Wednesday, May 26, 2010


I'm not sure you can really call this a recipe, but this is the way my family has always made guacamole! :)

2 large avocados
Pace picante salsa and/or El Pato for more heat
Garlic Powder, dash or so to taste
Salt, to taste

Halve avocados and remove pits. Roughly mash with a fork. Add salsa (approximately 1 Tbsp or so), and season with garlic powder and salt to taste. Best if eaten right away, but if you need to keep it for awhile, one of the avocado pits will help the guacamole from turning brown.


I have a very unusual stovetop that only has two burners and the other half grill top. It is extremely messy to use for burgers, etc, but it was perfect for the naan! A delicous accompaniment for our tikki masala!

1 (.25 ounce) package active dry yeast (2 1/2 tsp.)
1 cup warm water
1/4 cup white sugar
3 tablespoons milk
1 egg, beaten
2 teaspoons salt
4 1/2 cups bread flour (all-purpose flour + 1 tsp. wheat gluten per cup)
2 teaspoons minced garlic (optional)
1/4 cup butter, melted

In a large bowl, dissolve yeast in warm water. Let stand about 10 minutes, until frothy. Stir in sugar, milk, egg, salt, and enough flour to make a soft dough. Knead for 6 to 8 minutes on a lightly floured surface, or until smooth. Place dough in a well oiled bowl, cover with a damp cloth, and set aside to rise. Let it rise 1 hour, until the dough has doubled in volume.

Punch down dough, and knead in garlic. Pinch off small handfuls of dough about the size of a golf ball. Roll into balls (about 16), and place on a tray. Cover with a towel, and allow to rise until doubled in size, about 30 minutes.

During the second rising, preheat grill to high heat.

At grill side, roll one ball of dough out into a thin circle. Lightly oil grill. Place dough on grill, and cook for 2 to 3 minutes, or until puffy and lightly browned. Brush uncooked side with butter, and turn over. Brush cooked side with butter, and cook until browned, another 2 to 4 minutes. Remove from grill, and continue the process until all the naan has been prepared.