Monday, April 07, 2008
Last night's Ode To Emily's Dinner pulled most of its dishes from the menu of our favourite Hamilton restaurant. However, with the need to use up one of the interesting gems picked up at our local market, the feast also included a guacamole.
This wasn't any old guacamole - it was a General Bureau Avocado Guacamole. I have yet to discover the etymological significance embedded in the handle of this fruit/veg, but it provided us with an interesting guac-making process. This guy wasn't at all like the other avocados I have played with in the past. Yes, it was green. Yes, it had a massive seed hidden inside, and yes, it featured as the main ingredient in the guac, which K was in charge of. Despite these similarities, this was no Haas. Its skin, which was much lighter in colour, peeled off with ease, and seemed to have an almost felt-like underneath. The flesh was plump and smooth as silk, making a much 'thinner' guacamole. The neck of the avocado was long and lean and bulged into a large and hefty bottom.
I still remember my first taste of guacamole. I was already in graduate school, believe it or not, by the time I tried my first pita covered in guacamole. A PhD gal pal of mine, Melissa, showed me how to whip up a tried and true dip that lasted me through many a Shakespearean sonnet, and more than one crummy marking session of undergraduate papers. Isn't it great the memories that live in our food.
The Rosewater Cookies went over immensely well at my team meeting today. I love you Veganomicon.
General Bureau's Guacamole
-1 general bureau avocado
-1/4 of a really hot pepper
-juice of one lemon
-1 clove of crushed garlic
How To: Peel avocado, cut out any of the brown bits, add remaining ingredients and whirl in a food processor or use a hand blender.
Let's give it up for K's guac and his beautiful photo of his ingredients. Thanks for your artful eye K. VeganCowGirl loves every one of your contributions.