No offence, but I want to hurry up and get this to you so I can GET OUTSIDE. Yesterday Scotland set a record for hottest March day on record, and today is poised to beat yesterday’s temperature of 22C. “Huh?” Well, believe you me, in Scotland 22C is a big deal. Even a big deal in the summer. Seriously, look it up. It is so unusually warm, and suddenly so, that yesterday as Rachel and I strolled up into town, she remarked, “I can’t believe we are in the same country as yesterday”; ‘yesterday’ having attained a high of 9C. That day I wore four layers on my upper body – inside. I’m not even counting the cosy ‘tv rug’ that I swathe myself in while watching, um, tv. I blame what I call my Florida blood.
So, after month upon month of layer wearing (and complaining of layer-wearing), I can now report that I am in cut-offs, T-shirt and bare feet. I’m not saying it’s a pretty sight or anything, but it sure feels fantastic to be so pared down; I must be at least 2 pounds lighter. Hurrah! And of course warm weather gives the boot to stews and suchlike, in favour of salads, light nibbles and barely cooked this and thats. So, if the weather plays ball, so will I, starting with this little nibble suggestion.
The idea of a ‘mock guac’ is not new. Type this twee phrase into a search engine and you have the choice of thousands of links. But this is my humble stab at this quickly made dip. I was making it in various permutations before I even knew what search engines were, but I have refined it over the years to one I think is pretty darn good. I sometimes add tiny-dice ripest tomatoes, a thumbnail of chilli, or blend in spring onions, but I really like this stripped down version. So, you are getting a stripped down recipe from a semi-stripped down me. Now I’m going out into the garden before the mist rolls in…
Oh, before I grab the suncream and sun-guarding cardigan (my insurance against clouds, without which the temp will surely plummet), please look out for the next post as I will have another giveaway – from the fantastically named Rude Health. I love, love, love their organic breakfast cereals and wholegrain snacks (the real deal, not that ‘with wholegrains’ flim-flammy nonsense) so I hope to introduce them to you, too.