Carrot-Rice-Nut Loaf

My sister says, “Tonight I’m making a variation of that old carrot rice nut loaf we used to make. I’ve added spinach,arugula, and sesame seeds.”

And these flowers in the picture cost $1.50 at Sunday Market. There’s an orchid in there!

Recipe of the Day – Carrot Rice Nut Loaf


  • 2 c. brown rice
  • 2 c. sunflower or almond cheese
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 green onion, chopped
  • 1 c. shredded carrots
  • 1/2 c. oats or gf breadcrumbs
  • 1/2 c. spinach or arugula
  • 1/4 c. walnuts
  • 1/4 c. sunflower seeds
  • 1/4 c. sesame seeds
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp. black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp. Italian herbs
  • optional – 2 c. spaghetti sauce


  1. Combine all into a  greased 9-inch loaf pan.
  2. Bake at 350 degrees 50 to 60 minutes until firm. Let cool in pan 10 minutes. Remove from pan and slice. Serve with heated spaghetti sauce, if desired.

Word of the Day –hoy dia – today during this day/all day

TiP of the Day – Put the cheese and avocado on top, if you want, too!

Raisin-Walnut Brownies with Coconut Frosting

 I made these two little desserts for a friend. One avocado lime pie and raisin-walnut brownies with coconut frosting.

Recipe of the Day – Raisin Walnut Brownies with Coconut Frosting

1 c.  walnuts
1 c. raisins

1/3 c. cacao powder
Dash of cinnamon
Pinch of sea salt

Directions: Combine all ingredients in a food processor and blend until mixture starts to form a ball. Press into  a square or round glass dish. Freeze until firm. Slice. This may be kept refrigerated or frozen.


3/4 c. coconut cream

1/4 c. coconut water

2 grains salt

1/8 c. panela, coconut sugar or sweetener of choice

Pinch vanilla powder or /4 tsp. vanilla extract

Directions. Blend.

Word of the Day – cortés – polite

Tip of the Day – You can cut the recipe way down when you just want a little bit. And these are so rich, you sometimes just want a couple bites. Perfect.

Walnut Beet Rolls

I came out through the dark living room, but my eye was attracted to a strange figure on Tiko’s straw mat. “What is that? A little dog toy?” Foolishly, I reached out to touch it in the dark, then quickly drew my hand away. “Feathers, aagh!” Either a big bird had come in and hit the wall or window,  or Tiko had killed it and brought it in to show me. His neck was broken, poor thing. He wa sso beautiful, and unmarred, What do you think?

Recipe of the Day – Walnut Beet Rolls


  • 2 1/4 c. flour, gluten-free
  • 2 tsp. yeast
  • 2 tsp coconut sugar
  • 2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 2 T. coconut oil
  • 1 c.  almost hot water
  • 1 c. beetroot
  • 2 T. walnuts


In a large bowl tip the flour, make a well in the center, and add the dried yeast, salt, sugar and olive oil.

Pour in the water and the chopped beetroot and knead by hand for 10 minutes. Set aside in a non-drafty place to rise for around an hour or more until doubled in size.

Turn the dough onto a floured work surface and roll into a large rectangle. Sprinkle the walnuts  and cinnamon over the surface and knead the walnuts into the dough. Cut the dough into 12 pieces, and knead into 12 bread roll shapes.

Transfer the bread rolls to a baking sheet and set aside for 20 minutes to rise for a second time. Preheat the oven to 220°C / 425°F .

Once the bread has finished its second rise, cook in a hot oven for around 25 minutes. The bread rolls are done when they sound slightly hollow when tapped on the base. Serve warm with honey or  butter.

Word of the Day – pajarito – small bird

Tip of the Day – Beets make things sweet! Don’t be afraid to use them in recipes.

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Walnut Pesto

The five sacred Mayan crops are: camote, papas purpuras, uvilla, amaranto y amaranto purpura. But really are they sacred because they kept them alive? They were gowing  all around them and thus was sacred? And then they would use it in thankfulness in their ceremonies!

Recipe of the Day — Walnut Pesto


2 oz basil leaves
1/3 c. walnuts
1/3 c. olive oil
1 large clove garlic
dash of salt

1 tsp parmezano – 1 T. ground walnuts, 1 tsp. nutritional yeast, salt and pepper, all ground together (Optional)

Directions: Blend it all in a food processor.

Word of the Day – : camote, papas purpuras, uvilla, amaranto y amaranto purpura -sweet potato, purple potatoes, little grapes, amaranth and purple amaranth

Tip of the Day – The sacred crops may not be holy to us, but it is good to remember and be grateful for crops that sustain us.

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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!



Macho Nachos

And speaking of men. I just realized, on my walk, that I don’t have one man, the man who fulfills everything in my life. But I do have a set of wonderful men-friends who do it as a whole! R is my confidante who knows me so well, M buys me an occasional smoothie, L frequently tells me I’m beautiful, in front of everyone, (would that all women would be so lucky!), a whole schloo of men kiss me on the cheek (it’s not just me – it’s the thing in Vilca), and K sends me parts to my juicers, bullets and teas to keep me healthy! Tiko is my male dog guardian-protector and takes me on walks, and wonderful strong Ecuadorian men will do the work around here, and even come check on me. Plus, don’t forget my taxi driver-friends who drive me everywhere, gosh! What else could a girl want? Oh….yeah…well….anyway. We won’t talk about that. But I still, to this day, claim to be the luckiest, richest woman in the world.

Recipe of the Day- Macho Nachos

Macadamia Sour Cream –
1 c. macadamia nuts
1/2 c. water
Blend in blender until creamy. Add 1 T. lemon juice and let sit on counter with a paper towel over, for 8 hours.

Nacho cheesy sauce:
1 c. water
2/3 c. cashews
1 orange/yellow bell pepper
1/2 c. nutritional yeast (optional) – not raw
1 T. lemon juice
1 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. onion pdr.

Walnut “Meat” –
Mix by hand,
1/2 c. ground walnuts
juice of 1 lime
1 clove garlic
1 tsp. olive oil
2 tsp. cumin
1/4 tsp. cayenne
1 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. pepper

Word of the Day – masculino/macho – male

Tip of the Day – Stop looking for things, Dorothy, certain things, when you have riches at your feet, oh my gosh.

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Walnut Banana Bread

I’ve been receiving great support from the community over the windows and doors not having been put in my house after 5 months! I’m kinda sick of the story already, but basically, the story is that I gave the guy 2/3 of the payment, esp. after he asked for “money for food and medicines for his children,” Saturday I  went with male friend, R, and R the taxi driver to his house, and did see 2 basic frames for my windows. I had to repeat over and over that there are eight windows and three doors left to do, not four windows and two doors. He was not the “bravado” when I was alone, but was humble in front of the two guys, who made him insist he would come Saturday. But he always says, he never does.

So today that friend R, took me to the Fiscalia – don’t know exactly what it is, but they’re gonna put pressure on the police to put pressure on Michael. Yeah!  I need to go get my receipts notarized in Malacatos, then I’ll be ready to hand them all the paperwork. Until then, he’s supposed to come Saturday, so who knows, maybe a Miracle!

And then today showed some more support from the community, wow!

  • JB – I will drop by there tomorrow and ask him what the deal is, Dorothy Delaney.
    HB-I also sent him a text message today encouraging him to be honorable.

       SL – That’s often the case Dorothy. I can’t count the times I’ve been rooked here by a smile and friendly face.
      Recipe of the Day – Walnut Banana Bread
  •  Ingredients:-
    • 1 T. chia seeds soaked in 3 T. water
    • 3 small/medium bananas, peeled
    • 1/4 c. apple sauce
    • 1/2 c. shredded coconut
    • 1/4 c. coconut crystals
    • 1 c. gluten-free flour (oat, bean, platano, e.g)
    • 1 tsp. baking powder
    • 1/4 c. almond or coconut milk
    • 50g/ 1.7 ounces walnut, roughly crushed by hand
    • Options: 1 tsp. cinnamon, 1/4 c. chocolate pieces


  • Combine wet ingredients first, then add the dry to the wet. Place in your greased bread pan. Bake in a preheated oven 350 degrees  F. for 50-60 minutes, or you can dehydrate in your dehydrator at 105 degrees for 24 hours or until desired texture. Wait until cool before slicing.

Word of the Day – honrosa – honorable

Tip of the Day – Don’t be afraid. Tell people what’s happening. It helps them and helps you!

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Walnut Strawberry Dressing

I’m sitting on a mat in the living room of my new house. A walking stick at my knee as I type in the dark stillness of the evening. The workers here have been working twelve hours a day to get the house done in time for my kids to arrive. Not my idea. They are just that way. The roof is almost tiled, everything is so beautiful! What a set of angels I have here!

Recipe of the Day – Walnut Strawberry Dressing


1 c. strawberries

1/4  c. water or tea

1/4 c. apple cider vinegar

2 soaked dates

1/2 – 3/4 c. walnuts, ground

2 T. chia seeds

dash vanilla powder

Blend all. Leave to set in the fridge for an hour to set.
 Word of the Day – nueces – walnuts
 Tip of the Day – Salad dressings aren’t popular in Ecuador. Here in Vilca they do simple dressings now, of lime, salt – maybe cilantro. Super good! But when you want a different taste, definitely make your own.
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