Wednesday, May 15

Avocado Pizza for Breakfast and Coffee Talk with A Clove of Garlic, A Pinch of Salt


Have I told you guys how obsessed I am with avocados? I eat 1/2 an avocado a day with by breakfast or lunch. My most common use? To just mash it on top of my toast or bagel with a pinch of salt and dill pickles. I KNOW. I'm so strange. But I love it.

This week I sat down with Tiffany from A Clove of Garlic, A Pinch of Salt  for Coffee Talk. She is a California girl so I would imagine she gets plenty of fresh awesome creamy green avocados. Living in New Hampshire our avocados are imported from California or Mexico. This time of year they are the best... so I've been eating my fair share of them the past month or so.


When I saw this Avocado Pizza on A Clove of Garlic, a Pinch of Salt I knew I wanted it for breakfast, lunch or dinner. It's so easy, it's healthy, and it is so yummy. Tiffany uses pita bread for her pizzas, I always have pita on hand but for some reason this particular day I did not. However I had some tortillas. So I adapted her recipe a tad by using the tortilla and by adding tomatoes to the top. Yep. This now takes my former favorite breakfast of avocado toast and pickle's place as top dog. Avocados and a sunny side up egg should start my day every day.

 A Clove of Garlic, A Pinch of Salt

I have been a blog follower and friend of Tiffany's for a while now. Her blog always gives me fresh fun healthy ideas for our family. She is a school teacher with a passion for food and she  is a fellow member of Sundays With Joy. Later this summer she may even be coming to visit me up in the sticks of New England! YAY!

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I know you will all love her blog as much as I do. Recipes like this Grown Up Grilled Cheese... are exactly why I love her. She has some amazing simple, healthy, and budget friendly meal ideas. What I love most about her blog is that she breaks the recipe down and tells you what it will cost per serving. For this money saving mom it comes in handy! You can find some great Brazilian favorites on her blog too (Her hubby is from Brazil). Also, Tiffany travels a LOT... or at least to me she does. I've visited 2 countries in my 29ish years... and one was Canada and that so does not count. I have not had the opportunities *yet* to travel as much as I would like. Her blog is full of amazing trips she and her husband go on, so I live vicariously through them!

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I'm just going to pretend that I went snorkeling in the pacific and captured those gorgeous shots above... You can't snorkel in our cold Atlantic waters..... Or maybe you can... but I'm not sure I'd want to. I'd drown or die of hypothermia!
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 I'm so excited to have you on my blog today Tiffany! I have a few questions for you so my readers can get to you know you a bit more!

What made you want to start a blog?

I never really planned to start blogging, it just happened. I kept a personal blog that was private for about a year but then one week I worked my way through a Rachael Ray Weekly Meal Plan -- 7 new recipes in one week -- and I was SO PROUD of myself. I could barely cook back then, and in that week I tried things I never had even heard of: Panzanella, homemade pesto, etc... I wanted to share it with all of my friends and family yet didn't want to open up my private blog, so I just started a new one. I had NO IDEA what lie ahead from that point on... it just kind of came together, and here I am, providing food ideas for my friends and family, as well as complete strangers. Who would have guessed?!

Where do you get your inspiration in the kitchen?
 
It really comes from a variety of sources, but there are three main ones: other bloggers, for sure. I have learned so much from men and women like myself who are working hard in their kitchens to provide good and tasty food for their families. Martha Stewart's Everyday Food has been my biggest source of recipe starters -- I would see something in the magazine (which I am so sad that they discontinued ) and think, "What if I did it like this, or like that?" Then I would go out and try. Another place, though, is restaurants. I eat something I like and then chat up the waiter about the dish. If I can get the main ingredients I can pretty much figure out a way to try it at home. That is the most fun I think, but I don't do it enough. I guess I don't eat out enough now that I know how to cook -- HA!

We all have trashy foods we love.... what is that one food you are embarrassed to admit you love?

 Easy. Cheetos. I have a weak spot for Cheetos. I don't buy them, but I don't say no when they are offered to me. And then I greedily eat them all...


What is the one kitchen appliance or gadget you can't live without?

My food processor. Funny story here -- I didn't even realize all that it could do (shred, chop, puree... that thing is a beast!) and I had three of them sitting in my house. Target had made a mistake on our wedding registry and so when people would pick up the food processor (which I only listed because it seemed like something that everybody else had) it wouldn't get crossed off the list. So we wound up with three. And they wouldn't take them back... they just lived in storage until one day I figured out how amazing they are. Then I gifted one at a wedding (I know, I know... shh!) and the other one is going home with my mother-in-law to Brazil this summer. I can't wait to show her how easy it is going to make her life!

I absolutely love following your travels on your blog. One place in particular that caught my attention was Palau. Can you tell us a little about your connection there?
 
 Oh, Palau, my heart. I wound up there on a mission trip one Spring Break during college, purely because I wanted something fun to do and my church offered to pay for me... not the best reason, but it worked out for the best. When I first got there, on this little tiny island nation in the middle of the Pacific, I thought Hell itself could not compete with the temperature and I was ready to hide away the entire 10 days. Until I met the children. And I fell in love for the first time. The children were beautiful, and so was the natural beauty of the country itself.  A principal there asked me to come back to teach school -- and I didn't even need to finish college to do it -- so a year later I hopped back on a plane and taught 4th grade to little island children who filled my heart with SO MUCH JOY. For the next few years I bounced back and forth between my life here in California and my life there in Micronesia & Palau, until this last November I had the chance to take my husband with me. It was, hands down, one of the best experiences I could ask for. Here were people who had so little, almost nothing compared to what we have, and they rolled out the red carpet for us, because I had 'come home'. Instantly they took my husband in as one of their own, as well. Not that I am surprised -- we are talking about a country that has no orphanages or foster homes, no homeless people, no nursing homes for the old. Nobody has much, but everybody is loved and taken care of. We returned to the States and a week later a huge typhoon came and wiped out the simple houses my friends called home. But they didn't complain. Instead they rallied together to build shelters and move on. When I was finally able to reach them by phone they were laughing and joking around. One friend said, "Tiffany, my house is gone. But that's OK, nobody was injured." And then, "Please, send us your address so that we can mail you a package." WHAT?! Their lives are so 'simple', yet I have so much to learn from them... 


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         ~ Such an amazing connection you have with them all. I never even heard of
Micronesia & Palau until, after the Typhoon when your students ran the cookie fundraiser. Such a beautiful place filled with beautiful people. I hope I can visit there someday.


Our blogging community is filled with so much talent! I love discovering new must read blogs to add to my reader. What are a few of your favorites to follow?
 
Of course! For yummy healthy food: A Couple Cooks {http://www.acouplecooks.com/}
For great food stories and community gathering: Eat the Love {http://www.eatthelove.com/}

For a down-to-earth friend: Fearless Homemaker {http://www.fearlesshomemaker.com/}
For photography and writing that will knock your socks off: Happy Yolks {http://www.happyolks.com/}
For food I want to eat and I life that is LIVED: Marshalls Abroad {http://www.marshallsabroad.com/}
And for a look at a dual-cultural marriage such as mine, yet oh-so-very different at the same time: Rachel's Rantings in Rio {http://www.rachelsrantings.com/}

Tiffany, I just adore you and A Clove of Garlic, A Pinch of Salt! Thank you so much for taking time out to talk with me today! 
PS... Come to the New England soon so we can eat sweet potato cookies and I can turn you on to coffee and bacon.

Be sure to check out Tiffany's blog A Clove of Garlic, A Pinch of Salt.... make yourself an Avocado Pizza, and follower her on Facebook and Twitter!  







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18 comments:

  1. Looks delicious! Thank you for sharing! This I could literally eat breakfast, lunch and dinner :)

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    1. It's such a healthy quick fix! I'm obsessed.

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  2. I am CRACKING UP right now with the bacon and coffee comment. Like, I think my neighbors could hear my laugh at this moment ;) Ok, here is the deal. I will come to visit you and then we will have breakfast WITH coffee and bacon, ok? And I am pretty sure I will love it, even if I don't eat it all that often afterwards ;)

    Thank you so much for having me, Carrie! I feel honored.

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    1. Thanks so much for answering my questions! It was a lot of fun, I am pretty sure I read every one of your blog posts over the past week.

      How do you not LOVE bacon?... and coffee is what keeps me alive!

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  3. This is totally my kind of breakfast! Avocados are good for any meal! Nice to meet Tiffany as well!

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    1. Stephanie, nice to meet you, too! I am heading over to your blog RIGHT NOW. :)

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  4. Greetings Tiffany! I'm a CA gal, too. Raised in the Bay Area, now living in Sacramento. Wanna know how much I love avocados? I'm allergic to them...like sharp pains for 2 hours, allergic. And I STILL eat them. I even planted an avocado tree this year. Glutton for punishment. And *high five* on the EveryDay Food. One of my favorite times each month was getting that little magazine in the my mail box. So much sadness since they discontinued it. I even wrote Martha's people a stern letter (along with millions of others.) They have not answered the call, but I remain optimistic!

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    1. Oh my goodness, you really DO love avocados! You have me beat. For sure.

      I think I live in your old stomping grounds ;) And like you, I wrote to them and now I wait to see if they will or won't... but I hope yes!

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  5. Tiffany! As a former Cali girl, I have a weakness for avocados and I am loving those pizzas.

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    1. Once a California girl, always a California girl ;)

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  6. This pizza looks incredible! Love avocado on anything and everything!

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  7. Wow, what a delish recipe and a great feature on Tiffany! Uh, yeah, also... avocados don't last more than 30 minutes in this house. Love 'em!

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    1. I just threw an avocado away :( I was saving it for the 'right time' and it got buried under tomatoes and onions and then it was bad. HOW DID I LET THAT HAPPEN???
      Glad you appreciate them/eat them/LOVE them as well!

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  8. This is definitely my kind of breakfast, it looks so delicious :) great post!

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  9. I just read through this again... it was so fun! Thank you, Carrie! :) :) :)

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