black pepper guacamole
guacamole is a culinary outlaw. guacamole recipes (not created equal) were meant not to be followed. when preparing guacamole for a large group for example, you graciously leave out the chiles or the cayenne, mindful of the many mild palates among the masses. on the other hand, habaneros make a great substitution for jalapenos and perhaps you are making guacamole for just you and you enjoy five alarms ringing with every dip and bite. or when you are preparing guacamole, occasionally spooning a taste while stirring, you think it could use more salt even after you diligently apportioned the recommended amount. guacamole is an outlaw and a great partner for those that feel their very presence in the kitchen is a crime. it doesn’t matter when you mess up and it usually tastes good when you break the recipe rules.
if no guacamole recipes are created equal, and rarely are they followed anyway, it stands that no matter how you do it, it is always a culinary adventure.
for the culinary assignment i am sharing a my latest inspired guacamole recipe. the adventurous ingredient is black pepper essential oil. and in light of all that can be replaceable about guacamole, i have also included a couple of suggested substitutions.
black pepper guacamole recipe:
4-5 avocados, cut in chunks
2 tomatoes, chopped
1 lemon, squeezed
1 lime, squeezed
1/2 bunch green onions, chopped
fresh cilantro, chopped
1 jalapeno, chopped
1 tsp sea salt
1 tsp agave nectar
1 drop black pepper essential oil or
(optional) 1 drop cilantro essential oil or
(optional) 1 drop lime essential oil
add chopped avocados to mixing bowl. gently stir in lemon and lime juice. do not mash.
stir in chopped tomatoes, green onions, jalapenos and cilantro.
add salt and agave nectar. add one drop black pepper oil or cilantro essential oil or lime essential oil (do not use more than one drop of any oil- the flavor will absolutely overpower your guacamole).
strawberry basil crisp dessert
i am contributing a recipe for the culinary adventure assignment that has made itself a habit in my kitchen of late. strawberries, oatmeal and a lot of sugar are the basic ingredients. this dessert is easy to make and sure to please. the adventurous ingredient in my strawberry basil crisp is one drop of basil essential oil. only one drop of the pure stuff gives this entire dessert (that serves eight) a touch of the herbaceous without sacrificing any of the sweetness.
strawberry basil crisp recipe
1 cup uncooked oatmeal
1 cup flour
1 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup raw almonds
1/4 cup shredded coconut
1/2 cup butter or margarine
1/2 cup raw sugar
3 cups strawberries
1 drop basil essential oil
preheat oven to 350 degrees. grease an 8 x 8 baking pan.
add one drop basil essential oil. mix well.
stir in chopped almonds and coconut.
add 1/2 the crumbly mixture to baking pan. pack firmly.
layer in the strawberries.
top the strawberry layer with the remaining 1/2 of crumbly mixture. pack firmly.
cover with aluminum foil or bake uncovered for 40-45 minutes.
adventureclubinteractive wants to know what’s cooking!
this memorial day 65% of americans will be barbecuing (second place to the fourth of july when 71% of americans will be barbecuing). if you plan to host or attend a memorial day barbecue next monday, there is an 87% chance that hamburgers, steaks, chicken or hot dogs are on the menu. there is almost a 100% chance that corn will be offered as a side dish and that barbecue sauce will be provided.
food is a requisite on holidays, for celebrations, community gatherings and get-togethers. surely we come to expect the traditional dish in accordance with the tradition…
but do you ever just get bored and tired of the barbecue sauce at the barbecue?
this week, adventureclubinteractive would like you to share recipes, techniques, and tips that wouldn’t typically make the statistics. recipes that are adventurous, ingredients that are exotic, combinations that are unusual, and preparations that are daring…
feel free to document your culinary endeavors in any format (written summary, photos, videos, do-it-yourself instructions, etc.) but please include a recipe for each submission!
culinary adventure assignment ideas:
- choose a bizarre ingredient to substitute or add to an old favorite recipe.
maybe incorporate a bizarre ingredient in multiple recipes throughout the week!
- attempt to prepare food with an appliance or kitchen tool you are not accustomed to using or that you often neglect. or share unique techniques to use common kitchen items in uncommon ways.
- forget the statistics. be the outlier. maybe you are attending a barbecue. contribute to the potluck with an outrageous side dish that doesn’t have barbecue sauce. observe the reactions.
- share a recipe for a timely, laborious, expensive, complex, elegant dish.
share a recipe that a two year old could attempt to make.
share a secret recipe. if you don’t know the secret, get in the kitchen and figure it out.
please submit completed assignments by sunday may 26th via email:
it has been a very long time since i sat down at any instrument with the intention to compose. sadly, it has probably been a few years, therefore, for the adventureclubinteractive blank canvas assignment i have chosen musical composition as my daily work. this week i’ve decided to focus my composition on the harp.
it felt wonderful to sit down with the intention to write. i set my timer for 20 min and just started improvising with various pedal settings until i found a combination that suited my ear.
here is my work in progress so far…
for the adventureclubinteractive blank canvas assignment i have chosen two works.
-the first work will be to make something of a canvas board that i painted turquoise at least six months ago. obvious- to those that know me- i don’t draw, doodle, paint, or picture things visually very well. i do have a nice assortment of oil paints, acrylics, crayons, markers, brushes, materials galore. this work will definitely challenge me to make use of my art supplies stash. also- but maybe less obvious to those that know me- perfectionist tendencies tend to smother my commitment to starting and finishing things. case in point- the turquoise canvas has remained for so long- a turquoise canvas with faint pencil erase marks everywhere- because i have been reluctant to decide exactly what i want to do with it, reluctant to just to go for it, reluctant to take on the work.
-the second work involves a hole in the corner of a small fence that separates a portion of my backyard from my vegetable garden. this unfinished fence haunts me before bed at night, and interrupts my garden day dreams. it’s an eyesore and an annoyance. it’s just a hole needing to be covered but a hole that sits above uneven, hard packed soil, spider infested, weed-choked old cinder blocks- and frankly i’m scared of the space. but i will work on it this week, gloved and probably armed (with RAID). what i will do to cover it will be an adventure in gardening resourcefulness and bravery.
do you believe that inspiration is a fickle being that strikes a lucky few and teases the remainder of the artistic community? if you’ve been waiting around for this magical creature to visit you, it may be time to alter your approach…
this week, adventureclubinteractive challenges you to to take control of your artistic situation and manage your creative output by sticking to a specific schedule and making a personal commitment to yourself to do your “work” each and every day this week.
what is your work? you tell us! take this opportunity to brush dust off your canvas and find a clean slate. gather the materials that your work demands. clean paint brushes, untangle yo-yos, unroll yoga mats, suspend slack lines, fire up pottery wheels, hydrate clay, shuffle cards, charge batteries, tune instruments… feel free to write, photograph, dance, video or compose. and if you are already an accomplished writer, photographer, dancer, videographer or composer- perhaps you find the adventure in the work instead– working at something new and different. perhaps you trade composition for prose, kickboxing for kiteboarding, photography for cooking, designing video games for planting garden flowers…
choose your own work. and work everyday.
the keys to this assignment are consistency and progress. as you’ve most certainly heard before, “the journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” we recommend picking a specific time every day to do your work. keeping a regular schedule will make it easier to stay on track and stay committed working everyday. maybe you set a timer: 20min-60min. maybe you designate a room with a door to close.
eliminate all distractions. focus on your work.
document your progress. take a daily photo of your work and record your feelings and experiences in a journal entry / blog post. we will all be proud of ourselves when this week is over and hopefully these habits will continue on after the assignment expires!
please share your your work in progress via email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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plentiful or having enough (resources).
visualize. participate. share.
take three photographs representing antonyms of abundant.
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a wish, a will or a desire.
visualize. participate. share.
take three photographs representing antonyms of volition.
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adjective- lacking inspiration or excitement.
visualize. participate. share.
take three photographs representing antonyms of pedestrian.