Saturday Meandering and Salsa

Today I decided to meander a little more than I might normally allow myself to do so. I woke up around 7 a.m. but instead of hopping out of bed I just stayed there, meditated a bit and did some reiki on myself. I actually fell back asleep for a little while and finally got out of bed just before 9. I ate a bowl of multi grain cheerios instead of planning the perfect three course breakfast. I walked to yoga class instead of driving. After class I sat around in Whole Foods for about 45 minutes and enjoyed a sandwich, some salad and the most delicious green tea and lemonade blend by Steaz. After I ate I went back to shopping and bought the supplies I needed to make some salsa for a birthday party this evening. I even stopped and sat outside and had a Frappuccino treat before heading home. I’m so proud of myself!

So I realize that this is not a food blog, but I can’t help but notice that three of my most recent posts have been food driven. I guess that’s just one of the by products of the fact that food is one of the most significant interests in my world. Last night I texted back and forth with my friend Racheal to see what I might contribute to her birthday pot luck dinner. We quickly settled on the salsa category and I concocted the idea of using tomatillos and avocados because I’m feeling a bit green these days. I think I might have made something like this 7 or 8 years ago. I’m not sure. What I am sure about though is that I’ll be making it a lot more often than every 7 years from now on. Here it is my latest…

Pan Roasted Tomatillo and Avocado Salsa

  • One pound fresh tomatillos husked, washed and quartered
  • half of a large white onion chopped
  • two cloves garlic chopped
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • half of a medium jalapeno pepper seeded and diced
  • one handful of fresh cilantro
  • 4 large avocados pitted and diced
  • 1 lime
  • salt

Heat olive oil in a large skillet. Add tomatillos and onions at same time, salt to taste and cook over medium heat for about 5 minute until they are soft and ever so slightly browning. Add chopped garlic and deglaze pan with a few ounces of beer of white wine. Remove from heat. Transfer tomatillo/onion mixture to a food processor or blender. If using blender you may need to blend in batches to avoid a mess. Blend or process along with jalapeno pepper and cilantro until smooth.

In a separate bowl place 4 diced avocados and mash slightly with pastry blender, potato masher or the back of a serving spoon. Pour blended tomatillo mixture over avocados and mix together until desired consistency is reached. I find some like this more pureed and others like it a bit rustic with pieces of avocado still noticeable. Do what feels best to you. Add the juice of one lime, taste and re-season with salt to taste. Serve with any Latin themed meal or just with some good firm and crunchy tortillas. This is so easy. You can make it and clean up in 15 minutes. Super delicious!

Well time for a nap. I guess that is the ultimate cap on an afternoon of meandering. Did I mention I even took the time to watch a wonderfully tragic 1970’s video on Youtube earlier. Does the name Gino Vanelli ring a bell? Take a peek. As great as the video is I think my favorite part is at the very beginning. Check out the body guard with the porn-stache who is wearing a Blackhawks jersey as he pushes people off the stage. Sometimes I just wanna stop and…

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About Jim Herbert

I've been wanting to write my whole life. By age 45 it had amounted to nothing more than a storage locker of half full journals and a lot of unfulfilled dreams. Then Paris in the fall of 2011 happened. It was the catalyst I needed to consistently blog. At first I had a hard time hitting the publish button, but now two blog sites and over 300 posts later I'm hitting my stride. I'm also a budding speech writer. I've recently been heavily involved in the Chicago Storytelling scene and have also won the Chicago Toastmasters Area 66 International Speech Contest. Check out our website at www.emergingintojoy.com for more details about the amazing things that are happening in my life. A book or two are nearing completion. With another Paris trip on tap for Easter of 2015 I can only imagine that there are Infinite Possibilities on the horizon!!!
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