Thursday, January 6, 2011

Baby food Avocado Popsicle

142_edited-1As a first grader, adults were the only people I knew who could have sugar at will. When I first met a diabetic, I believed she was a rock star because during recess she could go to the playground teacher and get a piece of hard candy any time.
I told her my favorite food was ice cream and I asked her what her favorite food was.
“Avocado,” she said. “I could eat avocados all day.”
“Oh yeah,” I said, “I love that stuff.”
I had no idea what she was talking about, but that fruity word just simmered through her second grade lips like sexy tropical moisture. I was hooked on avocado.
When the dentist asked me about my favorite food, I answered “Avocado.” His surprise was clear and he complimented me on keeping my teeth cavity free. I had answered the question correctly. “I could eat avocados all day,” I told him.
It wasn’t until the next year that I actually tried avocado.
I dug my spoon into its hard pudding. The piece coated my mouth and melted at the same time. The eggy flavor lingered. It was a taste I couldn’t quite call offensive, but it certainly wasn’t overly friendly like vanilla ice cream. Maybe a bit stand-offish.
It wasn’t love at first taste. Or the second. Probably not the third or fourth, either.
So seeing this face on Mozely after his first lick of avocado doesn’t surprise me.

mozepopBut if we’re related at all, when he’s grown up I’ll have to lock up the avocados just to keep them for myself.

notes: I made this popsicle with formula and avocado. It will eventually turn brown but I gave him a few licks a few days in a row. Babies don’t eat much at first and I didn’t want to give him brain freeze. He started getting very upset when I took it away after a few tries, so I guess he likes it now.
Where were you when you first tried avocado?


Robbie said...

awesome! perfect for teething, huh?

Christine Wu said...

First time I tried it in its glory original form was 10 years ago in Indonesia. Didn't like it, still don't (except when it's made into guacamole). My family loves avocado juice, made with palm sugar then doused with chocolate syrup and whipped cream. That combo makes me barf though.

Maryea {Happy Healthy Mama} said...

I wish I could remember the first time I tried avocado but I can't. I'm sure it was in the form of guacamole. Meghan made a similar face the first time I gave her mashed avocado + breast milk. :-) Now it is one of her favorite foods to eat.

Anonymous said...

Those blue eyes!!! Can I have him? Please???
So sorry...not a big fan of avocados or guacamole (am I weird?)...

Kaity said...

I miss him so much. He looks so big in these pics.

Kristen said...

I love avocados and his eyes! My first bite of avocado was on a blt. Still in love. Make guacamole every avocado season and sprout the seeds, someday I'll get a tree that bears fruit!

Quirky Jessi said...

I don't remember my first avocado. It was probably part of guacamole, as that seems the most logical. I do know when I fell in love with them, though. Several years ago, I was making guac and spooned the avocado straight from the skin to my mouth, and oh my god, it was delicious. I sprinkled on some salt and chowed down. Then, my local store had them on sale during peak times and I was hooked. I couldn't get enough of them. Years later, I still love 'em (as evidenced by the 8 sitting in my fruit basket right now...yum).

Carrie Stuart said...

I love this story! I found your blog through Damaris (who found my blog, once upon a time). I don't remember a time when I didn't love avocados. We grew up in San Diego and my parents were addicted. Only, my dad would eat an entire half (scored in the skin), and fill the hole of the pit with Worcestershire sauce and then salt and pepper it and eat it out of the skin with a spoon. He did this every day and sometimes would let one of us kids have the other half. It was years before I found out that this was just my dad's weird thing and not the way everyone ate avocados. I was disappointed. After reading this post I regret not making avocado formula pops for my babies! Love your blog. =^)

Anonymous said...

I love avocado, very cute the look on his eyes.
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