I've been thinking a lot lately about the merits of sneaking fruit and veg into food. This post from Emotionally Aware Eating made me step back and question what I was doing. And I think there's a lot of truth in what Jo, the author of the blog says. I've got a copy of her book, War & Peas, to review so I'll be reporting back on that soon. After a bit of soul searching I kept coming back to the same thought - that I do serve up unhidden fruit and veg; they almost always end up in the bin (or rather in our fancy new food waste bin, thanks to Lambeth Council); and that I really do want my children to have some fruit and veg in their diet even though it's hidden.
For a while now I've been experimenting with being more upfront about what is in the sneaky veg recipes. Unfortunately this now means that some old favourites are now refused. Luckily Little Miss R is not so affected by this knowledge - she tends to decide on first glance whether something is acceptable to her, or not, and is going through a frustrating phase of throwing her plate across the table if she doesn't like the look of something. But that's by the by - this phase will pass.
So when I decided to borrow this wonderful idea from Eat Your Veg for chocolate avocado mousse I kept my lips sealed as to the secret ingredient - with the result that the whole thing was scoffed, although little R couldn't quite manage her whole portion.
Here's what to do:
Ingredients (serves four)
2 ripe avocados
50g plain chocolate, at least 70% cocoa content
1 tbsp honey
1 tbsp cocoa powder
Melt the chocolate, either in a pan over a saucepan of simmering water, or in the microwave (take care if you choose the latter method). Allow to cool then whizz up with the avocado, honey and cocoa powder (it's best to sift this in as it can go lumpy otherwise). Spoon into small serving bowls and chill in the fridge until you're ready to serve it.