Monday, February 15, 2010

you say avocado, I say ... avocado

Those are some happy Marthas, aren't they? I'm not saying it's because they just tried my world famous guacamole, but I am not saying it's not, either.

But I do know that my Marthas have asked me to share my recipe, and because I always thought that you should come and be a Martha too, you should be able to try this tasty creamy green concoction as well.

I ripped the recipe out of the London Free Press about fifteen years ago and have been using it ever since, the scrap of paper still sporting the jagged edges left when I was too lazy to go to the kitchen to find the scissors.

2 tbsp lime juice
2 ripe avocados
2-4 cloves garlic, minced
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp cumin
1/2 tsp chili powder
cayenne to taste
small amount tomato, finely diced
2 tbsp mayonnaise or Miracle Whip

Mash the avocado into the lime juice with a fork. Add the rest. Cover tightly and chill.

You'll want to eat this with a spoon, it's so tasty, but refrain and serve with whole grain tortilla chips or raw veggies instead.

Do you have any recipes that you always thought were too simple and everyday for anybody to be interested in, but that everybody wants to have?

Can you write a more awkward and convoluted sentence than the one above?


Dr. Monkey Von Monkerstein said...

I think all you ladies need a good spanking and I'm just the monkey to give it you.

Remi said...

My only specialty is old fashioned stove top popcorn which is ridiculously simple. I've blogged the method before and may drag it up again. Sadly, most people avoid it because there are some dishes to do afterwards. Me, I do it because nothing cooked in a paper bag ever tasted so good.

When I do take the time to make it and bring it to work, everyone goes nuts over the stuff and yet its about as simple as you can get.

justrun said...

Funnily, I always bring the guacamole, too! And I'm always looking for new good guac recipes!

kelly said...

love guac. i'll have to try your recipie. i also eat avocados with tuna and mayo. or crab and mayo....hmmm i just happen to have some crabs that i cooked on the wekend

what i found i like better than tortilla chips are. take whole wheat pita (the thin ones, not puffy ones) cut them into wedges and toast in oven until crispyish

Todd said...

Oh, I think I just might try that recipe out --- very soon. Possibly tomorrow, lol.

When I go to a holiday potluck (Thanksgiving, Xmas, or New Years usually), I make a baked brie and people go wild over it every time.

Basically I take some brie, put some sort of topping on it (usually straight out of a can or jar), wrap it in Pilsbury dough, and bake it.

So simple, so easy, and oh so tasty. Nothing else quite says clogged arteries like brie wrapped in buttery dough, and eaten on bread or crackers. YUM! :)

John Mutford said...

The last time I had avacado I got violently ill. This might be what I need to get back into the water.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

We probably did need a good spanking, Dr M, as the silliness was rampant. Next time we get together we will keep your offer in mind.

It's a real lost art, isn't it, making stove top popcorn, Remi? I can't remember the last time I did it.
It would be great if you could reprise your recipe. I'd sure be willing to wreck a pot or two! Hey, if it gets the nod from your coworkers...

You wouldn't think there would be that many different guacamole recipes, would you, Justrun? But evidently there are many ways to smash that green thing.
I have another party this weekend, and I may just whip up another batch to bring.

You have leftover crab, Kelly? I have never in my life had any crab left over.
I love putting avocado slices into sandwiches, love chunks in salad. And I am definitely going to toast up some pitas next time. They'll look fancier and be healther.

What a great idea, Todd! Those frozen baked brie things that you can buy at M&M's just aren't that fabulous, because freezing cheese is just wrong. Do you usually put a sweet or a savoury topping on your brie?

Do you attribute this to the avocado or to the circumstances surrounding the devouring of the avocado, John?

Wandering Coyote said...

I do love guacamole!

I used to be really intimidated by lasagna, but I discovered a couple of years ago just how simple it is, and I make it way more often now.

And yes, I can write way more awkward sentences - trust me!

Gifted Typist said...

Nice to see the marthas up close and personal - guacamole sounds good too

John Mutford said...

No it was the avocado. When in England I discovered the joys of avocado on sandwiches (and they say English food is boring!). So I tried it when I got back to Canada and made 4 sandwiches, 2 of which had avocado and 2 which didn't but were identical in every other way (because when I make lunches, I'm concerned with having a control group). Anyway, my wife and I had the avocado group and got very sick, while my kids had the others and were fine. So yes, I've had a slight fear of them since (the avocados, not my kids).

Susan said...

Sounds spoon-worthy to me! I'll definitely try it.

kelly said...

th woman who supplies my crabs, was laughing and telling people downin town hall office where she works that "she gave kelly crabs" when I returned her little cooler...I put a sign on it saying "Live human organs for transplant" and placed it on top of a filing cabinet near her desk. I didn't have time to buy any livers or kidneys or anything

Doesn't everybody get fresh live crabs and have so much that they have leftovers?

kelly said...

th woman who supplies my crabs, was laughing and telling people downin town hall office where she works that "she gave kelly crabs" when I returned her little cooler...I put a sign on it saying "Live human organs for transplant" and placed it on top of a filing cabinet near her desk. I didn't have time to buy any livers or kidneys or anything

Doesn't everybody get fresh live crabs and have so much that they have leftovers?

Barbara Bruederlin said...

I used to think that lasagna was a lot of work too, WC, but have since seen the light. Especially since they now make whole grain noodles in the type you don't have to boil first. And also since I no longer bother to make my sauce from scratch.

You cannot get up much closer to the Marthas without sitting on our laps, can you, Gifted?

You had a tainted avocado, John. I have never heard of that before, by there is no reason why that can't happen. It just illustrates the importance of always having a control group in you sandwich making.

I think you'd like it, Susan, it has a nice kick to it.

Oh you islanders and your practical jokes involving crabs, Kelly! I think you returned as good as you got, better even. And what you lacked in organ meats, you made up for by commenting twice.

Jane said...

yeah i do! your recipe for veggie pizza. EVERYONE wants the recipe after i bring it somewhere (and i bring it somewhere a lot).
xo jane

Barbara Bruederlin said...

I haven't made that in eons, Jane! I really should bring it to the party this week. Thanks for the idea.
I actually got that from Oma's friend, you know.

BeckEye said...

Blech. Sorry. I hate guac. But those Marthas sure do look happy.

Psst...I mentioned you in my AI recap today. Yeah, it's actually not as weird as it sounds.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

How can you hate guacamole, Beckeye? What's to hate?
I gotta admit, I am confused and intrigued to be mentioned in an AI recap, seeing as I have never seen the show. Not saying that I don't trust you, but I will be right over.

mister anchovy said...

I love guac, but I think there should be something illegal about adding mayo to it...I'm not saying it wouldn't be tasty...just somehow now right.

Anonymous said...

Jane beat me to it...Shirley's Veggie Pizza is my fave, only we call it Barb's Shirley's Veggie Pizza. So good and so easy! I sometimes use my other fave, Berni's Biscuits, as the base instead of Pillsbury. So who IS Shirley?

Barbara Bruederlin said...

This is the only guacamole recipe that I've ever tried, Mr Anchovy, so I sort of just assumed there was mayo in most of them. But I stand corrected. I shall need to search out something more authentic.

Shirley's Veggie Pizza would be so much better with homemade biscuits, Berni! I need to try that. I haven't actually made the recipe in years, so long that I can remember exactly who Shirley. A friend of mom's.

phlegmfatale said...

As ever, I suffer from Martha envy. Lovely photo!

Guac sounds delish. Will try your recipe!

Barbara Bruederlin said...

You really must make a road trip to become an honourary Martha sometime, Phlegmmy. The scary part is, you'd fit right in.

phlegmfatale said...

Someday, I'm gonna take you up on that!