Apple acorn squash soup


6 apples I like granny smith
3 small acorn squad bake first
Chicken or vegetable stock
Lightly cook a little yellow onion, not too much
When transparent add all the above and cook.  Spice with cayenne pepper, ginger, curry powder, paprika, himalayas salt, black pepper to your tastes.
When soft blend all together while hot.
Can be eaten like that or blend a little almond cashew milk in. Serve and garnish with a few walnuts chips.
Totally enjoy. You may want seconds!


Hello Ma, I don’t feel good

After a week of text messages and changing symptoms I thought I would post a few of my natural remedies  for all the sons and daughters out there who don’t feel good.

Prevention is best but if you feel the aches and warning signs come on here are a few suggestions.

First like Grandpa advised eat that vitamin C. Wash your hands and avoid sick people.

Body aches, feel tired no energy: grate fresh ginger and make some hot tea. while you are drinking the tea run a bath with grated ginger steeped in hot water. Filter out the ginger when you pour the water in the tub. Add a cup of Epson salt and 1/2 cup sea salt or Himalayan salt. Soak in the tub for 30 minutes. This is also a good preventive measure and detox technique.

For people who don’t like a bath or the very young soak the feet in warm water with ginger root.

You have waited too long and your stomach is not happy. Black tea, not green black tea helps to settle the stomach. If you are over 21 and have a cough add a shot of whiskey or brandy and sugar. top with a thin slice of butter.

Stomach sick or you have thrown up get some black liquorish the real stuff or butterscotch hard candy take you time sucking on it.

Congested? Start chewing gum. I learned this from a doctor it helps clear the sinuses.

Steam: boil water in a pot, add rosemary as it boils. Carefully take the pot off the flame and place on a table. sit comfortable with your face over the steam from the pot and cover your head with a towel.  Strain the rosemary from the water saving the water to use as a rinse for your hair next time you wash it. Rosemary is terrific for growing healthy thick hair.

Breathing the steam will loosen the congestion so have tissues handy but blow gently or you can damage the ear drum.

Congestion making you dizzy? Lay on your back with a couch pillow or large cushion under your shoulders so your head is lower than shoulders. Bend knees and turn them to the right, turn head to the left. This will get the tiny rocks in the ears back into place and reset equilibrium. Works great on vertigo as well. Hold position for one minute reverse position and hold for another minute. Stay on your back face up for a minute before rising.

Really feeling sick and ready to do anything to feel better. Boil water. While the water boils press 3 cloves of fresh garlic. Catch all the juice and the pieces in a glass mason jar or the equivalent. Grate one small yellow onion, catch all juice and pieces add to jar. 1/10 to 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper, One tablespoon of honey ( do not substitute) Add boiled water and let sit. Have the top on tightly so you can shake while steeping. Drink hot. Try to drink 3 cups within an hour. You should be fine before morning.

Stuffy nose: brew some strong hot black coffee. No cream or sugar you are not drinking it. Hold the cup up to your nose and mouth and inhale the steam. The coffee helps open the bronchial tubes.

Great Grandma’s favorite was to slather on vics vapor rub on neck and chest and wrap your neck in red flannel. Do not go outside with vics on you get cold.

Of course chicken soup, hot and sour soup, crackers, and rice pudding.

Hope you feel better soon!

A Bite Inside

I was craving the cake again while visiting my brother who has no sweets in the house. so the only thing left to do was to check out his cupboard. The result was delicious.
1 cup all bran cereal
Soak with orange juice until moist but no extra juice is on the bottom.
Lots of cinnamon
Dash of cayenne pepper
1 teaspoon of vanilla
1 tablespoon of molasses
2 handfuls of raisins
2 eggs
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
2/3 cup of flour
2 tablespoon milk
2 tablespoon maple syrup
Small crystalized ginger cut into small pieces ( the bite inside)
Lightly dust the top with walnuts
Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes
Light, fluffy, and oh so yummy!

Healthy Tummy Hugging Lunch

Healthy lunch after a day of making art,  Check out to see how my painting is progressing. Time to make lunch so I open the young coconut for milk.  Don’t all great cooks drink while they create? Over the week end I went shopping in Chinatown so all the ingredients were ready and waiting. I always cook in a cast iron skillet shook a little hot chili oil and sesame oil into the pan, fresh garlic one clove, a bit of onion, saute them then slice thin Chinese eggplant mix it in.  Here I add a bit of hot pepper and black pepper. I prefer firm Tofu so slice some in now. Next a handful of beansprouts. Oh, in the over I had red yam baking with some Korean chestnuts. When everything looks about done add a big handful of fresh spinach (it shrinks) stir it up.  while this is cooking slice a bit of red yam and two shelled Korean roasted chestnuts. Stir about to warm it all up and YUM! Healthy and delicious. Let me know if you try it.

Holiday Pancakes

Okay, Let’s get a few things straight before we begin: I am not a mathematician and I don’t measure (not in real life but tried to just for you).

Holiday Pancakes Yotaki style


  • 3/4 cup quick-cooking oats
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar (I don’t but you can)
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup eggnog
  • any spice you have in the kitchen, I used pumpkin pie spice, nutmeg, cinnamon, ginger and vanilla extract
  • Put the dry ingredients in a bowl and mix then add the egg and eggnog.

Let everything sit for a bit.  This is when I washed the cast iron pan let to season overnight. :0) Instead of drying turn on the gas and let the flame dry the pan which also preheats it.  Preheating is needed for yummy pancakes. Stir the batter and pour some in.  Like with all pancakes when holes appear on top flip. If you are like me you may want to put some maple syrup on it or agave or? Peanut butter would be good too.

Let me know if you try it.  My were perfect for a cold dreary wet morning.

Yotaki's Oatmeal Pancake

Sorry about the flash reflection, phone’s camera.

Hooking up the Oatmeal

Saturday Morning Oatmeal

Yum!  Hooking up the Saturday morning cup of Oatmeal 

1/2 cup oatmeal (uncooked oats)

1 Cup almond milk

1 shake pumpkin pie spice

1 shake cinnimum

1 shake cayenne pepper

1 shake of Tumeric

drop of pure maple syrup (if you want)

Put it all in a cooking pot and let sit for a minute. Then mix cook on medium and eat.