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”
D told me she couldn’t eat raw garlic, but she can eat pickled garlic. Yum! Fermented foods being good for your stomach – makes sense! You make this just like you would cole slaw or other fermented dishes. Pretty simple, except for the peeling, But luckily, here you can get the bag of garlic already peeled! And what a great snack when you don’t want something sweet, or want to keep away colds, or vampires!
12-14 heads of garlic
1 liter water
2 T. sea salt
Herbs such as thyme, basil, rosemary or fresh oregano from the garden
Peel garlic Pour them into a quart jar, leaving 1-inch of space at the top.. Pour the salt water and herbs over garlic cloves.
Allow to ferment for 3 to 4 weeks before moving to cold storage. The longer these sit in the cold, the better they are!
Word of the Day – crudo – raw
Tip of the Day – To peel, you can either: smash each one between two spoons, and the skins fall or
Roast it in a low oven, around 200°F, until the skins loosen a bit.
Peel them with a small sharp knife to keep them 100% raw.
Put the whole head(s) of garlic, or the unpeeled cloves, into a small metal pot with a lid, then shake the covered pot vigorously for a few minutes. The paper on the garlic cloves will fall right off.
Thanks to my gorgeous guests who give me papayas, oranges and now…avocados from their land, woohoo! Organic and delicious!
3/4 c. cacao powder
1/4 c. coconut oil
1/4 c. coconut milk
1/4 c. coconut crystals
2 tsp. coffee
Pinch vanilla powder, or 1 tsp. vanilla
1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
Options: handful coconut, handful cacao nibs, walnuts , 1 c. yucca flour, 1 c. oats, (But honestly, I like it better without the grains – fudgy!)
Directions: Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Mix the eggs, oil, milk and coffee.Add the cacao, baking powder, salt and then the vanilla. Pour into a greased pan and bake for 25 minutes. Let cool completely. They will be fudgy!
Word of the Day – pusimos – we put
Tip of the Day – Use honey or coconut nectar, and they will even more fudgy! Add an avocado for chocolate avocado bites. You won’t be able to tell it’s there once you mix it with the cacao.
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.
Here’s what my famous Neurologist brother says about the herniated disc: “Swimming is ideal for a herniated disc, Dot. Start with waist-deep wading 15 minutes, three times a week. Then progress to either holding on to the side of the pool or kickboard and kicking. If you can get up to freestyle swimming, you should be in good shape. Advil is far safer than other meds.”
The non-impact element combined with the exercise and blood flow will do wonders. Just be careful not to over fatigue the muscle groups. Maintain an easy adaptive stage.
is it true that it can actually start healing, Pat?
P -Absolutely……just slowly…..
- 2 c. yucca flour
- 1 c. Oats
- 1 egg
- 1/2 c. Water, rice water ir potato water from cooking your rice or potatoes
- 1/4 c. Coconut crystals or sweetenr of choice
- 3/4 c rolled oats
- 1 tsp. baking soda
- 1/2 tsp. salt
- 1 egg
Preheat oven to 350° F (175° C). Mix dry ingredients. Then make a well in the batter and add the egg and water.Pour the batter into a nonstick baking pan (I used a non-stick 8-inch cake pan). Spread the batter out evenly Bake for 30 minutes. Allow the bread to cool before removing from pan.
Note: I placed the bread in the oven under the broiler for a few minutes before serving the next morning to warm the bread.
Word of the Day – yucca – cassava
Tip of the Day – Okay, Vilcabambans, there is yucca flour in Jesus and Nancy’s store, right now!
Aren’t these beautiful? My daughter made these little pot pies!
2 c. cooked vegetables of choice
1 c. cooked chicken or tofu
1 c. vegetable or chicken stock
1 c. coconut or milk cream
Word of the Day – tarta – pie
Tip of the Day – Do these gluten-free, by using your choice of bean flour, quinoa flour, oat flour or a mix of them together!
Life is so….regular at the Equator, so even, it feels like you could’ve designed this like a movie. 5:50 a.m. cue the Roosters’ crow. 6 a.m. Dawn….the Pacific Horneros to sing their song. Evening – 6:30 p.m. lights out, 7 p.m. cue the lightning bugs. 8 p.m. Listen for the doves. Look up and see a million stars.
4 c. lavender flowers
1 c. coconut sugar
Been having a lot of trouble with my back lately – the tail end of the watering/dry season, where I spend hours in the garden. Here’s my relaxing tea for tired and painful back muscles/herniated disc. Helps me sleep, too!
1 c. chamomile flowers
1 c. lemon balm
1 c. passionflower leaves and flowers
1/2 c. grated ginger
1/3 c. poppy seeds
1/2 c. valerian
Directions: For a big batch, mix the herbs above. You can cut it down to one teaspoon, where it says one cup, and 1/2 tsp. where it says 1/2 cup!
Word of the Day – sedante/sedativo – sedative
Tip of the Day – Chamomile is a mild sedative, and lemon balm improves mood and is a mild pain reliever. Passionflower (above) is another mild sedative, very calming, and ginger enhances the effects of the other herbs! Add stevia or other sweeteners to taste.
DIY for muscle pain. What a relief to a herniated disk, to help your muscles relax. Put ice on afterwards!
- 2 cups Epsom salt;
- 1/4 cup fresh rosemary leaf, chopped; or 6 tsp. crushed rosemary
- 3 drops lavender essential oil; or 3 tsp. crushed leaves
- 3 drops chamomile essential oil or 3 tsp. crushed leaves
- 3 drops peppermint essential oil. or 3 tsp. crushed leaves
Directions: Mix in your essential oils, or leaves then add the salt and add the rosemary leaf. Store in an airtight jar . Keep in a cool dark location.
Word of the Day – musculo – muscle
Tip of the Day – Use for tired, achy muscles!
I had this drink in Agave Blu – one of the Mexican Restaurants here in town. Honestly, the gals I was with and I thought it was cranberry juice. But, no! A wickedly delicious, fermented drink known as Tepache. The chef keeps it raw, so that all the natural bacteria is intact. Here’s his recipe, or one close to it while I was rapidly storing his words in my brain!
- ½ pineapple cut into chunks (leave skins on)
- ½ c. panela
- 4 c. water
- 2 whole cloves
- 1 tsp. each of cinnamon, cardamom , Jamaica flower and sweet pepper.
- Wash the pineapple and cut into chunks.
- Mix the panela and pineapple chunks,water and spices, and add to a large glass jar or pitcher.
- Cover with a cotton cloth or towel and let sit on the counter in a cool, dry place away from direct sunlight for 3 days.
- Tepache will become cloudy in 2-3 days and white foam will form on the surface.
- Scoop out the white foam that forms.
- Serve over ice.
- Word of the Day –fermentacion – fermentation
Tip of the Day – Use organic pineapple, so you don’t get the pesticides in there!