Holy Guacamole! Aphrodisiac Avocado!

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This is my first time to join WifeSpeaks’ Foodie Wednesday and it’s all about aphrodisiacs.

The ancient list of aphrodisiac includes the avocado fruit. To the Azrecs, the avocado tree was called “ahuacuati” meaning “testicle tree,” as a pair hanging from it resembles a man’s testicles (pardon me). And probably the color wahaha! I remember laughing out loud when I read Batjay’s Facebook comments regarding his b*tlog brown kayumanggi color (pardon me again!).

Kidding aside, I never liked the fruit. As a young kid with an avocado tree in our yard, I hated its creamy, sticky-chewy texture. It took me a lifetime and living in NZ to like it. Now I love it spread on toast with eggs, and of course… nothing beats warm, salty tortilla chips with guacamole!

Our neighbor gave me a pair and I made my first ever guacamole.

1 ripe avocado, refrigerated for at least half a day
1 tbsp minced red onion
1 tbsp lemon juice
A dash of freshly ground pepper
1 small tomato, deseeded, pulp removed and chopped

Cut avocados in half and remove the seed. Scoop out avocado meat and mash with a fork. Add all the ingredients and mix. Serve immediately. Think chips YUM with sour cream!

If you want to serve this a little later, keep the tomatoes separate until ready to serve. And if you’re thinking about a romantic dinner, you may wanna have less onions. You could also add chili for extra zing.

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I am not a professional cook. My only claim to having a culinary background is a short stint as my dad’s teen ‘sous chef’ in his carinderia ages ago. Dad ran small eateries since I was a young kid - serving standard ‘turo-turo’ food ranging from the likes of menudo, adobo, pritong isda, dinuguan, binagoongan, bopis, munggo, pinakbet and giniling to merienda fares like goto, ginataan, pancit bihon, halu-halo and saging con yelo.

My father, a farmer in his hometown before working his way to becoming an accountant, definitely influenced my cooking in a lot of ways than I thought. My siblings and I were raised in a backyard full of fruit trees and vegetable garden. We spent weekends and the summer breaks running around with ducks, chickens, goats and pigs. I had wonderful memories of gathering eggs, butchering chickens, selling vegetables and the sweet aroma of preserved fruits. But my love for art led me to a degree in Architecture. Just few months after getting my license, I went abroad and lived independently at age 23. Definitely no maid, no cook, and a totally different food culture. Along the way I met lots of friends and spent what seemed a lifetime learning new tricks and recipes.

Now living in Auckland, I am a work-from-home mum who juggles time between work, fun and family - in pursuit of work-life balance. No matter how busy I am, I love the idea of cooking for my family. My blog chronicles home cooking greatly influenced by life outside my home country from Southeast Asia to Beijing and Auckland. And most of the time, being busy also means easy (sometimes quick), affordable meals.

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