Avocado, Aguacate y Palta: What I Had To Eat Today
If you’ve been following my posts on Facebook today you’ll know that avocado has featured prominently in our first two meals. And if you’ve followed this or Cecile’s blog you’ll know they’ve featured prominently in our diet since arriving. Today is a watershed, however: we’ll be having avocado (palta here) for all three meals.
After questions were raised on whether our lunch of crackers, palta and tomato had enough protein I did a little research. I had done some of this before, but it was a good refresher. Unless people are lying to us, in addition to being delicious, avocado are quite healthy in a variety of ways. Rather than bore you with tedious facts, I’ll give you a few and include links at the bottom.
Suffice it to say that avocado has protein, a variety of vitamins, good fat and other good stuff. The challenge is finding different ways to serve it, which some of the sites linked below will provide. Aside from guacamole, which I believe Joel would happily eat 24/7, Cecile created a little guacamole and tomato salad which has become another staple. Just a couple each of avocados and tomatoes cut into fairly large chunks, sprinkled with a little salt and pepper and drizzled with lemon juice (when I make it, and lacking limes which are difficult to find here), oil and vinegar. Extremely yummy.
Our guacamole recipe varies with what’s available, but generally includes as available mashed avocados (obviously), tomato, salsa, lime, cilantro and salt. Mash it all together and serve with chips. We’ve been known to base a meal around this, but we usually try and do better than that.
But the coup de grace this morning was based on something a friend of mine had posted on Facebook several months ago and I have been wanting to try ever since. A basic guac of avocado & tomato, mashed and spread on a tortilla, covered with some delicious pan-fried potatoes and topped with a fried egg. I don’t usually brag about my cooking, but that’s one of the best breakfasts I’ve ever had that didn’t involve lox. Joel was too intimidated to try and roll it up and eat, but Cecile and I had no problem.
Cecile found out yesterday that avocados are always in season here in Chile, and now that Joel knows there are avocado plantations we may have trouble dragging him out of here.
If you want more info, just Google it.