Seems to be quite common here, where the air is so moist, to have foot fungi. I know, because I saw it on the yoga and chi students, not mentioning the guys in town with the yellow, cracking, swollen painful feet. I had it for a time in Montana, but it left while on a fast. A reader asked me to post these recipes she found, so here they are, in her writing:
-So, Vick’s Vapo Rub is good because of the mixture of Thymo (Thyme Oil), Camphor and Eucalyptus Oil. This you apply 2x a day for a few weeks, if it’s a mild case, or 5-16 months if extreme.
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.
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
- 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.
- Slice chilies into small strips and mix into turmeric mixture by hand.
- 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.
A couple came over to visit, and gave me the recipe for their Abadhi cookies, crackers, actually which they sell in town. Here is my gluten-free version.
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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..
- 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
- 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.
- 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.
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 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.
photo by serious eats
4 c. amaranth (washed , picked and towel dried leaves .)
1 T. olive oil
Juice of 1/2 lemon
pinch of salt
Word of the Day – amaranto – amaranth
Photo by Dysviz
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…”
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….
My sister, M wrote this: “
I was trying to make our favorite and fantastic fried rice recipe without the brown sugar and sesame oil and it turned out good! Who knew? I made the sauce in the blender instead of the pan and replaced the brown sugar with grapes and the sesame oil with tahini. I was so surprised that it was good! Dates would have worked too but I didn’t think of that and my grapes were about to turn bad.
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
2 T. Bragg’s or soy sauce low sodium
2 T. rice vinegar
2 T. grapes, 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
I’m harvesting my first cacao pods! I’ve shelled the dried seeds to use as cacao tea. And the beans to ground for my desserts. The nibs to use in my oatmeal and cookies! It worked very well. No bitterness at all. Beautiful!
Recipe of the day – DIY Harvest Cacao
3-4 Cacao Pods, slightly soft and dark red
Cut the pods in half. You can cut off the ends first, if you like. Scoop out the insides. You can eat the white flesh around each seed, if you like. But you don’t have to! They dry in the dehydrator and taste like candy! Throw the whole mass on the dehydrator sheets and dry at 150 degrees F. for 20 hours. Put in a bag and mash with a mallet. The shells will come off and you put them in a bag for cacao tea. Put the nibs in another bag, and the white shells in a third. The shells are your tea!
Word of the Day – cosecha – harvest
Tip of the Day- You can put them in the sun. It’s just that the bugs come so fast. You can dry them under 105 degrees F, to keep them raw. But going over 150 degrees will make them bitter and burnt.
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.
- 8 slices fresh firm tofu
- 1 tsp, chili powder
- 1⁄2 tsp, pepper
- 1⁄2 tsp. fennel
- 1 T. salt
- 1⁄2 c. rice wine or your choice vinegar
- 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.
- Sprinkle seasonings over all.
- 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.