Feeds 2 hungry medium sized people
Not everyone can impress by giving their girlfriend a kitchen appliance for their birthday but my boyfriend succeeded. He got me a spiralizer, what a hero. If you don’t know (definitely wouldn’t blame you if you didn’t) a spiralizer is a device that shreds vegetables into ribbons - big or little, fat or thin using a very sharp blade. The result is something that looks like spaghetti.
No matter how hard it tries, a vegetable masquerading as spaghetti, will never be spaghetti. But there is a place for it in the annals of cookery. I would be the size of Jabba the Hut if I ate pasta as much as I wanted. Spiralized veg gives the same effect, but without the bloat. Winner.
I started with courgettes as they seemed like the easiest way of getting to grips with the thing. Believe me you will never whirl and twirl a vegetable like this again.
40 g walnuts
1 clove garlic
4 tbsp olive oil
3 handfuls of parsley
Small handful of rocket
Juice half a lemon
2 smoked mackerel fillets
10 cherry tomatoes on the vine
1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
Put the tomatoes on a baking tray, drizzle with balsamic and roast for half an hour at 180c or until slightly tinged and bursting.
Whiz the walnuts in a food processor or with a mini hand blender. Add the parmesan cut into chunks, garlic and whiz again.
Add the rocket, parsley,olive oil and lemon juice to loosen. Whiz.
You should have a bright green wonderful looking pesto. If its a bit thick, loosen it by adding a tbsp of cold water.
Spiralize the courgettes and blanche for 2 mins in a pan of simmering water.
Drain and stir in the pesto.
Serve by putting some rocket on a plate, put the courgetti on top, tear over the smoked mackerel and top with the balsamic tomatoes. Serve with a good drizzle of olive oil.