I hate avocados!
Or I should make that hated avocados. I last tried them when my son was young and I wanted him to taste a wide variety of foods. I remember tasting one and spitting it out thinking it tasted like grass! I did, however, go on to make a Gillian McKeith pudding (during my oober healthy years), consisting of avocados, dates and lemon.
I hate tomatoes!
I have always hated tomatoes. Yet for many years I have wanted to like them. I can handle them cooked, I like them in curries, tomato sauce, soup etc but I still cannot bare them raw.
Knowing all of this information, my boyfriend insists on making me guacamole. It was early days in our relationship and I worried I wouldn't be able to control my gag reflex sufficiently to disguise my sheer hatred of such a concoction. I don't remember watching him make that first batch but I have since seen him make many a batch and have even made one myself and I confess, I love it.
I don't know if it's the combination of all the ingredients but some kind of magic happened. I ate the first lot with trepidation but surprise. The second lot was from genuine enjoyment and the third was pure love, I genuinely loved it.
I have tried avocado in other recipes since and I must say, I genuinely enjoy them now but I don't know what happened in that time. All I an say is don't ever just rule out a food because you tried it once and didn't like it.
On making this myself for the first time last week, I had taken for granted how hard it is to mash avocados. Much to my boyfriends horror ( I suspect, as he was in Scotland at the time), I resorted to a potato masher. Go for it! Don't let anyone make you feel like you're less than awesome for doing so.
I love to use tortilla crisps for this, or breadsticks. Graham uses no-salt crisps.
2 Ripe Avocados
2 Garlic cloves, finely chopped
1 Tomato, deseeded and chopped
1 Chilli, deseeded and copped
Juice of 1 Limes
1 handful of Coriander, chopped
Half the avocados and remove the stone. Scoop out the flesh of the avocados with a spoon and put in a bowl. Mash with a fork or a potato masher. You want some texture, not a puree.
Add the tomato, chilli, coriander, garlic and lime juice. stir well and taste. Add more lime juice as desired.