There are certain foods that just seem to generate a party wherever they go.
Chips and dip.
Nachos and cheese sauce.
Bread and artichoke dip.
Anything and guacamole.
Put down a bowl of something. Place a bowl of something else to dip that something in.
And. They. Will. Come.
First, one brave soul will dip in.
Someone else will eyeball that brave soul and will join them in dipping.
Eventually, those two people will acknowledge each other. They may even decide to speak.
Once the verbal barrier is broken, the others will come. Before you know it, five people are standing around the bowl dipping, eating and talking.
Party in progress. Guaranteed.
Unless, of course you are surrounded by people who have no souls. Then all bets are off. I would think that soulless people are most likely zombies. In which case you should be careful - because they may have other ideas on what's good to eat...
Fortunately, Around My French Table does not have recipes for treats that are delectable to zombies. However, oddly enough, this French inspired cookbook does have a recipe for guacamole.
Say what? Yes, you heard me correctly. Guac-a-mo-le. (I was incredulous too.)
Guacamole is one of those non-recipe recipes. Pretty low-tech too - a knife (for chopping) and a mortar and pestle are really all that's needed.
Here's how it went down at Chez Cher.
Guacamole with Tomatoes and Jalapeno
Inspired by Around My French Table
Zest and juice of one lime
1/4 of a red onion, finely chopped
1 small jalapeno, finely chopped
2 cloves of garlic, crushed
2 tsp coarse salt
2 ripe avocados, pitted and removed from their peel
Freshly ground black pepper, to taste (optional ingredient)
1 tsp hot sauce
6 cherry tomatoes, quartered
In the bowl of the mortar and pestle, mash together the onion, jalapeno, garlic and salt. You don't need to totally pulverize them, you just want to crush them. Add the avocados, lime juice & zest and black pepper and use the pestle to mash it into the onion mixture. Stir in the hot sauce and cherry tomatoes, making sure all the ingredients are blended.
Place in a bowl.
Serve with something.
Have a party.
This post participates in French Fridays with Dorie.