Coconut Rice Horchata

My daughter’s coming in ten days! I’m so happy. She also happens to be my friend, a rare miracle between mothers and daughters. Beyond material things from the States, I am so happy to see her again.

Recipe of the Day – Coconut Rice Horchata

Ingredients:

Directions: In a large saucepan, combine rice, water and cinnamon stick. Let sit for 3 hours. Then, bring to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer for 40 minutes. Cool. Puree rice mixture in a blender until smooth. Strain through cheesecloth or a fine sieve. Flavor with coconut extract and sweetener.

Word/Phrase of the Day – Ya habrá tiempo – there will be time.

Tip of the Day – I’ve been really noticing what a true friend is lately. My friends know my shortcomings, and they still love me. I know I’m not a great listener. I interrupt a lot. But I care, between my friends, and they know me well. Always let your kids talk.

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Tofu-Fried Rice

When I returned home from my trip, I was met by a 2-meter dangerous snake, killed by the neighbors while eating a possum! There were people staring at, but it was all mangled before I could take a picture. Then I opened the gate to the mot-mot, greeting us in the first tree. He’s never done that before! The driver expounded, “Look at that rare bird!” I swear he knew I was home, the mot-mot.

Recipe of the Day – Tofu Fried Rice

SCRAMBLE 

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

SAUCE

2 T.  Bragg’s or soy sauce low sodium 

2 T. rice vinegar

2 tsp. sesame oil

2 T. 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

Tip of the Day – Add avocado!

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M’s Black Beans and Sprouted Rice

M – “This turned out surprisingly good! Sounds normal but it was so tasty. Not sure why. Guacamole on the side helped too. “

Mary DelaneyRecipe of the Day – M’s Black Beans and Rice

Ingredients:

1 c roasted corn

2 roasted garlic

1 pkg roasted mushrooms

2-3 diced tomatoes

2 cups sprouted rice cooked in veg broth

1 double can rinsed black beans

1-2 cups Diced spinach

Cilantro diced

1 tbsp Green onion diced

Chipotle in adobo sauce to taste

Juice of 1 1/2 limes

Cumin

Garlic powder

Celery salt

Sides: guacamole and grated cheddar

M

Word of the Day – observar – to observe

Tip of the day -M – Oh I also put in a cup of chickpeas that had been roasted in a sauce of chipotle in adobo sauce, nutritional yeast and water.”

Papaya Rice Bowl

A neighbor asked me how I cut down my papayas which are too hard to reach. I told her I watched some guys do it along the road. Without a ladder, they used a forked stick. It works great. You put it under the apex of the fruit and the stem, and give it a twist, just as you would with your hand. Be prepared to catch it!

Recipe of the Day – Papaya Rice Bowl

1/2 sliced papaya, de-seeded

1 c. cooked brown rice

1 fresh banana

1/2 avocado

1/2 tsp. cinnamon

1/2 tsp. coconut crystals

Directions :Cut the papaya in half and scoop out the seeds. Ladle the brown rice inside, and top with sliced bananas, avocado, and sprinkle with cinnamon and coconut crystals.

Word of the Day – twist – Torcer,

complain – quejarse

Tip of the Day – Eat a spoonful of those papaya seeds before you discard them. They remove parasites?

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Lime Rice

If you get the documentary, Wild South America on Netflix, it sure is powerful and beautiful and so interesting! Like, did you know South America has the world’s longest mountain range, the Andes? In Amazonia, the mightiest river and the greatest expanse of rainforest on the planet! The driest desert on earth, the Atacama, which lies besides one of the world’s richest seas!

Recipe of the Day – Lime Rice

Ingredients:

2 1/2 c. water

1 c. brown rice

1 tsp. coconut oil

2 whole limes

1 tsp. lime peel/zest

juice of one lime

1/2 c. cilantro

Directions:

Bring the water to a boil. Stir in the oil and rice . Add the whole limes. Cover, reduce heat to low, and simmer until tender, about 45 minutes. Stir in the zest,  juice juice and cilantro after you turn off the flame,

Word of the Day – gratefulness – gratitud

Tip of the Day – Don’t throw those dried limes away. You can always throw the limes into something cooking, or use the peels!

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Ayde’s Turmeric Rice

My son, Keith’s car was stolen. He came out of work in Portland and thought for a second he’d parked his car elsewhere. Then, in a flurry, did three laps around the huge parking lot to look for it. AAgh! Three days later:

On Tue, Apr 4, 2017 at 10:19 AM, my daughter wrote:

The police found it yesterday. It’s trashed inside. The steering column was broken and he has to fix it before it’ll start properly. It was on E and the battery was dead. The guy was in it when the cops found it so he’s in jail. He had a stack of his police reports in the car, as he’d just gotten out of jail. Plus it’s just gross. Some meth head was living in it. Underwear, condoms, drugs, antibiotic ointment, etc.
  A guy from jiffy lube helped us by jumping it, lending Keith a gas can, and hotwired it to get it started. Now Keith uses a screwdriver to start the ignition, and holds the hanging turning signal on while he turns. Because a sheriff found it, he can get the police report for the insurance company in three days! If the police had found it, it would’ve been five weeks!
Keith’s roommate is a mechanic by trade, so he’s looking it over tonight. Blessings abound!

Recipe of the Day – Ayde’s Turmeric Rice

Ingredients:

2 c. brown rice

4 1/2 c. water

1 T. olive or coconut oil

1 tsp. ground curcuma (turmeric)

2 handfuls parsley

1 tsp. ground oregano

2 cloves crushed garlic

Directions: Heat the oil, and stir in the turmeric. Mix well to a paste. Put the rice in the paste and stir well to combine. Cook for three minutes while stirring continuously. Add the water and bring to a boil. Simmer, with the lid on for 40-45 minutes until tender and water is absorbed. Stir in the parsley, oregano and garlic.

Word of the Day – curcuma – turmeric

Tip of the Day – Add spinach, onions, she says. This lady Ayde, sat down to lunch with us the other day, an absolutely wonderful chef. When she has a birthday, she insists on cooking for everyone!

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Leon’s Skillet Coconut Curry

Does it seem that there is an inordinate amount of suffering latley? Everyone is going through their hurt, in my family and friends, in animals, in the world, My body hurts. I don’t want to hurt. I don’t want any being to hurt, So my question is, “How do I not suffer when others are suffering? How can i not?

One of my guests’ creaions which came out as perfect as his music, beautiful and delicious!

Recipe of the Day – Leon’s Skillet Coconut Curry

Ingredients:

1 onion

3 cloves garlic

1″ ginger root

1 T. Coconut oil, butter or lard

2 c. Cooked rice with coconut and curry

1 c. Coconut meal

2 tomatoes, diced

1 avocado

1 T. Curry powder

1 tsp. Cayenne

1 c. Chopped pineapple

Directions:Heat the oil in a skillet.Add the onions, garlic and ginger and cook until soft, about three minutes. Add the cooked rice, coconut meal, tomatoes, curry and cayenne. Stir well, sprinkling with pineapple to finish. Delicious hot or cold.

Word of the Day – sufro – i suffer

Tip of the Day – Meditate more, and watch the sensations of suffering pass through the body. It’s hard to sit with suffering. But then, it goes, too, like everything else. You know what my teaxher would say, “Don’t cling to it.”

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Greens and Brown Rice with Turmeric Peanuts and Raisins

Carnival is here – a fiesta dating back to the 1860′ which lasts for five days, Water, eggs, flour are freely thrown at folks in the plazas or on the streets. This afternoon we attended one of the opening festivals. Each has its’ own ‘flavor’, all with music, bands, dance, performance and of course foam sprays all over everybody. I put up my umbrella whenever a water gun appeared.

Recipe of the Day – Greens and Brown Rice with Turmeric Peanuts and Raisins

Ingredients:

1 c. Brown rice

2 1/2 c. Water

2 c. Beet greens, chopped

1/2 c. Peanuts roasted in

1 T. Turmeric

1/4 c. Raisins

Directions: Boil the water, then add the rice. Reduce heato simmer and keep covered for 40-45 minutes until soft and fluffy. Meanwhule, brush a skillet ot toaster pan with coconut oil. Turn to high hear. Put the peanuts in a bag and dust with the turmeric. Shake well and pour into skillet. Toast for 2-3 minutes, turning the nuts several times. Throw in the greens for a couple minutes until slightly wilted. Serve over the brown rice with raisins.

Word/Phrase of the Day – a(l) fin de cuentas – when it comes down to it

Tip of the Day – Avoid Carnavale if you don’t want to get sprayed with wet foam. It gets pretty crazy.

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Mujadarraj

I went over to my friends’ house where we made this wonderful dish together, rice with lentils and fried onions, a side of creamy hummus and quinoas tabouli, wowzers!

Recipe of the Day – Mujadarraj

Lentils and Rice with Fried Onions (Mujadarrah)
Ingredients:
4 T. olive oil
1 large white onion, sliced into rings
1 1/3 c. uncooked green lentils
3/4 c. uncooked rice
salt and pepper to taste
1/4 c. plain yogurt or sour cream (optional)
Directions:
Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Stir in the onions, and cook about 10 minutes, until browned. Remove from heat, and set aside.
Place lentils in a medium saucepan with enough lightly salted water to cover. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer about 15 minutes.
Stir rice and enough water to cover into the saucepan with the lentils. Season with salt and pepper. Cover saucepan, and continue to simmer 15 to 20 minutes, until rice and lentils are tender.
Mix half the onions into the lentil mixture. Top with yogurt or sour cream and remaining onions to serve.

Add generous amounts of cumin, salt and pepper, and leave to simmer for 2 minutes. Drain rice and add to lentils, mix gently. Cover pot and reduce heat to minimum – you may need to add some water at this point if all has been absorbed. Cook for approx 10 minutes, or until rice is tender.

Word of the Day – Como – I eat

Tip of the Day – My friends said it was really the best with yogurt, though I enjoyed this with beautiful hummus!

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orange rice

Orange Rice

My neighbor, a wonderful Ecuatoriana named Rosa, told me that Tiko was poisoned. She held me tightly and said, “Somos amigos,” (We are friends). It was my fault he got out Monday night. I forgot to close the terrace door, and he evidently went out at night and visited the neighbors, scared their chickens, and Rosa heard the men speak of poisoning him. Tiko wouldn’t walk yesterday nor eat his food. I gave him charcoal last night and rushed him to the vets. this morning, Dr Pablo showed me his nostrils and butt were bleeding, poor Tiko! After two hours of an I.V with medications, we went and rested at the Juice Factory, where Tiko slept at my feet, and are now back home. What would I do without Rosa and Dr. Pablo?!!

Geez. Thats the third time to the vet for Tiko these two years: the spine in his foor surgery, the ball of pus in his neck six months ago, and now this. Do dogs have karma they need to work out?

Tiko just made it inside the gate after his vet appointment, Toto coming to check on him.

Recipe of the Day – Orange Rice

Ingredients:

1 teaspoon grated orange zest

1 1/2 c.  orange juice

1 T. coconut oil

1 orange pepper, washed and sliced in lengths

1 1/2 c. cooked brown rice

1  mandarin orange  in segments

I mango peeled, cut into pieces

1 tsp. paprika

options: papaya, orange, dried red pepper, passionfruit, coconut
Directions:
In a saucepan over medium-high heat, combine the orange zest, orange juice, and butter. Bring to a boil, and stir in rice. Cover, and simmer 45 minutes. Remove from heat. Let stand 5 minutes. Mix in mandarin orange and mango segments, and serve immediately.

Word of the Day – venemo – poison

Tip of the Day – Don’t use poisons around your animals, The vet said the tomato insecticide here kills an animal within three minutes.
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