On Sunday I had a few friends over for a little housewarming since I have been in my place for 2 months so some nibbles were in order. Ms MJ came over early to assist me in the preparations. The nibbles list was this:
chips and salsa
brie cheese with crackers
Sundried tomato and paprika flavoured popcorn (from Real Canadian Superstore)
Homemade Brownies (see 24-7foodie.blogspot.com/2010/05/cooking-confessional.html for recipe)
Chopped pineapple and watermelon
Ms MJ got to work on the guacamole while I did something else, I can't remember what but it was definitely important. I picked up the recipe while in Mexico a few years ago. The resort had a cooking demo and showed us the secret to the perfect guacamole...which I will now reveal:
3-4 very ripe avocados, pitted and scooped out
1 med onion, chopped
2 tomatoes chopped
1 jalapeno pepper, chopped
juice of 2 limes
juice of another 1-2 limes
handful of chopped cilantro
salt and pepper to taste
So the secret is this....put the juice of the 2 limes over the chopped onion and let it sit for 15 mins while you do the rest of the prep. After 15 mins, drain off the lime juice and discard. Apparently it takes out the bitterness from the onions and that subtle step makes all the difference! Do not re-use that lime juice though or else you defeat the object.
mix all the rest of the ingredients together and Voila! you can choose how chunky you want your onions, tomato and avocado pieces and the degree to which you mash your avocado.
Once the guac was done and in the fridge, we got to work on the brownies, using the correct oil this time. They turned out perfect and went over very well with the guests.
The popcorn I purchase was an impulse buy in the grocery store. It was a new product and came already popped and flavoured. It turned out to be extremely delicious and moreish. I recommend it but it comes in a huge bag so buy it to share with the family or be prepared to run for 5 hours afterwards to burn it all off.