Day 265: Open-faced Avocado and Goat Cheese Sandwiches


As a kid, I hated avocados. Thankfully, I got over it. I like mustard now too, but I still can’t stand black licorice. I don’t even like it when other people eat it. You know how some people can pick up cigarette breath from a mile away? That’s me with black licorice breath.

As far as dinner goes this probably doesn’t look like much, but the image above is larger than it appears. Literally – these mamas are huge. I’ve been waiting all summer long for Andrés to bring in his massive, buttery yellow Semil avocados, and they finally flew in last week. He emailed me from his blackberry as soon as he got word that they were flying over Thunder Bay – how’s that for service? And when I got the specimens in my hands, two of them at well over a pound each, easily twice the size of an average avocado, he instructed me to wrap them in newspaper and sit them in a sunny spot to encourage them to ripen.

Today was a good day for them to come into their own; early this afternoon as I was out shopping for new dog chews Mike called and asked me to pick up lunch, so I stopped for a vat of wor wonton soup from King’s. (For $9.65 you can fill a salad bowl with noodles, broth, pork, veg and wontons. I suspect M was hoping for a burger, but after two days of eating not much more than grapes and toast, that would have been too far a leap.) So by dinner, a few slices of buttery avocado laid out on peppered goat cheese and grainy toast was just the thing. (Did that sound too Martha?)

So that takes care of #1; any ideas for #2? My neighbour suggested avocado milkshakes: ripe avocado whizzed with milk, ice and a bit of sugar like she used to get at her favourite Vietnamese restaurant. Sounds fantastic, but I’m not sure I could bring myself to puree something so gorgeous!


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15 comments on “Day 265: Open-faced Avocado and Goat Cheese Sandwiches

  1. maplesugar
    September 21, 2008 at 11:29 pm

    I saw those at the Millarville farmer’s market on Saturday OMG they were huuuuge! I had to restrain myself (went a little nutz at Route 40 Soup Co) now I’m craving them lol.

    Here’s a recipe that’s been making the rounds on Chowhound:

    Tomato, Corn and Avocado Salad
    6 servings

    2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
    2 tablespoons fresh orange juice
    4 teaspoons olive oil
    2 cups fresh or frozen yellow corn
    2 medium tomatoes, coarsely chopped
    2 avocados, peeled and diced (I’m thinking 1/2 of a semil would do)
    1 green onion, finely chopped
    Salt and pepper to taste
    2 tablespoon minced fresh cilantro leaves
    6 lime wedges

    In a small bowl, whisk together the lime and orange juices and the olive oil. In a larger bowl, combine the corn, tomatoes, avocados, green onion and cilantro. Toss with the dressing and season with salt and pepper. Chill 1 hour. Serve salad with lime wedges.

    Per serving: 181 calories, 12 g fat, 3.4 g protein, 19 g carbohydrates, 0 mg cholesterol, 208 mg sodium, 6 g dietary fiber.


  2. Lana
    September 22, 2008 at 7:10 am

    I LOVE avocadoes and my favourite way to eat them is: multi-grain toast (but a dense bread, not a air-y one), buttered, then rubbed with the cut edge of a garlic clove, topped with sliced avocado and salt and fresh-ground pepper!

    OR- guac where I mix the avocado with a chopped granny smith apple, fresh lime juice, chopped green onion and tomato and s&p. That’s it!

    Mmmmm…I am stopping on the way home from work for supplies….

    p.s. Hope you feel better soon xo.

  3. michelle @ TNS
    September 22, 2008 at 7:10 am

    i love both the milkshake idea and the salad in the first comment. i’m a big avocado ice cream fan, too.

  4. Lana
    September 22, 2008 at 7:10 am

    OH! And the cilantro, I forgot the cilantro in the guac!!

  5. Cheryl
    September 22, 2008 at 7:17 am

    Perhaps a soup, it seems like the kind of day, afterall? Glad you are feeling better

  6. robyn
    September 22, 2008 at 2:07 pm

    I’m jealous. I love avocadoes on toast with cheddar, but goat cheese??? Crazy good. I’ll have to try it.

    I think tonight’s avocado should have some kick to it….maybe some cayenne? Paired with beef of some kind?

  7. Theresa
    September 22, 2008 at 2:52 pm

    Happy One Hundred Days Left 🙂

  8. Dana mccauley
    September 22, 2008 at 8:29 pm

    avocados are such a wonderful food – delicious on their own but able to fit in with so many other foods. I can’t believe I didn’t taste one until I was almost 20 – talk about the hardships of a Canadian childhood!

  9. Cathy D
    September 23, 2008 at 2:38 pm


    Hope you are feeing better. Where can one get those avocados do you think? Chongo?


  10. Katharine
    September 23, 2008 at 3:20 pm

    LOOOOOVVVVEEEE avocados. I don’t get people who don’t love them.

  11. JulieVR
    September 23, 2008 at 8:01 pm

    Oh no – not Chongos! Bite over in Inglewood should have them. They come from More than Mangos, which has a location in Sweetgrass Market and Millarville for a bit longer.

  12. Cory
    September 23, 2008 at 8:49 pm

    Yummy. This looks so good. Love avocados, haven’t tried goat cheese (yet) – but definitely going to try this one out.

  13. Cathy D
    September 24, 2008 at 3:06 pm

    Thanks. Off on an avocado finding mission!

  14. kimberley
    April 24, 2012 at 10:36 am

    costa rican style: on a warm corn tortilla with a squirt of mayo. throw on some chopped red onion, cilantro and a squirt of lime over the avocado. disassembled guacamole really. add fish or crumbled cheese if you fancy. sit on a warm beach with your toes in the sand. mmmmmm

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