Dating back to a couple of years ago when my in-laws were visiting, wasabi took on a whole new meaning in my life. We were out for sushi when my father-in-law offered to pay my husband $100 to eat a massive scoop of wasabi that came with our sushi. He declined as it was not something someone smart would do.
But who says smart is always the best way to live? It’s not like an illegitimate child was at risk here. So I said I would do it. And my stomach cramped and I got hot inside and my face flushed. It felt terrible. Looking back, I’m so happy I did it. And not for the money. It bought me a pair of pants that I loved and wore out.
Because moments like that define us. We look back at moments like that and they tell us who we are. Moments like that let us own our life. No, it doesn’t matter in the scheme of things that I ate a big blob of wasabi. But it does matter that I have a fire inside of me and that I keep it burning, that I give myself something to think of when I think of my fire.
Because I’m not dead. Why should I act like I am?
So I love putting wasabi in things. It’s such an easy way to give things a subtle heat and Asian flare. It’s perfect with avocado, blending right in. I’m able to buy Japanese wasabi paste at my local Japanese grocery store. It’s stronger than what you would usually eat with sushi so I only put in a teaspoon. If you want a bolder taste, add more. If you have weaker wasabi, you will likely have to add more. Just taste at the end to adjust your lime, wasabi and garlic salt so it fits your palate. This one is perfect for Cinco de Mayo coming up so keep that in mind for the near future
And do just one more thing: when opportunities present themselves, choose to live your life. You’re worth it.
- 3 medium Hass avocados, pit removed and chopped coarsely
- 1 ½ Tablespoons lime juice
- 1 ½ teaspoons garlic salt
- 1 teaspoon wasabi paste****
- ¾ cup finely chopped red onion
- 2 medium or 1 large tomato, seeds and ribs removed, chopped medium
- ¼ cup finely chopped cilantro
- ****Since I live in Japan, I buy my wasabi paste at my local grocery store. I would venture to guess you can find it at an American supermarket. If not go to your local Asian market. It is more pungent than that you mix with soy eating sushi so if that is the product you end up with, you may need more when you taste test.
- Add course chopped avocados to bowl, mash so that it becomes creamy but are still medium sized.
- Add all other ingredients and stir well.
- Taste, adjust lime, garlic salt or wasabi to your preference.