Day Seven: Avocado Milkshake

Finally. The last day of the Weird Food Challenge is here. Even though the last day was technically supposed to be yesterday… I spent yesterday checking out the Getty Museum and Villa instead. It was well spent, but alas, I’m behind one day. This has been a fun, but stressful experience. Prior to starting, I already had 3 recipes planned, which made the first 3 days easy, but when I started running out of ideas, it got hard. And sometimes, even though I had ideas, I didn’t have the necessary ingredients, which was incredibly frustrating. 

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Tasting the concoctions was by far the most interesting part, however. It sometimes proved to be even more stressful than the process of making the foods (ahem ketchup macarons). The winner of the week was definitely the bacon cheesecake while many competed for the worst spot, I think the ketchup macarons took it. Most didn’t turn out as bad as I expected, which was relieving because I didn’t know what I was going to do with all this food. I do admit that a lot went into the freezer, and will probably get tossed in a months time. I did learn something from this seemingly pointless challenge. Try new foods and try to mix seemingly disparate ingredients together, because you never know what the result will be. It could be as disgusting as you expected, but it could also be amazing. Despite being tired of it after a week, I know that from now on when I bookmark recipes, I’ll take note of the sketchy ones. 

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So, today was the last day of spring break. Which means… time to do all the homework I put off during the week. I didn’t have much time to make something complicated, so I just threw together an avocado smoothie. I’ve never made any healthy or “green” smoothies before, and this is the greenest I’ve gone (even thought there’s ice cream in this). On day one, I made avocado truffles, and they turned out better than I thought, so I expected the same for this. It didn’t disappoint, partly because I expected it to not taste good. The ice cream dominated the flavor, while the avocado provided a nice taste to it. I wouldn’t drink this over say, a strawberry shake, but it definitely was not in the bad category. 

Rating: 8/10

Avocado Milkshake (Adapted from Jesus Saves Mary Spends)

1/2 ripe avocado

1/2 cup vanilla ice cream

3/4 cup milk

Blend all the ingredients together in a blender until smooth. And that’s it. 

 

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Day One: Avocado Truffles

So I thought I would start off with an easier one. Ease myself into it, you know? I had come across this recipe whilst searching for a recipe on good ol’ chocolate truffles. When I first read the title, I was dubious. Avocado truffles? Err… Keep in mind, however, that I’m a little wary of these kinds of foods.

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However, since I’ve decided to do the Weird Food Challenge (which I actually made up…), I’m going for it.

Despite the fact that they’re called truffles, they are definitely different from the chocolate truffles that we know and love. You basically make guacamole… then start adding cocoa powder to it. The moment when the cocoa powder first hit my previously untouched guacamole, I had a mini crisis. What am I doing with my life? WHY AM I KILLING THIS POOR GUACAMOLE? As I continued to add the cocoa, the avocado started to disappear and it ended up a fudge-y consistency. I threw it into the freezer, rolled it into small balls, and dusted it with a layer of cocoa powder.

First of all – I made a mistake. I didn’t add enough butter, so the “ganache” (can you call it a ganache?) didn’t actually solidify and it would melt at room temperature (and half melted avocado truffles is not pretty, trust me). The one big thing that surprised me was that the avocado taste was not prominent at all. Despite the fact that avocado is the main ingredient, it only gave the truffles a slightly nutty taste that if I were to give someone a truffle without telling them it as made of avocados, they might not even figure it out. However, the fact that I knew these were made of avocados made the avocado taste stand out more. Most people were too afraid to try it, but one of my friends absolutely loved them and probably ate seven.

Ranking: 7/10 (not bad)

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Avocado Truffles Adapted from whatscookingamerica.net

1/4 cup melted butter

1/2 avocado, peeled and pit removed

1/2 cup cocoa powder

1 cup powdered sugar

Cocoa powder, for dusting

1. In a large saucepan, on low heat, melt the butter

2. In a blender, blend the avocados until smooth and no lumps. You may need to add a little bit of the melted butter over to loosen the mixture.

3. Add the avocados and the rest of the ingredients into the sauce pan, and mix well.

4. Let the mixture harden in the refrigerator. Roll into balls, and dust with cocoa powder. Firm it up in the fridge again. Serve.