Homemade Curry Powder

Its hard to get good curry powder here. Better to make your own. It tastes so good and its so much fresher than ones on the shelf.

Recipe of the Day – DIY Curry Powder


  • 1/4 c. turmeric
  • 2 T. Cumin powder
  • 2 T. cardamom seeds, ground
  • 2 T. Roasted coriander
  • 1 T. dry mustard
  • 1 tsp. fenugreek seeds
  • 1 tsp. celery seeds
  • 1 tsp. bay leaves, ground,
  • 1 tsp. black pepper
  • 1 tsp. red pepper or paprika
  • 1/2 tsp. cloves
  • Directions:


    Place all ingredients in a container and shake.. Store in a cool dry place for up to 6 months.

    Word of the Day – sabor – taste

    Tip of the Day – You can leave the herbs and spices, whole, like cardamom, if you want. Then grind it when you’re ready to cook. It’s fresher and more potent that way.

Neem Tea

I have a neem tree on my land. – Neem leaf is used for leprosy, eye disorders, bloody nose, intestinal worms, stomach upset, loss of appetite, skin ulcers, diseases of the heart and blood vessels (cardiovascular disease), fever, diabetes, gum disease (gingivitis), and liver problems. The leaf is also used for birth control and to cause abortions.

The bark is used for stomach and intestinal ulcers, skin diseases, pain, fever and malaria.

The flower is used for reducing bile and phlegm, and treating intestinal worms.

The fruit is used for intestinal worms, urinary tract disorders, hemorroidd, bloody noses, diabetes, phlegm, eye disorders, wounds, and leprosy.

The twigs are used for intestinal worms, low  sperm levels, coughs, hemorroids, urinary disorders and diabetes. Some chew neem twigs instead of using a toothbrush, but this be careful because some have fungi.

The seeds and seed oil are used for leprosy and intestinal worms., birth control and abortions.

The stem, root bark, and fruit are used as a tonic and astringent.

Some people apply neem directly to the skin for skin lice, skin diseases, wounds, and skin ulcers; as a mosquito repellent; and as a skin softener. Neem is also used as an insecticide.

Recipe of the Day –Neem tea


1 pot of water

handful of neem

Directions: Bring the water to almost a boil. Then turn it off and throw in the neem. Let it steep, top on, for twenty minutes. Tastes good!

Word of the Day – te -tea

Tip of the Day – This is such a diverse herb. Look above and use it for what you need!




Gluten-Free Cherry Crumble

Oh my gosh, I was sweating about my electric bike tires. They’re getting so bald, and no shop here or Cuenca or Loja had them. Well, My friends told me about this new store in Quito – Electrobikes. And they sent me the tires already, for only $12 shipping !!!! Holy schmoly. I am so happy. They said it would take 3 working days but it actually took 5. Not bad!

Recipe of the Day – GF Cherry Crumble


  • 5 c. chopped, pitted cherries
  • 1/4 c. honey
  • 2 T chia seeds


  • 1 c. oat flour
  • 1/2 c. rolled oats
  • 1/3 c. coconut sugar, panela or stevia
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • pinch of sea salt
  • 1/4 c. coconut oil, hardened
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
  2. In a large bowl combine cherries, honey and chia
  3. Add to a large baking dish or skillet
  4. In a separate bowl combine oat flour, rolled oats,  sugar, cinnamon and salt.
  5. Add in coconut oil and using hands combine to form a crumbly “pea-like” consistency.
  6. Sprinkle crumble on top of cherries, coating the entire top.
  7. Bake for 45 mins or until top has browned slightly.
  8. Serve warm.

Word of the Day – llantas calvas

Tip of the Day – Serve with banana ice cream.

Mary’s Mac and Cheeze

I happily used some of my yoga money to get a headlamp, for when I ride my bike in the dark. Did you know what the red light is for? Say the headlamp people, “Red lights are used in photography dark rooms, military bunkers, submarines, and anywhere you might find yourself working in the dark. It gives you light to see by, while at the same time keeping your eyes adjusted for the dark.” Cool, huh!

Recipe of the Day – M’s Mac n’ Cheeze

Cook and drain a 14 oz. bag of whole grain noodles


1 cup of soaked and drained cashew pieces

1/2 cooked large sweet potato

1/2 onion 

About 3/4 cup unsweetened almond milk

1/2 cup nutritional yeast

2 tsp minced garlic

1/2 tsp nutmeg

1/8 tsp salt


Sprinkle of red chili pepper flakes 

Combine blended mixture in large bowl with desired amount of:

Diced cilantro fresh

Chopped spinach

Chopped broccoli

Add noodles to bowl and mix well. 

Bake at 400 for about 10 minutes till hot through. 

Word of the Day – lampara – lamp

Tip of the Day – Use zucchini noodles for a gluten-free option.m says, “Cashew sauce by itself seems bland. You won’t taste half a sweet potato. It turned out good. And tastes kind of like Mac and cheese though it’s been a long time since I had any.”

Mary Delaney


Raw Chocolate Ganache

I asked my friend, Marli, to give me a ride home, and was staring at her beautiful skin. I’ve known her for three years, and she always looks and carries herself like a princess. I commented on how her skin looked so taut, like she was wearing makeup. But she said, “No!” She looked completely different. She said she’d been doing Face Yoga for three weeks only!  And her family and friends keep commenting on the results.

   She said to find Marie Claire on youtube and make a playlist of up to 30 minutes. That’s what she does.

Recipe of the Day – Raw Chocolate Ganache

1/3 c. soaked dates (reserve the date water to make the frosting more creamy, if needed.)
1/2 tsp. olive oil
2 T. carob/cacao powder
dash salt and vanilla

Directions: Cream in a personal blender.

Word of the Day – arrugas – wrinkles

Tip of the Day – Good to start face yoga now, instead of waiting ’til the wrinkles are deep, like I did. But you know, with my deep wrinkles, we’re gonna see huge change!

Tomato-free Marinara

I forgot for a moment that my life is so wonderful. I forgot I had no worries, and was obsessing about a thought in my mind. Then a tamale/humita guy, Wilmer, came to my gate to sell tamales and humitas, with aji sauce. And will come every week if I want. How much more spoiled can I be?

Recipe of the Day – Tomato-free Marinara



  • 1 c. beets, cooked, peeled and diced
  • 2 c. mashed pumpkin
  • 1 large onion, finely chopped
  • 1/2 c. chopped fresh basil
  • 1  bay leaf, whole
  • 1 12 c. broth, vegetable or chicken, or water
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1/3 c. olive oil
  • 3 T. lemon juice
  • 1 1/2 tsp. arrowroot, cornstarch or flax seeds, moistened in 3 tsp. water or beet juice
  • 1 T. balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. pepper

Directions: Saute onion and garlic in oil until onion is translucent and onion is slightly brown. Add lemon juice and vinegar and simmer for 5 minutes. Puree beets until very smooth. Put everything but the starch/seeds in a covered pot, bring to a boil, reduce heat to simmer until veggies are soft. Stir in the moistened starch/seeds. Take out the bay leaf, and adjust seasonings as needed.

Word of the Day – maravilla – wonderful

Tip of the Day – Use on  zucchini or sweet potato noodles, rice or gluten-free pizza dough.



Photo compliment of the vending machine

Potato Soft Tacos

Tiko sits outside and meditates with me every day. And I have an alarm, a meditation bell on my IPAD that tells me when my time is finished. And when the gong rang this morning, Tiko got up, too! He’s always known how to meditate.

Photo compliment of the flirtyguide.com

Recipe of the Day – Potato Soft Tacos


1/2 c. carrot-based salsa: lots of lemon, garlic, olive oil, salt, pepper, vinegar with carrot juice

1 c. mashed garlic mashed potatoes

Directions: Fill the shell with the garlic mashed-potatoes. Use a spoon to mash down. Top with the carrot salsa. Add onions, nut cheese or sour cream, beans and guacomole, if you like!

Word  of the Day – tacos – tacos

Tip of the Day – Some people use a soft shell outside a hard shell. And put shredded cheese down first.

Featured Image Photo compliment of the vending machine.


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.

DIY Easy Coconut Butter

Since the Coconut Cheese Post, people have been asking me where to get coconut butter. In the States, it’s easy…it’s in the health food store. But here, not so easy. But this recipe is!

Recipe of the Day – DIY Coconut Butter


2 c. shredded coconut or coconut flakes

Juice of one lemon

Pinch of salt

A little extra coconut oil if you need it for the right consistency

  1. Add the shredded coconut or flakes to the blender of food processor with a pinch of salt.
  2. Scrape the sides down every minute or so with a spatula. Continue until the coconut has turned to coconut butter and is liquefied. Store it in an airtight container like a mason jar. The blender is fast, but the food processor could take up to 10 minutes, if you’ve got a little one, like mine. Worth the wait, though! You’ll use this for everything!

Word/Phrase of the Day – Vale la pena –  it’s worth it

Tip of the Day –  Use coconut butter for anything you would use butter for. Great in gluten-free brownies, cookies and other baked goods, popcorn, potatoes, and as a spread for your breads!

Lentil Burgers with Tamarind Sauce

I learned of two beautiful birds that are unique to my land: the Squirrel Cuckoo – with the long beautiful chestnut skin and the end of the tail patterned, and the Fasciated Wren. I saw both of them, in pairs, on my land, before going to have soup at the Vegetarian Restaurant here in town. Sylvia is the owner, a Shaman, beautiful, beautiful woman. And her husband, Carlos helps her with the ceremonies by keeping the fire lit all night. Anyway, when he came in, he said, twice,”Dorothy, whenever you need lunch, you come in here and don’t worry if you don’t have the money. You just pay us back when you can.” What? it made me cry, the way he said it. And he repeated it when I left.

Here are Sylvia’s classic Lentil Burgers with Tamarind Sauce.

Recipe of the Day – Lentil Burgers with Tamarind Sauce


2 c. cooked lentils (1 cup dry)

1 c. shredded carrots

1 c. finely chopped yellow onion

2 garlic cloves, minced

1/2 c. finely chopped walnuts

1/2 c. finely chopped sunflower seeds

1/4 c. flax seeds

1/4 c. oats

1 cup whole grain or gluten-free bread crumbs

2 whole eggs, beaten

2 T.  tomato paste

2 T. Bragg’s, soy or vegan Worcestershire sauce

1 T. fresh thyme

2 T. oregano

1 tsp. paprika

salt & pepper to taste

suggested toppings: tamarind sauce, pickles, red onion, tomato, mayo, ketchup, mustard, sriracha


  1. Using a food processor, finely chop the onion, carrots, garlic, walnuts and sunflower seeds then transfer to a large bowl.
  2. Add the cooked lentils to the food processor and pulse until they appear slightly pureed, then transfer them to the bowl as well. Don’t let them become mushy.
  3. Add the breadcrumbs, herbs and spices and the flax and stir well.
  4. In a small bowl, combine the beaten eggs with the tomato paste and the Worcestershire. Pour the egg mixture into the bowl with vegetables and lentils and stir together. Sprinkle in the flour a little at a time as you continue to stir. Add more flour as needed to create patties.
  5. Form eight individual patties with your hands, making sure to keep them somewhat flat with rounded edges.
  6. Warm the o oil over medium-heat in a skillet for at least five minutes. Once the skillet is thoroughly heated, cook the burgers on each side for about 5-6 minutes.
  7. Serve on a warm bun with desired toppings.

Tamarind Sauce:


 Heat the oil in a saucepan over medium heat. Add the spices and stir for about 2 minutes.
  1. Stir the water into the pan with the spices , sweetener and tamarind paste. Bring to a boil, then simmer over low heat until the mixture turns a deep brown and is thick enough to coat the back of a metal spoon, about 20 to 30 minutes. The sauce will be thin, but it will thicken upon cooling.

Word of the Day – ofrecer – to offer

Tip of the Day – You can find her Shaman soup recipe on this blog, as well! Just type in “Shaman soup” in the search engine on the first page.

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