I had my Every-And-A – Half Clothes Share/Potluck. Twenty adults and four kids came, wonderful! Everone brought something to give away and food to share. They took some home, and there is still a bag leftover for the needy. What beautiful people there are here, and their generosiy is overwhelming. I really feel …filled. Like a full cup. Continue reading “Avocado Ice Cream”
“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.”
Recipe of the Day – Date Cookies
- 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
- 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
- Place dates, walnuts, cacao, carob, almonds and sea salt in a food processor. Pulse until coarsely chopped.
- Add coconut and vanilla pulse again adding water a little at a time until mixture starts to form a ball.
- 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.
- Mix the coconut, vanilla and liquid. Spoon onto each cookie.
- 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.
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….!
- 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
In a small saucepan over medium heat, melt the oil. Reduce the heat and add the onions and garlic. Simmer 10 minutes until tender.
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.
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.
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!
In a saucepan, combine 1/2 cup water, coconut sugar, coconut cream and cocao powder. Simmer for about 20 minutes until mixture slightly thickens.
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. Set over an ice bath and whisk until the glaze thickens and reaches about 80 degrees, about 1 minute.
- Word/Phrase of the Day – caderas malas -bad hips
- Tip of the Day – Go to the coconut lady. Have her pour out the coconut juice. Drink as much as
- 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!
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!”
1 c. walnuts
1 pinch stevia (or more to taste)
1 tsp. cinnamon
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.
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 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.
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!
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, “
1 c. cranberries
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!
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
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!