Monday, July 1, 2013

Recipe: Easy peasy Guacamole (Curtis Stone)

After three months break, Cook Like a Star is back! For the whole month of July, we will be cooking like Curtis Stone. Curtis Stone is an Australian celebrity chef, author and TV personality. His philosophy is to cook as Mother Nature intended—buy local, seasonal and organic ingredients, keep recipes simple and allow the food to speak for itself. He honed his cooking skills under the tutelage of legendary three-star Michelin genius Marco Pierre White at Café Royal, Mirabelle and the revered Quo Vadis. So do check out his website or Coles or BBC Food  for some of his recipes and do cook along with us if you have time! :)


With the haze and crazy hot weather in KL, I wanted to eat wholesome and fresh food, and this recipe for guacamole on Curtis's website ticks all the right boxes. You can have it for breakfast (which is what we did) or a quick lunch or as a dip for a party. Get some nice ripe avocados, and chop up the other ingredients (tomato, onion, coriander, jalapeno and garlic), gently fold them and that's it! Easy peasy -  in fact after I cut all the ingredients Baby D helped me put it together, including squeezing the lime. Clever boy!

Not only can the boy help mummy in the kitchen, he's such a cute hand model too :)

Beautifully vibrant, this guacamole is creamy with a hint of spiciness from the jalapeno, texture from the onions, and tartness from the lime. You can serve this with corn tortilla chips - I didn't have any (and was too lazy to drive out to get them) so had it with toast soldiers instead.

Happy with his handiwork :)

Recipe adapted from Curtis Stone
Preparation time: 10 minutes
Serves 4

3 ripe avocados, pitted, peeled, and cut into medium dice
1 tomato (or 5-6 cherry tomatoes), seeded and finely diced
1/2 cup red onion (or shallots), finely chopped
2 tbsp fresh cilantro/coriander, finely chopped
2 tbsp fresh lime juice
1/2 jalapeño chile, seeded and finely chopped
1 garlic clove, minced
1/4 teaspoon ground cumin

To serve
Corn tortilla chips

1. To pit and peel the avocado, first you need to find the stalk and remove it. Hold it horizontally, with a knife through the centre until you hit the seed then move the knife in a circular motion until you go all the away around. Twist the avocado halves in opposite direction and it will come apart easily into 2 halves. Sink the knife into the avocado seed and remove.The avocado skin should peel off easily (use your hands). Cut into medium dice.

2. Gently fold the avocados, tomato, onion, cilantro, lime juice, jalapeño chile, garlic, and cumin in a large bowl.

3. Season to taste with salt. Lay a sheet of plastic wrap directly on the surface of the guacamole and refrigerate until ready to serve.

4. Serve with corn chips.

Note: You can get your kids to fold the ingredients together and squeeze the lime juice over it.

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I am submitting this to the "Cook Like Curtis Stone" bloghop which I am co-hosting with Zoe of Bake for Happy Kids and Grace of Life Can Be Simple. To join, simply cook or bake any recipe from any Curtis Stone websites or cookbooks and blog hop with us for the whole month of July 2013.

Your post must be a current post i.e. posted in July 2013 - please do not link older posts.Please mention Cook like a Star in your post and link back to Zoe of Bake for Happy Kids, Grace of Life Can Be Simple and Baby Sumo of Eat your heart out.

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  1. How are you ? This is a healthy recipe. Good job. :)

  2. Baby D must be the youngest chef ever! *grin* So cute.

    1. Thanks Meena! Just glad they enjoy their time in the kitchen.

  3. great start to the month! i lurrrrrrrrrve guacamole so much, i'd be almost willing to fight baby d for a bigger portion of your guacamole. looking forward to some more of these fresh-and-wholesome recipes in the weeks ahead :D

  4. Looks great! Love guacamole...

  5. i love avocado ANYTHING! :D

  6. big fan of guacamole.. simply addictive! I love this chunky version... and the cute lil chef too!! ;)

  7. Hi Yen! I'm back and I need salad recipe like this after so much heavy eating and drinking during the trip!

    1. Btw Alvin, rmbr u ask if I was gonna post the pear and avocado recipe. I did while u were away, not sure if u saw it. See here:

  8. Thanks for organising it. I had fun.

  9. He's the cutest helper and hand model there is! :D

    1. He's a real sweetheart :D So good at taking instructions as well.

  10. Hi Yen,

    I can't believe that we have been resting from celebrity chef cooking for the last 3 months... Geez! Nice that Cook like a Star is finally back!

    It has been a while that I have not seen baby D in action and I think he has grown a lot. He behaves so well making this guacamole with you :D


    1. Hi Zoe, I kinda missed Cook Like a Star. Glad that it's back this mth :) Next month will be busy with Nigella and LTU for me :)

  11. Just made this today for breakfast! Will post it up shortly.

  12. I love guacamole and have not made any in ages! Wish I could have some now!

  13. Wow loved the simple and amazing recipe

  14. Yen, call me suaku but I haven't eaten guacamole before. Yours definitely look good enough for me to start trying some :) Psst, looks like baby D is going to be a mini Curtis Stone when he grows up ;) Cute fingers with a great start!!


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