Thursday, April 11, 2013

Creamy Avo and Coriander Pasta Salad with avo's from "our" tree

Linking up again with VeggieGobbler for Thursdays Garden Gobbles

Having an avocado tree in your garden is a real treat. They take so long to start fruiting that most people who plant them don't get to reap the rewards. We however were so lucky to have moved into a house with a huge avo tree on the verge. And over the past 3 years of us being here it has been very productive.  This year has been particularly good. Although a lot most of the fruit is stolen collected by passerby's we have still managed to get quite a few for ourselves. I am the only one in my house who likes them but I also share with my mom and gran who live next door.

"Our" avocado pear tree, just on the other side of our fence:

Lots of coriander (cilantro)

As is with avos, once picked they seem to take forever to ripen, and then all of a sudden you have 10 ripe avos and no idea what to do with them

Avo's in the kitchen ripening all at once:

So last night my kids had left over stew, my hubby had curry from my mom, and I had creamy avo and cilantro pasta salad, thanks to Two Men and a Little Farm (again!)
I am not blog stalking them, but seriously, they have some awesomely unusual recipes that are simply delicious!

So in the blender goes a large avo, a big bunch of coriander (cilantro), 2 tablespoons mayo, the juice of a lemon (I didn't have a lime on hand), and some salt and pepper.

Blend till smooth and mix into cooked, cooled pasta of your choice. I topped it with chopped spring onions, also from the garden.

Although the avo puree went well with the pasta, I think it would make a fantastic dip for chips or nachos as well as a filling for wraps or tacos.

I am going to have to find a way to incorporate avo into most meals over the next few days, I would really hate to see them going to waste.


  1. You are very lucky. We have an avocado tree that is probably over 17 years old. And it fruited for the first time last year - but we only got three avocados.

    1. I am very grateful that we have this tree. Its provides a lot of food to so many people, far too much for one family to eat.

  2. The avocado is super impressive but even more so is the coriander - how to you get it to grow so well in mid Autumn? I would have said your climate was similiarish to ours but I never have success with it until winter.

    1. Honestly Liz, I'm just as surprised as you. I can't believe my coriander hasn't bolted as it usually does. It is in quite a shady area, so maybe that's it. I also bought some slow bolting coriander seeds, which I was skeptical about, but I guess they really are slow bolting.

  3. I suppose thats one fruit you just can't freeze or preserve and just have to eat when ripe, but lucky you and your neighbors!

    1. That is the biggest problem. I recently heard that you can freeze mashed avo with lemon juice, so I might give that a try.