Shea Comfrey-Calendula Butter

My friend, Joy, brought me back Shea butter from the States, woohoo! Just in time to make my healing salve, but this time with Shea butter, the fat that’s extracted from the nuts of the African shea tree. It’s used for all kinds of skin problems, from dry skin, burns, to wrinkles and eczema. i’m combining it here with calendula and comfrey to ease pain and soothe and heal rough, dry skin, as well as lip sores.

Recipe of the Day -Shea Comfrey-Calendula Butter

Ingredients:

1/2 c. cold pressed olive oil

1 ounce dried herbs: 1/2 ounce calendula and 1/2 ounce comfrey

1/2 c. shea butter

1/2 c. coconut oil

1/3 c. beeswax

1/4 c. cacao butter

3 vitamin E capsules (of at least 400 units)

10 drops Essential Oil (lavender, rose, or jasmine, lemon, or your choice)

1 tsp. mica powder, color of choice, to color the salve. (But you don’t need to.)

Cheesecloth to strain herbs

Directions: Place your herbs into an oven safe dish and pour the olive oil in. Stir and bake in the oven at the lowest possible temperature (200 degrees or less) and bake for 3 hours. This is your infused oil. (Or, you can pour olive oil directly over the herbs in a clean jar and let sit for 6 weeks.)

    1. After 3 hours allow the mix to cool slightly but strain through the cheesecloth while it’s still warm. Squeeze out all the oil you can.
    2. Put your mixture in a pot on the stove (a double boiler would be great) and very GENTLY heat the oil mix back up, without burning. Add all the other ingredients, except the essential oils.
    3. Puncture and add your vitamin E capsules (or about 1/2 teaspoon if using liquid E) and then add your beeswax. Stir until it’s completely melted and blended.
    4. Remove from heat and let cool just a minute or two while you add the essential oil  and mica powder – your color. Move to fridge and let cool another hour or until starting to harden around the edges but still somewhat soft.Use a hand mixer to whip for 10 minutes until fluffy.Return to the fridge for 10-15 minutes to set.Then pour into a wide mouth jar or several small jars. As it cools the mixture will become semi-solid and be the perfect consistency.
    5.  Word/Phrase of the Day – erase una vez – once upon a time
    6. Tip of the Day – The combination of shea and cocoa butter with two nourishing oils makes a highly moisturizing combination, but whipping the mix helps it go on smoothly without being oily.

Jacoticaba Crumble

You know, i was humbled when some guests left and I found a $10 bill hidden under a mat on the coffee table. To help me out, you know? And i was wondering which thing I should use it for. And then, one of my old workers asked me on facebook if he could borrow $10 and work it off for me. Which is 3 hours work here! So I said, yes, and he just sanded and lacquered all my wooden shutters and front door. And while it was drying he weeded and dug around with the 28-year old energy that is truly unstoppable. Isn’t it amazing how money moves around. i feel so humbled, then i feel so honored that someone would ask me for help (and he, young soul, has two little kids!) and then so grateful for…just…everything and everyone.

Recipe of the Day – Jaboticaba Crumble

Ingredients;

1 lb. jaboticaba berries

1 lb cherries, blueberries, black or other berries

4 c. GF cake flour

1 T. honey

Topping;

2 T. GF cake flour

3 T. rolled oats

1 T. honey

2 T. Coconut oil

Mix together 1 lb jaboticabas and other berries, if you like with the cake flour and honey. Place into well-greased ramekins.
For the topping, in a separate bowl mix the cake flour, oats (non instant), honey and oil.
Pour topping over the berries and bake for 20 mins at 200°C until golden brown. Serve with a dollop of banana ice cream and jaboticaba syrup.

Jaboticaba Syrup

Halve about 25 berries and simmer with 1 cup of water in a heavy-base pot for 15 minutes.
Add 2 tbsp honey and 2 tsp grated ginger.
Simmer for another 15 minutes and strain.

Word/Phrase of the Day – me sentía humilde – i felt humbled

Tip of the Day – Make your banana ice cream by freezing a cup of frozen, cut bananas and then blending! That’s it!

Jaboticaba Smoothie

Maria and Dennis at the juice Factory have Jaboticaba, the Brazilian grapetree. It’s the seventh year in cultivation here at her and Dennis’ farm in Vilcabamba, which is just now producing fruit. Much like  the acai berry, jaboticaba is high in antioxidants, minerals and Vitamin C. Jaboticaba smoothies, starting Friday until they’re gone, $3.75 at the juice Factory

Recipe of the Day – jaboticaba Smoothie

Ingredients :

1 c. jacoticaba syrup

1-2 bananas, frozen

1 c. nut/seed milk

To make the syrup Simmer 1kg whole, crushed jaboticaba fruit in 250ml water until the fruit is pulpy (about 20 minutes). Add the juice of 1 large lemon, plus 1 cinnamon stick, 4 cardamom pods, and allow to cool.

Directions for the smoothie –

Blend all ingredients.

Word/Phrase of the Day – que madrugador what an early bird

Tip of the Day – Keep the skins, dry them and store in a jar, to add to syrups and cereals for a real boost of beta-carotene. They, the berries are also full of vitamins C, D and E, as well as calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium and fructose.

Fondant Potatoes

 Two Lucas stories! Hey, last night i was sitting at the table, and one of my slippers was missing. And i said, Lucas, go bring me my slipper (which was on his bed, of course,) and he went over, got it, and laid it down at my feet!!! Come on! Tiko was SO jealous with all the attention Lucas got!

Okay, and the other one, is that i always make Lukie and Tiko stop at the gate until i tell them we can go, right? Well the other day the gate was wide open, and they were waiting for me to walk with them. Georgie said she walked by with her baby, and even called their names, and they wouldn’t take one step!!! Whoaaaa! That’s fantatic, huh?

Picture and adapted recipe from allrecipes.com

Recipe of the Day – Fondant potatoes

Ingredients –

Directions

Preheat oven to 425 degrees F (220 degrees C).

  1. Cut off ends of russet potatoes, stand potatoes on end, and peel potatoes from top to bottom with a sharp knife to make each potato into a uniform cylinder. Cut each cylinder in half crosswise to make 6 potato cylinders about 2 inches long.
  2. Place potatoes into a bowl of cold water for about 5 minutes to remove starch from outsides; pat dry with paper towels.
  3. Place a heavy oven-proof skillet (such as a cast iron skillet) over high heat. Pour in oil; heat until it shimmers slightly.
  4. Place potato cylinders with best-looking ends into the hot oil, lower heat to medium-high, and pan-fry potatoes until well-browned, 5 to 6 minutes. Season with salt and black pepper.
  5. Flip the potatoes onto the opposite ends. As they cook, use a paper towel held with tongs to carefully blot out the oil from the skillet. Add butter and thyme sprigs to skillet.
  6. Pick up a rosemary sprig with tongs and use it to paint oil or butter over the top of the potatoes. Cook until butter foams and foam turns from white to a pale tan color. Season with more salt and pepper. Pour vegetable or chicken stock into skillet.
  7. Transfer skillet to preheated oven and cook until potatoes are tender and creamy inside, about 30 minutes. If potatoes aren’t tender, add 1/4 cup more stock and let cook 10 more minutes.
  8. Place potatoes on a serving platter and spoon thyme-scented butter remaining in skillet over potatoes. Garnish with rosemary sprigs. Let cool about 5 minutes before serving.

Word of the Day – zapatillas – slippers

Tip of the Day – Allrecioes.com does this with thyme, instead of rosemary.

DIy Curry Paste

THe word, curry, to americans, means the taste of curry powder, but really there are a thousand spices of india you can use to make this curry, which means ‘sauce’ in india.

Recipe of the Day – Curry paste

Ingredients

  • 3 T. coriander seeds
  • 2 T. cumin seeds
  • 1 T. mustard seeds
  • 1 tsp. fennel seeds
  • 1 tsp . black peppercorns
  • 1 tsp. turmeric powder
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp. paprika
  • 1 or 2 dried chiles, as hot as you want them
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 ‘ ginger peeled and finely grated
  • 3 garlic cloves, finely grated
  • 1 T. tomato paste
  • 4 T. white wine or cider vinegar
  • Chili oil or hot chili oil or sweet chili oil to cover the paste for storing

Directions;

Use the wet things first, that release the moisture  – Add grated ginger, garlic, tomato purée and white wine vinegar and mix well to make a paste. Stir in the chili oil.

  1. Put the seeds and peppercorns into a dry frying pan over a medium heat. Cook for about three minutes, stirring often, until the mustard seeds start to pop and the seeds turn golden and aromatic. Tip into a bowl and allow to cool for a few minutes.

  2. Add the turmeric, cinnamon, paprika and dried chilies to a pestle and mortar. Add the cooled toasted spices and grind everything together into a fine powder. Add the salt.

  3. Use immediately, or spoon the paste into a jar, cover with the oil mixture, seal with a lid and store in the fridge for up to a week.

Word of the Day – para moler – to grind

Tip of the Day – A real curry from India is made by grinding the curry, chili and spices in a mortar and pestle. For extra depth of flavor toast the spices in a dry sauce pan or oven. And it matters when you add each spice, what order. So do that. Because you are literally, buildng flavors.

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!

Pumpkin Seed Snack Bars

Did you know, I didn’t, that women donate their old wedding dresses so that the lace and detail work can be deconstructed and used as appliques on burial baby gowns? These gowns are donated to parents in need who have lost their children. Such a beautiful cycle, to go from marriage to loss. Celebrating your beautiful day to help others who are suffering.Then there’s Menstrual Reusuable Pads for women in third world countries, who miss so many days of school for having to stay home  during their times of the month. Each girl gets two resuable waterproof pads, and two bars of soap and one to three pairs of panties for girls. You can donate any part of this. Based out of Bellingham, WA. is the company that starts these things. My daughter’s mother-in-law got her kits funded byvThrivent and has made 4000 pads already – changing the lives of 2000 girls already. You can apply for a grant through them and they give you $250 in supplies to start out helping others. Pretty. Dang. Cool.
Recipe of the Day – Pumpkin Seed Snack Bars:

Ingredients:

4 c. toasted oats
1/2 c. coconut cream
1/2 c, almonds
1/2 c. pumpkin seeds (pepitas), raw or roasted (150 degrees C for 45 minutes)
1/2 c. dried berries of choice
1/2 c. cacao nibs
1/2 c. shredded coconut
dash salt
Syrup – 1/3 c. Grade B maple syrup, coconut syrup, honey,

OR make your own:

1/2 c. panela or brown sugar or stevia leaves
1/4 c. honey
1 T. coconut oil
1/4 tsp. salt
Directions:
Lightly oil a 13×9″ pan with coconut oil. In a large bowl, combing the oats, coconut cream, nuts and berries. Set aside.
For the syrup – Use Maple syrup, or, In 1-quart saucepan, heat all syrup ingredients over low heat, stirring occasionally, until oil is melted and sugar is dissolved. Pour over oat/nut mixture; gently toss to coat. Press in pan; cool 30 minutes. For bars, cut into 5 rows by 3 rows. Store tightly covered.
Word of the Day – angeles – angels
Tip of the Day – You could do this with Cheerios or any other cereal for a great snack mix!

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.

Jessica’s Uvilla Berry Sauce

Jessica gave me her recipe, as we were sitting down together at the Gourmet Dinner. Uvillas are SO good! So what a great idea to make them into a sauce.

 Recipe of the Day – Jessica’s Uvilla Berry Sauce

Ingredients:

1 c. uvillas, cranberries or Mora berries

1 tsp. cardamom

1 T. chia seeds

1/2 tsp. cinnamon

Directions:

Combine all ingredients in a blender or food processor. Let sit in the fridge until the chia seeds have made it thick.

Word of the Day – sentado – seated
Tip of the Day – Add a little sweetening, if you like. Honey goes really good with uvillas.