Since the organically and locally grown avocados on the tree behind my building are in season, I'm averaging one a day. Heaven! To think there was a time when I hated avocados. If only I had a lemon tree (which I had at my last apartment; perhaps my next home will have both).
My avocados are fuerte, which I think is the second to the right in this picture. Fuerte is the "original high quality avocado" according to the California Avocado Commission, where I got this chart.
black or kidney beans
So easy! The hot rice and beans melts the avocado. The original recipe had no beans and cheddar cheese as well. It too was delicious. This is the vegan version (but delicious enough for all -vores).
I will now go enjoy, while serenaded by my musician neighbor (mentioned in earlier posts), who has purchased an accordion. I was very happy about the piano, but I'm not sure about the accordion...
Guacamole? What's that?
When I first moved to Los Angeles, I didn't like avocados. I hadn't had a lot of them, mainly because I lived in the Northeast (before guacamole became plentiful everywhere). After I moved here, they'd show up in salads and other dishes, and I might take a bite, but mostly I picked them off.
However, being a "thrifty" person (a nice way of saying cheap), when I moved into an apartment building with an avocado tree in the backyard, I wasn't about to let all that free food go to waste.
The Experimental Gourmet
Oddly, instead of just making a lot of guacamole, I became obsessed with finding recipes for all the falling fruit. Among the strange items I made: avocado ice cream (really!), avocado pesto, and a bizarre "New Wave" guacamole with very strange spices I can't remember and which you ate with fried wontons.
Usually I am too cheap -- I mean thrifty -- to throw out the result of any recipe I try, no matter how disastrous, but I admit the ice cream landed in the trash. The others I stuffed down, gagging. (Actually the weird guacamole was okay.)
Somehow, eventually, I grew to love the cute little green things, and I found actually tasty recipes for them (including one published in Cooking Light: avocado, brown rice, black beans and cherry tomatoes -- easy and delicious).
Now I love avocados. I can't believe there was a time when I didn't! I'll eat them with just some lemon juice and salt on top, with chips. Or just salt and no chips. Or just...avocado...
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