Oatmeal Yucca Bread

Here’s what my famous Neurologist brother says about the herniated disc: “Swimming is ideal for a herniated disc, Dot. Start with waist-deep wading 15 minutes, three times a week. Then progress to either holding on to the side of the pool or kickboard and kicking. If you can get up to freestyle swimming, you should be in good shape. Advil is far safer than other meds.”

The non-impact element combined with the exercise and blood flow will do wonders. Just be careful not to over fatigue the muscle groups. Maintain an easy adaptive stage. 

D- Okay! I will do exactly you as you say.

is it true that it can actually start healing, Pat?

P -Absolutely……just slowly…..

Recipe of the Day – Oat Yucca Bread


  • 2 c. yucca flour
  • 1 c. Oats
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 c. Water, rice water ir potato water from cooking your rice or potatoes
  • 1/4 c. Coconut crystals or sweetenr of choice
  • 3/4 c rolled oats
  • tsp. baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1 egg


Preheat oven to 350° F (175° C). Mix dry ingredients. Then make a well in the batter and add the egg and water.Pour the batter into a nonstick baking pan (I used a non-stick 8-inch cake pan). Spread the batter out evenly  Bake for 30 minutes. Allow the bread to cool before removing from pan.

Note: I placed the bread in the oven under the broiler for a few minutes before serving the next morning to warm the bread.

Word of the Day – yucca – cassava

Tip of the Day – Okay, Vilcabambans, there is yucca flour in Jesus and Nancy’s store, right now!



Fermented Barley Juice (video)

W, the gardener, showed me a video of the three-meter snake that was on my land four years ago. Only now, its fivr meters! Holy cow. With the dangerous “mariposa,” (butterfly) markings of the poisonous snake.

Recipe of the Day – Fermented Barley Juice


1 handful barley

5 cups water

2 1/4 ” slices ginger

2 pinches orange peel


Options: lemon peel, dash of cinnamon

Directions: Soak barley in water overnight. Add ginger and orange peel, some sweetening, if desired, lemon or cinnamon. Let sit for one-two days with an aerated top/paper towel, stirring daily.  Set it on the counter, one or two days, or depending on how fermented you like it, then refrigerate at night. Use the seeds twice, if you like.

Word of the Day – serpiente – snake

Tip of the Day – Drink 8 ou. twice daily, afternoon and right before bed. Fill the same jar up with water as you decant off what you need to drink. Full of magnesium, phosphorous, copper and antioxidants! Restores the natural flora in your gut!


Q&A: What Should I do to Protect My Gut From Parasites in a Foreign Country

Q: Hey, Dorothy, What’s the best way to protect my gut, when going to a new country? You know, from the new bacteria in the water.

A: Mostly keep your gut clean, with probiotics daily and your good health practices, like the green juices you have every day, L. Drink as much bottled water or purified as you can, in your new country, and don’t even brush your teeth with the local water ’til your tummy gets used to it. How exciting that you’re going to a new country!

Q: What about in the long run, like way before we travel?

A : Well. If you take diomtamecous earth, for example, one tablespoon daily, it takes the exoskeleton off any parasites in your body, and carries them out, with no side effects to your body. I’ve been taking it for years.

Q: What about diet?

A: If you can fast on beet, apple and carrot – those juices pull the plaque right off the intestines. Raw food in general acts as a broom to sweep the walls of excess. And parasites like to cling to the plaque, so that is a good protocol. Then, you know the phrase they used in our youth, “Eat some bread. It sticks to your ribs!” That was intuitively true, as the gluten sticks like glue to your intestines. So to keep off that stuff really keeps your tummy flat and keeps the parasites from clinging.

And then, in each culture there are natural parasite removal herbs, and pharmaceuticals you can take, each with a certain regularity. For instance, here we have what’s called “7 Pepas,” a natural set of herbs to remove parasites from your body. The pharmacy has a drug to take every six months.

So there you go!

love, Dorothy

Yam Fries

This was our bit of a mess for two days, the landslide covering and breaking the water tube to my house, twice in a row! And the third day, another little mountain of dirt laying heavily on it. Luckily the owner of the road got his workers out fast and it’s free now and the guests have more water again!

Recipe of the Day – Yam Fries


These are raw yam or sweet potato “fries,” not fried!

1 large yam
1 T. olive oil
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. paprika
1/2 tsp. garam masala (or use cinnamon and black pepper)

Directions: Peel and slice a large yam. Cut into fry shapes, but twice as thick as regular skinny fries. Put in a bag with the seasonings and oil, and shake wildly. Dehydrate for 4-5 hours at 104 degrees.

Word of the Day –  suerte – luck

Tip of the Day – Check out the water situation on your property before you buy. The people who live there already know all the ins-and-outs!

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Crustless Slow Cooker Spinach Quiche

Listening to the guests and owners of the Raw Food Retreat talk about the inability to get a hot shower, i was assured I still am not alone in Ecuador whenever the water pressure is low. Their solutions were the same. With a calefon (hot water heater affixed to the wall), once you find the correct setting, leave it and never let anyone touch it. (I have a sign on mine.) Then, after you know there is gas in the propane tank and a healthy battery, do either or both of these. Turn the water off and on, off and on, until it becomes hot. Or, turn on all the faucets in the house to get the pressure up. Haven’t tried that one yet.

Recipe of the Day – Crustless Slow Cooker Spinach Quiche


2 huge handfuls chopped spinach
1 T. Coconut oil
2 c. Baby mushrooms, washed and chopped
1 medium red bell pepper
1 1/2 c. Nut/seed or  cheddar cheese
8 eggs
1 c. Almond or other sour cream
2 T. snipped fresh chives
1/2 tsp. sea salt
1/4 tsp. ground black pepper
1/2 c. finely ground almond flour
1/4 tsp baking soda


Lightly grease slow cooker with oil. Chop the spinach, onions and mushrooms
Heat 1 T. Oil over medium heat, and saute pepper and mushrooms together until fragrant, about 4 minutes
Mix together eggs, sour cream, salt, and pepper in a large bowl. Add grated cheese and chives and mix to combine
In a small bowl, combine almond flour and baking soda. Fold into the egg mixture
Add the vegetables in the eggs mixture and pour into the slow cooker
Cook on high for 2 1/2 hours or low for 4-5.

Word of the Day – precion – pressure

Tip of the Day – I have full disclosure to my guests: that the water in the big house is heated by solar panels. Thus, the heat is supplied by the sun. If there hasn’t been sun for three days, the water may not get hot. In the casita, the water is heated by calefon. If there hasn’t been enough rain to supply pressure to heat to move the calefon, there my not be hot water. We’ve been lucky to have hot showere most of the year.

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No Cook Gluten-Free Ginger Snaps

I’m proud of myself for going to the water meeting. Ninety-nine Eduatorianos and one red- haired gringa. No chance of skipping out early for me! Dang it. and I probably understood only about 20/30% of the words. But I got to learn the ways of the people, how they have no problem speaking up and saying what’s what. I love that. They had to skip work to come, some of them, to avoid the penalty fee, so the atmosphere wasn’t that great. It was about the money they spent last year on improvements in such in our three water areas, and the projected expenditure for the upcoming year.

Recipe of the Day –Raw Ginger Snaps

3/4 c. coconut oil
1 c. coconut crystals, raw sugar or palm sugar
1/4 c. yacon or coconut syrup, liquid sweetener of choice
1 T. flax seed soaked in 3 T. water for 10 minutes
2 c. sprouted grains: oats, barley, buckwheat, quinoa, amaranth of choice – Soak one day, sprout 1.5 days
1/2 tsp.  ground cloves
1 tsp.  ground cinnamon
1 tsp. ground ginger
1/3 c. raw coco ut sugar for decoration

Directions: Blend everything in the food processor and spoon cookie size blobs onto the nonstick trays in the dehydrator and dehydrate at 104 degrees about 36 hours, until desired crispness.

Word of the Day – junto – meeting

Tip of the Day –  Be friendly, and go to a neighborhood meeting once in a vlue moon. good to get to know your neighbors and their personalities!

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Fermented Barley Water

A friend asks, “Hi Dorothy. I was looking at your Creamy Mushroom Soup. How long do you age your barley water? Where do you keep it? How long will it last. Hope all is good.”

Recipe of the Day – Fermented Barley Water


1 handful barley

1 qt. water

2 -1/8″ slices ginger root

2 pinches orange peel

options: juice of 1/2 lemon, 1 tap. Cinnamon, 1 T. honey or other sweetener

Soak 1 handful barley in 1 qt. water overnight. The next day,
add 2 slices of ginger and 2 pinches orange peel, some sweetening, if desired, lemon or cinnamon.
Let sit for one-two days on your counter, depending on how fermented you like it, then refrigerate at night.
Drink 8 ou. twice daily, afternoon and right before bed.
Fill the same jar up with water as you decant off what you need to drink.
Full of magnesium, phosphorous, copper and antioxidants!

Word of the Day –  barley

Tip of the Day – Have a little fermented something everyday, like this barley wYer, rejuvelac, kombucha, sauerkraut. That way you don’t have to buy expensive probiotics!


Cuban Water Bread

I’m at the first boarding gate of a long trip back to Ecuador. After visiting the States and missing my sister so much before i even got inside the airport doors, I’ve already into her homemade breads, muffins and avocadoes.

Recipe of the Day – Cuban Water Bread


2 tsp. Active dry yeast

2 c, warm water (110 degrees F, 45 C)

 1 T. honey, panela or molasses

2 tsp. Salt
8 c. Sprouted, gluten-free flour
1 T. cornmeal
1 T. sesame seeds
2-3 T. cold water


  1. In a large bowl dissolve the yeast in the warm water or potato water. Sftir in the sweetener and salt, mix, then 7 cups of the flour.
  2. On a well-floured surface, knead dough for 7 minutes, using the last cup of flour for the board and to keep your hands non-sticky. Place dough in a greased bowl. Let rise until doubled in a non-drafty place. I use my oven, with a towel over the bowl.
  3. Using a lightly floured board, form dough into 2 long or round loaves. Sprinkle cornmeal on greased baking sheet; place loaves on top. Slash top with a sharp knife. Cover, and let rise until almost doubled.
  4. Brush top of loaves with cold water or brush with egg yolk.Sprinkle with sesame seeds, if desired. Place in a cold oven.
  5. Turn oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Bake for 45 minutes, or until nicely browned. Brush twice during baking time with cold water.

Word of the Day – toalla – towel

Tip of the Day –This is a very crusty bread, made from one of my neighbor’s, from his mother’s recipe. They grew up in Cuba! To test if your water is right for the yeast to grow, I test with my elbow to see if it’s “almost hot.”

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Fruit- Infused Water

My eldest brother is a Catholic Priest/Psychologist, based in L.A., CA. And he eats for energy. Well, he travels around constantly, giving weddings and funerals, and working between his Parish, hospitals and churches. So he simply puts a piece of fruit in a glass jar, smashes it down and pours water over it, for a quick energy drink. He’s been doing this for years in his car, while traveling around the stressful L.A. area!

Recipe for the Day – Fruit-Infused Water

1 c. mora or strawberries
1 c. blackberries
2 peaches, sliced
6 c. tea of choice, or water
1 1/2 c.  coconut water
1 gallon clean glass jar with lid

1. Place berries into the bottom of your jar, then the peach slices on top. Pour the tea/water and coconut water on top. Stir, cover, and chill one hour to overnight. Drink within 48 hours, or less if it’s hot!

Word of the Day – agua – water

Tip of the Day – Drink it.

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Cucumber Water

It’s 4:00 – time for the workers to leave, but they showed no signs of leaving. I put their Friday money in my pocket and came around the corner of the house to find Jose watering one garden with all the force the water can bring! Woohoo!!! Finalmente! Finally! After weeks of watering every single plant by hand; which was taking  almost three hours! The canal is cleaned of debris, and water is flowing again! Woohoo! “Hey, Jose, I’ll trade you all the money in my pocket for all that water!” He laughed heartily. I/We just did the entire circuit in forty minutes. Oh, my gosh.

Recipe of the Day – Cucumber Water


1 pitcher water

1 cucumber, cut in slices

optional : mint leaves, lemon slices, or both.

Directions: Place all the ingredients in a pitcher and chill until cool. The longer it sits, the stronger the flavor.

Word of the Day – pepino – cucumber

Tip of the Day – You can’t believe how different and refreshing this water is. I serve it to the workers occasionally and its gone so fast!

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