ways with avocado

I haven’t known many Filipinos or Filipino-Americans, but enough to form a theory. Our two peoples, Filipino and Mexican, were twins, separated at birth–and after that, things got weird.

For instance, one night at Paulie and Jessamin’s place, we were making guacamole, a properly savory Mexican avocado preparation. I described a recent experiment with avocado fool–avocado beaten smooth with lime juice, then folded together with whipped cream. A funny fusion idea that tasted great and certainly wasn’t good for you.

Jessamin, with a background in the Philippines, grinned diabolically, confiscated an avocado, and fished a can of sweetened condensed milk out of the cabinet. She mixed the two together and invited us to try the authentic Filipino version of avocado fool. Paulie (another Mexican-American) and I found it oddly compelling but refused to call it good. J-P declared it revolting. Call it another example of junk foods translating poorly across cultures. It definitely put me in mind of Jell-o molds, avocado pie, and other mid-century experiments with processed foods.

A Twisted Family Tradition ~ The Lime Jello Brain
(Click for Elisabeth Feldman’s Jell-o Brain recipe.)

3 Responses to “ways with avocado”

  1. August 5, 2010 at 16:16

    we had an avocado smoothie in chinatown the other night. not the worst thing i’ve ever had — it’s kind of like super-smooth supermarket guac with not as much flavor and a little sweetness — but not something i will ever, ever eat again.

  2. August 7, 2010 at 02:49

    This is wicked and delicious, in short wickedly delicious! Love that mold! too clever!

  3. 3 Sabrina
    March 12, 2011 at 20:10

    Hey, I’m reading back through your whole blog apparently. :)

    There’s a place in Round Rock that does avocado ice cream, when you’re lucky. It’s a little weird to get used to, but really nice.

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