Smashed guacamole

Smashed guacamole

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It was only when putting a new website together for Guac that I realised I have never done a guacamole recipe. So here's my take on guac.

I hate it stodgy and creamy, that heavy mixture that reminds me of a neglected salad table at a barbeque. Instead of blending, I just mash guac with a potato masher, after chopping all the ingredients apart from the avocado really small. I like being able to see what I'm eating with guac.

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This recipe is fresh and juicy.  If I've put a chili in anything else I'm serving I'll usually leave it out of the guac, so it can be refreshing against any heat, but add or takeaway to your own taste. 

Enough for four


3 ripe avocados

1 small red onion, finely chopped

Juice 1 lime

1 chopped garlic clove (chopped down very small or smashed up in a pestle and mortar and then chopped) 

Splash of olive oil

About 2.5cm of cucumber, cut down small

Salt and pepper

Add everything to a large mixing bowl and mash, then season to taste. Thumbs up!

August out takes

August out takes  

Here's some of my favourite parts of the last of summer. You can follow behind the scenes of my Guac & Roll adventures on Instagram- @avainlondon 


Breakfasts and brunches. From top left to bottom right: lemon and poppyseed gluten free, vegan pancakes at Naomi's (yes they are magic), big old fry-up at my Auntie's house, birthday breakfast for my Dad at home, and a get-well soon porridge just for me back in London.


Out and about: swooning over the shelves at the Life Goddess in Fitzrovia (go for the soy flat whites, stock up on orzo and amazing wheat pasta shapes). Other people's houses means other people's recipe books! Doing a bit of Sunday research with Nigel Slater whilst on a mini-seaside holiday. My first trip to a vegan restaurant in York, at the Goji Cafeand the smoked tofu burger that BLEW MY MIND! And finally, a sweetcorn salsa for a birthday party with fresh corn and spring onions.


Dinners to eat again and again: hearty ratatouille with everything from the fridge, Amelie's beautiful stuffed tomatoes, homemade chips and runner bean dinner I could eat every night of the week (yes I am inviting myself over again Amelie!). Seedy dinner with broccoli, sesame seeds, sunflower seeds, tomatoes, radishes and giant cous cous. A fresh summer pizza with asparagus, leek and torn basil.


Last days of summer: watermelon and cocktails at a house party, berries galore on holiday, a beautiful roasted vegetable tart at my BFFs, and a last attempt at making acorn squash tasty, roasted with marjoram and onion (nope, still not tasty).