Thursday, July 20, 2006

Avocado Harvest


As someone who has lived all her life in a city, in a townhouse first and then now in an apartment, I have no concept of growing your own food, at any level, be it a fruit tree or a vegetable plot. I did have a small pot of rosemary when I was living in Zurich, but it promptly died after a dinner of lamb chops had razed it to the ground.

This explains my naive excitement every time people talk about their own produce in their very own backyards, the herbs they pick from their own plants and toss in their dishes, the fruits that grow in their own trees...Suffice to say, anytime that one of these lucky people decides to share their crop with me I am overjoyed and quite beside myself with very Martha Stewart-like feelings.

Now, a while back, my grand aunt, who still lives in the city but has a garden, decided to share her small harvest of avocado with us. Hooray! I lovingly placed them on a big white dish in the middle of the dining room table, admiring them and willing them to ripen. Well, one cheeky piece insisted on ripening before the rest of them (picture above). I couldn't wait for its siblings, so I happily made the executive decision to consume the cheeky one before C got home.


And how to polish off one avocado in the way most satisfying to my inner child? Exactly how my grandmother used to prepare them for us: Mashed with sugar and milk (evaporated milk...yup), and nicely chilled. For me nothing beats this simple combination of the sweet, rich creaminess of the avocado and milk...

...it can be matched however by a good batch of guacamole! Which is what happened to the rest of my small crop.

Find more delicious ways to use avocado here. This post was inspired by two other avocado posts you can find here and here.

30 comments:

Mila Tan said...

I'll give you a batch of my guacamole. Mind you, it's spicy!

Tanna said...

Sugar and evaporated milk, that's new to me but sounds interesting.

canDIshhh said...

I love avocado!!

Kalyn said...

Sort of like avocado pudding? I haven't heard of anything like this before. However, anything with avocado has to taste good!

ces said...

what a nice batch of avocados! i don't see those kinds here! i remember this take on avocado too that mom used to serve! yumm!

drstel said...

joey! those look like the creamy "hairless" kind (tawag ng mom ko sa fibers buhok eh)...i like mine lumpy, not too finely mashed, even in guacamole.
the most unusual way i encountered avocado was in California sushi rolls. now even my daughter likes them especially if she handrolls them herself!

ChichaJo said...

Hi Mila! Would love to have some of that :) And I love spicy food :)

Hi Tanna and Kalyn! It's not a pudding or even a real recipe, heehee, it's just a kind of homespun avocado eating method we have :)

Hello Candishhh! Thanks for popping in :) I love avocado too!

Hi Ces! It must be some Pinoy childhood thing? :) Either way it is yummy :)

Hi Stel! Your daughter makes California rolls herself? Impressive! There is so much you can do with these guys no? :)

Typical INgredients said...

na-miss ko tuloy ang Avocado Ice candy sa atin...sarap naman!

My grandparents had a huge trees in the backyard and if it's harvest time, di na ako makakain dahil nag-enjoy masyado sa kapipitas ng bunga but one of my favorite during my childhood is to mix it with milk, sago then freeze it..sarap Joey! Thanks for sharing!

Tin

angelika said...

That's really intersting. Have never heard about this combination before. But I think what makes it so special is that it is connected with heartwarming childhood memories, right ? I still remember your wonderful writing about your two quite different but both so wonderful grandmothers. Thank you for sharing, Joey ! Hugs ...

Lori said...

Mila, spicy guacamole? Wooh, send some my way! :)

JMom said...

boy, what I would give to have my very own avocado tree in the backyard. Too bad avocados don't fare well where we live. We love avocados this way too, I've gotten the kids to like it pinoy style :-) I miss these variety, because they are not so stringy, but really creamy and rich.

ChichaJo said...

Hi Tin! Seems like a lot of us have childhood memories of avocado...I have never tried it with sago though...I can imagine it would be good :)

Hi Angelika! Yes, you have got it...a big part of it is the memories it brings back :) This is from the grandmother who cooks, heehee :) Of course, it being sweet, creamy, and very rich has a wee bit to do with it too! ;)

Hi Lori! I know...let's raid Mila's guacamole stash!

Hi Jmom! Nice to know you are passing down the avocado tradition to your kids! :) It would be nice to have your very own avocado tree...but you have got lots of great produce coming from your garden too :)

Mila Tan said...

No problem ladies, I'll share my guacamole anytime, let's just hope the avocado harvest continues a little bit longer.

Andrea said...
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Andrea said...

I remember eating avocado with sugar and milk, too when we were kids. It's even better if you freeze it then let it thaw a bit before eating, which is usually how we had it.

kuazee said...

those are great looking avocados

briliantdonkey said...

hmmmmm sounded like a crazy combination at first. However, the more i think about it the better it sounds. Now I am hungry!

rob

Mae said...

That's exactly how my grandma used to prepare them for us [but not fully mashed - i like mine chunky!].

Condensed milk is what she used to use. I made an avocado smoothie using condensed milk and ice [of course] and my Fiance's mum loved it!

paz said...

Oh, yum! I'd like to try it with the sugar and milk! I'm going to!

Paz

christine said...

Wow, childhood memories rushing in. Until I tried guacamole for the first time in my early teens, I thought this was the only way to eat avocado (with milk and sugar). I didn't realize it was so unheard of in other parts of the world. :)

ChichaJo said...

Hi Mila! I may just take you up on that if avocados persist :)

Hi Andrea! That sounds good :) Thanks for dropping by here!

Thank's Kuazee! They tasted great too! :)

Hi Rob! Some of the yummiest things come from crazy combinations :) Try it! :)

Hi Mae! Wow...this really is a childhood and/or grandmother type snack! And with condensed milk I can imagine it to be even more yummy... :)

Hi Paz! It's really good...a simple thing to put together too :)

Hi Nens! I know what you mean...I think that when I learned of all the other ways to eat avocado, aside from the milk and sugar, I was quite surprised! :) Well, it was a good surprise...more ways to enjoy a yummy fruit! :)

Tanna said...

I googled Sinkamas and it looks like maybe that's a pickle recipe that uses jicama or maybe I just am not following things correctly.
I really do like the mandoline but only after I really had somebody show me how. If you get one get a good one - the cheaper ones don't seem to do the same job and be sure to get one with a finger guard! They are sharp.

Midge said...

Hi, Joey. Have you ever tried bacon and avocado sandwiches for breakfast? They're fabulous! You scoop the avocados out of their peels, slice them, then marinate them for a couple or so minutes in a balsamic vinaigrette. Then you can stuff them with some crunchy bacon between two slices of whole wheat toast. No need to add mayo because it's so rich! It makes for a lovely breakfast. ^_^

ChichaJo said...

Hi Tanna! Found something! Check this link out: http://www.marketmanila.com/archives/singkamas-jicama
We are eating the same things without knowing it :) I love it when that happens...the collective "Ah!" moment :)

Hello Midge! You know what I like...bacon and avocado...oohlala! :)

Pille said...

I had never thought of using avocado as a sweet or a drink until Melissa's post few weeks ago. And now you - looks like something I got to give a go!

ChichaJo said...

Hi Pille! Go for it! :) It works well both ways...I love foodstuff that can go sweet and savory...

bea at La tartine gourmande said...

These avocadoes just looks amazing! What a color. Gorgeous!

ChichaJo said...

Hi Bea! Thanks :) I am loving the avocados this season :)

Pam said...

Those avocados look delicious and they're sooo good for you!

I have a couple of recipes on my site using avocado, one is a guacamole and the other is a burger containing chunks of yummy, creamy avocado!

ChichaJo said...

Hi Pam! Glad to hear they're good for me ;) I am going now to check out your burger with avocado...