Let’s just admit it. Britain is in love with avocados. Consumption of the creamy green fruit has skyrocketed over the last few years and we are well and truly in the grip of avocado mania.
The growing awareness of its health benefits and increased usage in vegan recipes go some way in explaining our major fascination. Oh and its never-ending presence on social media. Let’s face it avocado toast will probably always be more Instagram famous than you’ll ever be.
Recently I was invited to the first Avocado Art Supper Club hosted by The World Avocado Organisation (WAO), in partnership with online fresh food supplier HelloFresh. WAO is a multinational non-profit organisation based in the USA, representing some of the world’s largest avocado producers, exporters and importers in Mexico, Peru, South Africa and the USA.
Our evening began with an avocado cocktail of course. There were mocktails made from mango juice, fresh pineapple juice and avocado.
I got stuck into the alcoholic variety – The Aguacantona containing tequila blanca, pineapple juice, lemon juice, agave syrup and the green stuff. They were very easy to drink. Dangerous when next up was an avocado art masterclass by food stylist Colette Dike from Food Deco.
Colette talked the group through the technique of making an avocado rose. It sounded simple enough. Cut the avocado in half and peel. I managed that easily enough.
The concentration was intense when we began slicing the avocado. Apparently thinner slices produce a more blooming rose. Spreading the slices in a long thin line was a bit tricker. My spreading turned more into squashing.
The folding, however, is where I excelled.
This ladies and gents is my avocado rose laid on a crispy rice cake, sprinkled with sesame, poppy seeds and dried rose petals. Pretty impressive, hey?
Our masterclass was followed by a delicious three course dinner with the fruit of the moment taking centre stage. Each course cooked by a different team.
The avocado fritter starter by Co-Founder of HelloFresh, Patrick Drake was delectable. It oozed an avocado centre with feta and cherry tomatoes, served with pumpkin seeds and a tangy, sweet dressing.
Amsterdam’s Avocado Show delivered a striking main with a rather tasty quinoa burger in between avocado buns. Carnivores among the group were treated to a juicy beef burger. It came with sweet potato fries and avocado mayonnaise.
Henry and Ian the vegan influencers of Bosh gave us the Big Bosh Brownie. The scrummy warm chocolate, avocado and pecan brownie came with raspberries, dark chocolate shavings and dairy free ice cream.
I was completely surprised by our start to finish avocado meal. I never realised it could be so versatile. Gone are the days of merely spreading it on toast, or dipping nachos. It’s certainly unleashed my foodie adventurous side.
Thank you WAO, HelloFresh, Food Deco, The Avocado Show and Bosh for a fantastic evening where I discovered knife skills I never knew I had and indulged in some incredible dishes. It certainly opened my eyes up to the world of avocados!
Do you have a favourite avocado recipe? Let me know in the comments box below.
Disclaimer: I was a guest of the WAO, however, all views, opinions and photos are my own and remain a trademark of the Curious Pixie.
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