I have a massive addiction to Lakeland. It’s very hard for me to come out of one of their stores empty handed. I see so many fantastic products on their shelves that I wish I just had the money or the room for in my kitchen.
At half term week I met up with my mum at Meadowhall shopping centre in Sheffield. My mum and I both love cooking and baking. I’ve been trying to lose some weight and so far have lost 1 1/2 stone since last July. I know I need some carbs in my diet but I would like to reduce this. One way I can do this is to use a vegetable spiralizer instead of using pasta. Ar first I thought, what’s wrong with a bit of pasta> But then after going to a restaurant and trying courgetti for the first time, I actually found I liked it.
Since then I’ve been keen to get a spiraliser. There were about 5 or 6 different ones to choose from on the shelf in Lakeland, ranging from a hand held simple one to a massive one which had different interchangeable blades. The one I chose sits comfortably on the work top. It stays put with suction pads and has four different blades of varying thicknesses. I thought that I would get a lot of use out of it, especially when my daughter is back from uni in her holidays. Once I got the hang of using the spiralizer I was really enjoying it. My first attempts were a bit messy and both the courgettes and carrots came out in short strips instead of the curly, long spirals I had seen on other peoples’ Instagram and Twitter pics. I made far too much for one person really as neither Mr SmartCookieSam or my teenage son like courgettes. Though I did mix in a few carrot spirals in with their spaghetti.
I decided to make Mary Berry’s Sundried Tomato Pasta sauce from her new Everyday book which is just out. Not a success at all. I didn’t chop the sun dried tomatoes up enough and Mr SmartCookieSam pushed them to the side of his plate. After that he said “I can’t eat this, sorry,” and put his knife and fork together. I agreed with him but not only did the pasta dish taste vile, it looked vile as well. The mozzarella was meant to be cut into little pieces on top of the sauce but it was so grainy and bitty that it was in large clumps. It wasn’t the spiralised veg, they were lovely. It was the disgusting sauce. So sorry to say this time but this is the first Mary Berry recipe which didn’t go down well in our house.
After we had tipped the disgusting food in the bin I went and found the biscuit tin. Mr SmartCookieSam asked for some cheese and crackers. So much for trying to eat healthily and cut carbs. I had four cream crackers with Brie on top. Ooops, better luck next time!