From Solo Lisa's Kitchen: Guacamole

My cooking resolution has fallen by the wayside in the last few weeks because it's too hot and lovely outside to be stuck indoors next to the stove or a scorching oven. That's not to say I haven't tried making one or two things of late. Veggie skewers for a beach barbecue. Sangria for a housewarming party. And now guacamole. The first batch was for a casual Mexican dinner at someone's house, and the next batch I made was for a barbecue at the office.

Before trying my hand at making guacamole, I consulted this recipe for an idea of the ingredients required, but I didn't follow it exactly. I only used one roma tomato and left out the onions entirely. I also added more of one ingredient or another as I went along, tasting the mixture at regular intervals. (Guacamole's pretty much goof-proof that way.) The prep work is time-consuming, but the results are so tasty and satisfying. There's something about fresh guacamole that just hits the spot on a hot summer day.

Do you still cook when the mercury rises? What are your go-to dishes? Any recipes for delicious party appetizers, salads, or summer-appropriate foods you'd like to share?

P.S. In case you missed it, my guest post about the new Chanel cosmetics and fragrance counter in Holt Renfrew is up on Closet Full of Nothing. Click here to read it. Enjoy!


  1. So far, I still cook despite the heat. But I try to cook in large batches when it's hot so I don't have to cook every day.

    But, I seriously need to start collecting more "summer" recipes. Cold things to eat to keep the heat at bay.

  2. Mmmmm guacamole! i loooooove anything with avocado. I'm definitely going to try this today!

    And I'm still cooking. I just turn on the A/C and the fans full blast and have at it. Haha.

  3. Yum...guacamole is my all-time favorite snack :)

  4. Yum guacamole! I have a sweet tooth so for the summer I like chilled desserts like puddings/jellies/mousses, as well as chilled Chinese sweet soups!

  5. I so enjoy cooking. During the summer rmonths I make salads with Fish or organically raised chicken.
    I love avocados - they are perfect for salads with tomatoes and pine nuts, too. Enjoy the day and happy cooking;-)

  6. it is too hot to cook in this heat, but we just got a new stove and microwave today, so we might be cooking soon.

  7. You inspired me, and I tried that guacamole yesterday. I overloaded it with lemon and lime juice, and surprise! Still delicious! So sad that it doesn't keep very well. :(


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