Gentle Guacamole

I have a love-hate relationship with avocados. I love the avocado “sushi” rolls, but pretty much dislike it in everything else. I do eat the occasional something-with-guacamole, but I can take it or leave it. However, here’s how I make it:

You need: Two ripe avocados, 2 tbsp lemon juice, 1/4 cup finely chopped tomatoes, 1/2 cup finely chopped cucumber, 1 tbsp minced garlic, 1/2 tsp red chili powder, 1/4 tsp ground coriander, 1/4 tsp ground cumin, salt to taste

How to: Put the lemon juice in a bowl. Cut the avocados in half (cut around the pit and scoop it out with a spoon – hang on to one pit). Scoop out the flesh and put it in the bowl. Mash with a fork. Add the spices, garlic, and salt and mix well. Add the remaining ingredients and mix them in. Put the pit into the bowl (It helps retain the color, I believe) and cover tightly. Take the pit out before you serve it. Or, if this is for your own pleasure and you’re going to nibble on it now and again, I guess you could leave it in.


An experiment for dinner

So I was wondering what to do about dinner. The Other Half seems to want tacos, which means I’m on my own and so I decided to experiment. The OH was baking bread (sourdough from scratch). He’s super good at it now. Anyway. What goes well with bread?
When I was a kid, every time my big sis and her friends had a party, chutney sandwiches were on the menu. I used to eat them as fast as they made them. While this did not make me very popular with my sister and her friends, it’s left me with a lasting, nostalgic love for chutney sandwiches.
So chutney sandwiches it was, along with the desire to experiment. I had avocados, peanuts, and cilantro as my non-mundane ingredients. So I:
1. Threw a handful of Planter’s dry roasted peanuts, some crushed red pepper, salt, a bunch of cilantro, and a little water into the food processor. And some lemon juice.
2. Mashed up an avocado and mixed it with the aforementioned blend.
I was a bit nervous, but it came out okay. I confess I prefer the old-fashioned dhania-pudina sandwiches (cilantro-mint), but it’s not too bad. Suggestions for tweaking it are welcome.
The bread has just left the oven and it looks fabulous. Bread, butter, and chutney. It’s all good.
In other news I am reading up about hydroponics. I have grand plans to try to grow hydroponic tomatoes. More on that later.