Introducing “Miss Avocado”: Colette Dike
She’s an online-influencer, food stylist and photographer who goes by the name of Fooddeco or Miss Avocado, but we can call her Colette. Colette is the mastermind behind most of the recipes you’ll find in The Avocado Show book. We had a moment to talk with her about what she calls “the green gold.”
‘I can’t think of something that wouldn’t match with avocado.’
‘I can’t think of something that wouldn’t match with avocado.’
Hi Colette, in short, what is Fooddeco?
Close friends often call me “Co” or “Coco”, but it’s not Food de Co. Fooddeco stands for Food and Decoration, two things I like to spend a majority of my time on.
I’m a food stylist, recipe developer, food photographer, and what you would call an influencer. In every way, my main goal is to make food look good and taste good. And I hope I inspire people to create something similar.
How does one become “Miss Avocado”?
Avocado has always been a favorite at home, but when I started posting some of my avocado creations on Instagram, I quickly found out I’m not the only fan. I think almost everyone eats avocado every once in a while, in one way or another, and the photos of avocado recipes were an instant hit. I made avocado roses, the avocado garden, and the avocado burger, all dishes that went viral.
Thanks to that, I had more and more exposure and followers. When I posted the “avocado proposal”, things really got off. Now, I work together with different brands all over the world in the fields of food and lifestyle.
I’ve read that you even replace the butter on your sandwich with avocado spread. Where does this obsession come from?
It all started with a serious pregnancy craving! I strongly believe that looks add to the taste. So with me, even the most simple sandwich has to be at least a little bit extraordinary. It doesn’t have to be complicated at all. This book is proof of that.
Avocado is extremely nutritious and always looks great on photos. It’s a versatile fruit which perfectly fits nearly every recipe (or at least every course). It’s very inviting to experiment with. That’s what you’ll see in the book as well. I could easily make a book with 100.000 pages of “green gold” recipes. Sadly, we had to kill some darlings for this book, although we still managed to collect over 40 delicious recipes for you to try at home.
Like you said, the avocado is extremely versatile, what do you use it for?
I use at least one avocado every day. At the moment I’m even using its pit in hydroponics. It looks super cool and this way you have absolutely no waste! Other than that, I use the avocado for lunch toppings, guacamole, buns, and even as baby food.
Is it suitable as baby food?
Definitely. Both of my daughters had their first baby bites with avocado. Especially my youngest (1 year old) is a big fan. Whenever she sees an avocado, which is pretty often as you can probably imagine, she does all she can to eat it. Quite a mess sometimes.
Here’s a tip for parents with young children: mix some baby food with a mashed avocado as a first step to solid food! My eldest (3 years old) loves avocado cheesecake, a recipe you can also find in the book. She’s already my best helper in the kitchen.
It seems like you can do anything with avocado. Is there something that doesn’t work?
Sounds like a challenge. I’m down to try everything with avocado. It’s so versatile, I can’t think of something that wouldn’t match with avocado. In case anyone knows something, let me know, I’ll try it!
Don’t you ever get sick of eating avocados?
There’s one simple answer to that question: NO!
I’ve read that you already made your own cookbook when you were just twelve years old. How did that happen?
I turned my little black notebook into my first own cookbook. It wasn’t a cookbook cookbook, but I collected all the recipes I could make in it. Some of them are still favorites and you’ll find all our family classics in it. Everything was handwritten, a nice trip down memory lane.
Now you’re making your third “real” cookbook. Together with the guys from The Avocado Show. What’s it like, working with them?
They’re just as crazy about avocados as I am, so that’s awesome! I think we complement each other, and together we have a huge avocado fan base. The guys are very creative, especially with the funny names they come up with every time, and their concept is very strong. We’re a good match, so making a beautiful pink book like this, together with MENDO, was waiting to happen.
What’s your current favorite recipe?
I’ve been making the Tuna Tataco a lot lately and the avocado frites-sauce is also delicious; an updated version of the one from McDonald’s.
Are there any recipes for people who aren’t the biggest stars in the kitchen?
So many! We’ve tried to offer something for everyone. For example, you’ll find some tips on how to make it vegan, or how to make it look extra luxurious. I think everyone should be able to make guacamole, it just needs a little bit of aggression. There are three kinds of guacamole in the book, so I’m sure you’ll find something you like.
Follow Colette on Instagram: @Fooddeco
The Avocado Show
The number one avocado restaurant in the world, collabs with the number one avocado chef in the world to make the number one avocado book: The Avocado Show is a MENDO-made pink cookbook containing over 40 delicious avocado recipes made by Fooddeco. Pre-order now for a chance to win a free lunch at The Avocado Show.
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