You know, I’ve been doing raw food for youtube years and years before I came to Ecuador. I’ve got some videos for Tai Chi, but mostly, like 300 for raw food recipes, that I show you how to make! Here are the URLs if you want to check some recipes out. outube.com/c/Dorothy7476 google.com/+Dorothy7476 Recipe of the Day – Avo Basil Zucchini Pasta 1 zucchini, spiralized into noodles Sauce: 1 avocado juice of 1 lemon 1/4 c. Fresh basil salt and pepper to taste 2 garlic cloves, minced Directions: Blend in a food processor or blender and pour over zucchini. Top with tomatoes, sunflowers seeds, nutritional yeast. Word of the Day – receta – recipe Tip of the Day – Without a spiralizer you can shred the zucchini by hand.
An up-coming visitor writes, “Dorothy, I’d love to hear about where you came from and how you found Vilcabamba.” I get asked that a lot. “I came from Bozeman, Montana. About 12 years ago, my family was sitting around the dinner table, when my daighter and her husband said, “We keep hearing about this place called Vilcabamba, Ecuador. ” And I said, “Hey, that’s funny, because Matt and Angela Monarch keep sending their vids of Vilcabamba.” Then there was silence as my husband said, “I’ve been researching Vilca for three years as a place to retire.” Wow. After another stunned silnce, I said, “We HAVE to go there.” And thus started our trips here! The Monarchs invited us to their house on our first trip, and bought a place the year before we did. Funny, huh?” Ingredients: 1 cups sesame seeds, soaked 40 minutes to overnight.
I’d been wondering where Tiko was getting out again. I checked all the lowest parts, but couldn’t find anywhere He was getting out! Finally , when the horses were driven by, his greatest temptation, I didn’t stop him or call to him, but watched as Tiko jumped over the highest point in the fence. At the top of my head stood two bamboo poles, and Tiko cleared them without effort. Just sailed over them. The call of the horses will do that. Recipe of the Day – Avo Lime Cheesecake Crust Ingredients: 2 c. Oats dash salt 1/2 c. Shredded coconut 3 soaked dates 1/2 c. Water to soak the dates 1 T. Coconut oil Directions: Soak the dates for 10 minutes, in a little water. Save the water and use it to moisten the crust. Pit the dates, and process in the food processor with the other ingredients
This isn’t a very good way to start a post, but there you go. I got food poisoning. And it wasn’t an Ecuadorian food! It was feom the coconut oil from the Wal-Mart in Bozeman, Mt. The first day I tasted it in some chocolate, I thought maybe I had too much. Nausea. I just couldn’t believe it was feom the coconut oil. The second time I tried it in some oat cookies. My whole belly swelled up and I had nausea all day. So you’d think I would get the message, right? But, no. A few days later I made a differnt set of gluten-free oat cookies, same recipe and ingredients I always use. This time, nausea all day, including the swelling of the whole stomach area. Then, I threw up off and on for three hours.Yikes. The only thing I could swallow was a leaf of buscapina and mint.
Subject: You’ve been featured as a top blogger! Message Body: Hi Dorothy, Just a quick email to let you know that I featured you in a recent article named: 2016’s Top Expat Blogs from Around the World. Here’s a link to the article: http://www.personalincome.org/top-expat-blogs/ “Dorothy made a big move – from North America to Ecuador on the Pacific coast of South America. Her blog, Romaine Calm, is where she shares her tales of cooking, learning Spanish, and life in Ecuador….” Recipe of the Day – Olive “Cheese” No-Cheese Snack Breadb 2 c. Gluten-free flour (I used 1 c. Brown rice flour, 1 c. Haba (bean) flour 2 tsp. bkg. Powder 3 tsp. Coconut sugar 1⁄2 tsp. baking soda 1⁄4 tsp. salt 1 c. Nutritional yeast 1 c. Mashed potatoes 1 egg, room temp or 1T. Flax soaked in 3 T. Water 3⁄4 C. Water, tea, almond or coconut milk
I went with the girls for a spa day for C’s birthday. What a wonderful, complete day! I felt so amazing, after biking, Chi Kung Class, good food, jacuzzi-wet sauna-cold shower-dry sauna, bike ride back. I’d had a little back-ache which went completely away. Recipe of the Day – Raw Ginger Snap Crackers Ingredients: 3/4 c. coconut oil 1 cup coconut crystals, raw sugar or palm sugar 1/4 c. yacon or coconut syrup 1 T. flax seed soaked in 3 T. water for 10 minutes 2 c. sprouted or gluten-free 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 coconut. sugar for decoration 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
Even though I was recovering and wanted to go home, there was my friend, L, sitting in front of Layseca Restaurant, and then, after a period of, probably three months, the guitarist, Eduardo appeared! Yay! I told myself I would stay for one song, as I begged him to play and sing with us. And he did! Then it turns out he had/has the same stomach symptoms I did. And so do many people in town. Okay, sorry Walmart! it wasn’t your coconut oil. It was the stomach flu! Yay, I don’t have to throw out the oil, afterall. My tummy couldn’t take any fat, at that time, I noticed. Not even avocado! Sorry to digress. The singing, the music, the pure 12-string guitar and the three voices that blended, two male and one female, was pure heaven. Oh, thanks,
A reader-friend asks, “Hey, Dorothy, do you have s good gluten-free recipe for the people-kind of corn bread, with ingredients we can get here? And I probably asked you this before, but what do they call cornmeal here, in Spanish?” “Sure do! I can’t believe I haven’t posted it before! Here it is. And the phrase is “harina de maiz,” for cornmeal. Add the word blanco for white cornmeal, amarillo for yellow, and azul! Harina de maiz amarillo – yellow cornmeal. Thr blue corn, by the way, is so soft and delicious. It’s not around much, so when you see it in the Sunday market or organic store, grab it. It’s so good.” Recipe of the Day – Corn Bread Ingredients:
Two corrections. I met with the meditation, smiley teacher. He didn’t meditate in caves for two years. It was twelve years! Different caves in the Himalayas, in Tibet and India. And I asked him what was the answer to the Question, “Where does the breath come from?” Ans he said it wasn’t a koan or anything. He really said, “I want you to watch where the breath comes from. ” And we discussed the beautiful expansiveness that comes after the exhale. So beautiful, you never want to inhale again. Recipe of the Day – Buckeyes Ingredients: 1 c. peanut butter 1 c. Coconut oil, softened pinch vanilla powder or 1/2 tsp vanilla extract 1 c. Coconut sugar 1 c. chocolate piecs or nibs Directions: In a large bowl, mix together the peanut butter, oil, vanilla and sugar. The dough will look dry. Roll into 1 inch balls and place on
I have a new job! Helping a young woman transition to her new independent living. She’s really great, and I like it! Just theee times a week, after I teach, I go to her house and help her organize, cook something, discuss her budget or walk and shop for food. I love it! Things, jobs are often short and change quickly here in Vilca, but for now I am so happy having a set money coming in. And the mom is so grateful. That money alone pays all my bills and food for the month. Recipe of the Day – Hoisin Sauce Ingredients: 2 tsp. Coconut or olive oil 2 garlic cloves, minced 1/ 2 c. Coconut aminos or Bragg’s amino acids 3 Tsp. Coconut sugar 1 T. Raw ketchup (see recipe this blog) 1 T. rice vinegar 1/ 2 tsp. sesame oil 2 tsp. Raisins 2 T. Shredded coconut