Joy’s Pickled Turmeric

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. 

Recipe of the Day – Turmeric and Ginger Pickle

Ingredients:

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

Directions:

  1. 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.
  2. Slice chilies into small strips and mix into turmeric mixture by hand.
  3. 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.

 

Repe Soup with Camote

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..

Recipe of the Day – Repe with Camote

Ingredients:

  • 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
  • Directions:
  1. 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.
  2. 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.

 

Boldo Tea

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 Greens or Salad

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.


Recipe of the Day –
Amaranth Leaf Salad

photo by serious eats

Ingredients:

4 c. amaranth (washed , picked and towel dried leaves .)

1 T. olive oil

Juice of 1/2 lemon

pinch of salt

Directions- Toss.

Word of the Day – amaranto – amaranth

Tip of the Day – Growing amaranth is possible all year round in the tropics. That’s one of the reasons it is an essential and ubiquitous plant in my permaculture garden.

 

Flowering Amaranth PlantsPhoto by Dysviz

 

M’s Fried Rice

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.

Recipe of the Day – M’s 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 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

Tip of the Day – Add avocado!

How to Ferment Your Tofu

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.

Recipe of the Day – Fermented Tofu

Ingredients:

  • 8 slices fresh firm tofu
  • 1 tsp, chili powder
  • 12 tsp, pepper
  • 12 tsp. fennel
  • 1 T. salt
  • 12 c. rice wine or your choice vinegar
  • Directions:

    1. 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.
    2. Sprinkle seasonings over all.
    3. 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.

M’s Date Stir-Fry and Sauce

Yesterday I looked in chagrin at the smoldering hillside, on the property bordering mine, where the new neighbor’s gardener had left. They don’t have a house yet, just burning brush. At 11:30 p.m. I was awakened, perhaps the nearby crackling. Jumped up, looked out, and uncontrolled fires were wreaking havoc. I grabbed the flashlight and my boots, took the long watering hose, and proceeded to put out fire after fire. Jim, the neighbor was on the hillside talking down to me. I couldn’t see him, but knew his voice – a comforting voice

in the quiet of the night. I asked him to call the fire department. The stars were truly amazing through the smoke. I kept trying to cover my face with my short hair, but after an hour or so my eyes were stinging and I started to cough. My arms were
aching from holding the hose upward to the hillside. I had to vacillate running up to the Casita Guadua – the bamboo house, where there was so little water I was using a trickle  to put out the approaching flames. Then, I would go down and to the corner again.

Then back up, and the flames were within 5 feet of the casital Holy cow. Jim was gone, but another couple was talking to me and shining their flashlight on the next bit of flames. There was nothing anyone could do as mine was the only hose. Their houses were too far away, yet they had seen the flames from up the mountain and come down. Sweet and comforting, Otis and Jessica to come down after midnight. They left after awhile and it was so silent, in my mind and outside, except for the cracklingof the brush and newly catching mesquite/fice trees. 

When I started feeling overwhelmed,I said, “I need help,” and immediately there were golden beings at my back. Fires went out. The irrigation hose on the ground sprouted two leaks which kept back the fires. Come on! I did my Shaman way of becoming pure love and facing the spirits of the fire, and IMMEDIATELY they went out, one by one.
Oh

My

Gosh.

I went in to the house without thinking, knowing it was all taken care of. This morning I translated my speech, ready for the neighbors, and put it in my pocket.  They stood on the burnt slope and I told them I needed a conversation. With wide, gentle eyes, they never looked down or away. Never looked anything but helpful. Six of them. I told them how dangerous it was for their worker to start fires in the wind, and repeated I needed the hose repaired by the end of the day. Then Wilson drove by. I caught him, and he translated for them as well, telling them to call him and he would help repair this afternoon.

Sweet!

I’m tired, ha.

But still with empty mind and remembering the quiet of the night, the beauty of everything even with the sounds of Tiko and Lucas barking at the fire. I’m SO taken care of.

So loved.

Recipe of the Day –Date Stir Fry Sauce

In blender:

2 dates soaked

1 c soak water

1/2 c low sodium soy sauce

1/2 c walnut pieces

4 tsp minced garlic

2 tsp ginger

4 tsp unsweetened rice vinegar

2 tsp sriracha sauce

1/4 tsp red chili flakes

1/4 tsp ground back pepper

Blend. Put in frying pan. Add:

1 c frozen peas

1 c chopped carrots

2 c diced kale

1/2 container drained tofu seasoned per other recipe*

Cook till carrots are soft before adding rice. Let flavors blend in low simmer before removing.

Mary

Word/phrase of the Day – luchando contra el fuego – fighting the fire

Tip of the Day – D- We have these wonderful greens here that would work in this recipes, that steam up like spinach – 4 different types of kale,
amaranth greens and these weird-looking spinach that don’t look like the States.

 

 

 

Rejuvelac Video

A friend told me about Borax for candida and other problems. I said, “Borax? You mean the soap powder?” And yes indeed, it is!

http://www.health-science-spirit.com/borax.htm

Use as essential Mineral: Firstly dissolve a lightly rounded teaspoonful (5-6 grams) of borax in 1 litre of good quality water.  This is your concentrated solution keep it out of reach of small children.

Standard dose = 1 teaspoon (5 ml) of concentrate. This has 25 to 30 mg of borax and provides about 3 mg of boron.  Take 1 dose per day mixed with drink or food.  If that feels right then take a second dose with another meal.  If there is no specific health problem or for maintenance you may continue indefinitely with 1 or 2 doses daily.

If you do have a problem, such as arthritis, osteoporosis and related conditions, cramps or spasms, stiffness due to advancing years, menopause, and also to improve low sex hormone production, increase intake to 3 or more spaced-out standard doses for several months or longer until you feel that your problem has sufficiently improved. Then drop back to 1 or 2 doses per day.

For treating Candida, other fungi and mycoplasmas, or for removing fluoride from the body – using your bottle of concentrated solution:

Low dose for low body weight: 100 ml or 1/8 teaspoon of borax powder or 500 mg; best with or after main carbohydrate meal.

Medium dose for heavier individuals or more pervasive Candida: 200 ml or 1/4 teaspoon/1000 mg of borax powder; take with or after 2 meals.

High dose for strong fungal/Candida problems such as autoimmune diseases, cancer or dementia: ½ tsp of borax powder mixed with food.

Always start with a lower dose and increase gradually to the intended or effective maximum. Take the effective amount as long as required for 4 or 5 days a week, or interrupt for one week each month, or periodically alternate between borax and another fungicide.

For vaginal thrush fill a large size gelatine capsule with borax and insert it at bedtime for one to two weeks. With toe fungus or athlete’s foot wet the feet and rub them with borax powder.

You may take borax mixed with food or in drinks. It is rather alkaline and in higher concentrations has a soapy taste. You may disguise this with lemon juice, vinegar or ascorbic acid.

Photo feom BigOven

Recipe of the Day – Rejuvelac

Ingredients:

1/4 c. sprouted spring wheatberries

1 gallon water jar with sprouting lid,

mesh or nylon with rubberband

Directions:

Pour the berries in a jar. Fill the jar with water. Pour the water off the next day. Fill with water and pour it off, through the straining lid, for 2-3 days until they’ve sprouted. Fill it with water and let sit for 2-3 days while it ferments. Smell it, and when it has a slightly sour, lemony taste, it’s working. Gently stir with a wooden spoon twice day. The third day decant into a jar, and that’s your rejuvielac. Refrigerate so it doesn’t keep fermenting.

Word of the Day – fermentacion – fermentation
Tip of the Day – Start with an ounce a day to start developing the good bacteria in your body. Even the most serious of bacteria will be destroyed.

Veggie Kraut Video

Here’s what my friend, Lucas’ previous owner, wrote about Lucas: “Wow, Wow, Wow! Sooo remember the Lucas saga last year? He has been doing just fine, until lately. He started limping, and showing signs of hip displasia Dorothy was very worried. But then last night she gave him a drop of CBD oil and a half tsp of C60 and today he is happy and running around! I wish it would work that well for me, but, hey, I’m so glad about Lucas that I hardly feel mine

” Then this morning I wrote:  So true! It was actually a miniscule part of a drop of CBD oil in his food, with 1/8 tsp. C60., for the body weight above, in case anyone needs that info. Today I watched him awake. His hips gave out underneath him. I gave his the same dose as above and he was back to free energy, free hips and his usual happy self right after breakfast, 4 hours ago, woohoo! Climbed stairs easily and went on his walk with zero symptoms!

Recipe of the Day – Veggie Kraut

 

Ingredients:

1 green cabbage

1 purple cabbage

6 carrots

1 sweet red onion

1 T. apple cider vinegar, lemon juice or rejuvelac

– optional Seasonings to taste (garlic, cayenne, herbs, caraway seeds) – optional.

Directions: Finely chop cabbage, saving outside leaves. Chop carrots and onion. Place vegetables into a large bowl or crock. Add vinegar and seasonings. Cover with outside cabbage leaves. Place large plate and weight on top. Press down to remove air from Kraut. Leave at room temperature for 3 days or until it is sour enough for your taste. Place in covered glass jar. Refrigerate. It will keep up to 3 weeks. Eat ½ cup a day with meals for great elimination! Another zero fat, healthy bacteria, non-fruit recipe to give you amazing health! In Ann Wigmore’s video she says don’t bother to add any seasonings, the taste is so good by itself. And she didn’t add the vinegar. It helps the fermentation process, but it doesn’t really need help fermenting.

Word of the Day – cojear – limp

Tip of the Day – Go to the front page, and press the paypal button. Donate at least one penny to the site and I’ll send my ebook – Ecstacy Raw Foods – with over 100 raw food recipes in it, including this one. So there you go!

Sunflower Seed Butter

Sunflower Seed Butter isn’t that pretty to look at, but it sure tastes good! Oh my gosh, I can’t stop eating it!

Recipe of the Day – Sunflower Seed Butter

Ingredients:

  • 2 c. raw sunflower seeds (if roasted. as your heart desires)
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt (more or less to taste)
  • 1/4 c.  chia seeds
  • 1/4 c. caraway seeds
  • 1/4 c. coconut crystals
  • 1 pinch stevia powder
  • 1 T. flax seeds
  • optional: 1-2 tsp coconut sugar or stevia to sweeten, pumpkin or hemp seeds

Directions

  1. If you want to roast the sunflower seeds, preheat oven to 350 degrees F (176 C) and spread the seeds on a baking sheet.
  2. Roast for 10-15 minutes, stirring/turning the pan occasionally, until light golden.
  3. Add the sunflower seeds to a food processor (or high speed blender) and blend until a butter forms, scraping down sides as needed. It took about 15 minutes in my food processor, turning off every few minutes so it wouldn’t overheat. But yours might work better!
  4. Add salt, chia seeds and flax flax seed,and mix/pulse to combine. Taste and adjust flavor as needed, adding more salt, and sweeteners.
  5. So good on cornbread, waffles, gf toast, bananas, you name it!
  6. Word of the Day – mantequilla – butter
  7. Tip of the Day – Resist the urge to add any additional oil (and especially not water, as it will cause the butter to seize up).avoid using liquid sweeteners, as they can cause the butter to seize up and lose its form).