Creole Week Avocados are more than just Guacomole-Féroce d’avocat
Creole Week seems like it is almost over but we still have about two more installments to go. I will turn my attention to the avocado. I have been eating the above dish from when I was three years old and if I could have eaten it everyday I would have. You see my grandmother is Creole and I would get this mixture of avocado, cassava flour and a sauce of salted cod fish on special occasions in the week. This was definitely not a staple of a Barbadian girl in the 80’s. Since I am vegan I had to remove the salted cod fish from this dish but I was still able to enjoy it. In the Caribbean we do not eat guacamole like that to be honest some eat a version of mashed avocado called avocado choka but I know in Barbadian cuisine guacamole was not usually eaten. Maybe now people may do this at home but it is not something done with “avocado pear”. Instead the avocado is served as a side next to rice or made into this dish above. Only countries that are French or were once ruled by the French make this dish. Barbados was never ruled by the French so when I was telling my little playmates at school oh I love farine ( the avocado flour) and pear they would always look at me funny.
My mom use to scare me about cassava flour (farine). She said it has to be made properly as the cassava is poisonous so it was important to buy from experienced persons meaning old people. I do not think I would ever attempt to make my own cassava flour at home as from this chart it seems to be a very long process and suppose just suppose I do something wrong I may end up poisoning myself. The cassava is grated and it is squeezed and then dried in the sun. It is a very raw product. Cassava flour can be used as a cereal by combining this with milk sugar and some bayleaf or can be mixed with pear as a savoury meal. Cassavas are very healthy, can you not see the fibre in this flour??? I will be doing more dishes with the actual root vegetable in the near future. So now you know of a new raw flour that can be used in sweet and savoury dishes.