Savory pineapple and avocado salad

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Have I mentioned that I am not a fan of salads with raw vegetables in it? I must have. If you're new here, now you know.But combining fruits, spices and herbs to create a savory salad to accompany a grilled meat dish -- aaahh, that, I like very much. Like this one. Diced fresh pineapple and avocado are tossed with thinly sliced bird's eye chilis and scallions, seasoned … [Read more...]

Guacamole with garlic and roasted peppers

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Basic guacamole is great but that doesn't mean you can't add a few twists here and there to add variety and, perhaps, even make it better. Doddie once told me how a little garlic could make guacamole flavors pop, I tried adding a little grated garlic to my guacamole and, yes, Doddie is so right.But why stop with garlic? Why not add a bit of smoky sweetness too? So, I … [Read more...]

Avocado, tomato and onion salad

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The avocado was supposed to go into sushi but I cooked all the Japanese rice we had to make oyakudon. Sam looked at the lonely avocado ruefully, suggested that we make a salad with it then she commandeered my computer to search for recipes. But I didn’t need any recipe. I knew exactly how I [...] … [Read more...]

How to make: Vegan avocado, tomato and onion salad

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The avocado was supposed to go into sushi but I cooked all the Japanese rice we had to make oyakudon. Sam looked at the lonely avocado ruefully, suggested that we make a salad with it then she commandeered my computer to search for recipes. But I didn't need any recipe. I knew exactly how I would make the salad.My idea was to make something like a very chunky guacamole … [Read more...]

Chunky guacamole with sage, bacon and blue cheese

Chunky guacamole with sage, bacon and blue cheese

Guacamole is, of course, Mexican but adding blue cheese and bacon to this avocado-based salsa is something else. The combination sounds strange, I know -- even chef Michael Symon admitted as much. But, heck, this is one delicious guacamole. The surprising crunch of the bacon bits that is totally different in texture from the crisp red onion and the funky saltiness of the … [Read more...]

Avocados: how to tell when they are ripe and how to hasten ripening

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Speedy loves avocados. He splits the fruit open, scoops out and mash the flesh, adds powdered milk and he eats it that way. I don't eat avocados unless they have been made into guacamole. Seriously. That's why you don't see recipes for avocado shake or avocado salad in my food blog. But give me a cup of guacamole and tortillas and I'll finish them in no time.Now, I'm not … [Read more...]

Guacamole: a great dip for tortilla chips

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My first guacamole experience was straight out of a jar that came free with a bag of potato chips. I loved the guacamole so much not knowing that it was made from avocados, a fruit that I had very little affinity with. An avocado tree grew in my grandmother's garden when I was a child, everyone eagerly awaited for the fruits to turn ripe for picking -- except me. Well, … [Read more...]