Today’s post should be about delicate zucchini blossoms in a tempura-like batter, but I’m not there yet – or rather, my garden is not. I am short on blossoms as yet, but that should correct itself by tomorrow or Sunday, latest.
Instead, I’m catching up on the two previous weeks’ dishes, which were so simple it makes me wonder how I let life get in the way of making them before today. They were perfect for a hot summer’s evening graze, which also included hummus, salsa, and crudités. (Not that it qualifies as hot here by the rest of North America’s standards, I’m aware.)
Guacamole with Tomatoes and Bell Peppers
This recipe came up in the rotation on the last Friday of June and was whipped up in my kitchen in less than fifteen minutes today. The recipe calls for the guacamole to be presented chunky or smooth. I chose smooth and used my food processor to make it, instead of a mortar and pestle, as Dorie does – mine isn’t big enough.
I used a little too much jalapeño for Kevin’s taste, but I enjoyed the bite. The inclusion of the tomatoes and red pepper made this guacamole reminiscent of a green avocado salsa, though I think I like this recipe better. Tomorrow, it’s going to be even spicier than it was today, so I’m going to pick up some sour cream to cut the heat. Along with corn tortillas and some vegetables sautéed in cumin and oregano, I think we’ve got tomorrow night’s dinner covered.
For the month of July, the choices for each week’s assignment were made a little differently than usual. Four of our regular participants were each asked to pick one recipe and to start the month, Kathy of Bakeaway with Me chose Dorie’s Tomatoes Provençal.
Local tomatoes are starting to show up in the markets and roasting them is such a nice way to deepen their flavour. I was especially pleased with the topping – minced garlic with a mixture of herbs from the garden. I love being able to go outside and take as much as I need from the plants in my backyard. It’s one of the many pleasures of summer, isn’t it? I used basil, thyme, oregano, rosemary, and chives. Nothing else was needed but a little salt, pepper, and olive oil.
We loved these tomatoes, so much so that I saved the leftover juices to use for salad dressing or cooking down vegetables for the frittata I’m planning for later this weekend.
If I were you, I’d give them a go and then visit Kathy’s blog to tell her what a great choice she made.
Find out what the rest of the French Fridays crew thought about the Guacamole with Tomatoes and Bell Peppers.
You can find links to everyone else’s posts on last week’s recipe here: Tomatoes Provençal
11 thoughts on “Guacamole and Tomatoes – A French Fridays Catch Up”
Both dishes look and sound so summery and delicious!
Thanks, they are indeed delicious. And with the heat we’re having, simple recipes are a blessing.
These were two great (and easy!) recipes – glad you loved them.
I used the food processor too and it came out fine… you got some gorgeous tomatoes. Glad you enjoyed both.
I loved both of these dishes! Glad you enjoyed them! I never made guacamole before this recipe, since then I’ve made it twice! Both your dishes look delicious!
I hope no one has melted yet 🙂
These were both great early summer selections. I hope your blossoms cooperate!
Those tomatoes were a revelation. So simple and so tasty. We have some friends coming over tonight and I am already planning to make them again.
Looking forward to seeing your garden-grown zucchini blossoms make an appearance. From what I’ve seen so far, they were a pretty much universal hit.
Having grown up in Seattle, I understand what a heat wave is like in your part of the world. I live in a hotter location now, and am thankful for my air conditioning every summer! I can’t wait to make the tomatoes – they look so good!
Oh I absolutely love this – what a great combination and the colors!
Two great recipes that just ANNOUNCE that summer is here for me. I got my guac up today and the tomatoes shortly. I love the texture you got with the processor. I’ll have to try that. I was thinking it might make it ‘gummy’ but that doesn’t seem to be the case at all. Great job!
You were so smart to save the leftover tomato juices! I wish I had thought of that. Next time…