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Beautiful, beautiful life. Can you believe that my cat, Paco, who disappeared 1 1/2 years ago, just walked by my kitchen window! So casually, as if he hadn’t been gone all this time. Crazy, huh? It didn’t look like he wanted to stay, and he looked pretty darn good! So I guess I will not worry, but be happy he’s safe and not poisoned or something!
|Recipe of the Day – Fermented Roasted Garlic Spread|
Word of the Day – asado – roasted
Tip of the Day – Use on gluten-free bread or toast, roasted vegetable like asparagus, peppers; put in hummus, yum!
You know the viscous water that you’ve cooked your garbanzos or white beans in? You can use it for a direct replacement for egg whites. It’s used for frostings and so many recipes, Including meringues, fudge and marshmallows. Clare’s using it on her vegan gingerbread house!
1 egg white = 2 T. agua faba
1 whole egg = 3 T. agua faba
These workers for the Taxi Cooperative, working on the land adjacent to mine, were talking about herbs with me. And they said they had valerian and cascarilla on their land, They brought it today. And planted the valerian for me!
Cascarilla is a very long, tall tree which has the benefits and caffeine of Guayusa. For strength of the body and bones, You use the bark, to protect against evil. He brought me a whole big bag of stripped bark which I’m to dry in the sun.The finely ground outer bark of this large, tropical shrub is known for its medicinal properties that included reducing fevers, operating as an expectorant, and even clearing flatulence. These workers said it’s especially for the bones. In fact, the word cascarilla refers to any kind of outer skin or husk.
Valeriana smells like lemongrass, and looks like it, the leaves and smells like it. But the roots are a great sedative. My friend is using it for his seizures and having great success! from one a day to one a week! (See my recipe for Valerian Tea by typing it in to the search engine on the front page of this blog.)
Recipe of the Day - Cascarilla Tea Ingrdients: 3 3" strips cascarilla bark 1 pot water Directions: Bring the pot of water to almost aboil. Turn off the heat abd drop in the bark. Let steep for twenty minutes. Word of the Day - cascarilla - bark Tip of the Day - Use for only a few days a t a time. It's ver potent and not meant to be used for long periods.
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.
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.)”
Everyone I tell this to says, “That is brilliant.” My daughter, Clare thought of it. For when you need pain relief, fast, but don’t want to mix all your herbs, let them brew, then drink it. It’s ice cubes! You make the whole pot, pour it into ice cube trays, and have it ready in your freezer. I’ve been doing for maybe a year, as a muscle relaxer. Here’s my blend:
2 bags chamomile tea (or 1 bunch fresh
2-3 poppy buds with the stems
1/4 tsp. poppy seeds
1 tsp. valerian
a whole, dried passionflower
optional – your sweetening, if desired
Directions: Bring a pot of water to almost a boil, then pour in the herbs. Stir gently and let steep for 20 minutes while simmering. Let cool, then pour into ice cube trays. Freeze.
Word of the Day – brilliante – brilliant
Tip of the Day – Pop one ice cube into a cup, or your last favorite drink, before bedtime or when your muscles are in pain. One is enough to give me a deep night’s sleep.
I was lucky enough to be invited to Kimberly’s 7-Course Gourmet Meal at Madre Tierra last night. What a gourmet! Every single dish, (Which there was too much of) tasted absolutely delicious and elegant. I loved it. The menu is below.
I’ll bet you’re wondering how Lucas is doing! Well, wonderful! If you recall, he had hip dysplasia, due to what one Vet said was a herniated disc – and the other in town said “long-dog” syndrome. But then, when we went in for his degradation in health, they found tick and mite disease. The nurse said, “When the meds kick in, his hips will be better.” And sure enough, that’s what happened. As soon as his system cleared up, so did his hips! He still has the tiniest sway in his hips, but is running like mad, stealing socks, taking paper from the waste can, and playing with Tiko, like a puppy again! I am SO happy for him, and for us! Love you, Lucas!
Recipe of the Day – Lavender Hot Chocolate
2 c. almond or coconut milk
1/8 c. cacao powder
2 tsp. honey, or 3 drops Honey-Flavored Stevia, liquid
2 grains pepper
2 grains salt.
1 sprig of lavender, ground fine
Word of the Day – curación – healing
Tip of the Day – Try it with peppermint or ginger!
Did you know you could make things with geranium leaves? And they smell amazing! My good friends Darina and Oracio gave me Bulgarian Geranium to plant, and Bulgarian Rose Perfume. Wow! What treasures, both the friends and the gifts!
5 c. water
1-4 Geranium leaves, depending on the strength you like it
1 heaping tsp. mint leaves
1/2 tsp. chamomile flowers
optional – sweeten with your sweetener of choice, stevia, coconut crystals, honey.
Directions: Bring water to almost a boil, then throw in the mint, chamomile and geraniums. Turn off heat and add sweetening.Cover and steep 20 to 30 minutes. Strain into a pitcher and chill. Pour over ice cubes and add fresh sprigs or leaves, if desired..
Word of the Day – geranium –geranio
Tip of the Day – Darina puts them in her jams and jellies!
Here’s my new sweat lodge – made with carriso – like guadua and bamboo but tougher, more resilient and bendable. Wilson Picoita made it! You dig the hole. Then put sticks with room underneat. Then, seven big stones, sticks again, then seven more, in the traditional way. You light and tend the fire for about 3 hours, letting the stones get super hot. Then, remove the fire and sit in your tent, with a bucket of water and eucalyptus leaves. Every 15 minutes, or when you want more steam, pour a cup of water over the rocks. There’s your truco – your steam bath! I’m so happy. You feel amazing agterwards, especially if alternately get out and take a cold shower. Whew! My skin always looks so good afterwards.
Word of the Day – truco – steam bath