domingo, 31 de maio de 2009
I have the feeling that at least half of my body is made of avocados. It is out of this world the amount of avocado that I have eaten in my life so far. Most of it as smoothie, what in Brazil we named as vitaminas. I also love avocado mixed with vanilla ice cream or avocado ice cream. Avocado cream has always been one of my father's favorite dessert and my mother always made it for us.
Avocados trees were everywhere in Rio de Janeiro. In the house where I grew up we had some huge avocado trees, in my grandmother house as well and in the house we lived in São Paulo we had four avocado trees which produced an unimaginable amount of fruits per tree. I used to distribute avocados all the time but it was just impossible to cope with the trees as they produced just too many fruits. Everybody had their trees and on the end we just couldn't pick them and there were avocados everywhere around the garden. Happy were birds there.
Here where I live now the most common way of eating avocados is on salads or the Japanese California roll. Eventually avocados also find their way into guacamoles, one of the avocado dishes that I don't like.
On the other hand I like avocado desserts immensely. I remember surprised faces in my house one evening, when I served avocado cream with raspberry sauce to some of our Norwegian friends. They were not prepared to find avocado in desserts. It still surprises me that people have never tried avocado ice creams of avocado smoothies. It is just soooo good, with honey and little smash of lime juice and its ready to go. It can also be added some brown sugar, regular white sugar or any kind of sweeteners. Today I served the cream with strawberry sauce and it was just perfect.
Avocado cream with strawberry sauce
2 or 3 scoops of good quality vanilla ice cream (depends of the size of the avocado)
3 table spoons of milk (depends of the size of the avocado)
1 teaspoon of lime juice
Sugar or honey (optional)
Spoon the avocados into the bowl of food processor, or a blender, with the lime juice and pulse. Add the milk and pulse a couple of times more. Add the ice cream am process until you get a thick and homogeneous cream. Try the mixture to check the sugars. If you like it more sweet add a couple of spoons of sugar or honey. Serve immediately.
Serves 2 or 3
200 grams of washed strawberries
3 to 4 table spoons of sugar
3 table spoons of water
In a small saucepan bring strawberries with sugar and water to a boil and let it cook until very soft, around 5 minutes. Pass the liquid through a strainer and let it cool before serving.
The flowers in our garden are on their best. We are totally in love with the lilacs right now.