This weekend we had a delicious potluck brunch but I was overwhelmed with food choices and so I forgot to take many pictures. I tried to recreate Saving Grace’s amazing espressado, but now that I know what’s in it, it is definitely only coming out on the specialist of occasions. Seriously, it is amazing.

  • 2 avocados
  • 300 ml sweetened condensed milk (yes, this is a lot)
  • 5 shots of espresso
  • 5 teaspoons vanilla
  • ice

This recipe makes seven drinks, so I guess it isn’t so bad. Just combine everything in a blender (I went bit by bit in the bullet, which, contrary to popular (my) belief, doesn’t actually serve you a burrito or milkshake or whatever you ask for) and blend, adding things until it tastes delicious.

Also featured at brunch was another clafouti, these blue cheese brie and fig puffs, mac and cheese, so much beautiful fruit, bacon (obvs!) and a watermelon salad.

The watermelon salad is so refreshing, just cubed watermelon, cucumber, feta, and basil. I predict many watermelon salads this summer. It was a slightly more savoury version of Lindsay’s watermelon salad.

And!  Thea did the most amazing bacon cooking trick which is cooking it in the microwave.  I am a total convert: all you do is put the bacon in the microwave for two and a half minutes, covered by paper towel, drain the fat, do it again, and so on until it’s the consistency you like.  This is wonderful because the bacon cooks flat, which is perfect for sandwiches etc.  Impressed!


4 responses to “espressados

  1. i’m floored by that combination of ingredients. i love each separately –avocados are fabulous, i can’t live without espresso, and who doesn’t like sweetened condensed milk? if i put them all together, i fear my tastebuds would explode! it looks truly decadent! 🙂

  2. you ladies have upped your game since i left! i love figs! i’m so intrigued!

    also, i used to cook bacon in the microwave when i was 10 and not allowed to use anything requiring pots, pans, or knives.

    the espressado also looking amazing. the national post recently featured saving grace in an article and totally made it seem ho-hum. i was filled with righteous indignation.

  3. Looks like a tasty set of dishes you served! I’ve never had a drink with avocado nor a salad with watermelon, so now I’m really intrigued about both! As for bacon, I used to almost exclusively do it in the microwave but now I’ve converted to the skillet 😉

  4. FYI, I am able to duplicate the decadently delicious flavour and texture by substituting milk, plain yogurt and agave syrup or maple syrup for the sweetened condensed milk, and the new Starbucks Via coffee (straight out of the pouch) for the espresso.

    Makes it a bit more convenient to make with ingredients I am more likely to have on hand.

    Thanks for the recipe, though. I always wondered what was in those things!

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