This past weekend I was lucky enough to get away for a few days with my family to the Oregon Coast. For those who may not be familiar with Oregon coast weather in the springtime, I can sum things up in one word: wet. We did get down on the beach for a quick rainy walk and then again to snap some pictures before the sun set, but other than that our trip focused on what we really came to do - namely drink, eat and be merry!
We decided ahead of time to divide our meals amongst the three families. My parents took breakfasts, Mr. Veen and I took one dinner, and my brother Mark and his wife Nancy took the other dinner. And here's where I have to explain that while my family might not be considered official food snobs, we do take our food/cooking pretty seriously. I consider myself somewhat of a novice/ learner/ dabbler in gourmet-type cooking. My mom has always been an awesome cook, but Mark and Nancy are in a whole entire league of their own! It was a lot of fun to watch them make their magic in the kitchen together Saturday night. The end results were: the most amazing guacamole I've ever had, incredible crab salads, and delicious salmon chowder. And to finish it all off Nancy baked not one but two wonderful pies - lemon and apple. I don't know if I've ever seen my dad eat so much!
Nancy has promised me her official guacamole recipe - but I have a sneaking suspicion it's more of an art form than a recipe. Here's what I picked up about how to make this heaven in a bowl:
Avocados (she used 8 for our large bowl)
Tomatoes (only the outside portion - take seeds and innards out!)
Jalapeno (adjust to taste - I think she used 2)
Onion (not much was used for ours - maybe just 1 or 1/2 - but this can be adjusted depending)
Sea salt to taste
One of the things about this guac. that I loved is that it was chunky not soupy. Also - it had a bit of a kick to it but not too spicy. I will for sure be trying this version out next time I make guacamole!