Like so many of you, guacamole has always been one of my favorite party staples. It’s fairly easy to assemble, making it a go-to crowd pleaser. Many years ago I was quickly thrown off course when planning to make this signature side for friends. When I pulled my avocados out of their thin plastic grocery bag, I revealed rock hard, pale green ovals. Clearly they weren’t ripe. Instead of laughing it off like a normal person and saying, “Oh well, I guess we won’t have guac today!” I turned into a mad woman and proceeded to cut (or shall I say saw) into them.
I insisted that I stuck to this plan as I became overwhelmed with the belief that I was a failure if I didn’t meet and exceed everyone’s expectations while entertaining. I couldn’t possibly turn the focus of this fun celebration into what would now be remembered as the year of the guacamole deficit.
So I continued to work. Not socialize with my friends. Not turn my attention to the other wonderful dishes I had prepared. Nope, not a chance. I had tunnel vision reassuring me I wasn’t going to be defeated by a fruit (or vegetable, I’ve never been quite clear…) I wouldn’t go down like this.
When the fork proved to be useless, I pulled out my flat cheese grater to shred, yes shred the green flesh into confetti-like shavings.
If this wasn’t a sign to get over it (you’ll soon find out that it was not…), then the next parts certainly were.
I actually proceeded to add the lime juice, tomatoes, chopped red onion and seasonings to this pathetic mixture. Bitter matchstick avocados were sadly covered in a layer of garlic salt and swimming in citrus. You couldn’t even stick a chip into it.
What was the point? It wasn’t something I was proud to serve so why would I even bother? Why did I have to be sooo friggen stubborn?
It was in that moment I finally realized how important it is to go with the flow. I reflected on the amount of time I wasted and energy I expelled towards the wrong project. It started to make sense how much easier my days could be if moving forwards, I loosened up if something wasn’t exactly ‘perfect’. I needed to learn that no one would lose respect for me if I served 24 choices instead of 25. I had to remind the little nag inside my head that no one had standards for me as intense as the ones I had pressured myself with.
Being the planner that I am, this silly situation actually helped me gain perspective. While it’s great to have a schedule, it’s also important to know how to venture off of it when necessary. I am now able to adapt to scenarios, embrace spontanaiety and be (more) free of these strict self-imposed guidelines. Life is simply not lived in black and white.
Ultimately, it wasn’t a lost cause. I’ve learned a few hard-hitting lessons since that day that I would love to share with all of you: 1. Remember there’s always time for a new plan (which could be better than the original), 2. when things don’t go as you hoped be sure to take a deep breathe, be resourceful and let go, 3. most importantly of all, always buy ripe avocados.
Here’s how this dip was supposed to go:
2 ripe avocados
6 Campari tomatoes, chopped
1/4 cup red onion, diced
2 tablespoons lime juice
About 2 teaspoons garlic salt
Pepper to taste
Spoon avocados into a small bowl.
Add tomatoes and onion.
Squirt in lime juice.
Mix well and season with garlic salt and pepper.
Mash together until texture becomes creamier.
Eat and enjoy wherever your plans may take you.
Also try That’s SO Jenn’s Avocado Crab Dip