I promised myself I wouldn’t talk about how hot it is here or about how I’m covered in sweat before 10 a.m. But, I have to break that silence if I’m going to get anything done. This is what I think we should do.
Call in sick today. We’ll sit around a pool eating fruity popsicles and watching old episodes of Veronica Mars (an American t.v. series about a smart female heroine who solves big and small mysteries as a scrappy teenage sleuth).
Have you seen the series? I missed out during it’s original t.v. run from 2004-2007. The dialogue is witty and compelling, the characters and their relationships are well developed, and the story is thrilling.
Pretty convincing, right?
I have to get real for a minute. I’m working on a pasta piece with video, photographs, recipe, story—you know, the whole shebang. So this video I shot at Cape Cod last week will be as close as I get to swimming today and as for popsicles and Veronica Mars, I’m all set. The freezer is stocked with strawberry yogurt pops and season two is on for later tonight. Clearly, I’m not much of a rebel without a partner in crime.
We can always plan to skip out of work another day and head to the ocean instead of the pool.
Until then there’s this avocado cream cheese dip that is both light and effortless. No heat or mechanical equipment required. I like to serve it with corn chips and whatever raw vegetables I have in the refrigerator. Hope this gets you through the heat. I’m going to raid the freezer now.
Avocado-Cream Cheese Dip
makes about 1 1/2 cups
1 1/2 ripe avocados, peeled and seeded
1/4 cup whipped cream cheese (dairy-or tofu-based)
1/4 teaspoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
1 1/2 tablespoons fresh chives, chopped
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/2 cup tomatoes, seeded and chopped
1/2 cup cucumbers, chopped
In a medium-sized bowl, mash avocado with a fork.
Add the cream cheese, lemon juice, chives, salt, and pepper then mix together until well combined. Gently stir the chopped tomatoes and cucumbers into the dip.
Serve immediately with corn tortilla chips, crackers, or your favorite raw vegetables.