Experiments From Auntie's Test Kitchen
A is for Avocado
Ahh..the lovely healthy green avocado. Described as "nature's butter" by Dr. Mark Hyman (The Daniel Plan), this vegetable that's really a fruit is definitely an upgrade to my diet.
I'd not had any encounters with the avocado until I was an adult. In the eighties, they were considered "yuppie food," plus our town lost it's Del Taco restaurant before I even knew what guacamole was. Even now, my experiments with them are fairly new.
The worst thing about avocados is buying them. I've looked, squeezed, smelled, and guessed and still have bought bad ones, fruit that looked ripe but wasn't, and watery ones. At up to more than a dollar each, that's nothing to play with.
I still have experiments I'd like to try, but I do enjoy cutting them up on salad or making this...
Auntie's Hot Mess Omelet
Grated cheese (I use Colby/Jack)
Diced onions and bell peppers (fresh or frozen)
1 cup fresh spinach
Olives (green or black)
1/2 an avocado
1 Tbsp salsa
1 tsp sesame or olive oil
1 tsp butter
Salt to taste
In a wok or frying pan, sauté the onions and peppers in the oil to your preferred doneness. Wilt the spinach in with the onions and peppers. Set aside. In a skillet, melt the butter. Beat two eggs in a bowl and pour into the skillet. Cook until done (you may have to move the egg around to get it cooked evenly).
There are two ways I put this dish together. One is to put the filling in the cooked egg and try to fold it together in the traditional way. If you can do this and get a nice pretty half-moon omelet, God bless you. My attempts at that are the reason I call it a "hot mess." The other way is to put the cooked egg flat on a plate (like a pancake) and pour the cooked veggies over it. Whatever works. Add the avocado, olives, cheese, and salsa as a topping, or as part of the filling. This is your hot mess, so put it together how you like. Enjoy.