Suffering from a love for gadgets inherited from my father and readily indulged by my husband, my most recent folly is a spiralizer. A what-ilizer? I hear you say. Well, let me explain. It’s the latest in my formida...
Suffering from a love for gadgets inherited from my father and readily indulged by my husband, my most recent folly is a spiralizer. A what-ilizer? I hear you say.
Well, let me explain. It’s the latest in my formidable arsenal of weapons against fat. I’ve tried everything (except regular exercise and healthy eating, obviously) to lose weight and when I saw skinny minnies such as Millie Mackintosh and Rosanna Davidson on Instagram eating spiralized pasta I was intrigued. Was it possible to trick my carb-loving palate into eating vegetable ‘pasta’?
While Spiralizers are available to buy online in Ireland, I found them too expensive and frankly, quite ugly. Instead I bought this one on Amazon, which sits prettily on my countertop and wasn’t at all difficult to use. You feed the courgette (known in the US as zucchini) through the contraption, turning the lever so that cute little courgette ribbons spill out the other side. You can use other vegetables obviously, but baby steps.
Deciding that I’d better at least make the sauce interesting, I slow-roasted red peppers and tomatoes, adding the sauce to cooked chicken and freshly spiralized courgette. Did it work? Did my palate fall for it? Well, yes, kind of, surprisingly. The act of twirling linguine-style courgette around my fork and eating it with tomato sauce made me think I really was having a bowl of chicken arrabiata. I’ll tell you what, if nothing else it looked a lot more appetising than a plain chicken fillet with a side of spinach.