|The History of Avocado Toast|
The history of avocado toast is an interesting one that dates back to at least the mid-nineteenth century. In Australia, as in many countries at that time, the avocados were primarily used as a source of food and with breads and other breakfast products. The sweet pulp was used first for jams and spreads, and then was added to cakes, cookies, puddings and ice cream. At about this time the term "avocado" was coined.
This was a good time to be a fruiterer. Before this time the toast was made without any added butter, salt or sugar. One way to improve the taste was to add a little lemon zest, or even some freshly squeezed lemon juice. This was done by simply adding a few drops of lemon zest to the batter before whipping it all into a paste with a fork. It was hoped that this would improve the texture and give it a somewhat more "spreadable" quality.
Are avocado toast healthy?
So, is avocado toast healthy? In most cases, yes. It may be higher in fat and calories than a simple piece of fruit, but it should also be able to keep you fuller longer. Avocado toast also contains a huge number of useful nutrients and antioxidants (especially when made on whole grain bread).
Some of the earliest surviving recipes for this exotic dish came from Mexico, specifically from the state of Hidalgo, which is in the central part of Mexico. According to legend, after viewing a Mexican cookery show, the French chef, Anticostas Picasso, was so impressed that he commissioned a local cooks to create the first "avocado" recipe in his home. He named it, appropriately, "avocado omelette" (meaning, 'onions in milk'). It did not take long for the dish to become popular in French-speaking countries throughout Europe.
As the popularity of the "avocado" spread throughout much of the world, it became necessary for the toast to be adapted to suit different countries and their different culinary needs. Thus we find that there are now "avocado" toast sandwiches in America," scrambled eggs" and "eatability" or "snap-up" eggs" in Britain and "hare bread" in Australia. A common theme running through all these efforts is the simple fact that the fruit itself is very easy to prepare. The method of cooking the avocado has remained essentially the same throughout the years, although slight variations may appear based on where the fruit is originally from.
The traditional technique for making an "avocado" toast starts with the use of a coffee-mill to grind down the avocados into a fine powder. Next, the toast is made by using a bread machine, then placing the grounded avocado in the center of the bread and rolling the top of the bread over to form a base for the sandwich. A short cooking time is allowed for the sandwich to be warm enough to use the tortilla to put it on, followed by sliding the knife into the egg and then snapping it down over the avocado. The resulting "avocado" toast is simply delicious! Unfortunately, the grinding of the avocado tends to make the toast a bit tough.
Why is avocado toast associated with Millennials?
The Origin of the Avocado Toast Stereotype This quote in the interview went viral, the sarcastic stereotype was born where Millennials should stop spending money on avocado sandwiches in order to afford a home. From that one incident, avocado toast exploded in Google Trends search queries.
While this technique is effective, a far better way to prepare an authentic "egg and avocado" toast is to mimic Mexican fare - just using tortillas instead of eggs. The quick success of this cookbook means that "Avocado Toast" can now be used as the popular name for a great range of breakfast foods in a wide variety of countries. For example, rather than using a coffee-mill in Mexico or a grinder in England, many cookbooks have adapted recipes for "appersayta" or "tortilla soup" which are slightly more straightforward to make. Even so, the demand for authentic Mexico style avocado toast is strong in all countries, particularly America.
One of the closest diets to the traditional Mexican diet that uses avocado toast in Mexico is the one practiced by the Tarahumara Indians of central Mexico. These people live in the desert, and their diet includes plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables as well as the famous breadfruit plant. As such, recipes for avocado toast often include a sweet, dark breadcrumb-like substance. These breads come from fruit plucked from the fruit pith in the morning. Tarahumara breads are very rich; they often contain 24 tablespoons (or more) of whole-grains. The bread itself may be seasoned with salt, chili powder, cumin, or garlic.
Not only has the history of avocado toast spread widely throughout much of the modern world, but it has also spread into Australia too. In fact, there is even a restaurant in New South Wales called The Barbeque on the Bay, where tourists can indulge in authentic Australian cuisine. Similar to the "Tic Tac" phenomenon in Mexico, young cooks in Sydney's CBD regularly create spuds for locals and tourists alike. The most common items in these snacks are mini tacos (which can be purchased with an authentic Australian taste) and grilled vegetable sandwiches. The unique spud offerings in Australia continue to draw in young professionals and returning home students alike.