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Further Adventures in Avocados

I love avocados.  The Hass ones are really the best, and like pears, the optimum ripeness time frame is often 30 seconds.  It is the most cultivated type of avocado in California, and New Zealand.

Avocados have many health benefits

Avocados have many health benefits

Avocados are great sources of Potassium, Magnesium, Vitamins C and E.  When you open an avocado you’ll notice the lovely flesh slightly yellow in the centre, turning darker green towards the skin.  This dark green flesh is high in carotenoids.

Avocado goodness

Avocado goodness

Carotenoids are antioxidants that scientists have used to successfully fight cancer in a laboratory. We don’t know yet whether actually eating an avocado would reap any similar benefits. Also your body’s ability to absorb carotenoids depends in part on the presence of dietary fat, like the loads of healthy mono-unsaturated fats in avocados. So I’m willing to take the chance on this.

Avocado and spinach smoothie

Avocado and spinach smoothie

One of the issues facing cultivation of avocados at the moment is a fungus called laurel wilt, spread by a little bug called the ambrosia bug.  (Have a search under the #savetheguac).  Avocado tress are related to laurel, and once infected the tree can die in as little as six weeks.  The fight against this fungus has been taken to a new level with drones and sniffer dogs being used to identify trees that appear outwardly asymptomatic.  So enjoy them while you can.

One of our favourite starters using avocado is simply to melt some butter and add some crushed garlic to this, then split an avocado, remove the stone, pour some of the melted garlicky butter, add grated cheese and freshly ground black pepper. Voilà.

A little rough and ready

A little rough and ready

What’s your favourite avocado recipe? Sushi? Guacamole? Or just eaten with some black pepper and a spoon?

 

 

 

Cinco de Mayo- my Mexican Table

The Mexican “holiday” of Cinco de Mayo, is celebrated in the United States and in Mexico, mostly in the state of Puebla.  The date commemorates the Mexican army’s unlikely victory over French forces at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862, under the leadership of General Ignacio Zaragoza Seguín.  Cinco de Mayo is sometimes mistaken to be Mexico’s Independence Day—the most important national holiday in Mexico—which is celebrated on September 16.

Tortillas with two accompanients

Tortillas with two accompanients

I use to associate two dishes with Mexico, guacamole and churros.  And as I have decided to try and not make sweet things during the week for the sake of my waistline, I went with the avocado option.  (And might save the churros for the weekend!).  After the course in Ballymaloe where we cooked an array of Mexican dishes I’m ashamed to say that they were the only ones I knew before.  Now I can’t wait to try the re-fried beans, the chicken tostadas, the quesadillas….

But keeping it simple for a weeknight meal meant quacamole

Avocados, coriander and lime

Avocados, coriander and lime

I simply used a pestle and mortar, added the garlic, seasoning and olive oil, and left a stone in with it until serving to avoid the sauce turning brown (this is a great trick!)

Guacamole ready to serve

Guacamole ready to serve

The tomato and coriander salsa was even easier to put together.

Tomato and coriander salsa

Tomato and coriander salsa

And I baked the tortillas instead of deep frying them, they were maybe not quite as tasty, but were gobbled up without question.

Baked tortillas, seasoned and drizzled with oil

Baked tortillas, seasoned and drizzled with oil

I stripped the Roast Chicken and everyone assembled there own plate, sharing is caring and all that.  Simple and delicious.

My Mexican tribute

My Mexican tribute