#274 salsa de aguacate

Yum! This isn’t your average guacamole, it’s got a flair of its own and definitely brings w hole lot to the table, whether it’s as a topping for your tacos or as a dip with some chips, you just have to try this easy recipe for your next get-together!

  • 5 green tomatillos
  • 2 Serrano chiles
  • 1 avocado
  • 1/2 medium white onion
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 1/2 cup of cilantro
  • 1/4 cup of lime juice
  • 1 teaspoon of salt

Directions are way too easy: simply add all the ingredients to the blender and puree for about a minute until smooth! The sauce is luckily easily adapted thanks to an awesome life hack for those of us smack in the middle of Winter with no access to green tomatillos or Serrano chiles! To replace the green tomatillos, which are pretty much a no-find here in Europe, just add a crisp leaf of lettuce and a relatively unripe regular tomato for a similar effect – though never quite the same, it fools the taste buds! As for the Serrano chiles, I use jalapeƱos, which are spicier, so add according to your own personal spice-o-meter!

I love stumbling across a food video on social media and deciding on the spot to make it immediately! This was definitely the case when I saw this recipe on my beloved kiwilimon’s Facebook page. This could be called a guacamole sort by many. However, for culinary purposes, I just love to call it a sauce, as it serves exactly this purpose to perfectly pour over my tacos, rather than as a complement to them. The tangy effect that comes from the tomatillos is hard to get in most place of the world, but managed to make it work here in the old world with a hack that made our day!

I work just a block off the city’s market square, where every Tuesday & Friday official market days take place, with market stalls traditionally set out all over for trading. It’s a wonderful experience & I most certainly plan on documenting it this summer, when the weather is nicer & the sun shines bright on those beautiful fruits and vegetables! Market squares are an important feature of many towns and cities around the world, and even more so to Leipzig, which since 1556 has been the main city square and also the site for the Christmas Market, the Easter Market, the Wine Festival and the Market Days, as well as the final destination for many of the organized protests that take place in the city.

Even though the square itself is a beautiful urban display of architectural styles, I just love how it comes alive for market days! Which is why it was so sad this past year during the pandemic to see how empty the city center was, especially on the beloved market days. The market was closed for a mere two weeks before protests broke out that it just had to be allowed again. You see, it’s more of a cultural thing and for many elderly it’s actually the week’s day out. Despite social distancing and COVID restrictions, such as masks & enough space between the market stalls, PLUS it being one of the harshest Winters Leipzig has seen in the past 10 years, the market was as lively as ever both days of the week, and grannies & grandpas galore made their way diligently every morning to get their fresh produce as they have for most of their lifetime.

Getting out from work on these days is perfect, as vendors are selling whatever they can at the prices they can in order to close up for the day. The deals I find only make it so much better! My favorite produce at the market by far are avocados, limes, & cilantro. A whole lot cheaper than at the supermarket, these goodies are also of better quality and best of all, package free for a larger amount than at the supermarket. The best part of getting them at a bargain price & in bigger quantities is being able to enjoy them in this delicious sauce I can make for the entire weekend. I recommend you try it yourself!


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