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Bring Me Things, Geneva, Simple Recipe, Vegan

Holy moly guacamole!

This is one the simplest and most satisfying snacks to make ever. Love the flavours, textures and ways in which you can OWN this dish. My favorite way of cooking is sticking random things together and seeing what happens. Or using what is available not just locally, but also just in my fridge or cupboards and making magic happen!

I first made guacamole when I lived in my hippy commune in Brooklyn and the very lovely K from the blog, bombaytoqueens, looked at me askance when I exclaimed, YOU ARE JUST GOING TO MAKE GUACAMOLE? WOW! I used to say things like this to her all the time. I would have a weird craving and be feeling lazy about going out to get it and she would be like, oh ok…let’s make it. Very nonchalant about the whole thing.

I can’t recall if this is still her recipe or if I went ahead and made adjustments but I think she had it down perfectly to suit my palate and this might be her recipe straight up.

One avocado (soft to touch)
Garlic Clove
Extra Virgin Olive Oil (EVOO)
Salt and Pepper to taste
Half a red onion
Half a tomato
Cilantro (optional)

Mash up the avocado in a bowl. Add a tablespoon of EVOO, a pinch of paprika, juice from one lemon, and a minced up garlic clove. Keep mashing. Add salt and pepper to taste. Add the minced up onion and tomato and cilantro. Et….voila!

Top tip: Choose an avocado that isn’t too mushy so that your guacamole can look nice and green. As you can see from the photo below, I had a super ripe avocado and mine looks a bit on the brown yellow side. Still tastes great but presentation of food is part of the enjoyment.

As with anything, the way it tastes is up to you. You can add to or completely subtract any of the ingredients. Some people might find the raw garlic a bit much and you can leave it out OR roast the garlic before you put it in to keep the flavours and make it less…spicy.

Top tip: In order to really let the flavours meld together, I would refrigerate this for an hour before serving. The garlic really sets within and brings it all together for me.

There is a category of food in my home now called, ‘bring me things’. This is a perfect ‘bring me things’ along with hoummous, olives and some crackers and cheese.

Bring me things! Bread, feta cheese, olives, houmous and home made guacamole. Y U M.

There are SO many ways to make guacamole…how do you make yours?  What makes it just yours?


About Zehra

Zehra is a livelihoods and cash transfer specialist working in humanitarian contexts. She has also been a health and lifestyle coach for humanitarian aid workers. Loves food, bollywood and tweeting (@zehrarizvi).


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