I was looking for something refreshing to go with my Salmon for dinner and looking around my kitchen, the little avocado sitting in my fruit bowl was just screaming out to me….eat me!….eat me! & there you have it, Avocado Salsa!
An 80g portion of avocado counts towards your 5 a day and contains vitamins, minerals and fiber. Fiber is good for your heart & gut health. These little fruits are a nutrient powerhouse, they contain nearly 20 different vitamins, minerals, and nutrients. The type of fat in an avocado is mainly unsaturated (specifically, monounsaturated), which, when eaten in place of high-saturated-fat foods, can help maintain healthy cholesterol levels. Olive and rapeseed oil are other well-known sources of monounsaturated fats.
The creamy taste and texture that avocados have means they can feel indulgent to eat, and they are good substitutes for high-saturated-fat options that you might add to a salad or a sandwich, like cheese or butter. When you see or hear avocado being used it’s usually on a piece of toast for breakfast, or in a guacamole for a side dish, but the combination of avocado & cucumber is a sure fire winner in my books and served alongside a piece of fresh Salmon, well, what’s not to like!
1 Large Avocado, skin & stone removed then diced
1/2 Cucumber, diced
Juice of 1 lime
1 Tbsp Mayonnaise (Light, to keep it healthier)
Pinch of Salt
Cracked Rainbow Pepper to taste.
Handful of fresh coriander, chopped finely.
(Optional, sprinkle of dried chilli flakes)
Place everything in a bowl a mix trough to combine. Serve.
If making the salad a few hours ahead, combine all ingredients into a bowl (except the salt!). Squeeze lime juice directly over avocados and toss gently to combine.
Cover tightly with cling film, placing it directly over the surface of the salad to keep the air out. Oxygen is what causes avocados to brown.
Add salt just before serving to keep the cucumbers from wilting and becoming overly juicy.
I was lucky recently to have meet Duncan Smith from Duncans Caviar https://www.instagram.com/duncanscaviar/ , who is the Exclusive Scottish Distributor for Royal Belgian Caviar https://royalbelgiancaviar.be/en/caviar. The Royal Belgian Caviar are based in Belgium and home farm their sturgeon for the best quality product. It is a firm favourite with all the Top Chefs. Click link for more information.
I used the Beluga Caviar which leaves a lovely after taste with its rich, Buttery and Creamy notes. Holiday season is fast approaching, so why not treat yourself and indulge, you only live once!
1 Ripe Avocado, peeled and mashed
1 small Red Onion, minced finely
2 tbsp lemon juice
Salt & Pepper to taste
2 tsp Caviar
Mix together the crab meat, seasoning and 1 tbsp lemon juice, set aside
In a separate bowl mix the mashed avocado with the red onion, 1 tbsp lemon juice and seasoning.
For each serving take 1 tbsp of the avocado mix and fill a 1.5″ cookie round, then top with 1 tbsp of the crabmeat mixture, smoothing the surface as you go. Ensure your plate has been refrigerated before hand. Put back into the fridge for 10 minutes, this makes it easier to remove the cutter and stay in tact when removed.
When ready to serve, remove the cutter and finish off with a little Caviar.
These little bitesize timbales are great for a party or get together, the avocado and crabmeat give the creamy base some texture and the delicate topping of the Caviar makes these super decadent. Serve with a glass of Champagne for ultimate taste sensation.
I received the Osietra and Beluga Caviar and so excited to try. The Royal Belgian Caviar are based in Belgium and home farm their sturgeon for the best quality product. Click above link for more information.
Duncan Smith is the Exclusive Scottish Distributor for this excellent product, check out his Instagram above for more information.
I was looking for something a bit more sophisticated for my afternoon tea, so something in a cocktail glass sounded good. This little dish is great for the party season coming up or if you just fancy treating yourself like we did.
The Beluga Caviar leaves a lovely after taste with its rich, Buttery and Creamy notes.
Makes 4 Glasses
4-6 tbsps of Sour Cream or Creme Fraiche (both work well)
1 Medium Avocado
2 tbsp Minced Red Onion
2 tbsp Lemon Juice
1 tsp Chopped Fresh Dill
1 Small Plum Tomato – chopped finely
1 Boiled Egg, peeled and chopped finely
Salt & Pepper to taste
1 tsp Caviar (do not use metal spoon as it can effect the taste)
Spoon the creme fraiche or sour cream into the glass.
Mash the avocado with a fork and mix in the onion, lemon juice, dill and seasoning. Put 1-2 tbsps into the glass on top of the cream.
Sprinkle some of the chopped egg and tomato on top then finish with a small spoonful of caviar an sprig of dill.
OMG! I do love Avocado’s & if you do too, you will love this little recipe. A good nutritious and healthy way to start your day. Creamy luxurious texture, full of good vitamins, healthy fatty acids, flavour and fiber, why would you not want to? Good on their own or serve with a poached egg or crispy bacon for a more luxury weekend treat.
Makes 4 large pancakes
1 Large avocado
100g Plain Flour
1 tsp baking powder
1 1/2 tbsp sugar
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1/2 cup milk
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1 tbsp coconut oil – melted
butter for the pan
Whisk together flour, baking powder, sugar, salt & nutmeg in a bowl
Combine the avocado, milk, egg, coconut oil and vanilla in a food processor until smooth
Mix the avocado into the flour until blended
Melt the butter in a fry pan on medium to high heat, scoop the batter into the pan (whichever size you like) and cook for about 2-3 minutes per each side.
Serve. I put on a bed of Spinach with a poached egg on top, Yummy!
I do love Lazy Sunday Mornings. I pulled back the curtains and the sun was shining again, lovely! I opted for a fueling healthy breakfast this morning, first time I’ve tried Spinach Pancakes and they were lovely.
Makes 2 Pancakes
30g Gram Flour (chickpea)
Pinch of sea salt
1/2 tsp garlic
2 handfuls of Spinach
2 tbsp olive oil
1 tbsp coconut oil for frying.
Add all the ingredients (except the coconut oil) to a blender and mix until smooth. The batter will be watery.
Heat the coconut oil in a fry pan on medium heat
Pour a thin layer of the batter into the pan and swirl, when you start to see it bubble, flip over and cook. The pancake is very light so I would toss rather than using utensils to flip over as it might tear.
To serve, I chopped some avocado, feta cheese, tomatoes and topped with poached eggs. Yummy!
My healthier eating continues this month. I got some lovely bits of Scottish Salmon recently so came up with this idea of a healthier mash using whatever I had in my fridge. It was delicious. Best bit, it only took 6 minutes to cook and put together.
Makes enough mash for 2-3 people
80g baby spinach
50g garden peas – cooked
juice of 1 lemon
1 tsp Sea Salt
Garlic clove – minced
1 tsp coriander – dried
1 tsp olive oil
(optional if you like spice, add in 1 tsp chilli flakes)
Place everything into a blender and mix until just combined.
Serve. Simple as that!
I steam cooked some salmon that I marinated in Teriyaki Sauce overnight. Yum!
I just love my relaxing Sunday mornings, today the sun was out and I felt great, the sun beaming into my kitchen through my living room. It’s amazing how a little bit of sun makes you feel, especially after our really bad and long winter.
Feeling good I decided to experiment, I was sent an idea recently….omelette in bread….brilliant, easy, tasteful, quick and simple cooking. Loved this.
There are so many combinations you can do, I went with cheese and tomato.
2 Slice of Bread – Thick slice is best
2 large eggs – whisked
2 tomatoes – sliced
Gouda cheese – small handful grated
Heat a little oil in a fry pan and gently cook your filling ingredients, in this case I gently fried the tomatoes.
Cut out the centre of the bread and set aside.
Arrange the filling in the pan to the shape of the centre of the bread, then place the outside of the bread in the pan.
Gently pour some of the egg mixture into the centre of the bread covering your filling. Do this slowly so it sets. Then sprinkle the cheese on top
Allow to set slightly, then place the centre of the bread on top and flatten down. Then flip over and cook for 2 minutes.
I just love Sunday Brunch time, no alarm, lay in, relaxing morning and a fantastic big breakfast that will keep me going until my Sunday dinner. I couldn’t decide between sweet or savoury this morning, so why not both?? This was an absolute treat and so glad I had some fresh tomatoes as this jam just nailed the dish.
Makes 2 portions
For the Jam
10 cherry tomatoes – 1/4
1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
1 tbsp brown sugar
1 tbsp butter
1 red onion – finely chopped
For the French Toast
2 slices of bread (I used wholemeal)
1 tbsp butter for frying
Salt & pepper to taste
1 large handful of kale – I steamed cooked mine for 4 minutes, perfect.
1/2 Avocado – sliced
To make the jam:- Heat 1 tbsp butter and some spray oil in a fry pan
Saute the onion on medium heat until tender about 5 minutes
Add brown sugar, stir and cook for a further 3 minutes
Add the tomatoes and balsamic vinegar and cook for a further 5 minutes, remove with a slotted spoon and keep warm
To make the French Toast:- Heat 1 tbsp butter in a fry pan.
Whisk the eggs and season with salt & pepper
Place the slices of bread in the egg mixture and allow to soak for a minute, then place into the hot pan and fry on each side for about 3-4 minutes or until golden brown and crispy.
Steam cook your kale.
Place kale onto toast, then avocado slices then top with the jam.
I first saw this recipe on Asassyspoon , I just had to give it a go as I love Salmon and Avocado so whats not to like! I changed it ever so slightly to suit my tastes and experiment. I also haven’t invested in a spiralizer yet so its cucumber strips instead of noodles…lol!
Makes 1 portion – obviously add quantities for more.
2 Salmon Fillets – make sure its good quality Scottish Salmon…lol!
1 tsp chilli powder
1 tsp rainbow peppercorns – ground
1 tsp ground cumin
2 tbsp olive oil – good quality
Salt & pepper to taste
For the dressing:-
1/2 lemon juiced
1/2 garlic clove – crushed
Handful Dill – freshly chopped (or you could use parsley)
1/2 chilli – diced or 1/2 tsp dried flakes
2 tbsp water
Salt & pepper to taste
Combine the chilli powder, pepper, cumin, salt and pepper in a small bowl with 1 tbsp olive oil. Place salmon in bowl and rub into skin covering all of the salmon.
Heat a pan on medium heat with 1 tbsp oil. Place fillets into pan skin side down first and cook for 4 minutes, just leave to cook. Then flip fillets over and cook for a further 3-4 minutes, remove.
Meanwhile make the dressing by mixing together all the dressing ingredients in a blender until you have a smooth paste.
If you have a spiralizer then use that for your cucumber, if not, you can use a peeler to make strips.
Add the cucumber to the avocado dressing and coat.
Place the cucumber onto a plate and place the salmon on top. Serve. Yummy!
I just love eggs and toast on a Saturday morning but wanted to jazz it up a bit today, so here is my eggs in toast with some spicy avocado bites.
2 Slices of Wholemeal toast (you can of course use white if you prefer)
1/2 avocado – mashed
tsp of chilli flakes
knob of butter
1. Heat butter in a pan
2. Using a cutter take out the centre of the bread slices
3. Place bread slices into the pan and crack the eggs in the centre. Also put the circle bites into the pan.
4. Cook for about 1-2 mins, then flip over and cook for a further 1-2 mins (depending if you want yolk running or not)
5. Meanwhile, mash up the avocado and sprinkle with chilli flakes.
6. Remove the toasts from pan and place on a plate. Take the 2 round pieces and place the cutter you used to cut over then spoon in the avocado mix, remove cutter and place on plate. Sprinkle with rainbow pepper to taste. Yummy!