Joy’s Almond Ginger Turmeric Cookies

You know, on our trip to Zamora something wonderful happened. I got into the cold, cold Andean water, right? Submerged the whole body for a second, and it was so cold I couldn’t even gasp. And i said, “I”m gonna try and stay in for one minute, ” so I started to count. At 40 seconds there was this huge, “whoosh” of feeling from my solar plexus to the base of the throat. The whole area expanded and warmed with pleasure. I told Joy about it as it happened. And i was able to stay in for fifteen minutes, what!!!! Come on. Well, I mentioned in to three people . One said it was a heart-healing from the waters. Another said it was a gift from the fairies in the waters. I love that! the other said it was a kundalini experience. I think, now, maybe it was all three. I will never forget that in my life. What happiness.

Joy Lopez brought these cookies on our trip to Zamora. They were So good, it was all I could do to not eat them all!

Recipe of the Day –
Almond Ginger Turmeric Cookies


1 cup almonds, soaked in water for several hours (alt: Peanut butter)*

1 Tbsp flaxseed soaked in 3 Tbsp water for at least one hour

1/3 cup cane sugar (Panela)

1 tsp vanilla

2 Tbsp freshly grated ginger

2 Tbsp freshly grated turmeric

1 tsp ground cinnamon

1/2 tsp grated nutmeg

1/2 tsp baking soda

1/4 tsp sea salt

1/2 cup shredded coconut

Instructions 1. Preheat oven to 350 deg.F (175 deg.C) 2. Blend almonds in food processor till buttery. *3. Mix together the almond butter and sugar in a bowl. 4. Add the flaxseed, vanilla, ginger, turmeric, cinnamon, nutmeg, baking soda, salt and shredded coconut and mix thoroughly. 5. Batter will be thick but not crumbly. *6. Scoop by heaping tablespoonfuls onto oiled cookie sheet. Slightly flatten the tops with the back of a spoon. 7. Bake for about 15 – 20 minutes .8. Let cool on the baking sheet for a couple minutes and then transfer to a cooling rack.  *Alternates:Substitute peanut butter for the almonds.If mix is too runny, add ground flaxseed and/or coconut flour to achieve desired consistency.

Word of the Day – bienestar – well-being
Tip of the Day – Says Joy, “Here’s my Ginger cookie recipe. (Note, I used ground turmeric powder in the ones you tried because I didn’t have any fresh.)”


Herb Teas for Cleansing the Blood, Liver and Kidneys

Even if you don’t have liver problems, your liver is old enough to need cleansing. My liver will be sixty years old soon, for goodness sake!
Recipe of the Day – Liver cleansing Tea
Choose from one of the following:

Ginger helps control blood sugar. Studies have also shown that ginger can help treat nonalcoholic fattly liver disesase (NAFLD)

Roselle is a species of hibiscus with a cranberry-like flavor. It has diuretic effects on the body and may assist with kidney filtration.

Parsley can also help protect the liver. It helps the kidneys get rid of waste. Throw a leaf in your tea!

Dandelion is a diuretic, which helps filter waste from the blood and improves liver function.

Green Tea improves liver health by reducing fat deposits, which is why a lot of people use it to lose weight. Drink at least four cups a day.

Directions: Put a teaspoon of the fresh or dried herb in a cup, and pour almost boiling water over it. Let steep for twenty minutes.

Word of the Day –hígado – liver

Tip of the Day – Drink at least four cups a day, of your choice liver cleanser. And vary them throughout the month/ Sweeten with a little stevia or honey, if you want.

Ginger Tulsi (Holy Basil) Tea

I finally have a plethora of Holy Basil (tulsi) growing in my garden. What a blessing! And it smells so good. I love the smell and Holy Basil.

Recipe of the Day – Holy Basil Ginger Tea


4 c. water

1 handful holy basil leaves

1 1/2 ‘ slice ginger, depending on how strong you want it.

Directions: Add the water to your pot or teapot. Then add the basil leaves and ginger. Bring to almost a boil and let simmer for 10 minutes. Strain and serve with a dash of stevia, honey and lemon juice.

Word of the Day – albahaca – basil

Tip of the Day – Tulsi benefits include: reducing anxiety, fighting acne, protecting against diabetes and cancer, balancing hormones, relieving fevers, improving respiratory problems, teeth care. It’s also a good source of Vitamin K.

Cindy’s Kitchen Sink Smoothie

I walked up to my friends and neighbors to cut alfalfa, and they had me in for smoothies! Here is Cindy’s kitchen sink, mora, ginger, green smoothie, fresh and organic from her own land, I love her so much, and the smoothie!

Recipe of the Day – Ginger Berry Green Smoothie


1 handful alfalfa

1 handful spinach

1 handful mora berries

1 handful strawberries

1/2″ ginger

Directions: Put all in the blender. Blend well.

Word of the Day – cocina – kitchen

Tip of the Day –This  smoothie gets you going with energy, and the ginger helps your tummy! And let poeple make smoothies for you.

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Carrot Papaya Celery Juice

Many thanks to for sharing my posts next to  links to the Huffington Post and the Bloomberg Report!

Recipe of the Day – Carrot Papaya Celery Juice with Ginger and Lemon


1 c. Papaya

3 large carrots, washed and chopped

1/4″ piece ginger root

juice of 1/2 lemon

optional – 3-6 stalks celery, washed

Directions: Juice in your juicer, ot blend.

Word/Phrase of the Day – un mil gracias – a thousand thanks

Tip of the Day – A guest here asked me, three times during his stay, “Have you noticed, Dorothy, one food that really gives you energy?” All three times, i immediately answered with, “Yes! Green Juice!”

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No Cook Gluten-Free Ginger Snaps

I’m proud of myself for going to the water meeting. Ninety-nine Eduatorianos and one red- haired gringa. No chance of skipping out early for me! Dang it. and I probably understood only about 20/30% of the words. But I got to learn the ways of the people, how they have no problem speaking up and saying what’s what. I love that. They had to skip work to come, some of them, to avoid the penalty fee, so the atmosphere wasn’t that great. It was about the money they spent last year on improvements in such in our three water areas, and the projected expenditure for the upcoming year.

Recipe of the Day –Raw Ginger Snaps

3/4 c. coconut oil
1 c. coconut crystals, raw sugar or palm sugar
1/4 c. yacon or coconut syrup, liquid sweetener of choice
1 T. flax seed soaked in 3 T. water for 10 minutes
2 c. sprouted grains: oats, barley, buckwheat, quinoa, amaranth of choice – Soak one day, sprout 1.5 days
1/2 tsp.  ground cloves
1 tsp.  ground cinnamon
1 tsp. ground ginger
1/3 c. raw coco ut sugar for decoration

Directions: Blend everything in the food processor and spoon cookie size blobs onto the nonstick trays in the dehydrator and dehydrate at 104 degrees about 36 hours, until desired crispness.

Word of the Day – junto – meeting

Tip of the Day –  Be friendly, and go to a neighborhood meeting once in a vlue moon. good to get to know your neighbors and their personalities!

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Smoothie for the Brain

Well, I was sleepy fo bed time, but  I’m wide awake now! My guests just brought me a heating pad, infrared, from the states, whoa! With jade stones. Wow, what a gift!

Brain smoothieRecipe
of the Day – Brain Smoothie


2 c. Water

2 ears of corn

2 carrots

1 apple, skin and aeeds

1 sprig parsley plus the stem

2 tsp. Flax seeds

1/2 ” ginger root

2 leaves basil

1/2 lemon, plus pith and seeds

2 tsp. Bee pollen

Directions: Blend for 20 seconds. Rest the engine and blend again. Or juice it!

Word of the Day – cerebro – brain

Tip of the Day –These smoothies are meant to feed your body and brain daily. Do it once and you’ll feel good.Do it daily and you’ll feel amazing!

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Ginger Chest Steam

I had this tickle in my chest for two weeks, and now it’s gone, woohoo! Because my daughter reminded me to steam my head and lungs/upper respiratory system. Here’s the recipe that worked for me.
GingerRecipe of the Day- Ginger Steam Bath

Ginger helps to reduce the inflammation in the respiratory tract. It also has antibacterial and analgesic properties that help to clear chest congestion and treat cough.


1/2 ” ginger root

1 pot water, filled to almost the top


Cut a freshly peeled ginger root into little pieces, or grate. Bring a pot of water to almost boiling and add the ginger. Sit with your head over the pot, not too close to burn your face, though. Put a towel over your head to keep the steam in the tent. Breathe in for 10-20 minutes, until steam is no longer there. Get ready with your tissues to blow your nose!

Word of the Day – vapor – chest

Tip of the Day – 
Repeat once or twice a day, and daily, until your chest feels normal again. You can also chew on the ginger, or garlic, or add turmeric. Try steaming eucalyptus, my favorite, and drink honey with ginger tea, wih a couple drops of hot pepper in it. This bath also cleanses your pores, so splash some water on your face after! What’s your favorite steam bath?

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Sesame Zing Ice Cream

My friend was somewhat sad. He had gone to Shambalabamba for the dance performance, leaving his bike in front of the Juice Factory. Then, in the dark of night and rain, took a taxi home without thinking about the bike (totally what I would have done!). This morning, he came out to get on his bike, and his bike wasn’t there. He remembered where he left it and, aagh, came  back and it was gone. So sad! The whole town knows R and his friend, his red bike. But guess, what? Happy ending already. The miracle of a small town, this town. Vilcabamba.

Here is his story:                                                                                                                  

“I had been talking to the merchants along gringo alley. The woman who is at the clothing store near Lyseca’s gave me the idea to go to the radio and purchase an announcement. So, I was on my way back from the radio station and I was coming up the street when the woman who owns the almuerzo joint katy-corner to Pura Vida was walking down towards me. She had been out walking yesterday evening. She asked if I had left my bike out last night and said that she had put it safely in her restaurant because she was sure that it was mine! I gave her $20 dollars propina (tip), and returned to the radio station to cancel the announcement. The radio station refunded $5 of the $6 that I had paid. The bike and I are safely home.”Wahoo, I love stories like this, kindness, kindness.

Black sesame ice creamRecipe of the Day – Sesame Zing Ice Cream


3 c. water

1 c. sesame seeds, black or white, depending on the color ice cream you want!

1/2 c. pecans

4 dates, pitted and soaked

1/2 c. coconut syrup or honey

1/4 tsp. cinnamon

1/4 tsp. cardamom

1/4 tsp. ground cloves

1/8 ” grated ginger


Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend twice intil creamy. Add the sweetener little by little. Freeze in an ice cream maker or regular freezer-safe jar/bowls.

Word of the Day – propina – tip

Tip of the Day – Lock your bike, Dorothy!

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Ginger Lemon Kombucha

Did I tell you I was making kombucha again? I did it for nine or ten years in Montana. And this last trip back I brought back a scoby from a friend. (A scoby is the bacterial mat, known as the Manchurian Mushroom used to make kombucha). The officials handled it in Ecuador customs, but didn’t ask me about it. Here is my recipe for Ginger-Lemon Kombucha, and it came out utterly delicious!

bigstock-ginger-tea-with-lemon-on-a-woo-63021598-700x560Recipe of the Day – Ginger-Lemon Kombucha

80 oz. sun tea (water with 4 tsp. (or 4 teabags) green or black tea)
2/3 c. raw panela (brown sugar), coconut sugar, or honey, dissolved in a little of the tea (or raw sugar, or raw agave)
1 scoby (the Manchurian mushroom)
1/4 ” grated ginger in each bottle
juice of 1/2 lemon in each bottle

12 – 16 oz bottles


  1. Pour the sweetener into the tea.
  2. Wash the scoby and slide it into the tea, gently.
  3. Put a paper towel or cheesecloth on top, with a rubber band to hold it. Place in indirect sunlight, in a warm, airy place.
  4. Check after 8 days to see if it’s to your liking, or if you’d like it more fermented.
  5. Add more sweetener, if desired, then the ginger and lemon.
  6. This time, in Ecuador, I added the ginger and lemon after twelve days, to the bottles.
  7. If it’s fermented enough to your liking, bubbly enough, take off the paper towel, remove the scoby and refrigerate!
  8. If you let it sit out too long, it will become vinegar.

Word of the Day – años – years

Tip of the Day – Strain and look at, handle, each bottle and mushroom gently. They are treasured, sacred, medicinal, not to be used lightly.

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