The other weekend, I had this idea of inviting my best friends over instead of picking some place to eat which is sometimes an arduous task. And since a few of my friends have been wanting to try what I make for the blog, this was a perfect opportunity. I did go all out to pretty up the table too, and told everyone the dresscode was “girly”. Couldn’t have been a more perfect brunch!
This is Part One of my Girly Brunch recipes.
On the menu was:
Dragonfruit and Strawberry Guacamole (featured here today)
Roasted Beet and Leek Quiche with a Gluten Free Superfood Crust
Raw Banoffee Cheesecake
I also made a batch of gluten free cinnamon rolls, which you see in the photo, but the recipe is far from perfect as the dough was super fiddly and requires a lot of patience to handle… I will revisit another day, and will only report back success. They were still delicious though.
The guacamole was absolutely the best starter, served with gluten free mixed corn tortilla chips. I’m obsessed with avocados, I think it’s something that can do no wrong, and adding strawberries and dragonfruit really made the guacamole very special. It might sound weird, but if you look it up, avocados are actually berries, which makes sense as to why it would pair well with strawberries. And then you find out, strawberries aren’t really berries, so then that doesn’t make sense anymore and I lost my case. Can you just trust me? The flavours make sense! I also add chives and a pinch of salt to bring the guacamole balance back to savoury, just enough, for a delicious dip.
Not only are avocados probably the best fruits on the planet, they’re really good for you too. They’re high in really good-for-you fats, including oleic acid such as those found in olive oil, important for the absorption of fat-soluble vitamins as well as an anti-inflammatory agent. Not only are avocados great for your heart health, they also contribute to good skin and hair health.
Strawberries are an amazing source of vitamin C, and so is dragonfruit. Dragonfruit also boasts an impressive iron content. Mix these all together, you can’t have a more nutritious guacamole! Well, a hint more vitamin C from the lime juice sure helps…
- ½ white dragonfruit
- 1 punnet strawberries (about ¾ cup)
- 2 ripe avocados
- Juice of two limes
- Handful chives, chopped
- Pinch of salt, to taste
- Peel and slice the dragonfruit into small cubes. Depending on the size of the strawberries (mine were really small), slice them up in halves or quarters.
- Cut the avocados in half, remove the seed and scoop out the flesh, more or less whole, from the skin. Cut up the flesh roughly into small cubes.
- Place the dragonfruit, strawberries and avocado cubes together in a bowl. Squeeze over the juice of two limes, making sure you don’t get seeds into the bowl. Add the chives and a pinch of salt, carefully stir together till well combined. Have a taste – it should be just seasoned.
- Perfect served with corn tortillas.
Enjoy! xx, Bee