Seems to be quite common here, where the air is so moist, to have foot fungi. I know, because I saw it on the yoga and chi students, not mentioning the guys in town with the yellow, cracking, swollen painful feet. I had it for a time in Montana, but it left while on a fast. A reader asked me to post these recipes she found, so here they are, in her writing:
-So, Vick’s Vapo Rub is good because of the mixture of Thymo (Thyme Oil), Camphor and Eucalyptus Oil. This you apply 2x a day for a few weeks, if it’s a mild case, or 5-16 months if extreme.
A combination of two herbal powerhouses, this pickle makes a wonderful condiment that you can add to many common dishes such as scrambled eggs, rice, soups, curry, and many more.
1 c chopped fresh turmeric
¼ c chopped fresh ginger
1 clove of garlic, chopped
1-2 fresh green or red chilies
½ c lemon juice
2 T orange juice
2 t apple cider vinegar
1 T evaporated cane juice sugar
½ t sea salt, adjust to taste
¼ c toasted sesame oil, to seal jars
- Combine turmeric, ginger, and garlic in a food processor fitted with an S-blade and process until small chunks. Transfer mixture to a large bowl.
- Slice chilies into small strips and mix into turmeric mixture by hand.
- Add remaining ingredients except oil and mix everything together by hand. Fill into sterilized jars and cover with oil. Let sit for a week to blend flavors.
Word of the Day – Curcuma – Turmeric
Tip of the Day –Will keep refrigerated for several months.
A couple came over to visit, and gave me the recipe for their Abadhi cookies, crackers, actually which they sell in town. Here is my gluten-free version.
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My camote plants started producing! These are my first sweet potatoes, yum! They are so good, coming out of the dirt. Here’s my Repe Soup with camote..
- 6 green bananas, peeled and diced (about 4 cups)
- 2 T. coconut oil
- 6 garlic cloves, crushed
- 1 medium sized finely chopped white onion
- 1 tsp. cumin
- 6 c. water, can also use the broth or cooking liquid from the peas
- 1 c. oat milk
- 4 T. finely chopped cilantro
- Salt and pepper
- Add the water or broth from the camote, bring to a boil and add the diced green bananas, simmer until the green bananas are soft, about 20-25 minutes.
- Add the camote, stir well and cook for 5 minutes. You can blend this for a creamy soup with the oat milk, if you like.
Word of the Day – repe – green banana soup
Tip of the Day – Serve with avocado and hot sauce, salsa or Aji! The traditional Ecuadorian recipe uses ½ tsp ground achiote (optional) mozzarrella and feta cheese.
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!
My daughter says, I was watching a documentary about Mae West and one of her lines was “do you believe in love at first sight?” Mae says, “It certainly saves time…”
2 stalks organic celery, washed and chopped
1 frozen banana, chopped
1 handful cherries (strawberries or other berries)
1 c. tea, water, coconut milk or other seed/nut milk, even oat milk!
Directions: Blend all until creamy with a little water or rejuvelac, if desired.
Word/Phrase of the Day – amor a primera vista – love at first sight
Tip of the Day – Substitute other berries, if you like! Acai, blueberries, etc….
I saw C in town with a great new haircut from our neighbor, Phil, who has a new salon up from the JF. On her way back she said, “i bought you a haircut and you have to get it right now!” Which i did ($15) and he washed my air! I feel pretty!
- 1/2 c. allspice
- 1/2 c. Panela
- 6 tsp. Powdered garlic
- 4 tsp. mild red pepper spice
- 1 T, ground thyme, (or 2 T. fresh leaves)
- 2 T. Powdered onions
- 1 1/2 tsp. Cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp. Nutmeg
salt and pepper to taste
- Add 2 T. Bragg’s Amino Acids or Soy Sauce to make a paste,
Directions: Put all of the ingredients into a food processor or a blender and process until smooth.
Word of the Day – corte de pelo – hair cut
Tip of the Day – put whole allspice berries straight into the food processor or blender, if you like. Store this (if you added Bragg’s) sauce in an airtight container in the refrigerator indefinitely.
My sister, M wrote this: “
I was trying to make our favorite and fantastic fried rice recipe without the brown sugar and sesame oil and it turned out good! Who knew? I made the sauce in the blender instead of the pan and replaced the brown sugar with grapes and the sesame oil with tahini. I was so surprised that it was good! Dates would have worked too but I didn’t think of that and my grapes were about to turn bad.
1/2 onion sliced, carmelized
Tofu block crumbled (regular size container)
1 T. nutritional yeast
1/4 tsp. black pepper
1/2 tsp. onion powder
1/2 tsp. turmeric
1/2 tsp. garlic powder
2 c. cooked brown rice
1/2 c. peas
1/2 medium carrot small cubes
2 T. Bragg’s or soy sauce low sodium
2 T. rice vinegar
2 T. grapes, panela or coconut crystal
1 tsp. smoked paprika
4 T. water
2 cloves garlic minced
1 tsp. red chili flakes
1 tsp. sea salt
1 tsp. black pepper
DIRECTIONS: Carmelize onion by sauteing for 15 minutes or so until crystal and sweet. Add tofu scramble. Move to bowl. Heat sauce, peas, carrots. Add rice. Reduce heat. Add scramble. Mix and serve.
Word/Phrase of the Day – te conoci – i met you
Well, my friend the froggy, the one basically lives in my house – I finally discovered how he was getting in. I watched his legs disappear through these tiny holes in the bathroom sink. Then, if I’m very observant, I can watch his little eyes peak out when he thinks I’m not looking. Here he is peaking out of the bathroom sink holes.
- 8 slices fresh firm tofu
- 1 tsp, chili powder
- 1⁄2 tsp, pepper
- 1⁄2 tsp. fennel
- 1 T. salt
- 1⁄2 c. rice wine or your choice vinegar
- Press the bean curd between 2 paper towels and 2 plates for 2 hours. Dry with towels and cut into 9 cubes. Place in covered baking dish or steamer pot in well aired room for 2 to 4 days. It will have an old yellowish color and have a very strong smell like blue cheese.
- Sprinkle seasonings over all.
- Put into a clean, wide-mouth jar Pour wine to cover and sprinkle salt mix on top. Cover in keep in refrigerator. IT will be ready to use in a week and will keep indefinitely. It should be soft and creamy.
Word of the Day – bano – bathroom
Tip of the Day – This smells really strong, as strong as blue cheese. Don’t be afraid! You could also make it without the seasonings if it’s too strong for you. It was most excellent in M’s stir-fry and sauce, in black-eyed peas, with beans or rice.
Yesterday I looked in chagrin at the smoldering hillside, on the property bordering mine, where the new neighbor’s gardener had left. They don’t have a house yet, just burning brush. At 11:30 p.m. I was awakened, perhaps the nearby crackling. Jumped up, looked out, and uncontrolled fires were wreaking havoc. I grabbed the flashlight and my boots, took the long watering hose, and proceeded to put out fire after fire. Jim, the neighbor was on the hillside talking down to me. I couldn’t see him, but knew his voice – a comforting voice
in the quiet of the night. I asked him to call the fire department. The stars were truly amazing through the smoke. I kept trying to cover my face with my short hair, but after an hour or so my eyes were stinging and I started to cough. My arms were
aching from holding the hose upward to the hillside. I had to vacillate running up to the Casita Guadua – the bamboo house, where there was so little water I was using a trickle to put out the approaching flames. Then, I would go down and to the corner again.
Then back up, and the flames were within 5 feet of the casital Holy cow. Jim was gone, but another couple was talking to me and shining their flashlight on the next bit of flames. There was nothing anyone could do as mine was the only hose. Their houses were too far away, yet they had seen the flames from up the mountain and come down. Sweet and comforting, Otis and Jessica to come down after midnight. They left after awhile and it was so silent, in my mind and outside, except for the cracklingof the brush and newly catching mesquite/fice trees.
When I started feeling overwhelmed,I said, “I need help,” and immediately there were golden beings at my back. Fires went out. The irrigation hose on the ground sprouted two leaks which kept back the fires. Come on! I did my Shaman way of becoming pure love and facing the spirits of the fire, and IMMEDIATELY they went out, one by one.
I went in to the house without thinking, knowing it was all taken care of. This morning I translated my speech, ready for the neighbors, and put it in my pocket. They stood on the burnt slope and I told them I needed a conversation. With wide, gentle eyes, they never looked down or away. Never looked anything but helpful. Six of them. I told them how dangerous it was for their worker to start fires in the wind, and repeated I needed the hose repaired by the end of the day. Then Wilson drove by. I caught him, and he translated for them as well, telling them to call him and he would help repair this afternoon.
I’m tired, ha.
But still with empty mind and remembering the quiet of the night, the beauty of everything even with the sounds of Tiko and Lucas barking at the fire. I’m SO taken care of.
2 dates soaked
1 c soak water
1/2 c low sodium soy sauce
1/2 c walnut pieces
4 tsp minced garlic
2 tsp ginger
4 tsp unsweetened rice vinegar
2 tsp sriracha sauce
1/4 tsp red chili flakes
1/4 tsp ground back pepper
Blend. Put in frying pan. Add:
1 c frozen peas
1 c chopped carrots
2 c diced kale
1/2 container drained tofu seasoned per other recipe*
Cook till carrots are soft before adding rice. Let flavors blend in low simmer before removing.
Word/phrase of the Day – luchando contra el fuego – fighting the fire
Tip of the Day – D- We have these wonderful greens here that would work in this recipes, that steam up like spinach – 4 different types of kale,
amaranth greens and these weird-looking spinach that don’t look like the States.