Avocado Toast with Furikake and Shichimi

by Lynne on August 11, 2016

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Ah, avocado toast… what used to be a simple fast breakfast has become a trend featured in magazines and available on restaurant menus. With a fried egg on top, of course.

So I decided to give you my take on avocado toast. Drizzled with soy sauce and sprinkled with Furikake or Shichimi. Avocado and soy sauce are a match made in heaven, to my mind. Just think about California Roll Sushi.

If you have been following my recipes, you may have acquired some Nori Komi Furikake to make Hawaiian SPAM Musubi. That mixture of dried nori seaweed, salt, sugar and sesame seed is amazing with the avocado and soy sauce. Then if you want to try something a little different, a little spicy, the Shichimi Togarashi is a blend of dried red pepper, dried orange peel, black and yellow sesame seed, Japanese pepper, seaweed and ginger. Either way, really delicious, interesting and easy.

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I grew up in Minneapolis, Minnesota in the 50’s and 60’s and I don’t remember there being an avocado in sight at any time. Nope, no avocados. I experienced my first avocado after moving to Los Angeles in 1971. My then-husband and two little kids moved to Inglewood, because he worked for city hall and we were required to live in the city. We lived in a dinky 2-bedroom apartment, which had a wonderful bonus: the next-door neighbor had a massive avocado tree that hung over the wall of our driveway. They also had chickens that woke us up every morning, but it was worth it for the free produce. Massive amounts of avocados. Thus began my love of avocado toast for breakfast, although back then it was just sprinkled with salt and pepper.

After I wrote this post, I thought I would see if anybody else, on the off chance, had sprinkled their avocado with Furikake. Well, I have to laugh at myself, there is really nothing new under the sun. My google search turned up 53,400 results and a plethora of images. But it also means it’s really good and you should try it. Oh yeah.

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Summer Party Appetizer Board

by Lynne on July 1, 2016

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The 4th of July is just a few days away and I am greatly looking forward to it. This is the one summer holiday where our whole family congregates, if they’re anywhere nearby, szroom, like the ends of two magnets. From babies to nonegenarians, a big jumble of folks related by love and DNA. Actually, we don’t have any nonegenarians yet, as I am the matriarch at 70; however, I am planning on being one in about 20 years. The oldsters, including me, congregate in the air-conditioning around the kitchen table, away from the youngest mob that are outside running and yelling. This appetizer board is for us old geezers to nosh on while were reminiscing about the old days, like our childhoods in the 40’s and 50’s. Yea, we go back a long way. Of course, the younger ones stop by and grab a bite, and undoubtedly get razzed about some tricks they got up to when they were kids. We know all about them, cuz we watched them grow up. Yes, I’m really looking forward to it.

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