Toasted Quinoa Chocolate Crunch Bars

My daughter was showing me on video, these beautiful columns of light seemingly beaming upwards in the skies of Montana. They are from unshielded lights, visible when it’s super cold. They are actually ice crystals, shaped like plates, that are usually in high clouds, but they float in the air, close to the ground, and then reflect light back downwards, making pillars of light. The collected light beams from millions of cyrstals relfecting light towards your eyes.

Recipe of the Day – Toasted Quinoa Chocolate Crunch Bars

 

Carrot-Rice-Nut Loaf

My sister says, “Tonight I’m making a variation of that old carrot rice nut loaf we used to make. I’ve added spinach,arugula, and sesame seeds.”

And these flowers in the picture cost $1.50 at Sunday Market. There’s an orchid in there!

Recipe of the Day – Carrot Rice Nut Loaf

Ingredients

  • 2 c. brown rice
  • 2 c. sunflower or almond cheese
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 green onion, chopped
  • 1 c. shredded carrots
  • 1/2 c. oats or gf breadcrumbs
  • 1/2 c. spinach or arugula
  • 1/4 c. walnuts
  • 1/4 c. sunflower seeds
  • 1/4 c. sesame seeds
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp. black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp. Italian herbs
  • optional – 2 c. spaghetti sauce

Directions:

  1. Combine all into a  greased 9-inch loaf pan.
  2. Bake at 350 degrees 50 to 60 minutes until firm. Let cool in pan 10 minutes. Remove from pan and slice. Serve with heated spaghetti sauce, if desired.

Word of the Day –hoy dia – today during this day/all day

TiP of the Day – Put the cheese and avocado on top, if you want, too!

Yucca Oat Biscuits

This morning I went to talk with the owners of Madre Tierra – the beautiful hotel on the hill. They wanted me to do a set of yoga instruction for the guests. And I think I can now – my back is soooo good! Anyway, After that they let me take a dip in the pool for my back, then gave me breakfast, what!!! i am SO lucky.

Recipe of the Day – Yucca Oat Biscuits

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 cup yucca flour
  • 2 c. oats or oat flour
  • 4 T. coconut oil or butter
  • 1 tsp . baking powder
  • 1/2 c. coconut sugar or panela
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 egg or 1 T. chia seeds soaked in 3 T. water
  • 1/2 c. water or nut/seed milk.

DirectiONS:

  1. Preheat oven to 400 F (200 C)
  2. Measure the flours into medium bowl. Cut oil or butter into flour with a pastry knife the size of a small peas
  3. Add baking powder, sugar, salt to the flour mixture
  4. Make a well in the center of the flour mixture and pour egg and milk into the well. Stir well.
  5. Drop batter by large spoonfuls onto a greased cookie sheet. Bake for about 20 minutes or until they just begin to turn brown (you can see some brown spots on the biscuits, but not too brown). Remove from the pan and cool on a rack.

Word of the Day – desayuno – breakfast

Tip of the Day – You could do these with less sweetening, depending on how you like your biscuits. Are you going to dip them in stew or soup? Then use less sweetening!

 

Dill Pesto

I went swimming, are you proud of me on a grey day? And the pool was filled with beautiful Ecuadorian families who loved the water so much, and didn’t think of their bodies. And their joy just filled that pool. Adults and children alike. They have no compulsion about showing joy on their faces – just like when they eat ice cream!

Recipe of the Day – Dill Pesto

Ingredients::

  • 1 c. fresh dill
  • 12 c. Italian Parsley
  • 2 T. nuts or seeds: sunflower seeds, walnuts, pine, cashews or almonds
  • 2 cloves fermented smashed garlic. (See my recipe by typing in Fermented Roasted Garlic in the search engine on the first page of this blog)
  • 2 T. olive oil
  • 2 T. parmezano (walnut parmesan – (See my recipe by typing in Parmezano in the search engine on the first page of this blog) ) or regular parmesan.

Directions

  1. In a blender or food processor, place the dill, parsley, nuts, and garlic.
  2. Whirl until finely minced.
  3. Add the oil and cheese, and process until blended.
  4. Transfer to a small bowl, cover and chill.

Word/Phrase of the Day – Eso es tu maletin – That’s your problem

Tip of the Day – Serve with raw flax seed or oat/sesame crackers found on this blog.

Caraway Sauekraut

I was lucky enough to be invited to Kimberly’s 7-Course Gourmet Meal at Madre Tierra last night. What a gourmet! Every single dish, (Which there was too much of) tasted absolutely delicious and elegant. I loved it. The menu is below.


Recipe of the Day – 
Caraway Sauerkraut

Ingredients:

  • 1 Medium Head of Cabbage
  • 1-3 T. salt, as desired
  • 1 beet and 3 carrots (optional)
  • 1 T. caraway seeds
  • Directions:
  1. Put the cabbage, and carrots and beets, if you like, into the food processor with salt and caraway.. Press down the cabbage with something – I use the plunger to the food processor – it works great! For several minutes, until there is enough liquid to cover. Or you can press it down with a plate, with a stone on top. There has to be enough liquid to cover the cabbage. You can add water if you need to.
  2. Cover the jar with a lid, paper towel or coffee filter and a rubber band.
  3. Let sit for a two weeks and let the air out daily. I put a note on top to tell me when it’s done. But if there’s too many fruit flies here, in Ecuador, after several days, then I put it in the fridge.excess pressure. The sauerkraut’s flavor will continue to develop as it ages.
  4. Word of the Day – gastronomo – gourmet
  5. Tip of the Day – Some people like to put the cabbage leaves on top to keep in the moisture, and bury it underground. That keeps the bugs out. Keep checking those leaves, though, to make sure they aren’t moldy.

Why We Need Our Farmers

No words needed for these pics, from our Water Company:
Company: Below it says that at least one time on our lives we will need a lawyer, a doctor or architect. But three times a day we need the farmer. We buy them and are grateful for their work.

 

Berry Bulgarian Geranium Jam

A reader just asked me – “Hi Dorothy, Looking at trying to make a blueberry sauce for turkey.. water, panela (pequena) dried blueberrys? Any thoughts? What do you think of wine instead of water?” I said, “For my taste, I’d do blueberries, chia seeds to make it thick, coconut waer and coconut crystals or stevia in the blender. Super fast and no need to cook it! Let it set. No wine for me – I prefer it on the sweet side.”

Recipe of the Day – Berry Bulgarian Geranium Jam

2 c. blueberries or raspberries, strawberries or grapes

2 leaves bulgarian geranium

1/4 c. chia seeds

1/4 – 1/3 coconut water

1 T. coconut crystals or3 drops  stevia

Directions: Super easy and all in the blender in 5 minutes. Let it set.

Word of the Day – jam – marmelada

Tip of the Day – Use any sweetner and any liquid!

Repe Soup with Camote

My camote plants started producing! These are my first sweet potatoes, yum! They are so good, coming out of the dirt. Here’s my Repe Soup with camote..

Recipe of the Day – Repe with Camote

Ingredients:

  • 6 green bananas, peeled and diced (about 4 cups)
  • 2 T. coconut oil
  • 6 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 1 medium sized finely chopped white onion
  • 1 tsp. cumin
  • 6 c. water, can also use the broth or cooking liquid from the peas
  • 1 c. oat milk
  • 4 T. finely chopped cilantro
  • Salt and pepper
  • Directions:
  1. Add the water or broth from the camote, bring to a boil and add the diced green bananas, simmer until the green bananas are soft, about 20-25 minutes.
  2. Add the camote, stir well and cook for 5 minutes. You can blend this for a creamy soup with the oat milk, if you like.

Word of the Day – repe – green banana soup

Tip of the Day – Serve with avocado and hot sauce, salsa or Aji! The traditional Ecuadorian recipe uses ½ tsp ground achiote (optional) mozzarrella and feta cheese.

 

Amaranth Greens or Salad

Amaranth is  a very nutritious leaf that makes nice salad greens. It’s  techically a seed, not a grain. The leaves are nutitionally similar to beets, Swiss chard and spinach, but are much superior. And they are all over the place, in the wild, when in season here. They  contain three times more calcium and niacin than spinach leaves. an excellent source of carotene, iron, calcium, protein, vitamin C and trace elements.


Recipe of the Day –
Amaranth Leaf Salad

photo by serious eats

Ingredients:

4 c. amaranth (washed , picked and towel dried leaves .)

1 T. olive oil

Juice of 1/2 lemon

pinch of salt

Directions- Toss.

Word of the Day – amaranto – amaranth

Tip of the Day – Growing amaranth is possible all year round in the tropics. That’s one of the reasons it is an essential and ubiquitous plant in my permaculture garden.

 

Flowering Amaranth PlantsPhoto by Dysviz

 

Sprouted Quinoa Tabouli

I took the dogs for a walk, as I do in the mornings, and today Tiko dashed up a hill and was barking like he does at a cow, a horse or a wild animal. I called for the, and Lucas came back almost immediately. But Tiko kept barking at the “intruder,” then came back and showed us a long scratch on his nose. Guanchaca, opossum? Something with a nice sharp claw, for sure!

Recipe of the Day – Sprouted Quinoa Tabouli

Ingredients:

1 c. sprouted quinoa

1 1/2 tsp. Himalayan salt

1/4 c. lemon or lime juice

2 T.  olive oil, extra virgin

4 T. green onions

1 cucumber, diced

4 tomatoes, diced

1 c. parsley

1/2 c. cilantro

1/2 c. fresh mint

Spinkle of garam masala, or other cinnamon mixture.

Directions: Take the quinoa seeds, soak them for 8-10 hours in a jar with a fine mesh, or a sprouting bag, filled with water. Drain the water and let it sit for up to 12 hours, until they have little sprouts. Add the rest of the ingredients and toss. Drizzle with olive oil and salt, and toss lightly. Cover with nuts and dressing!

Word of the Day – rasguño – scratch

Tip of the Day –The “Mother Grain” the “Gold of the Incas,” is not a grain, but a seed of the goosefoot plant! It has 8 essential amino acids and is high in protein!