Ryan knows I love beverage. I thought my offspring would automatically share this affinity since they do have half my genes, and were most likely fed some nonstop in utero. Sadly, not so. There are some who are more adventurous when it comes to culinary endeavors, which we always appreciate. I think 3 were brave enough to try this--a beverage I first had last year in Boston when Ryan and I snuck off for the weekend. He took me to a restaurant in Chinatown across from a fabric store...which reminds me I found the most delightful cotton prints, kind of India-esque, that I've yet to use and ought to pull out for some summer sewing...where was I? Beverage. Yes. This is an avocado smoothie with tapioca pearls at the bottom.
Ever since then I have wanted to recreate it. On a whim last week, after taking our weekly visit to the library, I stopped by our favorite Asian grocery store [how we LOVE that place!] I asked one of the workers if they carried the big tapioca balls you put in drinks. She pointed to an aisle and said, you'll see them. And boy howdee was she right! I was expecting just the black, flavorless balls, but take a look at what my thirsty little eyes beheld! I know! I quickly grabbed one of each flavor while the endorphins flooded my brain, even NEW SAGO, which I had no idea what flavor that would be, and was getting ready to pay when I thought the paramount elation would be to have THE STRAW. That giant straw that allows you to suck up those chewy little morsels. I approached another girl and said with a heavy dose of doubt, you wouldn't happen to carry the straws that....and before I could finish my sentence, she was pointing to the far end of the store where they carried the JUMBO STRAW!
- 1 ripe avocado
- 1 cup ice
- 1/3 cup sweetened condensed milk
- 1/4-1/2 cup milk
Blend it all up! Run cold water over the bubbles and then place some in a glass and pour beverage on top. For those who don't drink milk, we've also made it with almond milk and a bit of sugar and it was comparably as pleasurable. I find it interesting that in many of the Asian cultures the avocado is not used for savory dishes as it is in America, but for sweets. We just like to confuse everyone, don't we. While I was paying for my bubbles and straws I noticed a cardboard box full of lychees behind the counter and got a pound of those for Ryan and Clover and Divine and Pearl and Olive and Azure. Okay, and I had a couple.
mango lassi with the mango bubbles [can I mix cultures like that?] and even just a plain old orange julius with the cranberry bubbles. Oh, it's going to get exciting around here, not to mention blueberry picking season is upon us and blueberry beverage bedecked with blueberry bubbles...bewitching, no? I should have had Ryan take a picture of me happily sipping, but I have super sonic speed when it comes to beverage inhalation.
But, really, how long will it take me to use up all these bubbles? Exactly. I think I am willing to part with one. Maybe two packages? Plus straws, of course, because I am picturing the vehement vexation of one of you trying to use a regular straw, hehe. Still picturing it...concave cheeks, fish lips and crossed eyes. Leave a comment. Do you have an unusual culinary creation? What do you enjoy more than your family enjoys? I'll choose a couple of someones next week how 'bout.