To put it nicely, my kitchen in Mumbai is cluttered. Obviously the wise solution would be to get rid of those appliances and crockery which rarely see light of day. However much to my “flatmates’” dismay, i.e. my mom & grandmother, I’ve taken it upon myself to contribute to this evergrowing collection. Sometimes it’s with little things like cups, other times it’s with slightly bigger pieces of equipment such as my new favorite toy:
The Benriner Spiralizer
This lightweight ‘gadget’ can turn any firm fruit or vegetable (e.g. raw papaya/zucchini) into spaghetti-style strands that are basically pretty to look at it and fun to eat. To say I was amazed with the results is an understatement….plus the machine itself is a joy to use, sort of like the Play Doh Fun Factory for adults !
It comes with various serrated blades, so the dimension of the strands can be changed. I’m sure if I practiced and tried really hard, I would perhaps be able to mimic the results with a knife but what can I say a) I’m a marketer’s dream and b) efficiency, people, efficiency! Jokes aside, I don’t think even Jamie Oliver could match the uniformity of the ribbons formed with an ordinary knife.
This ‘toy’ would be a great solution for those who don’t enjoy vegetables (cough *weirdos* cough :D ). The change in texture may work a treat and also boosts its versatility to take up different sauces and dressings. There are a million ways/recipes I want to experiment with! So far I’ve been eating ribbons in my salad (packed lunches just got a heck of a lot more exciting) and zucchini ‘spaghetti’ tossed in a cream-free creamy pesto. Was the last bit an oxymoron? You’ll just have to wait and see, but trust me it’s a good one !
What’s the latest toy you bought, non-kitchen toys included?