August 5, 2009

Guest Radventure

Drum roll, please!


I have a spiralizer! And a nice one, too. I won this bad boy on eBay and didn't pay much for it, neither! I am VERY excited because A) I am obsessed with zucchini noodles and 2) zucchineez and squasheez are in season right now. This is a happy time for Diana where produce is concerned. Don't forget the eggplant.

It kind of looks like a torture device, no? Or at least some carnie contraption circa 1903. I played with it for a few minutes and was mildly disappointed that no organ music played when I turned the crank. Where's the dancing monkey?

Oh wait, that's me. So quick to forget last night's post about eating gorilla food!

Anyway, the spiralizer and juicer have been two recent acquisitions quite in line with my Radventures in upgrading the kitchen in both content and preparation of said content. Specialized gadgetry, though a luxury by most standards, will make it easier and more fun for me to deal with the mountains of produce I'm now processing with my own two hands.

One of those hands gives the new spiralizer the thumbs-up.

What's with the Band-Aid doing its impression of a boa constrictor? Well, my thumb may or may not have had a run-in with the mandolin slicer this evening. Looks like the spiralizer arrived just in time, eh? Anything to keep my hands out of the chopping/slicing/noodling process is a good thing right now. It is also a good thing that Elise is a nurse and confirmed to me via instant message that I indeed did not need to go to the hospital for my stupid boo-boo.

Even with my fancy juicer and spiralizer, what I still really need is a food processor (seriously minimal contact with blades). Actually, I won one of those on eBay last week too; it's just not here yet. ;) I'm outta control!

Leave it to my friend Jeremy to out-do me in the meantime. Excuse me, but who's the food blogger here? And since when are you a raw foodist?

Apparently, melon + cucumber = delicious, cold, raw summer soup. Jer, I'm so stealing this idea (and this photo...right now. Thanks!). This makes me wonder which other old college friends might have bad-ass recipe ideas for me! And whether secretly there are a few lurking here as we speak... If I could do sound effects, I would cue the Twilight Zone theme/noise/thing right about now.

In light of that fresh and creative soup idea, I'm about to feel pretty lame for posting a truly gratuitous series of photos. No one needs to see this many pictures of a sandwich-and-salad dinner (especially when this dinner is made of repeats from the past week!), but this plate endured quite the photo shoot. In the end, I couldn't decide between the many shots, so I'm giving them all their 15 minutes of fame.

When I made this sandwich last week, I believe I said I would dream of it until I could make it again. My prediction came true, and since I couldn't bear to let any goat jack cheese go to waste, I bought another wee eggplant and yellow squash for a repeat sandwich tonight.

Instead of pesto schmeared on the bread, however, I used hummus. Old faithful! Really old faithful, actually--I will be defrosting and using all this free hummus from Sabra for the rest of my life, I fear...

The Massaged Kale Salad is actually just the leftovers from Monday (which I thought I'd finish at the time! Seriously?) with the addition of some sesame seeds and a few tomatoes from today's farmer's market.

I was a little worried about eating the kale leftover, since salads do not tend to keep very well, in general. Luckily, kale is super-sturdy and held up through two days in the fridge. In fact, I'd say it tasted even better tonight!

Or maybe I was just extra-hungry. Probably all of the above.

The extra time in the fridge gave the salad more of a marinated flavor/texture and it was undoubtedly scarftastic for dinner tonight.

Eating such a fresh, healthy, deeleeshus and nutrient-dense meal never fails to make me wonder why I'd ever reach for a less-worthy option when meal time rolls around. And yet, it happens. Just a reminder that we're all human and that there will always be an option that we know is crap, but holds a certain appeal at one time or another. And that's ok. It's about progress, not perfection. In keeping with the theme of my Radventures, all I can do is remember (and stare at the photos of) meals like this that brought me to the intersection of happy and healthy!

The conclusion? Cutting a panini in half triangle-wise rather than rectangle-wise looks way sexier on the food blog.


Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) said...

Wow first comment, perhaps b/c I am up disgustingly late on pacific time, either way...just wanted to say you've hit the kitchen jackpot between the spiralizer and the juicer. Two of the exact purchases I've been wanting. Although I want a juicer more. And your massaged kale salad looks yum. I am not the hugest kale fan beyond once in a blue moon but this makes me wanna jump on the kale bandwagon.

Anonymous said...

I love kitchen gadgets. I blow more money on kitchen and food related things than anything else. I need a food processor too!

katherine said...

It's kitchen gadget mania up in your place! I'm glad you didn't have to go to the hospital for your boo boo - no more sharp objects for you, lady!

I totally agree that cutting a sammie in triangles makes it looks prettier for pictures :)

K from ksgoodeats said...

Woohoo for the spiralizer!! I don't have a food processor and I kind of want one - homemade nut butters, hello?! ;)

Sorry about shaving off your thumb! I didn't realize you could freeze hummus! Good to know incase I stock pile it!

Gena (Choosing Raw) said...

I love this post so much, Diana! "Intersection of happy and healthy" is exactly the right way to see any lifestyle. Beautifully said :)

RunToFinish said...

ok so i am getting the feeling i need to start paying attention to things on ebay!

Erica said...

ah! I want a spiralizer so bad! I'm loving these massaged salads too- i have to give it a whirl. Have a nice Thursday afternoon!

Anonymous said...

Ooh, I'm so jealous of your spiralizer! You'll be able to make so many yummy things!

Sorry about your thumb :-(

Olga said...

O0o that spiralizer looks awesomeeeee. I was looking for a smaller one though, since my roommates threatened to kick me out of the house if I brought back another kitchen appliance.

That sandwich looks sexy. Nice photo shoot :)

Dominique said...

There must be something in the air as I made juice using watermelon and cucumber today. I decided to add a little zip with some ginger and a kiwi. Delish!

PS: Your sandwich is making me drool!

Lainie said...

I WANT A SPIRALIZER SO BADLY!!! Completely jealous of you right now.