August 30, 2013

Tomatillo Guacamole

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  As I went running last night, I decided to listen to "The Silver Chair," one of the Chronicles of Narnia series.  Jill and Eustace are blown to Narnia with the goal of finding the lost prince, Rillian.  Aslan gave Jill the job of memorizing the signs so they could find him. Faithfully, she recited them morning and evening. But once things got difficult and the weather was cold and the beds hard and the food scarce, Jill began to focus on her problems and no longer cared about the signs. When danger reared its head, Jill cared only about her comfort and having neglected the signs, didn't recognize the danger.  This cost her dearly. 

This made me think; am I like Jill?  Do I care more about my comfort than the Bible and the Prince of Princes?  How often do I neglect the Bible verses guiding my paths for social time or sleep or school?  Do I walk past God's signs like Jill did because my focus is completely self centered?!  I had listened/read this story before but it struck a new chord this time. 

As Jill lamented her mistake, their companion Puddleglum reminded her, Aslan's plans always work.  They do. It reminded me God has a plan for me; as a friend put it, He's the master Author and He has written my story. Jill and Eustace were able to recognize the next signs, though there were consequences for missing the first ones.  Though I may miss things and screw up, God is always ready to pick me up and put me back in the next chapter. What an amazing God we serve!  


And as I have no witty transition from Narnia to guacamole, I'll just go ahead and switch. Transitions are overrated :)


Summer may be technically over, but I don't think gardens get that memo.  You've heard enough about mine, you are probably sick of it.  



So, I'm going to tell you about someone else's!

One of my dad's friends apparently had tomatillos in his garden.  He gave some to dad and dad, knowing my relationship with avocados, found a tomatillo guacamole recipe for me to try.

Warning - it is incredible.  It has been slathered on more things than I care to mention.



And since summer is over, that means football season is upon us!  Time for football parties and such and this would make an incredible appetizer. 

To be honest, I didn't even know what a tomatillo was.  (P.S. My spell checkerdidn't  and doesn't either)  I guess it is some kind of pepper?  Whatever it is, it is really good mixed up with avocados, tomatoes, and onions.  Like, really good.


Tomatillo Guacamole
Recipe Source: Adapted from Food Network
Yield: about 1 to 1-1/2 cups

4 tomatillos, husked and rinsed
1/2 cup chopped white onion
2 jalapenos, seeded and chopped (mine was red)
2 avocados, chopped
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon lemon juice
1/4 teaspoon pepper

Boil tomatillos for five minutes, remove and let cool slightly.  Seed and chop coarsely.  In a food processor, pulse onion, jalapenos, tomatillos, salt, garlic powder, lemon juice, and pepper until combined.  Add avocados and pulse until desired consistency.  Store in refrigerator.

Note:  Putting the seed of the avocado in the guacamole really works!  Your guacamole won't turn brown! 

 

15 comments:

  1. I wish I knew what a tomatillo is so I could make this stuff. It looks superb! But "tomatillo" means "small tomato" in Spanish and I guess you don't mean tomatoes, do you? Anyway, I try to investigate and see if I can get my hands on some tomatillos and try this guacamole. It sounds wonderful!
    Have a lovely weekend! x

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    1. I looked it up and it said it was related to the gooseberry - never would've guessed that! Thanks Consuelo!

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  2. Tomatillos are on my list to grow in the garden next year, I cannot wait! I love them!

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  3. Guacamole and Narnia - what a fantastic combination! I love both. :) My husband and I have talked several times about the importance of actively remembering the truths of God's Word. Aslan says something about it being easier to remember where the air is clear but harder down in the more "real life" part of the world. I can definitely relate - some stages in life or places I have lived have made it easier or harder to really remember what is true. Thanks for the reminder!

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    1. Aww, thanks Mrs. Mann. It is those sort of stories that make you so thankful for people who write. I just love the Chronicles of Narnia! :)

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  4. I have always wanted to make something with tomatillos, but I haven't actually done it yet. This may have to be the first thing I make with them! I really enjoyed reading your post. Good things to think about!

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    1. Thank you Jenn! I'm really glad you liked the post as well as the recipe. You were ahead of me; I didn't even know there were such things as tomatillos! ;)

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  5. Narnia has been on my "to-read" list for what feels like forever. I first started it in, like, 2nd grade, but had to return it to the library before I was done and never signed it out again. Then I decided to read it before the first movie came out, but that never happened either. So I haven't read it, nor have I seen the movie. One day! I also just discovered I love guacamole - thanks for the recipe!

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    1. Oh yes, do read them! Better yet, listen to them on Radio Drama (Focus on the Family is the one I listen to) Then you can do stuff while you listen. Glad you like guacamole, too! Thanks Melanie!

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  6. This sounds delicious! I loved reading the Narnia series when I was a teacher. The kids always loved those books. :) I found your link up next to mine at the Time to Sparkle link party.

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