I had my Every-And-A – Half Clothes Share/Potluck. Twenty adults and four kids came, wonderful! Everone brought something to give away and food to share. They took some home, and there is still a bag leftover for the needy. What beautiful people there are here, and their generosiy is overwhelming. I really feel …filled. Like a full cup. Continue reading “Avocado Ice Cream”
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…
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.
Thanks to my gorgeous guests who give me papayas, oranges and now…avocados from their land, woohoo! Organic and delicious!
3/4 c. cacao powder
1/4 c. coconut oil
1/4 c. coconut milk
1/4 c. coconut crystals
2 tsp. coffee
Pinch vanilla powder, or 1 tsp. vanilla
1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
Options: handful coconut, handful cacao nibs, walnuts , 1 c. yucca flour, 1 c. oats, (But honestly, I like it better without the grains – fudgy!)
Directions: Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Mix the eggs, oil, milk and coffee.Add the cacao, baking powder, salt and then the vanilla. Pour into a greased pan and bake for 25 minutes. Let cool completely. They will be fudgy!
Word of the Day – pusimos – we put
Tip of the Day – Use honey or coconut nectar, and they will even more fudgy! Add an avocado for chocolate avocado bites. You won’t be able to tell it’s there once you mix it with the cacao.
“I ordered a new computer cable, Clare,” I said to my daughter. “You know how to do that, there, Mom?” she asked. I realized, all of a sudden, how comfortable I was here. “Oh, yeah! You just Whatsapp the guy in the Cuenca store and ask him if he has it. Then he gives you his Pinchinca bank account money. They you go down to Patricia’s store and give her the money and his name and account number. Then when he gets it, he sends it to you! Piece-a-cake.”
Recipe of the Day – Date Cookies
- 2 c. dates, pitted and chopped (about 20 dates)
- 2 c. walnuts
- 1/2 c. cacao powder
- 1/4 c. carob powder
- 1/2 c. almonds, sprouted, if desired
- Pinch sea salt
- 1/2 c. shredded coconut or 2 T. coconut oil
- 1 pinch vanilla powder or 1 tsp. vanilla extract
- 3 T. of the soaked date water, tea or water
- 6 dates, soaked 10 minutes
- Place dates, walnuts, cacao, carob, almonds and sea salt in a food processor. Pulse until coarsely chopped.
- Add coconut and vanilla pulse again adding water a little at a time until mixture starts to form a ball.
- Take 1/2 the dough and set aside. Press 1/4 cup into 6 little rounds (the bottom half of the cookie) or into 6 muffin tins.
- Mix the coconut, vanilla and liquid. Spoon onto each cookie.
- Top each cookie with the rest of the cookie dough.
Word of the Day – pedir – to order
Tip of the Day – You can make this with any type of nuts – cashews, almonds, peanuts. Taste them with the dates first, if you want, to see the combination.
I saw a package of White Sauce in the store, and as usual, thought I’d just go home and make it! Great for your gluten-free noodles and breads, pizzas, etc….!
- 2 T. Coconut Oil
- 1 green onion, chopped fine
- 3-4 cloves garlic
- 1 tsp. fresh or dried herbs
- 1 c. coconut cream
- 1 tsp. miso paste or soy sauce
- pinch salt
In a small saucepan over medium heat, melt the oil. Reduce the heat and add the onions and garlic. Simmer 10 minutes until tender.
Allow to simmer for 3-4 minutes or until tender Add the cream , miso, herbs and salt and stir until smooth. Blend, if you like it more creamy.
Store in a sealed jar or container in fridge for up to 2 weeks.
Word of the Day – salsa, sauce
Tip of the Day – A lot of my friends would use butter or ghee in this recipe.
Here’s what my famous Neurologist brother says about the herniated disc: “Swimming is ideal for a herniated disc, Dot. Start with waist-deep wading 15 minutes, three times a week. Then progress to either holding on to the side of the pool or kickboard and kicking. If you can get up to freestyle swimming, you should be in good shape. Advil is far safer than other meds.”
The non-impact element combined with the exercise and blood flow will do wonders. Just be careful not to over fatigue the muscle groups. Maintain an easy adaptive stage.
is it true that it can actually start healing, Pat?
P -Absolutely……just slowly…..
- 2 c. yucca flour
- 1 c. Oats
- 1 egg
- 1/2 c. Water, rice water ir potato water from cooking your rice or potatoes
- 1/4 c. Coconut crystals or sweetenr of choice
- 3/4 c rolled oats
- 1 tsp. baking soda
- 1/2 tsp. salt
- 1 egg
Preheat oven to 350° F (175° C). Mix dry ingredients. Then make a well in the batter and add the egg and water.Pour the batter into a nonstick baking pan (I used a non-stick 8-inch cake pan). Spread the batter out evenly Bake for 30 minutes. Allow the bread to cool before removing from pan.
Note: I placed the bread in the oven under the broiler for a few minutes before serving the next morning to warm the bread.
Word of the Day – yucca – cassava
Tip of the Day – Okay, Vilcabambans, there is yucca flour in Jesus and Nancy’s store, right now!
Aren’t these beautiful? My daughter made these little pot pies!
2 c. cooked vegetables of choice
1 c. cooked chicken or tofu
1 c. vegetable or chicken stock
1 c. coconut or milk cream
Word of the Day – tarta – pie
Tip of the Day – Do these gluten-free, by using your choice of bean flour, quinoa flour, oat flour or a mix of them together!
Been having a lot of trouble with my back lately – the tail end of the watering/dry season, where I spend hours in the garden. Here’s my relaxing tea for tired and painful back muscles/herniated disc. Helps me sleep, too!
1 c. chamomile flowers
1 c. lemon balm
1 c. passionflower leaves and flowers
1/2 c. grated ginger
1/3 c. poppy seeds
1/2 c. valerian
Directions: For a big batch, mix the herbs above. You can cut it down to one teaspoon, where it says one cup, and 1/2 tsp. where it says 1/2 cup!
Word of the Day – sedante/sedativo – sedative
Tip of the Day – Chamomile is a mild sedative, and lemon balm improves mood and is a mild pain reliever. Passionflower (above) is another mild sedative, very calming, and ginger enhances the effects of the other herbs! Add stevia or other sweeteners to taste.
DIY for muscle pain. What a relief to a herniated disk, to help your muscles relax. Put ice on afterwards!
- 2 cups Epsom salt;
- 1/4 cup fresh rosemary leaf, chopped; or 6 tsp. crushed rosemary
- 3 drops lavender essential oil; or 3 tsp. crushed leaves
- 3 drops chamomile essential oil or 3 tsp. crushed leaves
- 3 drops peppermint essential oil. or 3 tsp. crushed leaves
Directions: Mix in your essential oils, or leaves then add the salt and add the rosemary leaf. Store in an airtight jar . Keep in a cool dark location.
Word of the Day – musculo – muscle
Tip of the Day – Use for tired, achy muscles!
I had this drink in Agave Blu – one of the Mexican Restaurants here in town. Honestly, the gals I was with and I thought it was cranberry juice. But, no! A wickedly delicious, fermented drink known as Tepache. The chef keeps it raw, so that all the natural bacteria is intact. Here’s his recipe, or one close to it while I was rapidly storing his words in my brain!
- ½ pineapple cut into chunks (leave skins on)
- ½ c. panela
- 4 c. water
- 2 whole cloves
- 1 tsp. each of cinnamon, cardamom , Jamaica flower and sweet pepper.
- Wash the pineapple and cut into chunks.
- Mix the panela and pineapple chunks,water and spices, and add to a large glass jar or pitcher.
- Cover with a cotton cloth or towel and let sit on the counter in a cool, dry place away from direct sunlight for 3 days.
- Tepache will become cloudy in 2-3 days and white foam will form on the surface.
- Scoop out the white foam that forms.
- Serve over ice.
- Word of the Day –fermentacion – fermentation
Tip of the Day – Use organic pineapple, so you don’t get the pesticides in there!