There is, Google tells me, a film titled ‘Cannibal Women in the Avocado Jungle of Death’. I promise I am not making this up. It has great dialogue:

Dr. Margo Hunt: Dr. Kurtz, I’m unfamiliar with the academic guidelines at Radcliffe, but I would think any major university would consider warring on the United States and eating prisoners of war a serious breach of ethics.
Dr. Kurtz: Always the cautious scholar, huh, Dr. Hunt?

And it gets better:
Jim: I’d rather have you kill me than make me a gelding. Oh my God, you’re marinating me!
That’s where I stopped reading and went back to Google. I was on a search to find the origins of the Avocado Ritz, that ubiquitous starter course at 70s dinner parties. I couldn’t find anything about avo history, but I did wonder about another search result which was ‘This Avocado Just Gave Me A Wedding Ring’. Unfortuantely it led to a ‘page cannot be found’.
My own version of this appetiser has spicy guacamole and no pink mayonnaise.

On the subject of digestion, it’s quite appropriate to note from the foodreference page that, on this day back in 1883 Gabriel Gustav Valentin died. This German-Swiss physiologist was the first to discover the digestive activity of pancreatic juice.


59 Comments Add yours

  1. libraryscene says:

    hmmm…the things I learn from your blog, love it…I think 😉

    1. theonlycin says:

      I learn daily, too 😉

  2. Pickled geldings!!! Come buy my pickled geldings! xxx Hahaha ….

  3. it’s NOT real avacado ritz unless there is mayo, turned pink by cooked and strained tomato 😉

    However yours looks even more delicious

    I think we should go to the movie, but we’d need a lot of bubbly first so we could shriek and misbehave

    1. theonlycin says:

      I know you … best we watch it at home 😉

    2. nrhatch says:

      I want to watch with you! 😀

      Misbehaving in public is more fun . . . just sayin’ 😉

      1. theonlycin says:

        You and Sidey misbehaving together would cause a riot, I think!

  4. I have never tasted prawns with guacamole. Should be really nice!

    (BTW, what’s up with the crowing cockerel? I heard him in my bedroom this morning!)

    1. theonlycin says:

      I don’t know if you heard ‘our’ bird, but there’s a new one on the block, he lives in your road, opposite the school, by the traffic circle 🙂

  5. leigh says:

    Charm in a glass 🙂

  6. adeeyoyo says:

    Thanks for the warning – that’s one movie I’ll steer clear of – the title’s enough for me!

    1. theonlycin says:

      Yes, me too 😀

  7. Hmm, Google can produce some strange search results.
    I do however love the result of your avocado ritz – so grown up compraed to the one served in the avo skin. 😉 I have a set of those exact bowls at home too.
    🙂 Mandy

    1. theonlycin says:

      The bowls were a gift from my ex-MIL, I think they were about R30 from Checkers 🙂

      1. Mine were also a gift, sadly can’t remember who from though.

  8. Tandy says:

    I love the modern dish in such retro glasses 🙂

    1. theonlycin says:

      I should use the glasses more often, they’re stored in my passage cupboard and I forget about them …

  9. earlybird says:

    Now how come I never thought about guacamole and prawns! 🙂 Thanks, Cindy. mmmmmm

  10. Love the idea of that fllm. I am cluttering off to investigate now. Guacamole is in my top-ten favourite foods of all time, and that dish looks mouth-watering.

    1. theonlycin says:

      Careful Kate, I think the film may be a little racy 🙂

  11. Jem says:

    mmm..I think I’ll give the movie a miss too 😉 Wouldn’t mind the Avo Ritz though..

    1. theonlycin says:

      Maybe I’ll get to make it for you some day 🙂

  12. souldipper says:

    Was that for real? Instead of eating prisoners of war, how about eating the script?

    1. theonlycin says:

      True, cross my heart!

  13. johnlmalone says:

    You’re pulling my leg surely 🙂 what a title! No wonder it never got a wide release. and btw your dish looks ravishing 🙂

    1. theonlycin says:

      I’m dead honest 🙂

  14. bluebee says:

    ho, ho – that photo just gave me a ‘distinct feeling of deja vu’ could it be something to do with my Mum’s dinner parties… 😀 I created my own 70s revival tonight – beef stroganoff (but, the Rick Stein way) 😀

    1. theonlycin says:

      Well, I can’t decide on beef strog or beef Wellington for my main course 😉

  15. BB says:

    I’m a great fan of Avos! Shallow-fried Avo’s for a starter recently with a chilli-lime cream/dip. They’re really good!

    1. theonlycin says:

      That sounds seriously delish!

  16. Tilly Bud says:

    Reminds me of that other great movie of my salad days: ‘Attack of the Killer Tomatoes.’

  17. mairedubhtx says:

    We here in Texas all quite familiar with avocados. We most consume tons of guacamole a year. It’s served with and on everything imaginable (and some not imaginable). I love me some guacamole.

    1. theonlycin says:

      I could eat it every day 🙂

  18. SuziCate says:

    Love the glass dish…makes it look even prettier, almost too pretty to eat!

    1. theonlycin says:

      Gosh, thanks Suzi 🙂

  19. slpmartin says:

    Not that I didn’t believe you but I had to find out about that movie…OMG…they actually have it on youtube…bad acting 101. 😉

    1. theonlycin says:

      Isn’t it just awful 😉

  20. oh mu god your post is hilarious Cin!
    or maybe it is not suppose to be funny and I misunderstood? lol anyway, I enjoyed reading it! thanks!

    1. theonlycin says:

      I’m glad you found it funny, it was meant to be 😀

  21. nrhatch says:

    I love a horseradish laced cocktail sauce with shrimp . . . enough heat to clear the sinuses.

    1. theonlycin says:

      You’re giving me ideas 🙂

  22. I believe I’d skip the movie, too, but your appetizer looks delicious. Blessings…

    1. theonlycin says:

      It’s a winner starter, Carol 🙂 xxx

  23. Cindy, I’m a better person now that i know Gustuv discovered the digestive activities of the pancreatic juices 🙂
    Wicked looking prawn & avo cocktail too lovely – I don’t care if this little number has been around since the beginning of time, I love it still 🙂

    1. theonlycin says:

      Then my work here is done, Cheffie 🙂

  24. Tokeloshe says:


    Surprisingly I’ve never had one, but will definitely try it.
    Would you mind if I Pin it?

    Looks delicious, great photo, I also love the Retro glass 😉

    1. theonlycin says:

      Go ahead and Pin it, Tok 🙂

  25. Naomi says:

    LOL! You really find some gems, Cindy 😀 Love the look of your avocado ritz. I’m with you all the way on the guacamole and no pink mayonnaise…

    1. theonlycin says:

      Great minds … 🙂

  26. Much healthier version!

  27. Liane says:

    Avocado Ritz is definitely one of my favorites!! I LOVE prawns and shrimp!!! Have to admit though, I’ve never felt that inspired by avo. The things people come up with… 😉

    1. theonlycin says:

      It’s one of my faves too 🙂

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