One Avocado, Two Colourful Ways

Colour is my day-long obsession, joy and torment.

– Claude Monet

I have a friend who is colour blind. I accidentally found out one day. He is a brilliant music director. He had decided everyone that was playing instruments in a big group he directs would be wearing red t-shirts.

I mentioned, the day before the concert, that I thought that if everyone on stage where to wear a red t-shirt, it will surely be an great visual spectacle.

He answered that to tell the truth, he has no idea what it would look like because he is colour blind. Very colour blind, it seems. Apparently there are so many colours he can’t distinguish, but throughout life has found out some tips for himself to guess if something is say, red, or brown, or blue or green. Or whatever colour it may be… Just so as to not make a fool of himself when talking to certain people.

Another curious point was that when he was small and learning colours, he was always in trouble with the teacher at school because he never got the colours right.

As the very mild hypochondriac that I am, I’ve sometimes wondered if I’m colour blind and don’t realise it. Ok, I definitely think that I am not. Especially because I am very good at analysing colours, their nuances, and aspects of light. Maybe more on that another day! On the other hand, there are certain shades of blue that borderline on purple, that I would consider blue and others consider purple… But no, I don’t think I’m colour blind.

Are you colour blind? If so, I would love to know some thoughts about it.

Today I have two recipes. After having gotten after a (not too publicised) thing for artichokes, I currently have an obsession for avocados. I’ll gladly simply put together avocado on toast for a meal if I’m in a rush. Contrary to this recipe here, the avocado need not be overripe. Oh, and the bread need not be toasted.ย Avocado on toast with some salt and pepper is wonderful. However, sometimes I’ll dress it up a little. Here are couple of ideas.

Avocado with fried egg. Ingredients (for 2 servings):

1 avocado

2 eggs

2 slices bread

salt

black pepper

1 teaspoon olive oil

Peel, remove the seed and cut the avocado into slices. Arrange on some bread. Add a very small amount of salt.

Heat the olive oil in a frying pan. Fry the eggs. Add the fried egg. Sprinkle some salt and freshly ground black pepper.

Avocado with fried egg - nearly sinful!

Avocado with fresh parsley and shallots. Ingredients (for 2 servings):

1 avocado

1 shallot

fresh parsley

1/2 teaspoon chili flakes

2 slices bread

salt

black pepper

Peel, remove the seeds, and cut the avocado into slices. Peel and cut the shallots. Cut the fresh parsley.

Arrange the avocado on the bread. Then add the shallots, fresh parsley, chili flakes, salt and freshly ground black pepper.

Avocado with fresh parsely and shallots - a delight

Note:ย I didn’t bother to toast the bread, but it may have been even be better if I did so.

Thank you for reading!

41 Comments

  1. thelif3 2014-03-22 at 23:14

    Awesome! I’m going to try it! Thanks!

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  2. Shanna Koenigsdorf Ward 2014-03-22 at 23:27

    Nice anecdote, Sofia. I once dated a guy who couldn’t tell blue from black. His socks were always mismatched. ๐Ÿ™‚ I can’t imagine being color blind… it must be so hard. I have five avocados right now and can’t wait to try your fresh, beautiful preparations. The egg one is really calling my name. Yes, you could rub some raw garlic on the bread, along with a drizzle of EVOO and sprinkle of salt and lightly grill both sides. YUM. ๐Ÿ™‚

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    1. Sofia // Papaya Pieces 2014-03-23 at 20:35

      Oh no that’s funny Shanna! Yeah I can imagine then one would be quite colour uncoordinated in their dressing ๐Ÿ™‚ I can’t imagine it either, I know if it would be hard, but I wonder if they think they wished they could see the beauty of colours.
      I live your idea of rubbing raw garlic, that would make it very intensely tasty! xx

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  3. Sunny 2014-03-22 at 23:42

    I think I know a person or two who has a bit of trouble distinguishing green and red, but they can and it’s not worse than that. These look delicious! A perfect Sunday brunch or light lunch ๐Ÿ™‚

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    1. Sofia // Papaya Pieces 2014-03-23 at 20:36

      Don’t be fooled, I always think that avocado on toast is light,. then when I have it I feel stuffed! ๐Ÿ˜‰

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  4. alifemoment 2014-03-22 at 23:44

    Loved the photo, it makes you feel hungry!

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  5. Guillermina Bรณsquez Stover 2014-03-23 at 04:11

    Avocado is such a staple of the Mexican diet, and here on the U.S.-Mexico border (southwest Texas), it is certainly ubiquitous. I LOVE avocados, and it turns out they are actually very good, health wise. And for me it would be a fried egg with avocado on the side with a Mexican corn tortilla…but these recipes you posted sound delicious, too…

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    1. Sofia // Papaya Pieces 2014-03-23 at 20:37

      Hmmm with corn tortillas is great. I assume you can get plenty of avocados then there? xx

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  6. tableofcolors 2014-03-23 at 07:14

    Thanks for inspiration…avocado is a favorite of mine as well!

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  7. Helen @ Scrummy Lane 2014-03-23 at 07:54

    I LOVE avocado on toast, Sofia … this recipe with shallots and parsley looks so fresh and fabulous … and yes, very colourful! Coincidentally, I talked about colour a bit in my latest post, too ๐Ÿ˜‰

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  8. Mabel Kwong 2014-03-23 at 10:09

    That fried egg looks so good. It looks as if if I poke the yoke, yummy yellow goodness will run all over my bread. I love avocado ๐Ÿ™‚ Love it with my bread for breakfast and lunch. I prefer my avocado in chunks, not spread, because I feel this way I can taste more of the avocado. It’s such a pity that avocados are really expensive in Australia. At some cafes and food courts, the shop attendant charges you an extra $1-2 for avocado on your bread if you request it.

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    1. Sofia // Papaya Pieces 2014-03-23 at 20:40

      Yeah, avocados are a bit expensive here too. Only that I consider that if I have one of toast with salt and pepper and its enough for a meal, hey its ok ๐Ÿ™‚

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  9. littleblissbook 2014-03-23 at 19:09

    You know I’ve always wondered if others see colors the way I see them? Not that I think I’m color blind, I know I’m not, or at least all the tests they make you take when you’re at the eye doctor tell me I’m not. But what if my green looks more robust than someone else’s green. Maybe their green looks more like my blue. Lol now I’m getting way too deep and philosophical. *Changes topic quick* beautiful colored egg yolk! ๐Ÿ™‚ Lol

    xx
    Rakhi

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    1. Sofia // Papaya Pieces 2014-03-23 at 20:39

      You know I often wonder the same thing. I don’t think I’m just colour blind, maybe just that we perceive them differently. I assume we both see that egg yolk as “yellow”? ๐Ÿ˜‰

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      1. littleblissbook 2014-03-24 at 01:42

        Phew I’m not the only one, I don’t feel so weird anymore haha.

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  10. pianolearner 2014-03-23 at 21:17

    I didn’t used to like avocado, but my wife has got me into them. At the moment i’m enjoying having them with goats cheese and lentils.

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      1. pianolearner 2014-03-25 at 00:28

        Of course she has good taste. She married me! ๐Ÿ˜‰

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  11. Hanni 2014-03-23 at 21:19

    I’m not colorblind, but back at grammar school was a boy who is colorblind. Usually he had no issues with it and didn’t mind it at all. Though it became a bit annoying for everyone, since his teacher needed a constant reminder of it, as she tend to forget why he mixed up the colors during art/drawing classes or why he didn’t mark his verbs red, the nouns blue and the subjects green. Eventually, he started to label his pens and I’m pretty sure, he came up with quite some more tricks to make life easier on himself.
    I always wondered what the world looks like to him. When I meet him again, I’ll invite him for your avocado dish and ask him ๐Ÿ™‚

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    1. Sofia // Papaya Pieces 2014-03-24 at 09:54

      Hi Hanni! Oh dear, labelling his pens haha. OH please do ask him about how he has progressed with coping if you do see him.

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  12. Lisa 2014-03-23 at 22:19

    Beautiful, Sofia!!

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  13. Michelle 2014-03-24 at 04:17

    What a beautiful egg! I’ve been sort of avocado crazy myself lately. Was so disappointed tonight when the one I was planning to use for salad turned out to be, well, let’s just say a little past its prime. And as for color blindness… My husband uses it as an excuse when he wears something that horrifies me. But I know he’s really not color blind. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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    1. Sofia // Papaya Pieces 2014-03-24 at 17:02

      Oh I know what you mean,.. I’ll be thinking about avocados, then I open one and its past its prime.
      Haha thats cute of him ๐Ÿ™‚

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  14. Dalo 2013 2014-03-24 at 04:54

    Great looking photos again. My easiest meal is avocado on toast as well, and often I will make a fried egg sandwich with avocado…tasty and I think healthy for you.

    My best friend in college was color blind, and he was going to go to the Naval flight school after graduation but was color blind…and he had planned to memorize all the tests so he could pass the test (as it was necessary to become a pilot). Fortunately he realized that doing so was not the right thing.

    How he found out he was color blind was because sophomore year in college he wore a shirt that had a subtle red stain on it, and I told him about it…and he did not believe me. He went to class, asked others for confirmation and he was flabbergasted to find out he could not see it. Of course for the rest of the year I had a lot of fun with pranks because of this ๐Ÿ™‚

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    1. Sofia // Papaya Pieces 2014-03-24 at 17:04

      You have great taste and health then ๐Ÿ˜‰
      OH no what a story, thank fully he realised he should become a pilot, though it must be very frustrating to let go of a dream because of something like that. Wow he did find out about being colour blind very late in life though, and because of you!

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  15. Saskia (1=2) 2014-03-24 at 20:50

    It’s 6.49 am and the family is about to awake. I’ve been planning wraps with scrambled eggs and tomato for brekkie, but I have a beautiful avocado on the window sill! And some fresh parsley! LOVE the idea of a light sprinkle of chilli flakes. That’ll be on my table in ten minutes. Thanks for the inspiration Sofia!
    PS. A family member is colour blind, but he really only has trouble with green and red if they’re sitting right next to each other; and also can’t decipher dirty green colours at all, like olive and khaki. They register as pure grey.

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    1. Sofia // Papaya Pieces 2014-03-24 at 21:15

      You’re going to make it with the chill flakes now? Bon appetite! I hope you enjoy it ๐Ÿ™‚
      Well in his defence, khaki and olive colours are difficult! xxx

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      1. Saskia (1=2) 2014-03-25 at 00:03

        Yep! I made it! Delicious. We had fried egg, chopped avo, parsley, sliced tomato and chilli flakes on sourdough. Just beautiful!

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  16. onmywaybymarie 2014-03-24 at 21:16

    Looks delicious! And your photos are so beautiful! ๐Ÿ˜€ #MouthWatering ^^

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  17. Amanda 2014-03-24 at 21:48

    Avocados are one of my favorite foods. As are eggs. I actually think that only men can be color blind. Women may carry the gene, but men are actually affected. Interesting. Beautiful quote!

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    1. Sofia // Papaya Pieces 2014-03-25 at 11:15

      This is actually the 1st time I put an avocado and an egg together! And oh yes I’ll be doing it very often now. I think you’re right about the fact that only men are colour blind, I think I did study that, we only carry the gene!

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  18. Tala Ghalayini 2014-03-26 at 09:37

    im not a big fan of avocados alone tho i know they’re super healthy! i like this recipe coz then i can combine it with eggs and have both benefits! thanks!!

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    1. Sofia // Papaya Pieces 2014-03-27 at 15:45

      You have to admit that an avocado alone is slithery and bland. But put it together with something else, then magic happens! And its super healthy, as you say!

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  19. annascuisine 2014-04-12 at 06:24

    Wow! This looks so fresh and absolutely a satisfying breakfast. The egg is perfectly done. I’m definitely going to try it. ๐Ÿ™‚

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