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My 501st post: Spicy Cumin Guacamole and Bacon Sandwich

Guacamole and Bacon Sandwich

500 posts (and even more recipes) on eat in my kitchen and I missed it! Sunday’s cinnamon peach cake was the big jubilee recipe and it would have been more than festive enough to raise a glass of champagne, but anyways, this chance is missed and over. So, today I celebrate the 501st post with a spicy guacamole bacon sandwich, refined with citrusy coriander and hot chili peppers. The meat’s smokey saltiness wonderfully breaks the velvety smoothness of the Mexican dip and makes it hearty and rich. I wanted to write about this creation much earlier but after July’s hot tempered discussion about a green pea guacamole recipe caused by Melissa Clark’s article in the New York Times, I lost interest and faith in further guacamole variations.

But this is in the past now, like all the 500 recipes that found their way from my humble kitchen in Berlin (and Malta) to so many people and other kitchens all over the world. How all of this could happen still amazes me. I just write about what happens on my cooker or in my oven and then it reaches whoever feels inspired by the title, the pictures or the story behind each post. In the past, before eat in my kitchen, I used to just cook or bake my recipes, sometimes just once but most of the time they became staples, dishes that always come back to my table. Obviously, the taste and look would vary slightly as no recipe is always the same. But now I can come here, like everybody else, and see the whole collection of meals that passed through our kitchen. This is really beautiful – and inspiring for myself as I tend to forget about recipes.

At the moment, I need all my time to write for my cookbook which is a totally different experience on another level. The web is digital, it changes constantly with a pace that can be intimidating at times but a printed book is unchangeable. I’ll be able to feel it in my hands when I thumb through the pages, to lay it on my kitchen table, and I like this feeling, it’s real. It’s as real as all the wonderful messages I’ve been receiving from you from the start, messages about all the recipes that inspired you or simply teased your appetite.

Thank you! xx

A note on the side: In my opinion, guacamole can easily take variations as any other dish – as long as it pleases the personal taste of the creator. This is part of our worldwide kitchen culture, it’s makes it richer every day, it evolves, changes and always finds its way back to its roots. It’s a gift that shows that a culture is alive, not a threat.

Guacamole and Bacon Sandwich

 

Guacamole and Bacon Sandwich

Spicy Cumin Guacamole and Bacon Sandwich

Makes 3 sandwiches

dark, rustic buns, cut in half, 3
breakfast bacon 6-9 slices
fresh red chili pepper, seeded and sliced, 1/4

For the guacamole

large ripe avocado 1 (or 2 small ones), the flesh scraped out
sour cream 2-3 heaped tablespoons
freshly squeezed lemon juice 1 tablespoon
fresh coriander leaves, roughly chopped, 3 heaped tablespoons plus a few leaves for the topping
ground cumin, a pinch
fine sea salt
ground pepper

In a bowl, chop the avocado with a knife until chunky, stir in the sour cream, lemon juices, coriander, cumin, salt and pepper. Mix well, season to taste and set aside.

In a heavy pan, cook the bacon until crisp, transfer to kitchen paper to remove excess fat.

Spread the guacamole voluptuously on the bottom side of the buns, sprinkle with chili pepper and lay the bacon on top. Finish it off with a few coriander leaves, close the bun and enjoy!

Guacamole and Bacon Sandwich

 

Guacamole and Bacon Sandwich

 

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Shrimp Sandwich with Cumin Guacamole, Coriander and Chili Peppers

Shrimp Sandwich with Cumin Guacamole

Sometimes I sit in my kitchen, or on my sofa in the living room, I close my eyes and imagine food. Just food. I can see colourful ingredients, vegetables, seafood, spices and herbs, or beautiful dishes carefully prepared on plates. I don’t have to do anything, these pictures appear naturally in front of my inner eye. It’s a helpful gift and the reason I never fear running out of inspiration, as long as I take my time to sit down with a cup of tea, relax and let go my kitchen ideas will come to me.

Culinary daydreams are fun and I particularly enjoy the ones about new sandwich creations. It makes me feel like a child in a toy shop. I can pull any ingredient out of the imaginary shelf, mix wildly and create whatever comes to mind on the plates, or I can keep it simple and work (or dream) minimal. Fruit and ripe cheese is always a great match, but there’s so much more, sweet and salty, creamy and crunchy, sour and spicy, fresh and aged aromas, there are endless possibilities.

It’s an exciting process as I never know how it will taste until I finished taking the last picture and enjoy the first bite. Some recipes are hard to imagine but I always follow my gut feeling (literally) and that’s quite reliable. Today I felt like cumin guacamole, it’s a great fusion of this distinctive spice and the wonderful velvety fruit, they truly bring out the best in each other! I merged this duo with the salty taste of the sea, fresh herbs and some hot spiciness. Shrimp, avocado, coriander and red chili peppers stuffed between a bun, my daydreaming was right, it was delicious!

A special event calls for action, I’m asking for your help! The wonderful Saveur Magazine opened the nominations for their Food Blog Award 2015 and it would be great if you could support eat in my kitchen. You just have to hop over to Saveur.com, choose the categories that you feel my blog fits best and fill in www.eatinmykitchen.meikepeters.com, here is the link for the nomination!

Thank you so much! Meike xx

Shrimp Sandwich with Cumin Guacamole

 

Shrimp Sandwich with Cumin Guacamole

Shrimp Sandwich with Cumin Guacamole, Coriander and Chili Peppers

For 2 sandwiches you need

buns, cut in half, 2
shrimps, cooked and peeled, 100g / 3.5 ounces
small ripe avocados, peeled, 2
sour cream 3 tablespoons
freshly squeezed lemon juice, to taste
a pinch of cumin
salt and pepper
fresh red chili pepper, thinly sliced, 1
fresh coriander leaves, a small handful
black peppercorns, crushed in a mortar, for the topping

Cut 1 avocado into slices, chop the second one with a fork and mix with 2 tablespoons of the sour cream. Season with lemon juice, cumin, salt and pepper to taste.

Divide the guacamole between the 2 buns and spread it voluptuously on the bottom half. Lay the shrimp and avocado slices on top and sprinkle with the remaining sour cream, the chili pepper, crushed pepper and coriander leaves. Enjoy!

Shrimp Sandwich with Cumin Guacamole

 

Shrimp Sandwich with Cumin Guacamole

 

Shrimp Sandwich with Cumin Guacamole