Tuesday, January 14

Two for One!

Apologies for the slackness of my blogging for the beginning of 2014 (only one post so far!) but I've been far too busy relaxing on holiday! To make up for it here's the first recipe post of the year with two different versions!

Avocado's are cheap, readily available and HUGE here in Tanzania ... at the moment the ones I am buying are coconut size or bigger. Ready made food or more specifically dips are not available or if they are, are in Dar Es Salaam and not cheap. 

So I asked a couple of friends for their delicious guacamole recipes. I knew I wouldn't be disappointed as they were already tried and tested! The recipes are very different though ... one is a hot and spicy variety that only me and a select few enjoy, that I got from American friends who are third generation missionaries in Mexico, the other one is a family friendly recipe from Swiss friends here in Tanzania!

Hot and Spicy Guacamole ... (pineapple and feta versions!)
  • 2 avocados
  • 3-5 jalapeños depending on size, spicyness, and desired level of spicyness
  • 1/4 - 1/2 of a medium onion depending on how much you like onion
  • 1-2 cloves of garlic 
  • 7 juicy limes
  • Salt to taste
  1. Sauté jalapeños with onions, adding garlic toward the end. 
  2. Put in blender and add avocados, salt, and squeezed limes. 
  3. Add just enough water to allow the mixture to blend.
This is the base recipe to add the pineapple to. If you want to make the feta cheese version, it is just a bit different. Same general ingredients, except in place of limes and water, use milk. Just enough milk to make it blend, then add feta/Bleu/ or other yummy cheese. (Just remember don't blend the pineapple or cheese ... mix them in afterwards!)

REALLY easy family friendly Guacamole ...

The amount of each ingredient will depend on your own personal preference but this is what to mix together in your bowl ... (photo above is this recipe!)
  • avocado's ... squished with a fork or blend if you want it smooth
  • salt
  • pepper
  • lemon juice (fresh is best but concentrate works too!)
  • tomatoes ... finely cut
  • crushed garlic (not too much!)
  • grated cheese (quite a bit, helps to get the consistency you want!)

Need to work on a recipe for tortilla chips now, as they also have very limited availability here!

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