A few weeks back, I blogged about a fried avocado burger that I had just eaten. At that moment, I became obsessed with cracking the code for delicious fried avocado. After several trials, day 216 of the Nowhere To Be Project was the day where it all came together. The struggle was in keeping the avocado smooth on the inside and light and crispy on the outside. The solution came in the form of Rice Krispies cereal! Yes! Rice Krispies are the secret ingredient for luscious fried avocado! What I ended up with took my love for avocado to a whole new level. The finished product is vegan (of course), and can be enjoyed in so many ways and in countless dishes. If you’re looking for an amazing new way to prepare avocado, look no further.
1 cup crushed rice krispies
1/4 cup cornstarch
salt, pepper and cayenne pepper to taste
2 Haas avocados, peeled and sliced into spears
1/2 cup vegan half and half blended with the juice of half a lemon
1- Preheat half an inch of avocado oil in a deep frying pan over medium-high heat.
2- Stir dry ingredients together in a shallow bowl.
3- Gently dip each spear of avocado in the lemon half and half mixture before rolling them in the dry mixture, being sure to coat all sides of the avocado.
4- Deposit the breaded avocado into the hot oil using a slotted spoon.
5- Use the slotted spoon to turn the avocado spears evenly in the oil as they cook.
6- Cook until golden.
7- Drain the fried avocado spears on a paper towel for a minute or two before serving.
Optional Dipping Sauce
Mix four parts Veganaise with one part chili sauce.
It should come as no surprise that the avocado has become more popular than ever. It is everywhere and many have a ‘love it’ or ‘hate it’ attitude toward the fruit (yes, it is a fruit). Over the the past few weeks, I have been seeing a new avocado option, deep fried avocado, pop up on countless restaurant menus. I’ve tried it in the deep fried state on its own as an appetizer, in tacos, and on toast. Today, day 206 of the Nowhere To Be Project, brought me to the delicacy that is a fried avocado burger! It was so good that I’ve begun test trials of frying avocado at home. I’ll be sure to let you know how it goes, but in the meantime be sure seek out any and all sources of fried avocado and try them at once.
Day 21 of the Nowhere To Be Project was focused on organizing my upcoming travels. If you’ve read my blog before, you know that I absolutely live to travel. So, tomorrow I’m going to Denver for an overnight. The following week I’ll be in Florida for a wedding. At the end of April I’m heading to Sydney, Australia. From there it will be a month long RV trip across the country. August brings a journey by sea to Norway, Scotland, Ireland, England and Wales. I’ll close the year out in California, Oregon and Washington state. You never know though, I could sprinkle a few more in there if the opportunity (and a great deal) arises. After all, that is the whole point of the Nowhere To Be Project, taking advantage of all that an obligation-free life offers.
My point in organizing is to set personal goals for my travels to ensure I get the most out of my time in each spot. My husband’s primary travel goal for the past few years has been to hit every Major League Baseball park. He has just two to go and they will be knocked off in May. He suggested that I select something of interest to me to conquer on our adventures. I usually just focus on enjoying the local culture, but agreed to take on his challenge. I briefly considered haunted sights, cemeteries (for genealogy, of course) and museums. I’m super interested in all of those, but they just didn’t feel right for right now. After a bit of thought, I’ve decided to visit as many local farmer’s markets as possible. With a plant-based diet, I’m always searching for the freshest fruits and vegetables anyway, so this makes total sense. Above the practicality of my choice though, I’ve learned that farmer’s markets go way beyond produce. Many offer local delicacies, homemade delights and handmade treasures. In short, they are fascinating gathering places for passionate and talented locals. What touristy attraction could top that?
For me, the best part of traveling is getting to know the people who call each place “home” and I have a strong feeling that I’ll find them hanging out at farmer’s markets. With that, I’d like to ask (beg:-) each of you to reach out with the names of your favorite farmer’s markets. I promise to share a comprehensive list of each one I visit in an effort to spread the good news I find.