Monday, December 6, 2010

Max makes Guacamole, and wrapping presents for boys

My little Max made Mexican dinner the other night. The highlight was guacamole, since he loves avocado. Making dinner for the family was on his school list of things and chores to do at home, everybody in his classroom had to do 7 things from a list of 10, and I think that he did pretty well :-).

The best guacamole is the one my Mexican primo Alejandro makes. Actually, he makes different types, all good, but when I have to make it I have some personal preferences:
1 I prefer smooth to chunky
2 I like it green, no tomatoes
3 I prefer garlic to onion
4 I don't like it spicy, I want to taste the avocado, not the chili.

Fussy ehhhh!!! So I gave Max all the ingredients for a garlic and cilantro smooth guacamole.
He had to mush (with a pestle) 5 small avocado with the juice of half a lemon. Then he added the garlic, squeezed (that was hard work!!!)

Finally he chopped the cilantro in my hollow herb chopping board (it comes with a curved herb knife which is quite easy to use). He likes doing that. He added the salt, to taste, and that took a while (he was adding about a grain at the time, just to be safe).

Taaaa Daaa!!! It was lovely! It was part of a roll your own tortilla meal: warm tortilla, refried beans (these came from a can, just had to re-heat them) sliced tomatoes, grated cheese, guacamole and chili sauce (from a bottle). I prepared it all, and we all enjoyed it.

And finally, the Xmas idea of the day: wrapping present for boys with tags made out of rugby players cards: this is going to Japan, where they love the All Blacks!

Photos by Alessandra Zecchini ©


  1. What a wonderful list of things for a young boy to do, especially making dinner for the family. The guac looks delicious.

  2. Il ragazzo promette bene...mooolto bene!:)

  3. Pagno ed io, ogni giorno aggiungiamo nella nostra max insalata un avocado...lo adoriamo!

    Buonissimo il guacamole, a me piace piccante ^_^
    Baci e buon inizio settimana

  4. Tale mamma...tale figlio!
    Bravo Max, che bello quando anche ai maschietti piace la cucina!
    anche ai miei piace!

    un bacione Ale!

  5. This is wonderful, i had been always looking for similar recipe, this is just yum, Thanks for stopping by my blog and for ur kind words of appreciation :)

  6. This looks delicious. I really like the idea of using boy's cards for gift tags.

  7. hello. I like your use of garlic in the guacamole, I often use very finely diced spanish onion but will try garlic next time (although not many ripe avocados in London right now). Thanks for visiting my site too, glad you liked it :) Alanna

  8. You're lucky to have a little boy like Max to make Mexican meal.
    guacamole looks very good.
    see you soon

  9. It must be in his DNA. He did a great job. I hope you are having a wonderful day. Blessings...Mary

  10. Very cool! I can only imagine how proud you must feel. "Wrap your own" night is very popular around our house too, especially because it means I can slip in one topping that might be a little intense for kids and they can satisfy themselves with all the more straightforward choices.


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