Cooling Avocado, Mint & Carrot Leaf Dip (v)

Avocado, Mint & Carrot Leaf Dip

You could probably call this dip Guacamole, but where I make my guacamole with garlic and chilli and keep the avocado chunky this “dip” is smooth and cooling with hints of flavour coming from the mint and the sweet carrot leaves. It is a great, quick recipe that sits just as well alongside grilled meats as it would with crisps (chips) and salsa.

I love the addition of sweet carrot leaves, using them is another way to ensure that nothing is wasted from your weekly shop or kitchen garden and they are a great alternative to parsley or other herbs.

  • One ripe avocado, peeled & stoned
  • One tablespoon of crème fraîche
  • A small handful of carrot leaves
  • Two fresh mint leaves
  • Juice of half a lemon
  • A pinch of sea salt

Put all the ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.

As avocado oxidises once cut, this dip will keep in the fridge for no more than a day or so.

Garden Refurbishment

Garden ToolsTwelve months ago, in March 2014 I moved house and left behind a garden that I had nurtured and loved for over ten years. Decades of life as a railway sidings and (more recently) a building site had left the soil devoid of nutrients and littered with rubble. From Coke bottles to steel pipes, I found it all when I was doing my best to work some life back into the land. Leaving it behind was probably harder than leaving the house I had called home for so long but new beginnings bring new challenges and the little garden in my new home was certainly a challenge to behold.

An oversized shed which was home to damp, mildew and the occasional rat, sat precariously on a deck that was sinking south, held up with rotten posts and sheer luck. Grass that lacked care and attention covered the rest of the garden, bordered only in places with some shrubs and small trees.

Over the last year I have sat at my table, eyes fixed on my patch. What did I want from my garden. Neat and contemporary? A busy cottage garden? Or, a mix of both? I scoured books, poured over Pinterest and paced the aisles of garden centres for inspiration.

Rotten Wood

Rotten Wood

The end of the garden shelves down quite steeply and ends with a fence and an original drystone wall. Realistically, there was nothing to be done apart from back filling the gap with rubble and top soil or replace the existing decking. After taking some advice it was felt that back filling it could put pressure issues on the dry stone wall and without some [costly] retention work being carried out there was a risk that it could slip and end up in the road. Decking seemed the more sensible and purse friendly option.

I like to have somewhere to sit in the warm weather, book in one hand, beverage in the other and the more and more I thought about it, decking seemed liked the best option. Sheltered by the fence from the wind, shaded from hot weather by the tree and bathed in sunshine during the afternoon, the bottom of the garden was shaping up to be the new and improved seating area in phase one of garden refurb 2015!

After obtaining several quotations, I employed a local firm to come and do the major building work for me. Today they began.

Monday 25th May, 2015.