Yucca Oat Biscuits

This morning I went to talk with the owners of Madre Tierra – the beautiful hotel on the hill. They wanted me to do a set of yoga instruction for the guests. And I think I can now – my back is soooo good! Anyway, After that they let me take a dip in the pool for my back, then gave me breakfast, what!!! i am SO lucky.

Recipe of the Day – Yucca Oat Biscuits

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 cup yucca flour
  • 2 c. oats or oat flour
  • 4 T. coconut oil or butter
  • 1 tsp . baking powder
  • 1/2 c. coconut sugar or panela
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 egg or 1 T. chia seeds soaked in 3 T. water
  • 1/2 c. water or nut/seed milk.

DirectiONS:

  1. Preheat oven to 400 F (200 C)
  2. Measure the flours into medium bowl. Cut oil or butter into flour with a pastry knife the size of a small peas
  3. Add baking powder, sugar, salt to the flour mixture
  4. Make a well in the center of the flour mixture and pour egg and milk into the well. Stir well.
  5. Drop batter by large spoonfuls onto a greased cookie sheet. Bake for about 20 minutes or until they just begin to turn brown (you can see some brown spots on the biscuits, but not too brown). Remove from the pan and cool on a rack.

Word of the Day – desayuno – breakfast

Tip of the Day – You could do these with less sweetening, depending on how you like your biscuits. Are you going to dip them in stew or soup? Then use less sweetening!

 

Tom Kha Gai

First my daughter took the pain away. Then, several days later when it returned – another Reiki friend took out another layer. Then Thom – the Body Alignment Specialist. I think he healed me in one session. i really do. people stopped in the streets to tell me how amazing I looked. It’s amazing what being free of pain can do to your face. He presses gently, with strong hands, into the muscles that are incorrectly tensed, relieving the pressure with zero pain. And engages the muscles that need engaging. I’ve never had my sacroiliac put back with such ease. He also taught me to stand, sit, bicycle and swim correctly. And I am still out of pain, whoaaa…

Recipe of the Day – Tom Kha Gai

Ingredients:

1 1” piece ginger, peeled
10 kaffir lime leaves or 1 Tbsp. lime zest and ¼ cup lime juice
6 c. vegetable or low-sodium chicken broth
1 Lb. tofu or. skinless, boneless chicken breasts, cut into 1” pieces
8 oz. shiitake, oyster, or maitake mushrooms, stemmed, caps cut into bite-size pieces
1 1/2 c. coconut milk
2 2. fish sauce or soy sauce (We don’t have Fish sauce here)
1 tsp. coconut sugar
2 stalks fresh lemongrass, tough outer layers removed
Options: peanuts, pineapple, chili  oil, cilantro leaves with tender stems, and lime wedges (for serving)
  • Using the back of a knife, lightly smash lemongrass and ginger, then cut  into 4” pieces. Bring lemongrass, ginger, lime leaves, and broth to a boil in a large saucepan. Reduce heat and simmer until flavors are melded, 8–10 minutes. Strain broth into clean saucepan; discard solids.

  • Add tofu or chicken and return to a boil. Reduce heat, add mushrooms, and simmer, skimming occasionally, until chicken is cooked through and mushrooms are soft, 20–25 minutes. Mix in coconut milk, fish sauce, and sugar.

  • Divide soup among bowls. Serve with chili oil, cilantro, and lime wedges. Sprinkle with peanuts.

Word of the Day – ayudame – help me

Tip of the Day – You can also do light surface cuts along the sections, which helps release the lemon flavor. Then blend them in a food processor.

DIY Dishwashing Liquid (Video)

Well, I sprained my ankle last week. Then, went to teach Tai Chi yesterday. I showed all these wonderful energy exercises, right? Then, after everyone built up their chi, at the very end, a couple asked if they could send their energy chi to my ankle. The whole group nodded excitedly, then sixteen people bent down, closed their eyes and sent prayers for my ankle. Seriously! And it feels amazingly better. Oh my gosh!

Recipe of the Day – DIY DIshwashing Liquid

Ingredients:
3 T. liquid Castile soap
2 c. warm water
2 tsp glycerine
2 T. white vinegar
10 drops lavender essential oil
Directions: Mix all ingredients in a jar, ( hopefully a dark bottle). Cover, and shake well to blend. Use about 1 tbsp for dishwashing.

DIY Face Scrub

My daughter left me some great, store-bought face scrub, and after using it and seeing my glowing, healthy skin, I was reminded I could make my own. Here’s one recipe:

Recipe of the Day – DIY Face Scrub

  • 1 tsp organic panela or raw cane sugar /good salt,(something that will fill your face with vitamins and minerals)
  • 2-3  drops aloe vera or water
  • 1 – 2 drops your choice essential oil

Directions:

Combine all ingredients in a small bowl. Gently rub into clean face, and neck, avoiding the eyes. Rinse with cool water, and pat dry.

Word of the Day – cara – face

Tip of the Day – Us 2-3x a week. A friend told me one cause of wrinkles is the accumlation of particles, make-up, etc….

Papaya Carrot Jam

A good story for the day. My friend, Lollie, who owned the New Hampshire country store Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward visited….also was visited by two other actors. Gene Wilder and Lily Tomlin came in together to eat at their deli, And Lollie had three margaritas, went up to Gene and asked him for a kiss! LIly leaned over and said in her best Roseanne Roseannadanna voice, “On the lipssss???” And when she turned around, Gene gave Lollie a kiss on the cheek! Sweet, huh?

Recipe of the Day – Carrot Jam
Based on the 1700’s Shaker recipe, this jam is raw, not cooked, and should be eaten within a few days,

Ingredients –

1 Papaya, seeded and scooped

8 carrots

juice of 1 lemon

2 oranges

1/2 c. coconut sugar or other sweetener

1 T. chia seeds

pinch of salt.

Directions: Blend or juice the carrots and blend with the other ingredients. Pour  into sterilised glass jars and refrigerate, Surprisingly good!

Word of the Day – actors – actors
Tip of the Day – Mrs. Beeton made this jam to use carrots instead of apricots, and to fool her guests into thinking they were tasting something expensive.

Arcilla (Clay) for Inflammatory Stomach

A guest who had been here for a month, gave me the nicest compliment. She was from Canada, and said, “You know what? I’ve been following this woman’s blog for about a year. And her name is Dorothy. And all this time, I didn’t know it was you!”  Sweet!

Recipe of the Day – Arcilla Clay Treatment

This remedy for acid/inflammatory stomach was given to my daughter and I by a pharmacist, who recommended it for cold sores! Because cold sores are from an inflammatory stomach. Which I happen to agree with, as so many conditions are from an acidic system.

Ingredients:

a block of arcilla clay

juice of one lime

a little water

Directions: Get the block of clay a little wet with the water and lemon. Rub it on your stomach and wait two hours before washing off. It will alkalize your tummy.

Word of the Day –  arcilla – clay

Tip of the Day – Use the remedy for gas, for liver problems, colonitis, any problems in the stomach. The clay draws out poisons. Also on your face!

Orange Cacao Truffles

Watching a friend of mine eat straight stevia leaves, and hearing how much he eats them, I was interested again, in what the benefits are, and why the body would crave them. Stevia can help regulate blood-sugar levels, as a hypoglycemic aid for diabetics. Stevia may also help in lowering high blood pressure but won’t lower normal blood pressure levels. This plant may also curb sugar, tobacco and alcohol cravings.

The leaves contain vitamin C and A, rutin, zinc, magnesium and iron, according to Dr. Sanjeev Gupta in the book “Kick Your Sugar Habit.” It’s rich in antioxidants, which helps to safeguard the body from free-radical damage as a result of metabolic and environmental factors. A particular enzyme present in the leaf, called superoxide dismutast, may also help to inhibit cancer cell growth, although further research is needed.

Recipe of the Day – Orange Cacao Truffles

Ingredients:

1 c. Raisins, soaked 10 minutes (save the soak water to add to other dishes)

1/4 c. orange juice

1/8 c. orange rinds

1/4 c. shredded coconut

1/4 c. cacao powder

pinch stevia leaves

Directions:

  1. Soak the raisins ten minutes.
  2. Then grind in a food processor with the orange rinds, coconut and cacao, adding a little of the orange juice  at a time to create a stiff dough.
  3. When the dough starts to form a ball, shape into balls by rolling between your hands.
  4. Chill for an hour, or so.
  5. Enjoy!

Word of the Day – beneficios – benefits

Tip of the Day – Get a little plant to keep in your kitchen. Then you can pluck off a leaf or two, as you need it.

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C’s Gallo Pinto with Linzano Sauce

I came home from market with my neighbor, C, who gave me this great recipe to use with leftover beans, from Costa Rica.

Recipe of the Day – Gallo Pinto

Ingredients:

1 c. leftover black beans, with liquid

1 green onion, chopped

1 carrot, chopped

1 stalk celery, chopped fine
1 red pepper, stemmed, seeded, and chopped
2 cloves garlic, chopped
1 c. cooked brown rice
4 T. Salsa Lizano (or Worcestershire sauce)
Handful of cilantro, chopped
4 T.  Salsa Lizano (or Worcestershire sauce)
Salt and black pepper
Handful of cilantro, chopped

Directions: Pour the oil into a large skillet set over medium heat. Add the onion, garlic, celery and red pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, for 10 minutes. The onion should be translucent and the red pepper soft.
Pour in the beans and the Salsa Lizano (or Worcestershire sauce). Stir, and let it cook for about 3 minutes. .
Add the rice, and a little more bean liquid, if dry, and stir until well coated. Season mixture with salt and pepper. Top with a sprinkling of chopped cilantro.

Word of the Day – mercado – market

Tip of the Day – See my recipe on this blog, in the search engine for hime-made worcestershire saice, and on youtube!

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Aloe Foot Lotion

I was gifted with a bottle of ORMUS, from the amazing alchemist here in town. I don’t take it every day, only when i need a little help balancing my body and going into a wide, wide space of meditation. Perhaps every three days I take a capful. In-between, I hold the bottle, and immediately get the loving, expansive effects from the whole bottle! The creator laughs about that, as he knows I want to make the bottle last, bu t it’s actually quite amazing!

Recipe of the Day – Aloe Foot Lotion

Ingredients:

1/2 c. oatmeal

4 T. aloe vera gel

1 T. coconut oil

Directions: Stir together and rub all over tired feet. Sit for 10 minutes with your feet up and reating on a pillow, abd then rinse with warm water.

Word of the Day – pies – feet

Tip of the Day – Do this after you’ve scrubbed your feet with a  pumice stone to make your feet super soft!

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No-Bake Coffee Cake

Oh, my gosh, it’s so sweet to have neighbors. I’m camping up on the fence line, near the road, right?  I messaged C to beg for DVDs, since my internet was spotty. After a week without diversion, they drove by in the dark of night, and passed a bag of DVD’s over the fence. Then, tonight, my other neighbors family passed an empty jar over the fence for me to fill with aloe for them. So sweet! I love this passing over the fence thing!

Recipe of the Day – Raw Coffee Cake

Ingredients:
Cake:
¾ c. almonds
¼ tsp.  salt
¼ tsp. cinnamon
3 dates, soaked for 10 minutes or more, with the water
1 tsp. almond butter
1 T. coconut oil

TOPPING
1/4 c. coconut crystals or raw sugar of choice
1 T. coconut oil
½ tsp. cinnamon

Frosting
1/2 c. coconut oil
1/4 c. raw honey
1/4 c. lemon juice
some of the rind

Dorections::
Cake:
Process almonds, salt and cinnamon in food processor until finely ground. Add the dates, coconut oil and almond milk, blend ’til combined.  Press into a small glass dish
Add the frosting,
then the topping:
Topping
Mix topping ingredients together in a small bowl.Sprinkle on top of cake.

Word of the Day – fence – cerca

Tip of the Day – Dates are so expensive here, so be sure and use your own sweetener.

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