Joy’s Pickled Turmeric

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. 

Recipe of the Day – Turmeric and Ginger Pickle

Ingredients:

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

Directions:

  1. 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.
  2. Slice chilies into small strips and mix into turmeric mixture by hand.
  3. 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.

 

Repe Soup with Camote

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..

Recipe of the Day – Repe with Camote

Ingredients:

  • 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
  • Directions:
  1. 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.
  2. 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.

 

Boldo Tea

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!

Amaranth Greens or Salad

Amaranth is  a very nutritious leaf that makes nice salad greens. It’s  techically a seed, not a grain. The leaves are nutitionally similar to beets, Swiss chard and spinach, but are much superior. And they are all over the place, in the wild, when in season here. They  contain three times more calcium and niacin than spinach leaves. an excellent source of carotene, iron, calcium, protein, vitamin C and trace elements.


Recipe of the Day –
Amaranth Leaf Salad

photo by serious eats

Ingredients:

4 c. amaranth (washed , picked and towel dried leaves .)

1 T. olive oil

Juice of 1/2 lemon

pinch of salt

Directions- Toss.

Word of the Day – amaranto – amaranth

Tip of the Day – Growing amaranth is possible all year round in the tropics. That’s one of the reasons it is an essential and ubiquitous plant in my permaculture garden.

 

Flowering Amaranth PlantsPhoto by Dysviz

 

Cherry Green Smoothie

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…”

Recipe of the Day – Cherry Green Smoothie

Ingredients:

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….

 

Diy Jamaican Jerk Seasoning

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! 

Recipe of the Day – DIY  Jamaican Jerk Seasoning

Ingredients:

    • 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.

How to Ferment Your Tofu

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.

Recipe of the Day – Fermented Tofu

Ingredients:

  • 8 slices fresh firm tofu
  • 1 tsp, chili powder
  • 12 tsp, pepper
  • 12 tsp. fennel
  • 1 T. salt
  • 12 c. rice wine or your choice vinegar
  • Directions:

    1. 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.
    2. Sprinkle seasonings over all.
    3. 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.

M’s Date Stir-Fry and Sauce

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.
Oh

My

Gosh.

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.

Sweet!

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.

So loved.

Recipe of the Day –Date Stir Fry Sauce

In blender:

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.

Mary

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.

 

 

 

Rejuvelac Video

A friend told me about Borax for candida and other problems. I said, “Borax? You mean the soap powder?” And yes indeed, it is!

http://www.health-science-spirit.com/borax.htm

Use as essential Mineral: Firstly dissolve a lightly rounded teaspoonful (5-6 grams) of borax in 1 litre of good quality water.  This is your concentrated solution keep it out of reach of small children.

Standard dose = 1 teaspoon (5 ml) of concentrate. This has 25 to 30 mg of borax and provides about 3 mg of boron.  Take 1 dose per day mixed with drink or food.  If that feels right then take a second dose with another meal.  If there is no specific health problem or for maintenance you may continue indefinitely with 1 or 2 doses daily.

If you do have a problem, such as arthritis, osteoporosis and related conditions, cramps or spasms, stiffness due to advancing years, menopause, and also to improve low sex hormone production, increase intake to 3 or more spaced-out standard doses for several months or longer until you feel that your problem has sufficiently improved. Then drop back to 1 or 2 doses per day.

For treating Candida, other fungi and mycoplasmas, or for removing fluoride from the body – using your bottle of concentrated solution:

Low dose for low body weight: 100 ml or 1/8 teaspoon of borax powder or 500 mg; best with or after main carbohydrate meal.

Medium dose for heavier individuals or more pervasive Candida: 200 ml or 1/4 teaspoon/1000 mg of borax powder; take with or after 2 meals.

High dose for strong fungal/Candida problems such as autoimmune diseases, cancer or dementia: ½ tsp of borax powder mixed with food.

Always start with a lower dose and increase gradually to the intended or effective maximum. Take the effective amount as long as required for 4 or 5 days a week, or interrupt for one week each month, or periodically alternate between borax and another fungicide.

For vaginal thrush fill a large size gelatine capsule with borax and insert it at bedtime for one to two weeks. With toe fungus or athlete’s foot wet the feet and rub them with borax powder.

You may take borax mixed with food or in drinks. It is rather alkaline and in higher concentrations has a soapy taste. You may disguise this with lemon juice, vinegar or ascorbic acid.

Photo feom BigOven

Recipe of the Day – Rejuvelac

Ingredients:

1/4 c. sprouted spring wheatberries

1 gallon water jar with sprouting lid,

mesh or nylon with rubberband

Directions:

Pour the berries in a jar. Fill the jar with water. Pour the water off the next day. Fill with water and pour it off, through the straining lid, for 2-3 days until they’ve sprouted. Fill it with water and let sit for 2-3 days while it ferments. Smell it, and when it has a slightly sour, lemony taste, it’s working. Gently stir with a wooden spoon twice day. The third day decant into a jar, and that’s your rejuvielac. Refrigerate so it doesn’t keep fermenting.

Word of the Day – fermentacion – fermentation
Tip of the Day – Start with an ounce a day to start developing the good bacteria in your body. Even the most serious of bacteria will be destroyed.