I had my Every-And-A – Half Clothes Share/Potluck. Twenty adults and four kids came, wonderful! Everone brought something to give away and food to share. They took some home, and there is still a bag leftover for the needy. What beautiful people there are here, and their generosiy is overwhelming. I really feel …filled. Like a full cup. Continue reading “Avocado Ice Cream”
You know, you can complain wherever you go. That everything is not perfect for you. That there’s violence, or meanness. But then you’re at Carmita’s. And a little penny falls out while you’re searching for change. A penny that your son carved ten years ago, carved out in metal shop so that only the face of Lincoln remains. And you laugh and tell Carmita that story, and that that penny has been in your wallet for ten years. And she pauses, then takes the penny, moves to the side, under the counter, and comes up with your little precious penny in a tiny, perfect, sealed bag. So that it will always be protected, and never confused with your other change. She did that.
Recipe of the Day – Vegan Petit Fours Continue reading “Raw Petit Fours”
Thanks to my gorgeous guests who give me papayas, oranges and now…avocados from their land, woohoo! Organic and delicious!
3/4 c. cacao powder
1/4 c. coconut oil
1/4 c. coconut milk
1/4 c. coconut crystals
2 tsp. coffee
Pinch vanilla powder, or 1 tsp. vanilla
1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
Options: handful coconut, handful cacao nibs, walnuts , 1 c. yucca flour, 1 c. oats, (But honestly, I like it better without the grains – fudgy!)
Directions: Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Mix the eggs, oil, milk and coffee.Add the cacao, baking powder, salt and then the vanilla. Pour into a greased pan and bake for 25 minutes. Let cool completely. They will be fudgy!
Word of the Day – pusimos – we put
Tip of the Day – Use honey or coconut nectar, and they will even more fudgy! Add an avocado for chocolate avocado bites. You won’t be able to tell it’s there once you mix it with the cacao.
I’ve been doing my water therapy for two weeks, and have been out of pain nearly the entire time. Maybe one hour of day with ice after working out. Oh, my gosh! It’s a friggin’ miracle!
Okay, Here’s the skinny on the pools in Vilcabamba. -Hotel Paraiso – $4, never warm, but you get to use the sauna, steam room and jacuzzis. -The new Old Folks Home. $3, heated by solar panels, so wait for the late afternoon when the sun has heated the pool, but you get to use the workout room and if you wait 5 minutes the shower is hot. But you can’t use it weekends when they clean the pool, and evenings are reserved for the residents. And a 100-year old man may hit on you, but it’s okay. -Hosteria Vilcabamba – $7. Free if a group eats there. If you tell them ahead of time they’ll heat the jacuzzi and steam room, but not the pool. They need two hours to heat the others. -El Rio Chamba – Across from the Zoo, in a beautiful setting. They often have Saturdays free swim! La Molinda – Before the Hotel Izchcayluma, on the right. Not only is it the warmest pool, but it’s $2 to use the pool. The showers are HOT. The jacuzzi is nice and warm. The steam bath is extra, but it looks wonderful. And you can eat there, too! Open 7 days a week and they will give me a monthly discount.
1/2 ripe avocado
1 lg ripe banana, frozen and sliced
1 c. berries of choice
1 handful spinach or kale, stems removed
- 1/3 c. coconut, almond or oat milk
- 2 T. sunflower or chia seeds
- 1 c. pineapple or mango, chopped and frozen
- options: 1 tsp. cacao nibs, chocolate chips or shredded coconut
Directions: Put 1/2 c. of your nut or seed milk in the blender. Add 1/2 of the bananas, 1/2 of the berries, and 1/2 of the pineapple or mango, and all of the spinach and avocado. Blend well. Divide smoothie mixture between 2 bowls and garnish with the rest of the sliced fruits. Add t opping options like granola, cacao nibs, chocolate, granola and coconut.
After coming home from the pool and bike riding, having your dinner made sure sounds good. Do this in your crockpot, if you want!
Recipe of the Day – Pineapple Chili
- 3 c. tofu or ground meat.
- 1 medium whit onion, chopped
- 3 c. chopped pineapple
- 8 c. chopped tomatoes
- 2. c. cooked black beans
- 1 6-ounce can tomato paste
- 1 1/2 T. chili powder
- 4 tsp. ground cumin
- 2 tsp. turmeric
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- optional : 1 c. daiya or regular white cheese, tofu or almond sour cream and hot sauce.
- In a non-stick skillet over medium heat, cook tofu/meat and onions, stirring to crumble. Drain off any fat and transfer to your slow cooker.
- Drain the pineapple, separating the juice and the fruit. Add the juice to the slow cooker. Cover and store the fruit in the refrigerator (it will be added toward the end of cooking).
- Add tomatoes, black beans, tomato paste, chili powder, cumin and garlic to the slow cooker.
- Stir gently.
- Cook on low (6-8 hours), adding reserved pineapple during last hour or two of cooking, or on high (4-5 hours), adding pineapple during last ½ hour – hour of cooking.
- Serve topped with cheese, sour cream and hot sauce, if desired.
Word of the Day – notacion – swim therapy
Tip of the Day – You can leave out the beans, adjust the spices to make it hotter, if you like.
“I ordered a new computer cable, Clare,” I said to my daughter. “You know how to do that, there, Mom?” she asked. I realized, all of a sudden, how comfortable I was here. “Oh, yeah! You just Whatsapp the guy in the Cuenca store and ask him if he has it. Then he gives you his Pinchinca bank account money. They you go down to Patricia’s store and give her the money and his name and account number. Then when he gets it, he sends it to you! Piece-a-cake.”
Recipe of the Day – Date Cookies
- 2 c. dates, pitted and chopped (about 20 dates)
- 2 c. walnuts
- 1/2 c. cacao powder
- 1/4 c. carob powder
- 1/2 c. almonds, sprouted, if desired
- Pinch sea salt
- 1/2 c. shredded coconut or 2 T. coconut oil
- 1 pinch vanilla powder or 1 tsp. vanilla extract
- 3 T. of the soaked date water, tea or water
- 6 dates, soaked 10 minutes
- Place dates, walnuts, cacao, carob, almonds and sea salt in a food processor. Pulse until coarsely chopped.
- Add coconut and vanilla pulse again adding water a little at a time until mixture starts to form a ball.
- Take 1/2 the dough and set aside. Press 1/4 cup into 6 little rounds (the bottom half of the cookie) or into 6 muffin tins.
- Mix the coconut, vanilla and liquid. Spoon onto each cookie.
- Top each cookie with the rest of the cookie dough.
Word of the Day – pedir – to order
Tip of the Day – You can make this with any type of nuts – cashews, almonds, peanuts. Taste them with the dates first, if you want, to see the combination.
I saw a package of White Sauce in the store, and as usual, thought I’d just go home and make it! Great for your gluten-free noodles and breads, pizzas, etc….!
- 2 T. Coconut Oil
- 1 green onion, chopped fine
- 3-4 cloves garlic
- 1 tsp. fresh or dried herbs
- 1 c. coconut cream
- 1 tsp. miso paste or soy sauce
- pinch salt
In a small saucepan over medium heat, melt the oil. Reduce the heat and add the onions and garlic. Simmer 10 minutes until tender.
Allow to simmer for 3-4 minutes or until tender Add the cream , miso, herbs and salt and stir until smooth. Blend, if you like it more creamy.
Store in a sealed jar or container in fridge for up to 2 weeks.
Word of the Day – salsa, sauce
Tip of the Day – A lot of my friends would use butter or ghee in this recipe.
Ginger helps control blood sugar. Studies have also shown that ginger can help treat nonalcoholic fattly liver disesase (NAFLD)
Roselle is a species of hibiscus with a cranberry-like flavor. It has diuretic effects on the body and may assist with kidney filtration.
Parsley can also help protect the liver. It helps the kidneys get rid of waste. Throw a leaf in your tea!
Dandelion is a diuretic, which helps filter waste from the blood and improves liver function.
Directions: Put a teaspoon of the fresh or dried herb in a cup, and pour almost boiling water over it. Let steep for twenty minutes.
Word of the Day –hígado – liver
Tip of the Day – Drink at least four cups a day, of your choice liver cleanser. And vary them throughout the month/ Sweeten with a little stevia or honey, if you want.
Life is so….regular at the Equator, so even, it feels like you could’ve designed this like a movie. 5:50 a.m. cue the Roosters’ crow. 6 a.m. Dawn….the Pacific Horneros to sing their song. Evening – 6:30 p.m. lights out, 7 p.m. cue the lightning bugs. 8 p.m. Listen for the doves. Look up and see a million stars.
4 c. lavender flowers
1 c. coconut sugar
Been having a lot of trouble with my back lately – the tail end of the watering/dry season, where I spend hours in the garden. Here’s my relaxing tea for tired and painful back muscles/herniated disc. Helps me sleep, too!
1 c. chamomile flowers
1 c. lemon balm
1 c. passionflower leaves and flowers
1/2 c. grated ginger
1/3 c. poppy seeds
1/2 c. valerian
Directions: For a big batch, mix the herbs above. You can cut it down to one teaspoon, where it says one cup, and 1/2 tsp. where it says 1/2 cup!
Word of the Day – sedante/sedativo – sedative
Tip of the Day – Chamomile is a mild sedative, and lemon balm improves mood and is a mild pain reliever. Passionflower (above) is another mild sedative, very calming, and ginger enhances the effects of the other herbs! Add stevia or other sweeteners to taste.