So as you may have seen in my last post, my Lurch Spirali Spiralizer arrived in the post…
… And I love it!
If you’re thinking about jumping on the bandwagon, I will happily help you clamber on!
Here is an example of one of the lunches I cooked using the spiralizer:
Warm salad of courgetti (A.K.A. zoodles) with anchovies, tomatoes, red peppers, spinach; topped with avocado; and flavoured with mint, coriander, lime and chilli!
I have already tried courgette, beetroot, carrot, cucumber and butternut squash. All worked out perfectly!
The Lurch Spirali Spiralizer is incredibly simple and effective. This particular spiralizer comes with an guide, which contains instructions and a guide to which vegetables work best (FYI – hard vegetables are better). The spiralizer comprises of three parts, so assembling the product very easy. Once assembled, all you have to do is attach your raw vegetable to the blade, and you have beautiful spirals in seconds! It also comes with three different types of blade, so you can vary the thickness of your spirals. It is easy to clean as you can separate the different parts in order to wash them individually.
I bought the Lurch Spirali Spiralizer from Amazon for £23 – a real bargain and it arrived the next day! In the past I used a smaller, handheld spiralizer but I found it tricky to use. The handheld spiralzier cost me £10 and, in my opinion, was not worth its price. I have already used the Lurch Spirali Spiralizer more times than I ever used the handheld version. It is therefore proving to be much better value for money! For this reason I wholeheartedly recommend buying the slightly more expensive product.
So if you’ve seen beautiful pictures of delicious, summery, spirals all over Instagram and are keen to try it – go for it! Treat yourself to a Lurch Spirali Spiralizer!
A part of this blog will be devoted to reviewing cafe’s and restaurants. For the first review, I ate lunch at Filmore & Union in the Victoria Quarter in Leeds.
I ordered the Moroccan Chicken Salad with Courgetti and Mango, and the Courgette Pasta mains.Both dishes looked absolutely stunning when they arrived at the table, dressed with edible flowers. The Courgette Pasta was lovely – it was bursting with fresh, summery flavours. Although the Moroccan Chicken Salad was nice, it was slightly bland. It came swimming in a miscellaneous, pale-coloured dressing, which I found a bit off-putting. Nonetheless, both of these dishes offered a lovely alternative to a cold salad, and were very satisfying. I definitely want to return and sample some more of their offerings, which is a good sign.
Filmore & Union is not the cheapest, with mains costing between £9 and £11.But if you’re a fan of healthy living, it is definitely worth a visit. Especially if you’re into juices. I had a freshly pressed apple juice, and it was delightful. Such establishments remain rare in the north of England. So I hope the success Filmore has enjoyed recently will encourage other, similar eateries to emerge.
The other evening one of our family friends arrived, unannounced, at our back door and presented us with two whole trout that he had caught that afternoon. He preceded to gut and clean the fish in our kitchen sink. All of this was rather unexpected and slightly alarming. But actually quite interesting, as I’d never seen a fish cleaned before.
To get the point, this bizarre occurrence led to a frankly delicious meal (even if I do say so myself). And it was so easy!
Here’s a picture of the (slightly less frightening) finished product:
I simply stuffed the trout with slices of lemon and sprigs of tarragon. Then squeezed lemon over the fish, seasoned it with salt and pepper, and wrapped it in tin foil. I baked the fish in the oven for around 20 minutes. It was unbelievably tasty, and retained it’s moisture beautifully as it was cooked on the bone.
I served the fish wish buttered new potatoes, and roast mediterranean vegetables.
I have to say, I think eating fish on the bone is one of my favourite things to do. Some people find it a bit fiddly, and don’t like the idea of the bones. But with the right eating technique bones are easily avoided. And, in my opinion, worth it. However, I do slightly relish the element of dissection involved, so perhaps I am biased.
…or overnight oats? I’m not really up to date with what’s going on in the Vegan, Deliciously Ella camp that seems to be taking over the world. Or at least my instagram feed. However, I have noticed the delicious-looking breakfasts popping up in my feed every morning, and I decided to give it a go. Verdict: DELICIOUS. Filling. Satisfying.
I decided to keep it simple for the first attempt. So this bowl consisted of roughly 40g of oats, milk (yes, regular milk – the vegans will be horrified), fage 0% yogurt, one ripe banana (sliced), a dash of maple syrup and some flaxseed mix. I combined all of these ingredients in a bowl and left it in the fridge overnight. In the morning I topped the delicious bowl with blueberries and more banana.
This is the perfect breakfast for anyone on the go. It can be taken to work or uni in a tupperwear.
It may seem a bit faddy, but you may as well try it out. Like me, you may be pleasantly surprised!