Is everyone eating avocado on toast?
I read a lot of blogs each week and at the moment it appears that EVERYONE, no exaggeration, is eating avocado on toast with the exception of me! I went out for brunch the other day, which sounds posher than it is. I just missed breakfast so went to Marks and Sparks café, and it was even on their menu. This is M&S people! Not some boutique bistro in the centre of London. People are not just eating avocado on toast, but smashed avocado on toast, what even is that? And can you use a slice of Warburtons? Erm no…it has to be on sourdough or whole grain thick cut bread or, I did read on one blog, ‘toasted bread kissed with a garlic clove’, I’m not even sure how to make that. Can I buy it in Asda?
The first time I tried soap on toast avocado on toast was the day before I got married. I was staying in the hotel we were getting married in with my mom and heavily pregnant sister and we had enjoyed a day of pampering. We settled down in the hotel bar for dinner but we were all a little too nervous and excited for a heavy meal so I looked at the menu and there it was…avocado. Now I’m not a fussy eater, just ask anyone who knows me, I will try just about anything, although I don’t like things with raisins in them. It’s like they are trying to fool you into thinking they are chocolate. I do eat guacamole, all be it normally on top of nachos, with cheese and salsa and sour cream and with a margarita or two or three on the side so why wouldn’t I like avocado?
When it came, it looked amazing. I don’t remember whether the bread had been kissed with a garlic clove but it wasn’t your classic sliced white. I’m sure that the chef had done something amazing to it though. Anyway, I took my first bite and the only thing I could taste was soap, which was rather confusing as that’s totally not what guacamole tastes like so I went in for my second bite. Definitely soap! And that was the end of that meal.
I had planned my entire wedding single handily, with a little input from Mr Rebecca Wilkie Weddings, and there were several things that, had I had a wedding planner, could have gone smoother and in particular, the actual day itself.
Waking up (hungry) on my wedding morning I realised that the hair dresser was a little further away than I had thought. I didn’t really know the area where the hotel was located and I could have sworn it was within walking distance. Anyway, that meant was breakfast skipped. I hopped in the car and drove the several miles to get my hair done. After several cups of coffee to keep my hunger at bay, I returned to the hotel to find champagne in the room. Thank you mother! Of course with my sister being pregnant that meant none for her so it was down to me and mom and champagne should never be wasted. Lunch came and went without food passing my lips as we were busy with makeup, photos and welcoming wedding guests from all over, including relatives from America who had hopped over the pond for the weekend. Not having anyone who knew weddings to help me out meant that looking back, I missed out on some photos that I wish I had had taken. I don’t have any of me and my sisters but when you have so many lists running through your head, things get missed.
After the initial ‘where is the hairdressers’ panic, the rest of the morning went well and the time arrived for me to walk down the aisle, eeek! However this was the time my body chose to remember I hadn’t eaten in over 24 hours. I had a rather wobbly walk to meet my amazing and very understanding groom, if only I had my wedding planner emergency kit which contains chocolate for that must needed sugar rush. I stood there, looking around at the people I loved, listened to the string quartet playing, almost forgot what I was meant to say and the thoughts of hunger left me again until back up the aisle we went. I still had to wait for the wedding breakfast before I could eat!
It would have been so much better at that moment if my new husband and I could have slipped away for a few moments (not to eat) to just take in the day and the fact that we had just married. But there were so many well-wishers who wanted to congratulate us, more photos to be taken, speeches to get ready and all that meant we never had a moment.
The meal that cost a small fortune, the meal I spent hours choosing (not avocado on toast), the meal I had been looking forward too became the meal I threw down my neck like I hadn’t eaten in 36 hours…oh wait! So perhaps the moral of the story is the night before you get married maybe isn’t the time to be adventurous!
The day passed so quickly and we didn’t stop to take a breath, with family coming from so far and us due to pop off to Mexico we spent most of the night not where we belonged, with each other, but entertaining our guests…ever the hostess…If I could give brides to be one piece of advice it would be, slow down, take it in, take five together…and don’t forget to eat!
So anyway, how do you like your avocado on toast?