I've known Paula for ever, our boys have been friends I think since Grade 1. Paola works with Paula, and I have know her for a while and she is such a great person, despite the fact she had it in for me while we were eating, as she kept throwing things in my direction (quite accidentally.....I hope it was!!) Got a bit worried though when she went to re-light the fondue candle, as I was wondering if I might lose an eyebrow or two........okay I am exaggerating here.........
Anyhow, it was a night of firsts for me. Paola made her homemade Guacamole and Salsa for us, I have never had either. She gave me permission to share her recipes...........wait a minute........think I actually said I am going to put this on my blog.............that's sort of like asking permission, isn't it?
Paola's Homemade Guacamole
1 small onion chopped finely
Juice of 1/2 lime
jalapeno finely chopped
(the photo also includes the ingredients for the salsa as well, also Paola only used the small jalapeno in both recipes as I was whining about how I don't like anything hot)
Basically you pop the chopped onion in the dish. Scoop out the avocado pulp, and mash the onion and avocado together. Mix in the juice, the jalapeno and the salt and its done.
Now as you can see from the photo above, we popped one of the stones in the mixture. Paola says that its may be an old wives tale, but apparently it stops the avocados from going brown if you pop the stone in the mixture. We all ate it too fast to see if this was true or not!!!!!
Now do I like guacamole..............I don't dislike it, if I made it I wouldn't put the jalapeno in it, as I don't like anything hot. I won't be rushing out to make it, but its something I might make if we have a party.
Paola's Homemade Salsa
1 large tomato chopped
1/2 onion finely chopped
juice of 1/2 lime
plenty of salt
This was so simple to make, why anyone would ever buy it I do not know. I would not add the jalapeno otherwise this recipe is perfect.
Here is a photo of the finished product along with the guacamole:
Another thing I haven't done is fondue. Rose brought along her fondue set and chocolate. Paula made a fruit tray, and the combination was YUMMY!!!!
As I have a sweet tooth I was quite happy to keep sampling this. Though I surprised myself by thoroughly enjoying the pears dipped into the chocolate. The pears were quite hard, and with the chocolate, it was just the best. So thank you to Paula and Rose for that experience.
Now you're going to say, what did you bring Gill.........the chips........which in itself was an experience walking up and down the chip aisle looking for the Lime flavoured Tostito's. Luckily Paula had told me exactly what to get, I never buy that sort of thing.
However, I wasn't altogether happy in bringing just chips, so I made the ladies a little something to take home:
A little table mat each.
I sewed a little label on the back of each one for them. This one was for Paula:
This one was for Paola.
And this one was for Rose.
Now the next get together is at our house on August 20th, and I am already planning on what to make.......
It was a great night, and being the party animals we are (I was in bed by 9.15pm!!) we are all pooped today (Thursday). I must say something though.......those ladies FORCED me and I mean FORCED me to eat all that chocolate, and I have had the headache from hell today................LOL
Can't wait until next month...........wonder what we'll get up to then, being the party animals we are!!!