Avocados rock my winter – they really do! If at all possible I would eat one a day…I said if at all possible hehe! So when I received an email from ZZ2 Farming inviting me to join their #Afrikado More Than Just Guacamole Bloggers Challenge I hit that reply button so fast to accept that it must have spun their heads. I love avocados and I cannot imagine my world without them. I love to buy my avocados green and hard so that I can take those beautiful babies home and hide them in a brown paper bag and ripen them far away from prying eyes and poking fingers. I cannot bear to look at shoppers mishandling and abusing my favourite green FRUIT in the shops. Yep, avocados are classified as a fruit. But you knew that already didn’t you?
I love to eat avocados in a variety of ways, my favourite being straight out of the peel with a spoon! Nothing added! But lately I have gone onto a bit of a health kick and am currently enjoying a glass of green juice each morning to kick start my day! My neighbour told me to add avocado to the juice for a magic formula so that is what I am doing and it is totally delicious. We were tweeting today about avocados and I told a couple of people about my green juice and I was asked for the recipe….so here it is (excuse the cellphone photo but it is all I had to post with the recipe!)
Green Breakfast Juice with Avocado
Makes 2 servings
1/2 Ripe Avocado
250ml Spinach – tightly packed
1/2 Cucumber – skin washed and cut lengthwise into 1/4′s
2 Celery Sticks – washed
4 Granny Smith Apples – washed and cut into 1/4′s
1 Lime or Lemon – peel and pith removed
2,5cm piece of Ginger
40g Cubed Coconut flesh (optional) – this is currently available at Woolworths and is a delicious addition
5ml Chia Seeds per glass
250ml Cold Water
Juice all the ingredients, excepting for the avocado, water and the chia seeds.
Blend avocado, green juice and water together with a stick blender or in a blender until smooth.
Pour one half of the juice into a tall glass and stir in your 5 ml Chia Seeds and enjoy immediately. I like to drink it slowly over the length of time I would eat breakfast!
Store the rest of the juice in a sealed mason jar in the fridge for the next day. Remember to add your chia seeds!
Read here for 13 reasons to add chia seeds to your daily diet!
Happy Days people……here is a continuation of my sexy food theme for Valentine’s Day. Please pop over there and read all the information that I have already given for aphrodisiac foods and essential oils. I am an old romatic at heart. My lifetime Valentine and I have shared 37 Valentine’s Days already. Of course, to have a lifetime Valentine the sentiments of Valentines Day should be carried through into every day of our lives together and I think that we have achieved that pretty well. We have had our times of not getting on well. All couples experience that. But we have grown closer and more in love through them, and despite them all. I have a wonderful forever Valentine. Feet of clay, imperfect, but with a heart full of love and caring for me. I love you MY Valentine….thank you for sharing your heart and life with me xxxxx
PRAWN MANGO AVO & ASPARAGUS SALAD WITH GOATS CHEESE AND MICRO GREENS
300g Prawns – shelled with tails left intact, deveined and briefly dropped into boiling water until pink
1 Mango – peeled stoned and sliced lengthwise
1 Avocado Pear – stoned and sliced thinly then each slice cut into halves
½ Red Pepper – deseeded and thinly sliced lengthwise
Small bag of Rocket
100g Asparagus – washed, bottoms cut off then dropped into boiling water for 3 minutes refresh in cold
½ Chilli – deseeded and finely sliced
½ Cucumber sliced into thin ribbons with a vegetable peeler
Micro Rocket Greens
1 Red Spring Onion – finely sliced at an angle
100g Goats Cheese Chevin Fairview
Place the mango slices on the plate then add prawns
Add the rest of the ingredients randomly
Sprinkle over the sliced chilli and micro greens
Drizzle generously with the vinaigrette and grind over a bit of black pepper
Serve with crusty country bread to mop up the delicious juices
90ml Extra Virgin Olive Oil
½ ClemenGold – finely grated zest (use orange if you don’t have ClemenGold)
20ml ClemenGold Juice (use the juice that dribbles out while segmenting for the salad)
15ml Lemon Juice
5ml Dijon Mustard
½ Clove Garlic – crushed or finely grated
Small piece of fresh Ginger – peeled and finely grated
Few Mint Leaves – finely chopped
½ Red Chilli – deseeded and very finely chopped
½ Vanilla Bean – split and seeds scraped out
Salt Flakes and Freshly Cracked Black Pepper
Whisk all together in a small glass bowl and set aside until needed
We enjoyed our Valentines picnic with some JC Le Roux bubbly, I dropped some fresh raspberries into each glass. Such a beautiful floral scent and flavour, released by the raspberries, permeated the bubbles. Le sigh! Le Good Life!
Our dessert was simple – chocolates, strawberries, blueberries and some ice cold black seedless grapes with the rest of the bubbles!
Happy Valentine’s Day to everyone out there. And I include all the singles too. Don’t limit love to only one day a year….love is so precious it deserves a HUGE place in our everyday lives. Not only romantic love, but that all encompassing, unconditional, accepting, working love that is so essential to living joyous, fulfilled and peaceful lives!
“Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never dies”1 Corinthians 13: 4-8
PS I am going into hospital tomorrow morning for more follow up surgery to the procedure that I underwent in June 2011. I see lots of soup, smoothies, jelly, ice cream and yoghurt in my foreseeable future. But this salad was a wonderful send-off. Catch you all on the flip side.
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Originally blogged here as part of a series of posts for ClemenGold