I am very fortunate that Dad has a glasshouse and at this time of year, it is full of all of the delicious spray-free, vine-ripened, juicy tomatoes you could ever dream of. There is one problem – some weeks we end up with so many, we are trying to give them away. So I have been attempting to find ways to use them up! I have tomatoes on crackers every day. I made pasta sauce. I came home the other day to Mum busily reducing down a large pot of tomatoes to put in preserving jars. I will add here that we are not the kind of family that preserves anything. But how can you waste produce that you pay an arm and a leg for in the middle of winter, it doesn’t feel right.
So, I decided one balmy evening, that in the spirit of simple – and instead of a hot meal – I would have salsa, guacamole and beer for dinner. I even managed to find non-GMO corn chips at Countdown and scrounged around amongst the weeds in the vege patch to find some coriander – although it was quite a miserable sized bunch.
For the salsa, I chopped up about eight tomatoes, 3/4 of a chilli and a white onion. I threw it all into a food processor with a couple of cloves of garlic, the bunch of coriander, a teaspoon of sugar, a teaspoon of cumin and the juice of a lime. I then sprinkled some salt and cracked pepper over the top. You could add some canned tomatoes here if you like your salsa less chunky. There is a good recipe here.
Whiz and place in a jar or bowl whilst making the guacamole.
I chose to keep my guacamole pretty simple, as it was accompanying the salsa. But guacamole is great with tomatoes and coriander also. See recipe here. But for today, I just mixed three ripe avocados with a little red onion (about half a red onion depending how oniony you like it). I then squeezed in the juice of a lemon and a lime and salt and pepper to taste. I like my guacamole to be basic – pretty much blended-up avo on a chip. As my avocados were nice and ripe, I just mixed them by hand until smoothish.
Serve with chips and beer. Hello happiness.
Much love XX
Photos: Katie Appleyard