Thursday, April 25, 2013

Avocado appreciation

This week's box contained one of my favourite fruits in the whole world - the avocado pear.

I have fond memories of my mum and dad having 'date nights' at home when we would all be ushered up to our room early with strict instructions not to come downstairs unless it was an absolute emergency.  Dad would cook a nice meal that invariably started with Mum's favourite - prawn salad served in half an avocado. This was the 70's after all!

As a child I couldn't understand the fuss about avocado's but as I got older my tastes changed. One of my favourite snacks during pregnancy was sliced avocado on Ryvita and Pinterest has opened up a whole new chapter of my avocado appreciation - I never realised you could do so much with them!

Things have been a bit busy here this week (stock take at my Other Half's shop, which is always fun) so I haven't had time to rustle up AND photograph a recipe for this post but I have added loads of avocado treats - including some gorgeous looking chocolate avocado puddings which I MUST try - to my Veggie Box Recipes pinboard. Do go take a look if you are wanting some avocado inspiration!

What I got in my box this week

  • potatoes
  • onion
  • carrots
  • red pepper
  • purple sprouting broccoli
  • green chilli
  • lettuce
  • mange tout
  • cucumber
  • apples
  • satsumas
  • orange
  • avocado pear
  • a bunch of thyme
As you can see it's another very colourful box!  I just love that Four Seasons Foods always make an effort to provide a good variety of produce in their boxes from week to week - I know not all veg boxes are so varied and that puts some people off. Sometimes it pays to shop around if you can and, as with so many other things in life, the cheapest is not always the best.  I know I am very lucky to have a local supplier who cares so much about what they send out! :-)

As promised, here's a selection of meals made with last week's veg box.
from top left - roasted new potatoes; roasted mixed veg; leisurely Sunday morning melon breakfast; pasta with pesto, cream cheese, cherry tomatoes and grated raw courgette; grated carrot, lettuce and hummus wraps; leek, pea and mushroom risotto


  1. Hej! I absolutely love Avocado too, it's just the best feeling in the world, when you cut one open and it's perfectly ripe inside. I too like it in all sorts of ways, I love it with pasta (pureed, with some marinated feta, olives and spring onions) or as a salad dressing. But I really like it all ways! In salads, wraps you name it, I probably love it haha.
    And your food from last week looks divine, I will post what I did with mine probably tomorrow...

    1. I have an idea what I am going to do with my avocado this time ;-) I have left over coconut milk to use up. I have found a great recipe that uses both avocado and coconut milk! If it turns out good it WILL be blogged!

  2. Wonderful, colourful, brightly beautiful box this week. I adore avocado too. Did you know that you can freeze them? When I can find them really properly ripe I buy a few, cut them in half, remove the stone, slice or dice but leave in the skins and wrap in cling. They keep reasonably well, especially if they will be mixed into guacamole.

    1. thanks for that tip Deborah - now I know what to do if I am ever lucky enough to pick up a load cheap!


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