Date Cookies (GF)

“I ordered a new computer cable, Clare,” I said to my daughter. “You know how to do that, there, Mom?” she asked. I realized, all of a sudden, how comfortable I was here. “Oh, yeah! You just Whatsapp the guy in the Cuenca store and ask him if he has it. Then he gives you his Pinchinca bank account money. They you go down to Patricia’s store and give her the money and his name and account number. Then when he gets it, he sends it to you! Piece-a-cake.”

Photo by oh my sugar high

Recipe of the Day – Date Cookies

Ingredients:

  • 2 c. dates, pitted and chopped (about 20 dates)
  • 2 c. walnuts
  • 1/2  c. cacao powder
  • 1/4 c. carob powder
  • 1/2 c. almonds, sprouted, if desired
  • Pinch sea salt
  • Filling:
  • 1/2 c. shredded coconut or 2 T. coconut oil
  • 1 pinch vanilla powder or 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 3 T. of the soaked date water, tea or water
  • 6 dates, soaked 10 minutes

Directions:

  1.  Place dates, walnuts, cacao, carob, almonds and sea salt in a food processor. Pulse until coarsely chopped.
  2. Add coconut and vanilla pulse again adding water a little at a time until mixture starts to form a ball.
  3. Take 1/2 the dough and set aside. Press 1/4 cup into 6 little rounds (the bottom half of the cookie) or into 6 muffin tins.
  4. Mix the coconut, vanilla and liquid. Spoon onto each cookie.
  5. Top each cookie with the rest of the cookie dough.

Word of the Day – pedir – to order
Tip of the Day – You can make this with any type of nuts – cashews, almonds, peanuts. Taste them with the dates first, if you want, to see the combination.

Garlic Coconut White Sauce

I saw a package of White Sauce in the store, and as usual, thought I’d just go home and make it! Great for your gluten-free noodles and breads, pizzas, etc….!

Recipe of the Day – Garlic Coconut White Sauce

Ingredients
  • 2 T. Coconut Oil
  • 1 green onion, chopped fine
  • 3-4 cloves garlic
  • 1 tsp. fresh or dried herbs
  • 1 c. coconut cream
  • 1 tsp. miso paste or soy sauce
  • pinch salt
Instructions
  1. In a small saucepan over medium heat, melt the oil. Reduce the heat and add the onions and garlic. Simmer 10 minutes until tender.

  2. Allow to simmer for 3-4 minutes or until tender Add the cream , miso, herbs and salt and stir until smooth. Blend, if you like it more creamy.

  3. Store in a sealed jar or container in fridge for up to 2 weeks.

    Word of the Day – salsa, sauce

Tip of the Day – A lot of my friends would use butter or ghee in this recipe.

Chocolate Glaze

Mi pobrecito – Lucas. His hips started swaying to one side. Then got worse until he didn’t want to stand up or walk! One vet said it was Long-dog Syndrome – hip dysplasia from his genes, even though he’s not even 3 years old yet. And the other said, herniated disc. Both gave meds which only made it worse. So, poor thing. I hope it’s temporary. He’s such a positive guy!

Recipe of the Day –  Chocolate Glaze

Ingredients:

1/2 c. plus 1 T. water
1 c. plus 2 T. panela or coconut crystals
1/2 c. thick coconut cream
1/4 c. cocoa powder
3-5 drops chocolate stevia, liquid, adjust to taste

Directions

  1. In a saucepan, combine 1/2 cup water, coconut sugar, coconut cream and cocao powder. Simmer for about 20 minutes until mixture slightly thickens.
  2.  Place 1 tablespoon cold water in a small bowl. Sprinkle gelatin over top and let soften 5 minutes. Remove chocolate mixture from the heat and whisk in gelatin mixture  and stevia until thoroughly combined.
  3. 3. Set over an ice bath and whisk until the glaze thickens and reaches about 80 degrees, about 1 minute.
  4. Word/Phrase of the Day – caderas malas -bad hips
  5. Tip of the Day – Go to the coconut lady. Have her pour out the coconut juice. Drink as much as
  6. you want, but leave a little for your recipe. Have her scoop out the cream and she’ll put it in a baggie for you. Try not to eat it before you get home!

Cinnamon Sweet Walnut Butter

I knew I liked walnut butter. But on the way to the food processor, I thought, “Why not put cinnamon in it? And sweetening? Cinnamon Sugar!”

Recipe of the Day – Cinnamon Sweet Walnuts

Ingredients:

1 c. walnuts

1 pinch stevia (or more to taste)

1 tsp. cinnamon

Directions:

Blend in a food processor a good blender. Rest your machine as needed.

Word of the Day – nueces – walnuts

Tip of the Day – These are a lot faster to blend than almonds. Maybe only five minutes in your food processor.

Boldo Tea

This is an herb I got in the Otavlo Market – the Boldo leaf, used to treat mostly ailments of the liver, bladder and protate, but also for the gallbladder and gallstones. It’s also fo insomnia, rheumatism, cystitis, gonorrhea, syphilis, colds, constipation, indigestion and earache. It’s been used traditionally to rid the intestines of worms, as a mild sedative and nerve tonic..

Recipe of the Day – Boldo Tea

Ingredients: a couple leaves Boldo.

Directions. Take a couple leaves of Boldo and pour hot, almost boiling water over. Cover and let steep for 20 minutes.  This cup also has a twig of horsetail in it!

Word of the Day – liver – higado

Tip of the Day – What I do, to see if herbs work well together, is to taste the tea of each individually, smell and taste both. If they’re both calm, or of the same feeling, I combine them!

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!

How to Sprout Alfalfa and Clover Sprouts (Video)

This couple tried to raise $1500 on Facebook this week to help this wonderful group on the border that helps get immigrant parents out on bond and gives them legal aid. Instead of $1500, they so far got $11 million! And volunteers offering to fly into help too. Trump is signing an exec order making it stop today but did nothing to reunite the 2300 children already taken. They will not be grandfathered into the new plan and are stuck.My sister says, “

My kids cousin is a legal student working there. Sure lifted my spirits seeing people put their money where there mouth is Looks like it is up to almost $13 millionOver 300,000 people donated. So happy.”
Fundraiser for RAICES by Charlotte Willner and Dave Willner
$12,823,091 raised of $15,000,000 • 4 days left

Ingredients:

Alfalfa seeds, clover seeds,
water
jar with a straining lid or screen with tiny holes
Directions: Cover the bottom of the jar with seeds. You don’t have to measure them. Fill the jar with water about 1/3 of the way. Soak for 24 hours in the dark. Pour out the water. Every day water the seeds once a day, enough to moisten the seeds, and pour the water out.
Word of the Day – ayudar – to help
Tip of the Day – Those in the video are 5-day sprouts. You can eat them earlier, if you like! More nutrients!

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!

Chia Jam

I went to the States and had a beautiful, beautiful heart-warming visit with my kids. One in Montana, and two in Oregon. No luckier woman is there, than I.

Recipe of the Day – Chia Jam

Ingredients:

7 strawberries

a handful of blueberries

a tsp. of raw honey

1 Tablespoon chia seeds soaked in water for 10 minutes

Directions: Blend all.

Word of the Day – hermosa – beautiful

Tip of the Day –Switch your fruits around to make different jams! We have some gorgeous apricots right now, in this town, that would make some awesome chia jam!