take the skins off, open the beans up and take the nibs out – my favorite part.

Recipe of the Day – Shamrock Smoothie

1/2 c. water
2 bananas, peeled & frozen overnight
3 T. chia
1 T. peanut butter
2 Fresh mint leaves or 1/2 tsp. mint extract
1 cup baby spinach
1 date, soaked and pitted
1 c. coconut milk, refrigerated overnight
A sprinkle of cacao nibs or chocolate shavings

Directions: Blend the first 7 ingredients. Pour into glass.
Use spoon to dollop about a tablespoon of coconut cream on top.
Sprinkle chocolate on top.

WWord of the Day – cacao – chocolate

Tip of the Day – Do it without the spinach for a chocolate shake.

Saffron Rosewater Tea

My daughter in Montana writes, “You would be so glad you weren’t here today! It is 7° F. outside and the wind is blowing like ridiculously hard and it is a sheet of black ice out here! There’s something really beautiful about the silence when it’s this cold outside. The world gets quieter. Especially at where we are, and there’s no one else around. All you can hear it outside is the wind sweeping across the land and whispering through the trees… Howling on days like today.”

Recipe of the Day –
Saffron Rosewater Tea

4 c. water
2  tea bags or tea-infuser with tsp. of your herbs
1 Tab.  rose-water
2 green cardamom
pinch of saffron
  • Honey or other sweetener, according to taste (optional)

Directions: Bring the  water to almost a aboil with the cardamom. Add any tea you desire: green, black, herbal.  Steep 5-7 minutes and remove teabags or strain. Add saffron and rosewater and sweetening, if desired. Serve hot or over ice.

Word of the Day – invierno – winter

Tip of the Day – Saffron is an aphrodisiac, diaphoretic- causes sweating, carminative – prevents gas and to bring on menstruation..

Moringa Recipes

A yoga student gave me Moringa, powdered and the leaves, in return for a few yoga classes. What a nice exchange. benefits include antioxidants and anti-inflammatory elements, balancing hormones and slowing the effects of aging, improving digestive health, balancing blood sugar levels and helping fight diabetes, protecting and nourishing the skin, and helping stabilize mood and protect brain health!

Here are some ways to use moringa in cooking.

Wash and finely chop the leaves. A little lemon juice will take out the bitterness.

  • salad, soup, tea
  • scrambled eggs, omelettes
  • curry, dal, egg rolls, rice


Word of the Day – donacion – donation

Tip of the Day – Wash the leaves well and discard all the stems, which are inedible. While the leaves aid digestion and gastrointestinal health, they are  somewhat tough to digest. Cooking them will help.

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


  • 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.


  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.

Chia Plum Jam

I finally drank turmeric tea as the end result of having gas all day. Tried buscapina, shoulder stands, mint, lemon and ginger, elevating the hips. All of them worked all day, but not completely. You know what took it away immediately? Turmeric in my tea.

Recipe of the Day – Chia Plum Jam


1 T. chia seeds, soaked in 1/4 c. water

1 c. seeded plums, washed

1 T. honey or coconut syrup


Soak chia seeds in water for 10 minutes. Mash plums Stir chia with water into plums. Add coconut, agave syrup or honey, if desired.

Word of the Day – estomago – stomach

Tip of the Day – The video uses agave syrup of honey, but I would use coconut syrup these days, or stevia – much less glycemic. Serve it on celery with peanut butter, yum!

Chocolate Nispero Pudding

I came out to cut dandelions for my green smoothie, only to realize that the gardener, who did such a beautiful job cleaning the land, had cut down every dandelion on the land. So, poor me, I had to have chocolate nispero pudding for breakfast.

Recipe of the Day: Nispero Jam (Knee-Sparrow Jam)


30 loquats (like cumquats, but sweeter-Nisperos)

1/4 c. stevia powder

1/4 c. coconut milk

1 frozen banana

1/4 c. cacao powder

1 T. chia seeds

1 tsp. coconut extract

Directions: Choose the sweet, orange Nisperos. Cut or chew off the end of each, and take out the seeds. Put in the food processor or blender, then add the rest,  And chill!

Word of the Day: tranquilo = calm, chill, tranquil

Tip of the Day – You don’t have to go to the market for these. They’re from the wilds of the land!


Chia Tapioca

Gosh, my neighbor’s dogs on the street, on the corner of my driveway, got poisoned again. Rosita, my neighbor was so sad. She had four dogs. One left, after three were poisoned,They threw poisoned meat over the fence along the road, to any dog available. On purpose. It’s weird because I just posted a post from a year ago, almost to the day it happened to Tiko last year. So strange and so sad.

Recipe of the Day – Chia Tapioca

1/2 c. chia seeds

1/3 c. tapioca

2 c. coconut milk

1 dropperful stevia, 1 tsp. coconut crystals or honey

1 pinch vanilla powder, or 1 tsp. vanilla


Pour the milk into a jar or glass container with a lid. Add the chia seeds, tapioca and sweetener. Put the lid on tightly and shake well. Let sit in the fridge for an hour, minimo, or overnight, to gel and thicken.

Word of the Day – mínimo, como mínimo – minimum

Tip of the Day – Think about using this daily as a staple. So filling and you won’t feel too full. Add cacao or carob, bananas, cacao nibs, coconut, or fruit on top.

Chocolate and Vanilla Gluten-free Cakes

Cindy and I saw an owl- which flew right in front of her jeep going down the hill, and then through a tree. A big, beautiful, white- wing-stretched owl. What if she hadn’t left her house at the moment she did, stopped for me on the road, gone exactly that speed limit. I often marvel at such things.

Recipe of the Day – Chocolate and Vanilla Gluten-free Cake Mixes

Chocolate Cake Mix
1 c. gluten-free flour (157 g)

1/2 tsp.  xanthan gum (unless your blend already contains it)

7/8 c. (70 g) cacao powder

1 tsp. baking powder

1/2 tsp. baking soda

1/4 tsp. salt

1 1/8 c.(225 g) coconut sugar or panela

 Vanilla Cake Mix
1 1/2 c. gluten-free flour

3/4  tsp. xanthan gum (unless your mix has it already)

1/2 c.  haba or fine coconut flour

1 tsp. baking powder

1/2 tsp. baking soda

1/4 tsp. salt

1 c. coconut sugar

Then add to either mix:

3 T. coconut oil

3 eggs , or 3 T. chia seeds soaked in 6 T. water

1 c. water


 For either mix, place all of the ingredients for that mix in a large bowl and whisk well. Store in an airtight container until ready to use.
  • Preheat your oven to 350°F. Grease or line 18 of the wells of two standard 12-cup muffin tins or 9-inch cake pan and set it aside. Transfer the dry ingredients to a large bowl and create a well in the center. Add the oil, 3 eggs and  water, mixing to combine well. Fill cupcake tin seach 2/3 of the way full, or transfer all the cake batter to the prepared 9-inch pan. Place in the center of the preheated oven and bake until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out mostly clean, or with a few moist crumbs attached (about 19 minutes for cupcakes; about 28 minutes for the cake). Remove from the oven and allow to sit in the pan for at least 10 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely. Makes one 9-inch cake or about 18 cupcakes.
  • Chocolate Frosting
  • Ingredients:
    1/3 c. soaked dates (reserve the date water to make the frosting more creamy, if needed.)
    1 tsp. olive oil
    1 T. carob/cacao powder
    dash salt and vanillaDirections: Cream in a personal blender. Put on top of cake.
  • Word of the Day – vi – I saw
  • Tip of the Day – Using water in your gluten-free cake mix, makes it much lighter than milk or milk powder. I’ve been doing it for about 20-30 years!

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


4 c. dried stevia leaves


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!


Gluten-Free Cherry Crumble

Oh my gosh, I was sweating about my electric bike tires. They’re getting so bald, and no shop here or Cuenca or Loja had them. Well, My friends told me about this new store in Quito – Electrobikes. And they sent me the tires already, for only $12 shipping !!!! Holy schmoly. I am so happy. They said it would take 3 working days but it actually took 5. Not bad!

Recipe of the Day – GF Cherry Crumble


  • 5 c. chopped, pitted cherries
  • 1/4 c. honey
  • 2 T chia seeds


  • 1 c. oat flour
  • 1/2 c. rolled oats
  • 1/3 c. coconut sugar, panela or stevia
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • pinch of sea salt
  • 1/4 c. coconut oil, hardened
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
  2. In a large bowl combine cherries, honey and chia
  3. Add to a large baking dish or skillet
  4. In a separate bowl combine oat flour, rolled oats,  sugar, cinnamon and salt.
  5. Add in coconut oil and using hands combine to form a crumbly “pea-like” consistency.
  6. Sprinkle crumble on top of cherries, coating the entire top.
  7. Bake for 45 mins or until top has browned slightly.
  8. Serve warm.

Word of the Day – llantas calvas

Tip of the Day – Serve with banana ice cream.