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Have you seen how BIG the avocados grow in Africa? On my property ?? Do you know anyone who doesn’t like chips and guac?
Ok, in my last avocado post I discovered a few people who don’t like avos. What about guac? Well, I’m here now in Zambia and I’ve just purchased my first avocado and it was quite a bit bigger than the hass variety I buy in the States and cool bonus – it came packaged with a lemon. Guac in the making. How fun ! I like that kinda thinking.
So on our first full day back in Africa we went shopping and this is where I found the cute duo. I made a mental note to look for tortilla chips all the while remembering it was very rare to fine them. But then Stefan held up a package and said “Look at these” and the memories came flooding back. Chipatis !
YES :O Very much like a flour tortilla and made of the same ingredients: flour, water and salt. A bit thicker tho. And speaking of salt, I am a must have fan of Real salt. All my recipe’s that use salt will call for this Real salt. From the earth and chock full of minerals, not bleached and good for you. I brought it along in my suitcase and can’t live without it. On that note no one, in my opinion, should really ever use pepper unless freshly ground. The flavor is a game changer. A good place to find those are here: my pepper grinder and peppercorns.
And THAT is how I used to make chips. I was so thrilled among finding many other treasures such as South African wine for just a few dollars, organic coconut oil – WHAT? YAY! , and other treasures.
So HERE is how the Felgs will be making chips and guac and I am thrilled. Day 2 in Africa – a success ! SEE RECIPE BELOW !
* Note – we have now been here for 4 ish months and I’m thrilled to report that the avocados are ripening and they are HUGE! Check out this comparison to the yellow mangoes which also grow on our property.
Mind you they don’t grow all at once or all the time. This is the beauty of eating seasonally – something everyone used to do before refridgeration and world wide imports began. I come from Wisconsin and you can find avos relatively all year long? Here in Africa we get to eat them during their season. One can begin to appreciate the food seasons, however, as just as those mangoes pictured above started to dwindle it wasn’t long and now the avos are ready to go. The anticipation for each fruit and veg in it’s own season is something to value.
Just today we had an event !! A very large branch of our avo tree FELL! Most likely too heavy with it’s abundant load of avo goodness. I grabbed a bag and ran to gather many – so did our volunteer visiting from the States who came to teach our Seminary student’s children and our office workers and our missionary neighbor and we have plenty more to share!
Meal sized avos – not a bad thing in my book. In addition to the recipe below – a popular item to order at restaurants here and something I can easily make at home is ” Smashed Avo & lime on toast” oh how yummy. And it is simply this:
- * Scoop out buttery flesh of avo
- * Smash with fork and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Add squeeze of lime juice or drop of lime essential oil.
- * Spread onto pieces of freshly toasted bread
- * (Optional) – Add a slice of tomato and sprinkling of bacon !
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Chipati chips and guacamole
Home made chips and guacamole - african style
- 1 avocao
- 1 lemon
- 3 TBSP greek yoghurt
- sprinkle Real salt and freshly ground pepper
- 4 chipati's or flour tortillas
Here in central Africa you can easily purchase home made chipati's. Cut 4 chipati's into triangles. You can also just use flour tortilla's.
Grease a sheet pan generously with olive oil. Place triangle chipati or tortilla pieces on pan and dredge both sides in the olive oil. Bake at 400 F for 20 minutes or until golden brown and crisp
Remove from oven and sprinkle as desired with Real salt. Place in a cute bowl.
Slice gorgeous avocado and throw pit away. Scoop out the buttery flesh and mash into a bowl.
Add 3 or more tablespoons of greek yoghurt onto the avocado in the cute bowl.
Slice lemon in half, remove seeds and squeeze generous amount into the avo and greek yoghurt bowl.
Sprinkle generously with Real salt and freshly ground pepper and mash all ingredients to form guacamole. Add more lemon, salt and pepper to taste.
Serve alongside chipati chips and be wowed at your home made snack. *Note* Chipati recipe another day, once I'm over jet lag and moved into my own kitchen!