Hello all. I thought I had such a great “plan” for this week, mostly because I imagined I would spend many of my 7 hours’ flying to France ticking items off my massive “to do” list. Sadly, this did not happen and I feel like I’ve spent the week since I got here in a perpetual state of confusion (“What day is it?” “What time is it?” “Where do I have to be today?” “How long until I can reasonably retire to bed?”) leading up to me sitting here in the South West of France furiously typing this post up at 11pm on Thursday night (French time so actually it’s still 5pm in Toronto). MOST unlike me. But I can’t really complain, can I?
I made this week’s French Fridays with Dorie recipe (guacamole with tomatoes and bell peppers, p 23) last Sunday for a “going away” party, of sorts. I love getting together with close friends for outdoor parties in the early days of summer and honestly, while I love being in France for the summer, I also miss my back patio and all the great food and wine consumed there during the summer! This dish was a hit with everyone – actually reminiscent of when I first used to make guacamole and make it “chunky” style simply because I didn’t really have the knife skills to finely dice everything. Dorie actually calls for some of the ingredients to be crushed with a mortar and pestle if you want this smoother but mine was already in use making a spice rub for our burgers so I went old school with a chef’s knife and chopped everything fairly finely and evenly to make a nice textured guacamole. I love this version and will be making it again, soon. T’is the season, right?
You can find the recipe for Dorie’s guacamole with tomatoes and bell peppers here.
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