Who doesn’t love the tempting flavours of Mexico? With Cinco de Mayo around the corner, it’s a perfect time to set an outdoor buffet and start the fiesta.
Dabble Savvy: Make the décor as texturally interesting as the food with lacy paper banners, rugged wood furniture and smooth burnished metals.
- 4 ripe avocados, halved and pitted
- 3 tbsp fresh lime juice
- ½ cup chopped tomato
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- ⅓ red onion, finely diced
- ½ cup chopped fresh cilantro
- ¼ tsp sea salt
- 5 drops cholula hot sauce, or your favourite brand
Scoop the avocado into a bowl, and smash with a fork. Add the remaining ingredients and stir to combine.
- 2 large pineapples, peeled, cored, and sliced into ¾” rings
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- ¼ tsp sea salt
- 1 cup sour cream
- 1 tbsp fresh lime juice
- ¼ cup sweetened shredded coconut
- 2 fresh red chilies, thinly sliced, or ½ tsp crushed red pepper flakes
Preheat a grill to medium heat. In a large bowl, toss the pineapple slices with the oil and sea salt. Place the pineapple rings directly on the grill and cook for 2 to 3 minutes, then turn gently and cook for another 2 to 3 minutes, or until grill marks appear. Arrange the grilled pineapple on a serving platter.
Preheat the oven to 325° F and toast the coconut in a small pan for 3 minutes, or until it is golden brown. In a plastic squeeze bottle, combine the sour cream and lime juice and shake to mix well. Drizzle the sour cream–lime sauce over the grilled pineapple rings, and sprinkle them with the toasted coconut and chilies.
DIY to DYE for
- 1 fiber-reactive dye kit
- 2 rubber gloves
- 1 medium mixing bowl
- 2 (1-gallon) buckets
- Iron & Ironing board
- 3 to 4 yards of fabric
Wash then dry the fabric to be dyed with the soap provided by the dye manufacturer (in dye kit). In a medium mixing bowl, prepare the liquid concentrate: Mix together 1 cup water, 2 to 4 tbsp urea, and 2 tbsp dye. In a bucket, prepare a soda solution by stirring 9 tbsp soda ash into 1 gallon warm water. Wear rubber gloves to handle the liquid concentrate during the dying process.
Place the fabric in a separate empty bucket and pour the liquid concentrate on top, pressing the fabric with your gloved hands so the liquid completely covers the fabric. Press out any air bubbles, and let the fabric sit for 15 minutes in the concentrate.
Add the soda solution, and press the fabric again to completely cover with the liquid. Leave the fabric to soak in the dye mixture for 1 hour. Then, wearing rubber gloves, remove and wring out fabric under running water. Rinse the fabric until the water runs clear. Wash the dyed fabric in hot water in your washer, then dry in the dryer. Press with a hot iron.