Healthier Curly Fries…and a Giveaway
So I was in Port Harcourt last week for my darling nephew’s first birthday. Prior to that visit, I had never been to Port Harcourt, and I was looking forward to going. That all changed in the taxi ride from the Airport to my brother’s house. Can I just say Port Harcourt hold-up na die!!!
The party was a blast (even though I was too busy to have any real fun, but I’m always like that- aproko worker!). I met one of this blog’s readers at the party. Hiiiiiii Amaka!.
This lady did something that made me shed a tear or two. She walked up to me, introduced herself, we hugged…and then she handed her baby to me. She said “As God blessed me with my baby, He’ll surely bless you with yours. Don’t worry, God doesn’t sleep.”
I was stunned. I didn’t know what to say. I was overwhelmed. And I just knew she was right. At the right time, God will bless me and other women who are TTC with our babies. I’m so glad to have met you, Amaka.
This post is not so much a recipe post as it is a showcase of one of my favourite kitchen tools. Meet my spiral slicer (aka Spiralizer).
This slicer has 3 blades (I almost always use only one sha) for slicing vegetables into spirals and other shapes. I can honestly say that, since I got this gadget last year, I’ve eaten more salad than I ever had in all my life, because I love the spirals I can get from carrots, cucumbers, zucchini, etc.
One of the most common emails I get is from mums asking me how to get their picky eaters to eat better. I think this is one of the best ways for mums to do that. Studies show that children tend to eat more when they’ve been involved in the preparation of the meal. The spiralizer is easy and safe for children to use. And they’ll love the fun shapes they get to create. See the other shapes
Go to town on potatoes, carrots, cucumbers, apples, and all vegetables which the spiralizer can grip. The spiralizer has grips for correct placement of the vegetable, then you crank the handle and voila! All the spirals you want! Watch it in action
It does leave a little vegetable in the middle, about 1/8 inch where the vegetable was gripped. Feel free to reward yourself with this stalk.
Now, I know it won’t be fair to talk so much about how I love my spiralizer…so I’m giving you an opportunity to win one of these babies for yourself.
Yup, another giveaway (I love you guys like that!), this time I want to reward people who have had to put up with my emails everytime I publish a post. I’m grateful for you guys.
Nothing really, the giveaway is just for people who are ALREADY registered on my blog. No new followers will be entered for the random draw. To increase your chances, leave a comment below telling me what you’d like to spiralize (remember ONLY members who are already registered at the time of publishing this post qualify to be entered).
The winner MUST be based in Nigeria. People outside Abuja have to pick up the item at a Bus Courier on their city. People outside AMAC area of Abuja will arrange for their own pick up. People within AMAC will have the item delivered to them.
The Winner undertakes to make a recipe using the spiralizer and send me said recipe with pictures to be posted on the blog. Failure to do so within 7 days of receiving the item precludes said winner from future giveaways.
I’ll announce the winner on Monday, March 10, 2014. Good luck! And thanks again for following The Fruitful Kitchen.
I have a very simple recipe to share for curly fries. I ran out of sweet potatoes, so I used irish for this. Sweet potato spirals rock though!
(This serves 2)
500g of potatoes, washed and peeled
2 tablespoons of olive oil
1 teaspoon of ground dried ginger
1/2 teaspoon of salt
Preheat oven to 350.
If you don’t have a spiralizer, cut potatoes into preferred shapes. Toss with all other ingredients in a bowl.
Place potatoes on a foil-lined baking sheet, and bake for 35 minutes, or till as done as you like.