Posts by Lydian Shipp

Tienda Nectar Health Store – Cuenca, Ecuador

This store is like Heaven on Earth for health food nuts and other people that dig the healthy stuff that’s not all that easy to access. Tienda Nectar has a lot of specialty items for health that are exceptionally difficult to find in stores anywhere in the world in addition to offering a huge variety…

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Vegan Rice Pudding with Bananas – Cuenca, Ecuador

Rice pudding is one of my favorite desserts (or at least… it’s one of my favorite non-chocolate desserts), and it brings back memories of eating out at an Indian restaurant when my family went on weekend outings to the Big City. Finally, I’ve made yummy, creamy vegan rice pudding that can be enjoyed as a…

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Super Simple Healthy Deviled Eggs Recipe – Cuenca, Ecuador

No matter your religion, deviled eggs is a classic that’s hard to pass up. Although I haven’t celebrated Easter in about a decade, I still look forward to this time of year with anticipation. Technically, I guess I could make deviled eggs any time of year (and so can you), but… well, there’s some special…

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El Tokte Health Food Store and Salad Bar – Cuenca, Ecuador

Though small, El Tokte has some nifty goodies. Nearly all of their products are organic and locally-sourced in addition to being items that cater to the vegan, gluten-free, and sugar-free communities. El Tokte also offers a make-your-own salad bar from 12:30-2:30 on weekdays. Some of the particularly unique offerings at this store include their wholly…

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Burmese Fried Rice Recipe

Okay… maybe this isn’t “traditionally” Burmese. But, I learned how to make it from Naing Naing (who is Burmese), so therefore… it’s Burmese. Also, I’m aware it isn’t THE MOST healthy thing on this site. I generally try to avoid frying of any kind, including sauté frying, but I’m trying to end my Deprivation Diet…

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Honey Coconut Cookies Recipe – Cuenca, Ecuador

Recently I’ve added whole wheat flour back into my diet, along with the occasional bit of honey. The journey to this decision was long and complex, involving a severe B12 deficiency, a bout of malaria in Southeast Asia, and my engagement to a Burmese man named Naing Naing (who currently requires honey… but someday I…

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Raw Dark Chocolate Cookies – Melaka, Malaysia

Here in Melaka my only real cooking appliances are a cute little steamer, a silicone cooking mat, three silicone cupcake liners, and a few small plates and bowls (along with a few spoons and forks). I have a couple of other random things, but no sauce pan (unless you count the steamer), blender, oven, or…

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Luo Han Guo AKA Monk Fruit – The Real Fruit – Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

The last time I was out grocery shopping at the Jaya supermarket in Kuala Lumpur, I made a discovery (quite by accident, as usual). I regularly use monk fruit in my recipes, but I’d never actually seen the fruit. I’ve used a fine white powder from Nu Naturals to sweeten everything from chocolate cake to key…

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Let Food Be Thy Medicine: How to Choose Produce High in Qi Energy

Fruits and vegetables are central to a healthy diet, and for good reason. Fresh produce has a lot to offer, including a diverse array of vitamins and minerals, flavonoids, and phytochemicals to name a few. But did you know that your produce has another “nutrient” that’s important too? I learned about how the energetic profile…

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Aeon Grocery Market – Melaka, Malaysia

This is the second major grocery store/shopping mall that we visited in Melaka, Malaysia. When we first arrived, a quick trip to Tesco was enough to tide us over, but a new day required more staples for making delicious (and not just survival-based) foods. Aeon is a shopping mall chain in Malaysia that has its…

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