Archive | August, 2012

Recipe – Fresh Guacamole

8 Aug

I am on some sort of cooking/recipe kick!  I think a lot of it has to do with the fact that I have had more time to cook things and have wanted to make something that I always made in Mexico and have realized that my memory isn’t quite as good as I thought it would be.

The other day I suddenly arrived to that extreme point of hunger that hypoglycemics get to when they don’t eat the way they should.  I don’t even think hunger is a good way to describe it, especially to people who do not have hypoglycemia.  If I were hungry, I wouldn’t get so distracted and I would eat.  No, this is not quite hunger.  It is an extreme chemical imbalance in my body that can hit very suddenly.  I can’t quite think straight, I usually feel like I am going to pass out, and I start stumbling around the kitchen groping the counters and bent at a 90 degree angle clumsily looking for the best sort of chemical (food) to fix my malady.  I think my hypoglycemia is more extreme when I am pregnant too.

Anyway, this isn’t a post about hypoglycemia.  This is a post about how in my stupor I was trying to figure out (and remember my head feels like it is in a cloud) what to eat.  I saw that I had bought 2 wonderful avocados for two different recipes for the week.  I had the bright idea to make guacamole.  Somehow I started thinking, “if I use this, I will have to go to the store tonight to get more avocados for my recipes” and then I realized it didn’t matter, and I could go to the store for avocados to replace my recipe avocados, PLUS get extras to make MORE guacamole later!

In the process of making my fresh guacamole, with the ingredients ready to go. I only regret I did not have a fresh lime!

I sorely miss Mexico in respect to food, cooking, and shopping.  My old habit of frequently making guacamole is no exception.  I could literally just go grab a free avocado off the trees at my school and grab some fresh limes off of my own tree outside my house and make this delicious dish for next to nothing.  When I went to the store, each avocado was $1.59.  Sure, I guess if that is all you eat for lunch it comes out to be a mostly cheap meal, but compare that to what I was paying in Mexico: close to nothing.

You might be thinking, “why make guacamole when I can buy this stuff in a package at the supermarket?” or “I’ve used those seasoning packets and mixed them with avocados and it turned out great.”  Well, it turns out “great” to the unknowing pallet.  The prepackaged stuff is pretty stale tasting, and the seasoning packets you can buy to add to an avocado probably have a ton of unpronouncable chemicals.  Bleh.  If you want pure, heavenly freshness, try a variation of my recipe below.

Guacamole Recipe

Ingredients:

1 Avocado
1 Key Lime
1 Roma Tomato
Your choice of fresh tasting, authentic salsa (with a limited amout of ingredients!)
Salt and pepper, to taste

Instructions:

Cut the avocado in half.  Scoop out of the skin with a spoon.  Mash using two forks.  Dice then add the tomato.  Squeeze the juice of the lime in to the soon-to-be guacamole.  I use a handy dandy exprimiador, which is a lime press.  For this recipe, I actually didn’t have any fresh limes, so I used the bottled lime juice.  Please avoid doing this!  Add about 1/2 cup of salsa.  Sprinkle with salt (I think I used maybe 1/2 teaspoon?) and a tad of pepper.

Test your guacamole.  If it seems to be lacking a bit of flavor, you might need another few shakes of salt, another tablespoon of salsa, or an extra squeeze of lime!  You will figure it out!

Here is an awesome INSIDER tip!  If you make the guacamole for a party or for later, it might turn kind of yucky brown.  To avoid this, SAVE THE PIT and stick it inside the guacamole till it is time to serve it.  Also, cover it tightly with plastic wrap.  This also works if you (for some crazy reason) only want to use 1/2 an avocado and you want to save the other half for later… the “other half” will get brown unless you leave the pit in it (and place in a ziplock bag).  Great authentic secret!

As I would say in Mexico, or just anytime speaking Spanish, disfrútalo! or enjoy it!

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