Saturday, May 26, 2012

Nineteen! Nineteen Avocados! Ngahahahaha!

     I love avocados. A lot. So you need to understand, when I say "too many avocados," I really do mean too many freaking avocados. Nineteen, to be precise. Well, twenty-one, but we gave two away.
     My local supermarket does something great with their slightly damaged produce-- if it's still useable, they mark it down and sell it for a reduced price instead of chucking it. You can get a lot of great stuff this way: apples, oranges, onions and eggplant are all mainstays, and if you're lucky, you might find some avocados. That's how we wound up with so many. The catch is that stuff on reduced produce is, predictably, a little past its prime, and needs to be used up quickly. Three members of our household aren't avocado fans, either. Now, to be fair, a handful of the fruits were actually a little rotten and had to be chucked, but if you were ever wondering what to do with more than a dozen avocados in three days...

     A few batches of guacamole were in order, obviously.

     And avocado pie, which typically contains condensed milk and sometimes cream cheese. I kind of winged a recipe by condensing coconut milk on the stove with some sugar. It tasted great, but it wasn't quite sturdy enough, as you can see. I'm working on it!

     Chocolate pudding, which is every bit as rich and lovely as you'd expect. I cut down the almond milk on this recipe to just enough to make it smooth, and added a drop of almond extract.. Pictured here as part of a pretty extensive breakfast-for-dinner spread Stringbean and I put together at 10 o' clock the other night.

     And finally, one of my favorite combinations ever--broccoli and avocado, here with whole wheat pasta and some chickpeas. This is kind of a lazy version of Pasta Della California from Veganomicon.

We still have a few left in the fridge after all that! They're going into a giant bowl of guac tonight. I wasn't sure it was possible, but it seems that three young adults can go through well over a dozen avocados in a few days. Who knew?

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