Saturday, November 29, 2014

Flirty Fashion for Your Plate. Spiral Food for Fun.

I have two versions of a spiralizer. One handheld, a Gefu Spirelli and a tabletop version by Paderno. They both work well but the Paderno is much easier to handle and offers more slicing options. With the Gefu you have to do the turning using both hands.  There is some core waste on both, as well as the butt end of your food. It's a fun way to decorate a plate or add a new texture to your dish. What you get is one long ribbon of food, so you may want to cut the super long spiral in to smaller pieces, about the length of spaghetti.

It's not something I use every day, just a kitchen tool that adds a new twist to your meals. If you have kids helping you prep foods with a spiralizer make sure you supervise. The blades are extremely sharp. They will enjoy the cascade of veggies, fruit and potatoes that turn in to art in an instant.

spiral zucchini plated

Spiral Spaghetti Zucchini Plated

TIP: Kitchen scissors make quick work of cutting these in to smaller pieces.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Get your Zest On!

Meyer Lemon Zest in bowl with whole Llemon

I picked my Meyer lemons and there were too many to use without juicing. Next, I surely did not want to miss out on the zest…so, I had to get my zest on and start the somewhat time consuming effort of zesting each one. Then cutting the lemons and juicing each one. Think of it as a loving meditation and you will have the pure delight of both zest and juice on hand when you need it. I put mine in the freezer, but you can also go the dehydration route and then bring them back to life with a little warm water soak before adding them in to your recipe.

For a wonderful list of other uses for Meyer lemons…check this link out.