What happens when you really like avocados but your wife is allergic to them?
I came to avocados later in my life, I didn’t really like them when I was a kid, but as an adult I have developed a taste for them.
Minh loves avocados, but she can’t eat them. She has a latex fruit allergy. The symptoms are severe, including hives, abdominal pain, vomiting and sometimes life-threatening symptoms like anaphylaxis.
Other foods which cause this type of reaction for her are bananas, melons, quinoa, mango and papaya. Tough for her huh?
This is a common recipe that has been around for a while. Apparently the New York Times raised the anger of the guacamole loving public a few years back by posting a recipe for guacamole that contained peas. Who knew that there were guacamole purists? Peas and avacado are never to meet…never! Peas do add a sweeter, fresher taste to your guac and using only peas is a bit different, but if you have a dietary restriction this can be a subsitute that will allow you to enjoy your guacamole again.
In Canada, green pea season would be in full swing. I have memories of sitting in my Grandmothers’s garden eating fresh peas right off the vine. I was supposed to be picking them for supper. Some of them made it into to pea pail and to the dinner table.
Fresh peas are hard to come by in Thailand, frozen peas are available, not quite the same but If I close my eyes I can be transported back to my Grandmother’s summer garden.
2 cups frozen shelled sweet peas.
1 jalapeno pepper, minced (de-seed if you want to reduce the heat)
1 large onion, finely minced
2 cloves of garlic, diced finely
1 tbsp lime juice
1/4 cup chopped cilantro
Salt to taste
Cook the peas for 2 minutes in boiling water or until just tender. Strain them immediately and place in a blender along with the jalapeno and lime juice.
Blend until the peas are smooth and creamy. Remove to a bowl.
Add the onion, garlic, cilantro and salt to the bowl and mix thoroughly.
Please feel free to share and use this recipe, I make no copyright claims.
ทาน อาหาร ให้ อร่อย นะ (enjoy your meal)
Max is a 200 hour RYT and co-director of Yogatique Bangkok. He has been a vegan, long distance runner and avid skateboarder for over 20 years. He thinks life should be filled with a good sound track, a good work out and good food