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Basic Thursday: Simple Guacamole

As I meet and talk to my readers, I notice that some of them are real beginners when it comes to cooking. Some of them are scared of even boiling an egg and others look for simple salad recipes to make. At first, I was surprised. Maybe it’s because I’ve been around great cooks for some time that I’ve been assuming everyone knows the basics. Truth is they don’t. Through the “Basic Thursday” series, I am addressing beginners who aspire to be good cooks.

Guacamole is something obvious to make for people who usually spend time in the kitchen, but I noticed it’s a huge subject of debate when it comes to which ingredients to include. I thought about sharing my version of a quick guacamole you can mix in fast when you’re out of ideas of what to eat or what to serve last-minute visitors.

First, some tips!

Tip number 1: If you’re a guacamole and avocado lover, make sure you always have a few avocados lying around the house. These babies are almost never in season and it takes them a few days to be ready.

Tip number 2: don’t panic if you don’t have all the ingredients on this list and don’t go buying them on purpose – unless you plan on making lots of guacamole. Lemon juice and pepper can do.

Tip number 3: each time you season the mashed avocados, have a taste. This is the best way you’ll know it reached the perfect taste.

So here goes.

What you’ll need (for 4 persons)

  • 3 large avocados or 5 small ones
  • 1 small red onion
  • Salt, to taste
  • Pepper, to taste
  • 1/2 tsp Ginger powder, to taste
  • 1/2 tsp Garlic powder, to taste
  • Lemon or lime juice

How to make it

  1. Start by mashing the avocados in a bowl.
  2. Dice the onions and add them to the mashed avocados.
  3. Add 2 Tbsp of lemon juice and mix until you can no longer see the liquid.
  4. Add a pinch of salt, 1/4 tsp pepper, 1/2 tsp ginger powder, 1/2 tsp garlic powder and mix.
  5. Taste and season according to what you think is missing. Do not add ginger and garlic powder. You can add lemon/lime juice and pepper for additional zing.

So any thoughts? 😉

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Basic Thursday: Easy Quiche Lorraine

I just love to host dinners at home, especially during winter time, which I really miss by the way. When we cook for our friends and family, Jean and I have quite different approaches. Jean’s more into innovating, discovering new recipes on the day of the dinner and experimenting with new techniques. I, on the other hand, am more of a classical cook, who sticks to her famous recipes she makes so well. I’m not saying I’m not into innovating, but I love to serve my guests a few dishes I’ve learnt to master. To complement my main dishes, I always like to have a quiche on the table. My mom is the queen of quiches and she’s taught me a few recipes,but let me start with the basic one. I promise to come back with more ingredient mixes and innovation, but for now, for you hosts or hostesses who prefer going easy but tasty, here’s the recipe.

Easy Quiche Lorraine Recipe

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What you’ll need:

For the dough

  • 3 cups all-purpose flour, sifted
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 cup butter, cut in small pieces
  • 8 Tbsp water

For the filling

  • 3 cups light cooking cream
  • 2 whole eggs
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp white pepper
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 300 g turkey, cut into small pieces
  • 200 g Emmental cheese, grated

How to make it:

Make the dough 

  1. In a blender, mix the flour and the egg.
  2. Gradually add the butter.
  3. Add the water, also gradually until everything is combined.
  4. Form a ball with the dough and wrap it with cling film, then refrigerate for half an hour.

Make the filling

  1. In a bowl, mix the cream, eggs, nutmeg, pepper and salt, then set aside.
  2. In a small pan, cook the turkey pieces with a bit of Lurpak Cooking Mist, until gold.

Make the quiche

  1. Remove the dough from the fridge, flatten it with a rolling pin and place it on a greased pie mold. Pick the dough with a fork so that it doesn’t rise in the oven.
  2. Place the dough in the oven (at 180 degrees celsius) for around 10 to 15 minutes or until dry.
  3. Remove the dough from the oven, add the turkey, Emmental cheese, then filling on top, and place in the oven for 45 minutes or until the filling turns light brown.

And voila! Your quiche is ready to be served 🙂

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Any quiche lovers in the house?

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