Put a medium-sized saucepan on the stove. Make sure it is a heavy-dutysaucepan. Pour the oil into the saucepan and heat it up on the stove. You onlyneed to have medium heat turned on for it.
Now add the garlic and onions to the oil in the pan. Sauté them untilthey turn slightly golden in color. It should take between 5 to 7 minutes forthat to happen. After that, add 4.5 cups of water to the saucepan and wait forthe water to boil.
When you see the water boiling in the pan, slowly add the cornmeal andstir consistently. Proceed by adding the black pepper, salt, parsley, and thymeto the pan as well. Keep stirring everything together for a couple of minutes.Try to break apart the lumps that might be in there.
Remove the cover from the pan. Turn down the heat so that theingredients simmer on the stove. Stir the ingredients periodically as theysimmer. Keep doing this until you see the cornmeal tenderize and turn soft. Itshould not be runny, though. On average, it takes between 20 and 25 minutes forthe cornmeal to tenderize under the simmer heat setting. You might need to add more water as thecornmeal absorbs water from the pan. Add salt for extra flavor.
When the cornmeal is ready, you can serve it to yourguests. You should prepare the avocados separately by slicing them up first.Place the avocado slices on top of the cornmeal before you serve it as a mealto your guests.