I’ve been consumed with the idea of simplifying my life over the last few weeks. First, I somehow stumbled upon this blog. I loved the simplicity, the minimalism, the emphasis on doing more with less. Then I purchased the The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo (can’t remember exactly how I first heard about it but it’s going viral) and I loved the concept of surrounding myself with only those belongings that “spark joy”.
So I’ve started purging and it feels good. I removed a full garbage bag from my bathroom: Why, why, oh why did I own multiple black eyeliner pencils and bottles of “volumizing” mousse that I never use?? It is so nice to see everything I need every day in one drawer (ok you caught me, two drawers but they are small). Glorious, happy feelings all around, let me tell you.
I’m currently working through my closet, which was significantly paired down in early January, and I’ve made great progress. I’ve always followed such complicated logic when it came to what to keep and it is so refreshing to run my hands over my clothes and just let go of everything that isn’t currently, at this very moment, making me happy. It is such an odd feeling, but a good one: freedom and relief mixed with deep satisfaction. I’m toying with the idea of a capsule wardrobe, have you heard of the concept? How do you feel about it? Am I totally crazy? <– (answer to this last one, is obviously yes)
What does this have to do with food? Hmm, guess I’m not entirely sure, but I do know I want to start sharing more recipes like this simple avocado toast on the blog. Because food is life (that is the title of this blog after all) and if I want my life to be simple then shouldn’t I first start with food?
No single recipe has been repeated more often in our house then avocado toast. It’s our favorite breakfast or quick snack and while we usually dress our avocado toast classically with just olive oil, red pepper flakes and salt this is a new twist and I’m currently loving it. It says spring (without actually requiring any spring produce, because I live in Chicago and it snowed not too long ago – boo).
Avocado Orange Toast
What this recipe lacks in ingredients it makes up for in flavor. Avocado toast isn’t revolutionary but I tried it with a Cara Cara orange recently at Dove’s Luncheonette and I was hooked. The citrus punch transforms the avocado which shouldn’t be surprising given avocado + lime = guacamole amazingness. Lesson learned.
1 thick slice of good bread, toasted
1/2 a ripe avocado
1/2 an orange
a couple slices of red onion
sherry/white wine vinegar or lime/lemon juice
course sea salt
Special Equipment Needed:None
These are very nitpick-y instructions for something as simple as avocado toast but after making 1,000,000 of these I consider myself an expert. First, take a small bowl and cover the red onion slices with the vinegar or citrus juice (I used sherry vinegar but any time of acid will work). Set aside.
Cut the toast thick, at least 1 inch. If it’s a good artisan loaf that was brought home not too long ago toast it lightly. If it’s slightly older, that will work too, but toast it a little longer to make sure it’s nice and crisp.
Using a fork mash the avocado onto the toast. You can simply peel the orange but this a good time to try your knife skills at supreming if you so wish. I started off on the supreming route and then got, well hungry, so I ended up partially pulling apart the slices and leaving some membrane on. Top toast with the orange slices, red onion and the lightest sprinkle of course salt.