Random days of salsa


I’m going to keep this post short, because really, I’m not sure what else I can actually say about salsa– except perhaps that they have such a striking combination of colours that make them perfect for photographing. Thus the abundance of photos in this entry.

One of the best parts about making salsas and dips, in my opinion, is the instant gratification. Chopping things up is easy enough, and that’s really all that needs to be done here, and maybe a little bit of mashing too. Out of the most simple ingredients, you can quickly create something refreshing to share with everyone, giving you more time for equally refreshing conversations.

Some time last week, my Mother came home with a basket full of avocados. She looked at me and said, “What are we making with these?” Personally, I am perfectly happy eating avocados sprinkled with sugar and a little bit of milk, or using them in one of our favourites, the Avocado Pound Cake. But I wanted to make something I have never made before. I had a couple of ideas in my head, one of which was guacamole.


To be quite honest, I can’t recall whether I’ve ever had guacamole before, so I’m assuming I haven’t. What I like about this version, though I can’t claim whether it’s the best since I have no basis to say so, is that it’s quite light and nicely flavoured what with the onions, lime and cilantro. I got this recipe from here. It’s really quite simple and took me maybe 10 minutes to whip up. I even had plenty of time to make a recipe card for you!


I’m not so used to finishing up in the kitchen so quickly so I figured I’d make another kind of dip, you know, for those who look upon the green guacamole with disdain. I love avocado so I had no doubt I would gobble guacamole up even though this is technically the first time I’m eating it. My baby brother on the other hand, would not even go near it, so it was a good thing I made some Tomato Salsa. I love tomatoes and it is something we always have abundantly in the fridge, so it was an easy enough decision to make.


I remember seeing this concoction for Tomato Salsa a while back, when I first browsed this book by Jamie Oliver. I absolutely adore the lovely flavours of cilantro and lime together, both of which really get to shine here because of the mildness of the tomatoes. The crunchy juiciness of this salsa was perfect with the crunchiness of the tortilla chips.

Tomato Salsa recipe

I actually did not intend to make any of these, but sometimes it’s just nice not to have a plan and to do things spontaneously. There’s less pressure, and it feels a lot more relaxed. Days like these don’t happen a lot to me. I only ever get Sundays off, so I try to stuff everything I want to do in one day. Can you imagine spending the rest of the week busily working only to have your Sundays fit into a schedule too? There’s just so many things I want to do that I feel like I have to plot everything out so I can have time for all of it.

There are days when it feels particularly tiring, but it has become nearly second nature to me, so I allow myself to slack off sometimes because I feel like I owe it to myself. And usually that means a day off from the kitchen, or the drawing board, or the computer… a day off from doing pretty much anything except catching up on the latest episodes of my favourite TV shows.

But when you have all the ingredients staring right at you, you just can’t help it.


How do you all like the recipe cards, by the way? Shall I make this a regular thing? (And by that I mean as regular as my allotted time for blogging could possibly make it haha!)


  1. frugalfeeding
    16 April, 2012

    One doesn’t need to say much about salsa. It’s fresh and delicious – what else does one need to know. This looks lovely.

    1. Clarisse Shaina
      16 April, 2012

      Thank you! And I agree with everything you said. 🙂

  2. Kaila Ocampo
    16 April, 2012

    Cla, you can make your cookbook na talaga! @[email protected]

    You should have a header warning. “Don’t visit with an empty tummy!” TT_TT

    1. Clarisse Shaina
      16 April, 2012

      Aww Kai, I wish. T_T

      You make me hungry with all the yummy photos of Japanese treats on your blog too, so quits na tayo!!! >:D<

  3. thebentoorganizer
    1 July, 2014

    I wish you can put the cost hehe, I love everything in this post! 🙂


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