The truth about Avocados..(according to me)

Avocado – friend or foe?   Hard, (pardon the pun) to tell sometimes..


Truthfully, it’s been one of those things that has put me off using avocados for important occasions – I can never tell by looking and feeling whether they’re newly hatched/ripe/over-ripe/gone off;  I’d been caught out so many times that I became wary and tended to either avoid them altogether, or hope for the best and learned to have something else in reserve when my worst fears were realised.

The problem is that I absolutely love avocado pears, so the burden of disappointment over the years has been a big one. Also – am I the only one? – I called them ADvocados for years (only heard them talked about, never written down). And this is the woman who has her own website – be careful what you read on the internet 😉 – but let’s face it, the fact that Greengrocers corrupted the spelling of broccoli for so long didn’t bode well for avocados either …

I remember phoning up a major, high-end shop in a rage one time after I’d paid a huge amount of money for two seriously good-looking avocado pears, only to discover when I got them home that they were literally rotten to the core.  They blithely suggested I bring them back for a refund, but a) I’d dumped them into the bin in a fit of temper and b) I was too busy thinking up a replacement dish for the one I’d planned.

Nowadays however, I am a little more philosophical about these things: I no longer think, in respect of avocados, that ‘most expensive is best’. I rarely plan a dish where they are the only, or most important ingredient, without having a viable back-up readily available.

  • my suggestions for back-ups: Ripe nectarines or mango










These days, I buy the cheapest packet-of-four in the supermarket, put them into the fruit drawer of the fridge, and leave them there for a minimum of 3 weeks and have discovered that, in most cases, they are perfectly acceptable when I go to use them. Today, I was throwing a salad together for lunch, and used two of the four that had been resting in my account for just over 2 weeks. They were almost perfect; in fact they could have done with another few days to be honest.

So there you have it – my last word on avocados; for the time being!


I started writing down recipes in an old copybook when I was about 16. With 6 children at home, my Mother was always glad of a hand in the kitchen, and really allowed us to experiment - as long as we washed up afterwards, and left the kitchen immaculate! Having a tidy kitchen has followed me through my life, as has the habit of writing down my favourite recipes; except that these days I write them for my website, and add photographs when I can. The website really started when it occurred to me that my daughter might like to have these recipes when I've forgotten them. In my early days of cooking for family and friends, I used to phone my Mum all the time to ask her for the recipe for some of our favourite family dinners. She rarely had a recipe to hand - I think, like me, she made a lot of it up as she went along.. So welcome to Eating for Ireland - these are the recipes that my friends and family having been eating these past 40 years.. yes, I truly am ancient! They are tried and tested, and have worked for me for all that time - I have updated them as new ingredients became available - I really hope you'll find something that you can make into a family favourite of your own. You don't have to tell anyone where you found these great new dishes that you're serving up - it can be our little secret, but I'd really love it if you could give me a sneaky 'follow' on Facebook and Instagram.. So off you go - have a good rummage around, you're bound to find something new! My sincere thanks to all of you who have found a recipe that you liked and dropped me a line to tell me - I really do love to hear from you! Happy Cooking! Becks xx

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