Happy New Year. I wish you all a happy and blessed 2015.
I have started the year as I mean to go on. Some yummy food, some time at the beach and in the sea and then soaking in the bath with a glass of bubbles (the alcoholic kind not the bath kind). Not a bad start to 2015 🙂
I have also written a list of things I am going to achieve this year. It isn't so much a resolution list, more, well more like a list of yearly objectives. Are they the same thing? Maybe, but I find resolutions start all at once and then once one gets broken it is far to easy to give up. This is a list that I want to achieve by 2016. So if I don't start one until October then it doesn't matter at all.
- Continue with the blog and post 4-5 times a week.
- Develop my blog further, perhaps with an ecookbook.
- Make time each month to have an individual date with each of my little men. I'm starting this one tomorrow by taking Mr 7 for lunch.
- Put the washing away when I take it off the washing line, rather than stacking it in a pile. 😳 Think this one is by far the most ambitious!
- Sit down for lunch with my bestie more than twice in the next 12 months! Sorry for this year Trudes x
- Plan and build my dream kitchen in the new house. Excited about this one, I love kitchens.
- Make an effort to cook more desserts for my family (and the blog).
- Buy the Christmas presents for my nephews before September so I can get them sent to the UK by ship. Thus meaning I can buy bigger and heavier items.
- Work out how to use my DSLR in Manual Mode. At the moment it is a bit hit and miss so I revert back to my known and trusted Aperture Mode.
- Moisturise every day.
I did consider putting 'Have a date with George Cloony' on there, but I figured that might be a pipe dream!
So shall I share more about the yummy food? I treated myself this morning and started the day with a Grilled Avocado and a Smoked Salmon Cream. It was divine. So completely and utterly scrumptious that I ate both halves!
If you haven't tried grilled avocado then please give it a go, the flavour and texture are delicious. And in my eyes anything that has sour cream and smoked salmon in it is a winning dish.
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Grilled Avocado and a Smoked Salmon Cream
- 1 ripe but still firm avocado
- 3 tbsp sour cream
- ¼ tsp creamed horseradish
- 100 g smoked salmon
- 1 tsp dill
- 1 tsp lemon zest
- pinch salt
- freshly cracked black pepper
- Place a ridged griddle pan on a high heat.
- Cut the avocado in half and remove the stone.
- Place the avocado halves onto the hot griddle, cut side down.
- Press down lightly and then leave to cook and charr, for about 5 minutes.
- Meanwhile make up the smoked salmon cream.
- In a small bowl mix together the sour cream and the horseradish.
- Finely chop the smoked salmon and add it to the cream.
- Stir through the dill and lemon zest, check for seasoning and add salt if required.
- Gently push the avocados down and then remove from the pan.
- Top each avocado hole with a large spoonful of smoked salmon cream and served with a wedge of lemon and a garnish of black pepper.