I have a love and hate relationship with vegetables. On one hand I like them, but on the other hand I only like them certain way. For example, tomatoes - love them fresh, there's nothing better than juicy and meaty tomato cut in half and sprinkled with a little bit of salt; and the smell, ah... they smell like summers and my childhood, when I went to my grandparents' cottage in the summers and they grew so many different kinds of tomatoes there. But tomato sauce is something I don't like, I also don't like tomatoes in soups or stews. Bell peppers - I love them with dips, but I don't like them in fresh garden salads (go figure) and I also really don't like them in chunky soups, although I like pureed soups with peppers. I know, I am strange! And the list goes on and on, I like eggplants very cooked and soft and thin, if they are too thick, I won't eat them. I like pumpkin in soup, but not in chunks, carrots raw, but not cooked, etc, etc, etc... So, I can't even really say what my favourite vegetable is, because I usually think of myself as a person who doesn't really like vegetables, but then I think of avocados (not technically a vegetable, I know) and I forget all my complaints about veggies. I adore them and I think that probably almost any savoury dish tastes better with avocado. Just puree it with a little bit of lemon juice and sour cream (or tofu) and you get a wonderful, luscious, creamy sauce that works amazing with fish, chicken, steak, salad, savoury cakes, eggs, sandwiches and million other things. Ok, I should stop here, because I can sing the ode to this humble ingredient for a very long time. So, let me present my very simple version of Guacamole recipe.

  • Avocado - 1
  • Tomato, seeded and chopped - 1
  • Chili pepper, seeded and chopped into tiny pieces - 1 small
  • Cilantro, chopped - 2 tablespoons (not used here)
  • Lemon juice - 2 tablespoons (or more)
  • Salt, pepper

- Cut avocado in half, remove the stone and scoop out the flesh.
- Cut the avocado into bite size pieces.
- Put all the ingredients in a bowl and mix gently if you'd like a chunkier guacamole. 
- Or alternatively, mash the avocado with fork and fold in the rest of the ingredients for a smoother version.
- Serve with flat bread.

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Posted on May 13, 2009 and filed under Recipe.