Google the words “courgetti spaghetti recipes” and the results would tell you a surprising story; with over 1.2 million pieces of related information and a plethora of imagery to go with it, it seems that the humble vegetable designed to add a water-like flavour to salads and be a staple of health-kicks has its own story to tell.
Lauded by food bloggers as the saviour of the low carb diet, courgetti spaghetti is just one of the new-found, highly talked about recipes to have hit the blogosphere in the last year, with recipes ranging from Courgetti Ragu to even an exotic sounding “Minted avocado sauce.”
All this excitement around the gluten free, vegetable version of pasta is brought to you by a little kitchen invention known as “The Spiralizer”. Let Nicole Mowbray of The Independent fill in the details. “If you’re at a loss as to what I’m talking about, allow me to explain. A spiralizer is effectively a pimped-up grater that attaches to your kitchen surface or chopping board with some suction cups to keep it in place while you work.”
And yet, the spiralizer – an invention which has graced many a 3 am time slot on TV channels – is nothing new. It was usually part of either a kitchen knife range (you know, the ones that could cut through cans and bricks!) or some ab exercise machine that didn’t get you those results you always dreamed of… Apparently.
It seems that the new found fame of the spiralizer can be attributed to two women and a well known fashion magazine.
Melissa and Jasmine Hemsley of Hemsley & Hemsley fame (a London based health food company) wrote a column piece for Vogue that was set to change the way that the British food audience would enjoy courgettes and drop the gluten rich spaghetti to the back of the cupboard.
Exclaiming their substituted ingredient came from “the most fun gadget to ever be found in a kitchen” they set off a string of events that would change food blogs and even Michelin starred restaurants for some time.
Fresh and exciting, with a strong social media following, the sisters really are turning the healthy eating establishment on its head, knocking Jamie Oliver from top spot with their book “The Art of Eating Well”. They aren’t alone of course; authors such as Natasha Corrett and Ella Woodward are equally making dents into the new healthy living buzz in the food book aisles of the high street and online e-tailers.
(Sales of “healthy eating” cook books also doubled this year, going from £3.7 million to £7.9 million).
If the thought of spiralizing some spaghetti wets your appetite, here are some recipes you can try. The famous courgetti ragu by the Hemsley’s can be found here whilst Ella Woodward has something a little different using Avocado, Pea and Kale in a pesto. For a guide to using a spiralizer, we turn back to the Hemsley’s for a brief online tutorial.