Time for some cooking again!
I've realized that no matter how many times I write about it, life will always be getting busier. Things just have a way of happening, especially all at once, and it's just my job to try to make the best of it!
I'll admit that during the last week or so, my cooking skills have become dull and rusted. Take-out, fast food and quick meals have replaced the healthy, tasty and unque recipes that I usually prided myself upon. I think it became a matter of self-preservation. Cooking had always been something that kept me together and allowed me to relax. It was one of the last things I would relinquish control of when having to buckle down and do other things.
With everything going on, cooking had to be pushed aside a little, and I've missed it!
This week (to add to the stress of our lives) we decided to have a garage sale. The duplex that we currently live in is actually fairly large, with lots of nooks and crannies for storage spaces. The house that we will be moving to (in only 11 days!) is older, and doesn't have near enough the same amount of space to take advantage of. SO, we needed to do a little slimming down. A facelift of our stuff I suppose you could say.
So after rooting through the deep recesses of this house, we came up with a fairly large size of things that simply had to disappear. We had signs made, tables set up, items priced and some money to make change. Everything was well thought out and executed! Except for checking the weather.
Now the average person would probably lose their head about the luck they are getting dealt with these days, but we continue to persevere! We did manage to sell some items, but the large book collection I put out went ignored, and we still have a large amount of pots and pans that now need a new home. So we plan on having a second garage sale soon to hopefully rid ourselves of more stuff.
Onto some food! This recipe may seem overly simplistic and a little different, but that's what makes it so tasty! The edamame adds just a little bit extra flavour and texture to this appetizer to make it new and exciting! You can blend the whole thing with an immersion blender or food processor instead of using a potato masher like myself, but I enjoyed having the occasional bean pop into my mouth. Do you have any interesting additions to the classic guacamole? I'd love to hear about them!
Edamame beans - cooked and shelled, 1 cup
Avocado - 1
Red Chili Pepper - 1, finely diced
Cilantro - 1/4 cup, diced
Lime Juice - 2 tbsps
Garlic - 2 cloves, minced
Salt and Pepper - a healthy pinch
Combine all the ingredients in a bowl and mix. You can either crush them with a potato masher like myself, or use a blender for some smoother results.
Serve with chips or pita bites and enjoy!