Guess what today is?
27 years ago today, my poor mother laboured for many hours in a hospital bed. Then I came into the world, all 5 lbs. 10oz of me. My older sister’s dreams of being an only child were shattered in those moments and life has never been the same.
That’s right, today is my birthday.
I look forward to painting my toenails a glorious shade of fuchsia, travelling into the “big city” with my growing family, eating the most delicious tuna tacones the world has ever known and then finishing it off with a double scoop ice cream cone. Chocolate dipped waffle cone please.
What could be a better way to say, “Happy Birthday” to me? I can’t wait to see our little guy’s face covered in his first ice cream cone experience, and I can’t wait to spend an evening by the ocean side, enjoying every minute this life has to offer.
I’m not getting older, only more beautiful and wise.
But what is a birthday without a gift? Well, I love to give, so here is my gift to you.
This avocado cilantro dressing is an amalgamation of some of my most favourite of flavours. It is thick, decadent and complex. It also works fabulous as a dip. So think of me today my friends, I’ll be thinking of you as I down my double scoop of peanut butter fudge…
Avocado & Cilantro Dressing
1 large ripe avocado
3/4 bunch cilantro (about 1 cup loosely packed)
juice of 1 lime
juice of 1 lemon
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
1 clove garlic, grated or minced
1-2 Tbsp red wine vinegar
up to a 1/4 cup white balsamic vinegar
1. Scoop out flesh of avocado and place in blender or food processor.
2. Add cilantro, citrus juices, garlic, 1 Tbsp of red wine vinegar and olive oil.
3. Blend on low, adding remaining red wine vinegar and white balsamic vinegar to taste as you go, until emulsified. You may want to add more olive oil and vinegar/citrus juices to thin out. This dressing is quite thick, but if you add too much liquid, it does take away from the delicate flavour of the avocado.
** Just a note that this dressing is FANTASTIC on pasta salad too.
It’s also quite a few members of my family’s birthday in March as well. So happy birthday to Mom, Judy, Roni and Jasmine too! I’m thinking of you all!