Hi Cutie Pie Smoked Cookies!!!
Happy Sunday To YOU!!!
So my MOM, (the world's most upbeat, crazily enthusiastic, and warm woman on earth), and to the degree that by comparison, I do appear as if a damn near quite miserable depressive; has been RAVING and RANTING about the "Vegetti" that has intensely rocked her world, and she thus shared that I needed to get one!
Unsure of whether that was a high end Italian car, or some Kardashian affectionate expression for an anatomical part, I did inquire from my charismatic and joyful mother, as to what the VEGETTI was indeed all about...
Apparently thus, it is an apparatus where you put zucchini, squash, carrots, parsnips, potatoes, daikon radish or whatever it be, into the cranking little gadget and then get "noodles" or "ZOODLES" (Zucchini Noodles) or whatever source that you just spun!
Granted you all have well heard of this or own one even, but to neophyte, humble, and simpleton ME; I knew not what she was speaking of, and yet with HER grand gusto and energy, I do think that ice could be sold and to Eskimos.
I found one on Amazon therefore, (this "Vegetti") and did use it for the first time (with zucchini above) on this fine day!
I also made a healthful pesto, with just parsley, basil, raw elephant garlic, and Tunisian olive oil and black pepper...(LOTS of black pepper).
(And I like a chopped, not ground, quite "chunky" texture to all things - whether salsa, steak tartare, guacamole, or even pesto - and so nothing "blended or pureed" etc.; and no mounds of mere mush, as I like big leaves, chunks, and flavors and such..).
I tossed the "zucchini spaghetti" with the pesto...
Mopped calamari through grapeseed oil...
fired up the little humble gas smoker, with pistachio shells used as smoking chips... and the squid atop some oiled (grapeseed) grill grates that I laid across my smoker, and for 15 minutes on high heat...
I plated this all up together, added more olive oil, Blue Persian salt, some more black pepper, and then just four capers wrapped in anchovies (anything "anchovy" makes me downright in love) and all was so great!
The calamari was soft and and amazing and yet the crispy tentacles were SOOOOOOOOOO FFFFFFFFFFFFABULOSLY GOOD!
The zucchini noodles were so fabulous too, and LONG! I now get or understand my mother's grand zeal!
Or at minimum can respect her interest in this toy! She's PRETTY UPBEAT after all!!! Although, pretty damn fabulous thus too! (I must confess).
This was really delicious, and then when biting into the anchovy part, and mashing that around with all the rest, it was so good!
Twirling and swirling, just as if with spaghetti, this was a treat! And my pesto had so much black pepper ground freshly in (which I adore) that it had some bite, and in a reinvigorating great way!
Thank you for sharing in my little calamari smoked safari!
Happy new week to you!!!!!!!!!!!
Cheers!!!!!! - Leah
Edited by Leah Elisheva - 4/27/14 at 9:56am