What to Сook with Avocado

The popularization of a healthy lifestyle, competent marketing, and a low yield all contributed to the fact that over the past year avocado prices in the world have increased by an average of 30%. In Mexico, cartels are embarking on a new business, while in China this year, their first own berry harvest is expected (yes, avocados are berries). In general, avocados are expensive today, and you can’t eat a lot of them after all, 250 calories in one piece. Therefore, we decided to figure out what can be done with one avocado.

How to choose an avocado

The most popular avocado varieties in the world are Hass and Fuerte. Hass with dense, pimply skin, as the fruits ripen, the fruits become almost black. Fuerte, by contrast, are thin-skinned and remain bright green. The easiest way to determine the readiness of an avocado is to tear off the stalk and see what color the flesh is underneath. Yellow the avocado still lies a couple of days, brown the avocado is ripe, bright green is what you need. If you want the avocado to ripen faster, put it in a brown paper bag with a banana. Bananas emit ethylene gas, which accelerates the ripening process.

I have one perfect avocado, how to cook it?

The simplest recipe is to cut the avocado in half, remove the stone, sprinkle with lime or lemon juice, salt (preferably with coarse salt) and sprinkle with freshly ground black pepper. By the way, always try to use freshly ground pepper, it has a completely different flavor. There is such an avocado with a spoon, just digging out of the boat-peel. But there are other ways both very simple and more complicated, at least for breakfast, at least for dinner.

Toast with avocado, feta cheese, and mint

The most suitable bread for this dish is sourdough wheat, with a crispy crust and a slightly sour taste. In general, toast with avocado is the perfect breakfast in five minutes. The only task here is to get the ingredients in advance.

Ingredients (in two servings):

  • one avocado, one tablespoon of freshly squeezed lime juice;
  • one tablespoon of finely chopped fresh mint;
  • a quarter of a teaspoon of fine salt;
  • a quarter of a teaspoon of freshly ground black pepper;
  • 50 grams feta cheese;
  • four slices of bread.

Cooking:

Knead the avocado with a fork to a state of roughly mashed potatoes, add lime juice, mint.

There you can chop feta, salt, and pepper to taste.

Toast bread in a toaster, oven (in this case, first preheat the oven to 180 degrees) or in a skillet. The main thing is that the bread is hot.

Put the avocado mixture on toasts.

Avocado and Cucumber Gazpacho

Summer, of course, is over, but you should not give in to stereotypes cold soups are good at any time when you want freshness. And this recipe can also be used for avocado smoothies: just add banana, coconut water and exclude salt and pepper.

Ingredients (in two servings):

For gazpacho:

  • two large cucumbers (peel and remove the seeds);
  • one avocado, take out a stone, peel;
  • wash one small bunch of cilantro and peel into leaves;
  • wash one small bunch of peppermint and peel into leaves;
  • three tablespoons of freshly squeezed lime juice;
  • half a teaspoon of sea salt;
  • a quarter teaspoon of freshly ground black pepper.

For cucumber salsa:

  • half a glass of finely chopped cucumbers, half a glass of cilantro leaves;
  • one tablespoon of tart olive oil;
  • one tablespoon of freshly squeezed lime juice;
  • sea salt and freshly ground pepper to taste.

Cooking:

Beat all the ingredients in a blender. You can add a little water to get the texture you need.

Combine all salsa ingredients in a small bowl.

Pour the soup into plates and garnish with salsa.

Grilled avocado and peach salad with spelled

Well, a very healthy salad, which can be either a separate dish or a side dish, for example, to baked fish or chicken. Spelled gives the salad structure, avocado and peach taste and aroma, and watercress pungency. And you will need a special grill pan.

Ingredients (in two servings, if this is a separate dish, or four, if a side dish):

  • one avocado;
  • two peaches;
  • one small bunch of cilantro;
  • one bunch of watercress;
  • half a glass of spelled;
  • one tablespoon of sugar;
  • one clove of garlic, crush into a paste;
  • a quarter cup of olive oil;
  • two tablespoons of freshly squeezed lemon juice;
  • one eighth of a teaspoon of ground Zira;
  • one teaspoon of salt;
  • a quarter teaspoon of freshly ground pepper.

Cooking:

Wash watercress and cilantro. Dry, disassemble on leaves.

Boil spelled in salted water until al dente. Fold into a sieve, rinse with cold water.

While spelled is boiling, prepare salad dressing immediately in the salad bowl (this will help not to stain excess dishes). Dissolve salt in lemon juice, add garlic, Zira, pepper, and oil and beat with a fork.

Cut the avocado along, take out the stone and peel it. Cut the peach along, take out the stone. Sprinkle with lemon juice and olive oil, sprinkle with salt and pepper. Preheat the grill, put the peaches and avocados with the slice down and cook for about five minutes. Remove from the grill, cool slightly, cut into large cubes.

Put all the ingredients in a salad bowl, mix.

Chicken tacos

Chicken tacos are always good. Especially for dinner, especially while watching your next favorite series. Do not be afraid of the number of ingredients, the cooking time is 25 minutes.

Ingredients (in four servings):

  • 500 grams of minced chicken;
  • one small onion, chopped finely;
  • one clove of garlic, crush with a knife;
  • salt and freshly ground pepper to taste;
  • one and a half teaspoons ground Zira;
  • one and a half teaspoons of ground chili;
  • one teaspoon of dry oregano;
  • one teaspoon of smoked Spanish paprika;
  • 100 milliliters of coconut milk;
  • one tablespoon of sugar;
  • two tablespoons of freshly squeezed lime juice;
  • one can of canned red beans;
  • four wheat or corn tortilla cakes;
  • one avocado.

Cooking:

Fold beans on a sieve, rinse with cold water. Allow water to drain. Cut the avocado along, take out the stone, peel off the skin. Cut into thin slices, sprinkle with lime juice.

Heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil in a large skillet. Fry onions, garlic over medium heat until transparent, about five minutes. Add cumin, chili, paprika, oregano, salt, and pepper, let the spices open and become more aromatic.

Increase heat, add minced meat, fry, stirring constantly. Add coconut milk and cook for about five minutes or until coconut milk begins to thicken. Add sugar, beans and lime juice. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

Divide between four pre-warmed tortillas. Put slices of avocado on top.

Table Setting Theory and Practice in 6 Steps

A proper serving is always a sign of attention to guests, a way to create a festive atmosphere, as well as an indicator of the artistic taste of the hostess.

  • In this material we will consider the rules of informal serving, that is, those that are appropriate for receiving guests at home in everyday life and on holidays.
  • Serving at home depends on the occasion, time of day, theme and menu, but in all cases, the purpose of serving is the same to arrange the dishes and appliances so that it is convenient and pleasant to eat.

Based on this goal, table setting rules were invented. In everyday life, you must observe all these canons only in the most solemn occasions, but once you have learned their essence, you can set the table yourself for any occasion from a romantic dinner to a family New Year’s celebration.

Before you begin, take a look at two sample table layout schemes. As you can see, it is much easier to set up a home holiday table for guests than at an official reception!

So how to set the table? We made a step-by-step instruction in a certain sequence, describing each of the steps. In short, the most convenient procedure is as follows:

  • Tablecloth;
  • Plates;
  • Cutlery;
  • Glasses;
  • Napkins;
  • Decor (a vase of flowers, candles, themed decorations).

Keep in mind that a few days before the event you need to solve all organizational issues and prepare:

  • Decide on the number of persons, draw up a menu, tidy up the tablecloth, check the quantity and quality of napkins, dishes, appliances, think over the decor.

On the day of the reception, wipe all dishes and utensils clean, and then proceed to set the table.

1. First, we make a tablecloth

The main thing here is to make sure that the overhang of the tablecloth is no more and no less than 20-30 cm. The overhang will look uglier shorter and longer inconvenient for those sitting at the table.

As for the color, you can choose either a win-win and traditional white tablecloth, or lay any option you like, supplement it with paths and sidekicks.

2. Plates layout

This part of the “serving” theory will be the most extensive. After all, the composition and combination of plates depending on the planned menu, the number of guests and the scale of the holiday.
According to the classic table setting rules, several plates can rely on one person:

  • Substitution large plate (serving) for the day and everyday table it is not required, also some serving styles (for example, rustic) allow its absence.

May also be needed: medium (snack), small (pie or dessert) and a deep plate for soup.

  • According to the canon, the appearance of the deep plate depends on the type of soup. For thick choose a wide, for a light broth or cream soup a bowl with or without handles. But this is just that rule, which can be completely neglected.

As for the arrangement of plates, snack or deep plates are placed on the substitution plates, dessert and or salad plates are placed on the left as shown in the picture on the right. This place may also contain a tea pair, a pie plate or, for example, a bowl for eggs on the occasion of Easter.

  • Plates should be placed at a distance of 1.5-2 cm from the edge of the table and at the same distance from each other;
  • So that the snack plate does not slip on the counter, between them you need to put a paper or textile napkin as shown in the photo below.

3. Put the cutlery

Now proceed to the layout of the devices. They are placed on the sides according to the number of changes in dishes (with the concave side to the table):

  • To the right of the plates are knives and spoons;
  • On the left are forks;
  • You can put a teaspoon on top.

Festive table setting at home does not require a large number of special knives, forks, and spoons. Most often, one knife, one fork and a couple of spoons (for soup and dessert) are enough.

But if necessary and desired, you can additionally serve the table with special forks, knives, and spoons as shown in the following photo selection.

4. Put glasses, wine glasses, glasses

Next, put the glasses from larger to smaller behind the plates a little to the right.

Depending on the available drinks and preferences of the guests, glasses for water, red/white wine, champagne and/or a glass for juice, strong drinks and a glass are displayed.

5. Serve the napkins

For especially special occasions, napkins can be folded beautifully and artistically on a plate. For all other cases, there are no strict rules for serving napkins. They can be put in a glass for water, put under a snack plate, put into rings, tie with a ribbon and decorate.

If you are setting the table, not for the holiday, but, for example, for dinner, then you can put napkins on the side of the plate under the forks.

6. The finishing touch table decor

Hooray, almost done! It remains only to decorate the festive table with flowers in a vase and thematic decorations. On New Year’s day, it can be cones, rosemary and fir branches, on March 8 flower buds, and on Easter hares and pussy-willow branches. The topic of table decor should be paid more attention in a separate article, but for now, we offer a look at the photos of beautifully decorated tables in different themes and styles.