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Avocado & Crab Gratin (Japanese style?)

There is little to say again how tasty and healthy avocadoes are.
Since we can find them all year round, try and find some crab meat, and you will able to reproduce this easy Japanese cuisine-inspired recipe:. I’m sure you will expand on it!

Avocado & Crab Gratin!

INGREDIENTS: For two people

-Avocado: 1 large and just ripe
-Crab meat: a standard small tin (about a quarter of a cup/50 CC)
-Onion (finely chopped): 1 and half tablespoons
-Lemon juice: to taste
-Mayonnaise (make your own!): 4 tablespoons
-Mozzarella cheese: 1/4 ~1/2 ball
-Wasabi (try to real one. If not available, horseradish should be ok!): 2 teaspoons (grated)
-Salt: to taste
-Pepper: to taste

RECIPE:

-Cut the mozzarella cheese into 1 cm cubes
-Take crab meat out of tin with its water (will add taste!) and drop it in a bowl with mozzarella cheese, onion, mayonnaise, lemon juice, grated wasabi, salt and pepper. Try to experiment with quantities!. Mix well.

-Cut avocado in half(ves) and discard the seed.
Fill each half of the avocado with half of the crabmeat sauce.

-Bake in oven at 200 dgrees Celsius for 15 minutes.

-Eat it hot! Hot avocado is suprisingly tasty, so have this appetizer in cold weather!

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Cold Avocado Soup

Avocadoes are popular, plentiful and becomeing cheaper.
Here is a hearty and delicious, but simple recipe for a refreshing soup, especially in hot climate.
Bear in mind you will have to check the Chicken Bones Soup Stock recipe first!

INGREDIENTS: For about 4 people

-Avocadoes: 2 large
-Lemon juice: half a lemon
-Chicken bones soup stock: 1 cup/200 cc/ml
-Yoghurt: 2~3 cups/400~600 cc/ml
-Salt: a little
-Black pepper to taste
-Other spices: optional and to taste

RECIPE:

Choose your avocadoes ripe.
Cut them cleanly and throw seed away.
Peel carefully and cut into quarters.

Drop the avocado quarter into a large food processor.

Squeeze in the juice of half a lemon.

Add the chicken bones soup stock.
A cup is the right amount. More, and the taste will greatly vary!

Add the yoghurt.
As for the yoghurt you can add mre if you really wish to.

Process until smooth.

Add salt and pepper (and optional spices).
Process quickly to mix them in.
Check taste and rectify if needed.

Serve in glass plates or bowls.
Do think oabout the presentation!

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Vegetables Facts and Tips 16: Avocado

The avocado (Persea americana), aguacate (Spanish), butter pear or alligator pear, is a tree native to the Caribbean, Mexico, South America and Central America, classified in the flowering plant family Lauraceae along with cinnamon, camphor and bay laurel. The name “avocado” also refers to the fruit (technically a large berry that contains a large seed) of the tree which may be egg-shaped or spherical.

Avocados are a commercially valuable fruit and are cultivated in tropical climates throughout the world (and some temperate ones, such as California), producing a green-skinned, pear-shaped fruit that ripens after harvesting. Trees are partially self-pollinating and often are propagated through grafting to maintain a predictable quality and quantity of the fruit.

P. americana, or the avocado, originated in the state of Puebla, Mexico. The oldest evidence of avocado use was found in a cave located in Coxcatlán, Puebla, Mexico that dates to around 10,000 years BCE.

The word ‘avocado’ comes from the Nahuatl word ahuacatl (‘testicle’, a reference to the shape of the fruit). Avocados were known by the Aztecs as ‘the fertility fruit’.

The subtropical species needs a climate without frost and with little wind. High winds reduce the humidity, dehydrate the flowers, and affect pollination. In particular, the West Indian type requires humidity and a tropical climate which is important for flowering. When even a mild frost occurs, premature fruit drop may occur, although the Hass cultivar can tolerate temperatures down to −1°C. The trees also need well-aerated soils, ideally more than 1 m deep.

An average avocado tree produces about 120 avocados annually. Commercial orchards produce an average of 7 tonnes per hectare each year, with some orchards achieving 20 tonnes per hectare.

High avocado intake has been shown to have an effect on blood serum cholesterol levels. Specifically, after a seven-day diet rich in avocados, hypercholesterolemia patients showed a 17% decrease in total serum cholesterol levels. These subjects also showed a 22% decrease in both LDL (bad cholesterol) and triglyceride levels and 11% increase in HDL (good cholesterol) levels.[20] Additionally a Japanese team synthesised the four chiral components and identified (2R, 4R)-16-heptadecene-1, 2, 4-triol as the natural antibacterial component.

The fruit has a markedly higher fat content than most other fruit, mostly monounsaturated fat, and as such serves as an important staple in the diet of various groups where access to other fatty foods (high-fat meats and fish, dairy, etc) is limited.

The avocado is very popular in vegetarian cuisine, making an excellent substitute for meats in sandwiches and salads because of its high fat content.

FACTS:

-Contains large amounts of unsaturated fats, Potassium, Phosphorus, Vitamins B1, B2, and B6, Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Pantoten acid and vegetal fibers.

-Helps lower bad cholesterol and high blood pressure.

-Season: available all year long thanks to high import/export.

TIPS:

-Choose green hard specimens if you have the time to let them ripen to your taste. As soon as it is ripened keep in the fridge, but consume as soon as possible.

-When choosing ripe specimens, choose firm and plentiful. Loose space under the skin is a bad sign.

HEALTH FACTS:

-When combined with apple or lemon, help lower blood cholesterol

-When combined with asparaguses, helps combat skin ageing.

-Generally helps combat bad cholesterol and ageing.

COOKING TIPS:


Avocado Pudding


Banana and avocado shake

Avocadoes of course are great raw or mashed in puddings, dips, sauces and drinks for instance, but they are also great cooked!

They can deep-fried when unripe (see above picture!).

They can be stir-fried in a vegan recipe.

They are great in a vegan gazpacho!

And beautiful stir-fried with chicken!

And don’t forget all the possible combinations as sushi!

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Avocado’s hard! No worries! Deep-fry it!

Coming back to a comment and question about what to do with an avocado you peeled away before realizing it was to hard to prepare for your California Roll, Avocado Soup or Avocado Salad, there is no need to worry.

No worries! as they say in Australia!

The same Australians might be tempted to tease you with a few jokes of their own.
A habit they have is to scream “good nut!” when one of their bowler throws an excellent ball to a befuddled batsman during a cricket match.
The same “nut” could be rightfully construed to another word meaning exactly the same when our yankee friends play “hard ball” at Baseball!

I can hear some of good-natured friends saying that once again the old geezeer is laying on it heavily, but have you heard of the real meaning of the word “avocado” in its country of origin?
About time I stop, or some unwanted spammer will find his/her/its way in!

Alright, you found out your avocado is too hard.
Just peel it completely.
Cut it into appropriate “wedges”.
Sprinkle them with a little salt and deep-fry them as they are for 2 minutes at 180 degrees Celsius.

Serve them with a good beer.
You’ll find they are crispy outside and so sogt inside!
You could sprinkle them with a little lemon juice or some chili powder for more taste.
Plenty of possibilities here. Great snacks for our vegan friends!

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Japanese Vegan Avocado Pudding

The same as for shakes, vegans should not worry about ingredients when making a pudding!

Here is a very simple way to make a healthy appetizer the Japanese way!

Japanese Vegan Avocado Pudding!

INGREDIENTS: For 3~4 people

-Agar agar: 2~4 g (depending how solid you like your pudding!)
-Tofu (kinu/silk tofu): 1 standard portion~400 g
-Avocado: 1 ripe
-Very fine salt, ground white pepper: to taste and according to preferences
-Spices: if preferred

RECIPE:

-Mix the agar agar in a little water.

-In a pan drop the tofu and agar agar. Heat over a medium fire and stir into smooth paste. As soon as the agar agar has dissolved into the tofu. Switch off fire and take away the pan from the fire.

-Drop the tofu inside a food processor. Add the avocado cut into rough pieces and seasoning, and process until smooth.

-Pour the mixture inside lightly oiled molds. Let cool completely and leave inside refrigerator to chill and harden.

Great with wasabi dressing, or ponzu!
If you like your pudding solid, pour it into a rectangular mold and cut it in slices like sashimi!

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Vegan & Avocado & Banana Shake

I wonder if there is a country where one cannot find some kind of shake!
But, they use ice-cream and dairy products to make them!

Well, there is a simple way to make them vegan!
How about this one:

Vegan & Avocado & Banana Shake!

INGREDIENTS: For 2 people
-Avocado: 1/2 ripe
-Soy milk: 200 cc/ml
-Banana: 1
-Lemon juice: 1 reaspoon
-Honey (liquid): 2 teaspoons
-Mint leaves: for decoration.

RECIPE:

-Leave banana and avacado in refrigeartor long enough to get them really chilled.

-Cut avocado and banana in small enough pieces.

-Put everything into blender and mix well.

-Pour in glasses and serve topped with mint leaves.

How simpler can you make it? LOL

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Avocado, scallops & Passion Fruit Carpaccio

AVOCADO-SCALLOPS

Here is another idea as a summer salad I have just fished out one of my recipe notes.
Although Carpaccio should only apply for beef, indulge the old geezer as far as names are concerned! LOL.

Avocado, Scallops & Passion Fruit Carpaccio:

INGREDIENTS: For 6 persons

-Scallops: 12 large without any roe or strings
-Avocado: 3 ripe, but still firm
-Passion fruit: 3 large maracujas type or 5 small
-Green lemons/limes: 3
-Olive oil (EV): 2 large tablespoons
-Sweet basil: 3 lage leaves
-Salt (to taste)
-Freshly ground black pepper

RECIPE:
-Press the juice out of the green lemons in a bowl. Cut passion fruit in two and strain over the lemon juice to take pips out (discard. You may keep a few for decoration, though).Mix.

-Cut scallops into thin slices and place on a large dish with space betwen them.

-Peel the avocadoes. Cut them in two halves. Dicard nut. Cut avocado into thin slices and place between scallops slices.

-Season with salt, freshly ground black pepper, and the lemon/passion fruit juice. Sprinkle with olive oil. Cover with cellophane paper and leave iside refrigerator for 2 hours.

-Before serving, thinly cut sweet basil and decorate dish with it.

Best savoured with a dry white wine!

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