I was on traffic duty today (and yesterday) afternoon at CBC – earlier I went for X-rays of my arm, which hasn’t been fully functional for awhile now (nothing exciting to report, sadly – I can’t claim a rodeo injury here – more a very unglamorous and noisy trip over laptop cords. Gravity doesn’t like me very much. Nor do these hardwood floors.) and tonight I’m baking 400 Saskatoon squares for the kitchen theatre tomorrow. In between I had a deadline that unfortunately took priority over making dinner (and reporting it here, I’m sorry to say) and so at close to 8, when W had (happily) eaten oatmeal for dinner, I sliced up the avocados that were at their buttery smooth peak in the fruit bowl, tossed them with some minced purple onion, a handful of halved grape tomatoes, some fresh cilantro, a squeeze of lime juice, drizzle of oil, a big clove of garlic and sprinkle of salt, and we scooped up the lot with corn chips. It was almost as if I had planned it that way.
On the topic of garlic: I have officially given up my search for the perfect press. It doesn’t exist. HOWEVER, a rasp/Microplane does. And when you make things like salsa or guacamole, when you want your garlic to be a nice, smooth purée, nothing does a better job. Do watch your fingernails.
OK. Since I’ve been slacking off in the Free Stuff Fridays department (mostly due to disorientation – what day is it again?) I picked up a nice new Microplane grater (that’s right, I bought it myself) to give to one of you, because it really is (and they don’t give me anything – including new Microplanes – to say this – I’m certain they don’t even know I exist) one of the best kitchen tools out there. Not only are they grate (ha!) for garlic, but for sinewy ginger, fresh nutmeg, and any type of citrus, which is best grated finely in order to release as much flavour as possible. Trust me, you need one of these. And an ice cream machine. But that’s another story.
Really, I’m just buying comments – I miss hearing what everyone had for dinner last night.
Look what I was eating last year on this day! I can’t wait. One more week to go.