People at the gym I go to think that avocados are fattening. Thirty grams of an avocado contains 55 calories and 5 fat grams. I hardly think that’s fattening at all. The power-lifters at the gym may want to re-think the avocado, I think, because it has the highest source of protein among all fruits, as much as 30%. Now that’ a lot of power. Hello South Beach Diet, or has it been dethroned by the Shangri-la Diet?
Avocados are of course, a no-brainer when it comes to eating Mexican food, especially the Mexican-California type. I read a thread once in some online food forum that some Western cultures salt their avocados instead of sweetening it, the way most Asians would. To each his own. I was astounded when my mother-in-law served guacamole at the table with the large avocado stone sitting smack in the center. Odd looking though it was, she insisted that it would keep the guacamole green. Years later, I still haven’t made up my mind whether to believe her or not.
I see avocados in the market now, and two things come to mind: avocado shakes and avocado slices on rye with alfalfa sprouts. I don’t think that I’ve even had avocado with alfalfa before, but I remember seeing a lot of recipes for it when the organic food movement was just beginning to burgeon.
I grew up on avocado shakes. Mom would blitz scoops of avocado in the blender, add sugar and milk or just condensed milk, and plenty of ice. My sisters and I would eat it like ice cream or suck the liquid through a straw. It was most refreshing. Avocado shakes can also be frozen for instant avocado ice cream later on. My dad preferred a bowl of avocado slices swimming in a pool of milk with some spoonfuls of sugar and lots of ice. My Bin also prefers it that way — now who said that a woman doesn’t end up marrying someone like her dad?
Here, I’ve taken two separate avocados and shown them both ways: in shake and bowl form. In Manila, our avocados are either green or purple or both. They have the same texture, buttery and delicate, almost like eating a warm oyster. I’ve tried to introduce Boo to avocado shakes, but I think the somewhat alien-green color scares her off. Perhaps she’s thinking it’s another durian hybrid. She doesn’t like that, either. God, she’s so much like her dad.