Five Ways With Avocados

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On Wednesday night I chatted to 5AA’s Peter Godfrey about avocados. While they might be a fruit he’s just getting into, they’re very very popular in our household. The toddler can demolish one in a single sitting and both Andy and I love them.

Unsurprisingly, for a Mexican fruit, some of avocado’s best pairings are flavours like lime (citrus is a great way of stopping the flesh browning) and coriander.

At the moment, they’re insanely cheap here in South Australia (our local supermarket, a Foodland, is selling them for 59 cents each!) so head to the shops to stock up.

Here’s some common and less common ways to use your bounty!

  • Split your ripe avocado in half, remove the stone and fill with a simple vinaigrette (good quality olive oil, good quality vinegar or lemon juice, grainy mustard and salt and pepper). A perfect, self contained snack or small entrée.
  • Mash with some yoghurt and season for a very simple guacamole. For something fancier, add some lime juice, some coriander and even some cayenne pepper or chilli powder.
  • Make ice cream. Jamie Oliver has an avocado ice cream recipe and you make this vegan friendly by replacing the milk with coconut milk.
  • No changes are required to make this avocado chocolate mousse vegan friendly.  Banana and avocado create the mousse-texture.
  • Eat raw.  Yes – you can indeed create raw chocolate brownies.  The brownie itself is based around walnuts and dates and avocado comes into its own for the icing.

I haven’t tried these last three – chocolate mousse and brownies don’t really need any tweaking, as far as I’m concerned!  But I do like the idea of messing around with the avocado icecream.

What’s your favourite way to eat avocado?

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