Avocados. Love them. They do not, however, love me! I’m the back-of-the-throat-itchy-burny kind of allergic, rather than the anaphylactic shock kind, but it is irritating enough for me to forego avocados *sad face*. Avocados are, of course, great for the LCHF way of eating; plenty of fat, and the carbs are mainly in the form of fibre, which is all good. Having resigned myself to never again being able to eat a lovely avocado I would look on wistfully as my husband chomped his way through ANOTHER avocado.
This is not the end of my avocado story. The good thing about having a nerdy husband is that he reads EVERYTHING that’s vaguely related to what he is interested in. He came across a post on Lance Armstrong’s website, which suggested that the thing in avocados that gives people an allergic reaction is broken down when the avocado is cooked. I tested this theory by frying some chopped avocado and eating a tiny amount. No itching. A bit more. Still no itching. A massive bit. Only a tiny bit of itching but this was probably because it wasn’t cooked enough. Yay, avocados are back on the menu!
**DISCLAIMER** Whilst this worked for me, it may not work for you, so be f***ing careful!!
This has opened up a new world of experimentation, so here’s my first try – avocado pancakes (don’t knock them until you’ve tried them).
Makes 2 generous pancakes.
1/2 large avocado (or a whole small one)
Salt & pepper
Butter for frying (or whatever fat you like)
Chop the avocado and mash with a fork. Add the eggs, salt and pepper, and mix well. The mixture should be moderately runny, like a normal pancake batter. You may need to add an extra egg if the batter looks very thick, like guacamole.
Heat the butter in a frying pan and dollop half of the avocado mixture into it. You could make several smaller pancakes, if you prefer. Fry the pancake over a medium-low heat for a few minutes until the sides of the pancake start to brown. Turn the pancake carefully (it will be fragile) and cook on the other side until the pancake is springy to the touch.
Serve with whatever you fancy, really. I went for bacon and tomatoes. Yum.