For Christine’s birthday a couple weeks ago, we spent time at the farmer’s market and went out to the lake, and it was great. I’ve already shared that. One of the things I have yet to share is that Christine’s friends are all extraordinary cooks, but even more so, Christine is a gourmet cook herself. On Saturday morning she insisted on cooking in a variety of ways, but one which I am less comfortable with, but hope to emulate her at doing – making food without a recipe. Perhaps because of my efforts at baking, I am often less inclined to use anything other than a recipe because precise measurements are required. But, here we went, making up recipes as we went. And, I knew what I was doing (for the most part). I remembered what needed to be added, and went by taste for different flavor profiles.
While I was working on a cucumber salad and nursing some injuries, Christine was mixing up a delightful Avocado, Corn, and Black Bean Salad. I have forgotten how avocado is a great binding ingredient, in ways that historically mayonnaise or other ingredients would be. I think I tried to catch most of the things she put in the salad, and so here’s what I could see from her work:
1 can corn
1 can black beans
Chop all and mix together delicately, so as to not mash the avocado. Add salt to taste.