Fermented Roasted Garlic Spread

Beautiful, beautiful life. Can you believe that my cat, Paco, who disappeared 1 1/2 years ago, just walked by my kitchen window! So casually, as if he hadn’t been gone all this time. Crazy, huh? It didn’t look like he wanted to stay, and he looked pretty darn good! So I guess I will not worry, but be happy he’s safe and not poisoned or something!

Recipe of the Day – Fermented Roasted Garlic Spread


  • 4 heads fermented garlic (See recipe on this blog by typing “Fermented Garlic” in the search engine on this first page
  • 3 tsp. olive or coconut oil
  • dash salt and pepper to taste
  • 12 tsp. fresh herbs, minced ( I like rosemary)
  1. Cut garlic crosswise in half and spread some oil on cut surface, wrap in foil.
  2. Roast in 375°F oven about 45-50 minutes until soft and golden.
  3. Squeeze the meat out of the skins. Season with salt and pepper add enough oil to taste while using a fork to smash till smooth and creamy. Mix in rosemary.

Word of the Day – asado – roasted

Tip of the Day – Use on gluten-free bread or toast, roasted vegetable like asparagus, peppers; put in hummus, yum!

Cumin-Turmeric Sunflower Seed Spread

Happy Mother’s Day to me! I just got a gift of a massage from one of my daughters, Rachel! Woohoo! She always includes 80 cents more to get a stevia-flavored sparkling water afterwards. How cute is that!

Recipe of the Day – Cumin Turmeric Sunflower-Seed Spread

  • 1 c. roasted unsalted sunflower seed kernels
  • 8 marinated or reconstituted sun-dried tomatoes
  • 1 tsp. turmeric
  • ½ tsp. ground coriander
  • ¼ tsp. caraway seeds
  • ¼-1/2 t cayenne (depending on your taste for heat)
  • ½ tsp. ground cumin
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • ¼ tsp. salt
  • 43 mint leaves
  • juice of 1/2 lemon
  • 3 T. olive oil
  • 2 T. water


  1. Place all ingredients in a food processor or blender and blend until smooth.

Word of the Day – bondad – kindness

Tip of the Day –You can sprout these sunflower seeds, easily, too, by soaking overnight, then draining and letting them dry on a paper towel until they sprout little tails. That way their nutrients expand exponentially!

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7-Layer Dip

I stopped at the Cucanama tienda, (little store) to get a bottle of water on my bike ride home. And was so suprised to be invited to the neighborhood Christmas party, tonight! What an honor. it’s all Ecuadorians, so I feel super flattered that they asked. It’s prety wild, a lot of drinking. But, maybe I can ride my bike down and say Feliz Navidad before it gets crazy.

Recipe of the Day – 7-Layer Dip

Create your own 7-Layer Dip with Spanish raw foods, all vegan, nothing fried.

2 c. shredded romaine lettuce
1 c. walnut taco meat
1/2 c. yellow cheddah cheeze
1/4 c. diced red green and yellow bell
1/3 c. guacomole or sliced avocado
2 T. salsa or cashew sour cream
Options: tomatoes, onions, olives, or cilantro

Directions : Using a big party dish or pie plate, start with the lettuce and layer everything in order, ending with the chips,. Try cucumbers,, celery, raw chips or crackers, or RAWRiTOS for dipping.

Here are the other dips used in this recipe:

Walnut chili spread:


1 c. walnuts
2 T. Bragg’s Amino Acids or Nama Shoyu
1/2 c. peppers of choice
1/2 tsp. chili powder

Directions : In a food processor, blend until chunky or creamy, as desired.

Cheesy  Cheddah Cheese:

1 c. pine nuts or cashews
2 yellow bell peppers, seeded and chopped
juice of 1 lemon
1 tsp. sea salt
1 T. paprika
optional  – 1 T. nutritional yeast
Other options – 1 c. basil, 1/2 tsp. chipotle or cayenne, 1 garlic clove

Directions: Pulse the nuts in your food processor, then add the other infredients and blend until creamy,

Word/Phrase of the Day – Feliz Navidad – Merry Christmas

Tip of the Day – You can have this for Christmas. It doesn’t need to be a turkey dinner. This is much more colorful!



Roasted Garlic and Onion Spread

Hey, I live very simply here in Ecuador, by eating the food I grow, riding my bike, and living a simple life of about $300 a month. I live off my income from airbnb, from teaching Chi and Yoga, and from people looking at this site! Thanks for reading! Dorothy

Recipe of the Day – Roasted Garlic & Onion Spread


3 c. vegetable stock

2 c. green onion, chopped fine

1 1/2 c. cashews, soaked in 3 to 4 cups of warm water until softened, then drained

1/3 c. almond or coconut milk

3 cloves raw garlic, peeled

6 sprigs fresh thyme

salt and black pepper, to taste


Saute the onions and garlic in a baking pan and bake it at 400 degrees F. until the broth is almost gone.  Blend that onion/garlic mixture with the soaked cashews and milk. Season with salt and pepper, taste, then decorate with the sprigs of rosemary.

Word/Phrase  of the Day – Por favor, haz click – Please click!

Tip of the Day – Living simply has to do with an incredible enjoyment and love of the process. Living and breathing being in the moment, no thinking too much, bringing your creative solutions to bear, and asking for help when you need it. That’s the hard part for me!

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Banana Mayonnaise

I hate to even write of this stress, because even I am especially sick of it. But you won’t believe it. You know how my first window guy almost didn’t come through, then did with 1/2 the windows, after my workers and I went and got them and installed them?                             Well two weeks I ordered the rest of the windows from a new guy, well-known in the community, works in Vilca, who, after 6 times promising he would come and install them, didn’t. Never did. No, I didn’t pay him anything. So this is the 3rd try. Friend of the uncle of W, in Malacatos, gave me the estimate and is coming Sunday to take measurements. We’ll see.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          The workers could see my disappointment. ” I’m not mad, just extremely “frustrar,” I’m frustrated, I told my workers. Well, W came back at lunchtime after fixing my bike helmet for free. And I, after yoga, meditation, walking, working in the garden, came out of the shower to find J in his barefeet, a rare occurrence, mopping my entire floor, during his lunch hour. I am humbled once again. He also paid for $50  out of his pocket when he didn’t have enough of my money for materials the other day. And just now said he was going to get fruit trees from his brother. How many and what kind do I want? Jeez.

Recipe of the Day – Bananaise


3 bananas

juice of 1 orange

pinch cinnamon

T. honey


Peel and slice bananas and prick with a fork. Slice in thin lengths and roast on a broiler tray for 10 – 12 minutes. Mash. Use as a spread with your PB sandwiches! Place  a pinch of cinnamon and orange juice over each. ensuring that they are evenly coated. Bake for 10-15 minutes until bananas are soft and sticky.

Word of the Day – mayonesa – mayonnaise

Tip of the Day – I think my only job, really, is to be at peace. And I need to really come back to it all the time. I wish I was enlightened now.

Home-made Aioli

This has been the most wonderful year, the vibrancy and perfection of moving to Ecuador, surviving separation, building a house, and meeting such kind and wonderful friends. I wouldn’t have traded this year for anything! Except enlightenment, maybe, ha ha.

Recipe of the Day – Aioli

An Aioli:
Pour it over veggiee burgers,  wraps and  crunchy salads. Use it as a  dip for vegetables and raw 
crackers.  Spread atop raw pizzas!. It's the  classic French sauce: aioli. This  fantastically creamy, 
savory "mayonnaise sauce" is a snap to make at home. Use  basil for Mediterranean-inspired dishes, or cilantro for Mexican-inspired dishes  (raw tacos, anyone?).

Classic Aioli  -

1/3 c. olive oil
2  cloves garlic
1 T. flax soaked in 3 T.  water      (or psyllium seed or Irish  Moss to thicken)
1 T. lemon juice
1/2  tsp. Dijon mustard
salt and pepper to  taste

Directions: Whisk the  thickener, lemon and mustard until  smooth, then slowly drizzle in the oil.  Add garlic and seasonings to taste.  Makes 1/2 cup. You can do this in your  personal blender, too, as shown on The  Next Great Iron Chef!

Middle Eastern  Aioli -

To the classic aoili above,  add:
1 tsp. lemon peel
1 tsp. thyme
1/2  tsp. oregano
1/2 tsp. basil
1/4 tsp.  marjoram
Follow instructions above.

*add Tarragon instead, or pesto to make a completely different favor profile!

Word of the Day –  cabaña – cottage

Tip of the Day – It isn’t scary at all, living in a one-room cottage. It’s perfect. It can be a challenge not to accumulate too much stuff, but it sure is worth the lack of cleaning! I can clean the entire cottage, walls and floors, in one hour!

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