Chunky Guacamole and New Lotion Bars

Avocados can be a bit iffy: they’re too hard to eat, then perfectly ripe for about half an hour, and then suddenly brown and mushy. As Eddie Izzard says about pears, they’re either a rock or they’re mush, and they always choose to ripen when you’ve stepped out of the room for a moment. 

For this reason alone, I love the three-pack of Wholly Avocado:

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It’s 100% avocado–you just pop it in your freezer and thaw it as you need it. Each smaller package is the equivalent of about one large avocado. You can make a quick smooth guacamole by mixing it half and half with pico de gallo salsa and a handful of fresh, chopped cilantro (what my brother, Johnny, calls “hangover guacamole”).

I like a chunky guacamole, however, and use one package of the Wholly Avocado as the base because invariably I buy three beautiful avocados and one’s gone off by the time the other two are ripe. Here’s my recipe:

Chunky Guacamole

1 package Wholly Avocado

1 serano pepper roughly chopped (if you like it hot, don’t seed the pepper, but it will be really hot–I usually leave a few seeds for a bit of heat)

1/4 red onion (white’s fine too)

1/3 cup fresh cilantro

1 tsp. cumin

3 cloves of garlic

1 tsp. salt

Throw it all in the blender and blend it until it’s completely smooth.

Cut two avocados into chunks and place in a mixing bowl. Squeeze a fresh lime over the chunks of avocado, add the blended mixture, and mix well. Top with more fresh, chopped cilantro.

And you can even freeze it! When you thaw it, you’ll notice that when you stir the guacamole, it will no longer be chunky, however. It’s still delicious though!

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Lunch today was the black bean soup topped with chunky guacamole. Dinner will be corn and beefsteak tomatoes that Bid and Paul brought over from Hornby.

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When we were in Courtenay for my birthday, we popped into Edible Island because J mentioned he’d seen big chunks of beeswax there, and I’ve been wanting to make more lotion bars. I made a batch of six with 10 ounces each of coconut oil, coco butter, and beeswax. The beeswax makes the bars smell divine, but they are a little hard–kind of like lip balm for your whole body. I’ve also found that the mixture melts much more evenly in the microwave than on the stovetop.

 

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