“All You Need Is Love” – Zoodles, Part 1.

According to the Hebrew calendar, today is the holiday of love. The date is Tu b’Av (15th of the month of Av), which is a minor, yet the most mysterious of all Jewish holidays. There are no special observances, other than certain sad portions omitted from the prayer service, although in modern Israel it is considered a sort of Jewish Valentine Day.

Most importantly, it is truly the day when “all you need is love”! And because of that, the Gemorrah calls it “the greatest festival of the year” (with Yom Kippur a second greatest). On this day, in the ancient times,  “daughters of Jerusalem would go dance in the vineyards”, and “whoever did not have a wife would go there” to seek a prospective bride (Ta’anis). That was the original annual singles event!

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To fully appreciate the significance of love in Jewish culture, all you have to do is look at the gigantic AHAVA (LOVE) sculpture by Robert Indiana in Jerusalem Museum – 12 ft (almost 37 meters) tall! We believe that on this day, the day when love reigns supreme, things take a turn for the best, and every miracle mysteriously becomes possible.

Gam Zu l’Toivo – and this shall be good, today and every day, if we approach it with love. On Mother’s Day, my son sent me his love and a kitchen gadget I’d coveted for a long time – spiralizer. Since then, I’ve been spiralizing everything in sight. You have already seen results of this obsession in my Korean Carrots recipe (see here), but with abundance of zucchini glutting the market, I finally got to the ubiquitous ZOODLES.

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First try: three young and beautiful (just like those maidens in the vineyard) zucchinis and a regular pasta setting. Cut both ends and save them for stir-frying later as a special treat.

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Stir fry zoodles on barely misted with oil deep frying pan or in a wok, add diced tomatoes, minced garlic, fresh coarsely chopped cilantro, salt and pepper. As an afterthought, I added a splash of sweet red wine, for a little more love.

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In just a few minutes, your zoodles soften and absorb the flavors. It’s ready!

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All you need is love to make this festive hot or cold appetizer, salad, or side dish. Happy Tu b’Av, Beautiful People, and may all your dreams come true and all your challenges be resolved today!

INGREDIENTS

  • 3 – 4 small to medium zucchini spiralized on pasta setting or thinly sliced, unpeeled
  • 3 – 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 large soft tomato, diced
  • Large handful of fresh cilantro, coarsely chopped
  • A splash of sweet red wine or juice
  • Salt and pepper to taste

PROCEDURE

  • Lightly mist deep frying pan, dutch oven, or wok with oil.
  • On high heat, stir fry spiralized zucchini.
  • Add the rest of ingredients, toss together. Cover, cook for 3 – 5 minutes, until zoodles reach desired softness.
  • Stir and remove. Serve hot or cold, garnished with cilantro sprigs.

Enjoy!

 

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61 Comments Add yours

      1. Thank you so much!

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  1. [ Smiles ] This is my type of recipe (You captured my attention with the title).

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    1. Thank you, Renard! Beatles have always been my first love in non-classical music.

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  2. A_Boleyn says:

    A celebration I’ve never heard of but it’s a lovely one.

    Oh … your conversion is a BIT off. 12 feet = 3.7 meters. Maybe you meant decimeters. 🙂

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    1. Thank you so much for correcting me! As I am too lazy to do math, I got the numbers from the museum site. I’ll look into it, but it reminded me of an old joke about a math lesson in a Jewish school, when the teachers asks how much is two times two. “25,”- says one kid. “38,” – says another. “54!” – pipes up the third. “Children, ” – sighs the teacher, -“How many times have I told you that two times two could be 4, maybe 5, at the most 6, but not 54, G-d forbid!”

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      1. A_Boleyn says:

        LOL … I’m an old fashioned imperial measurements nerd so I did the quick 3 feet =1 yard = a meter roughly and I knew something was wrong.

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      2. LOL I know the theory, but I hold to the old Odessa philosophy: 2 + 2 is as much as you want, as long as you leave me out of it!

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  3. eurobrat says:

    I like it–let’s celebrate love!

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    1. Thank you, Carolina – let’s!

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    1. Thank you, dear Kae, I am so glad you like it!

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  4. Janna says:

    Looks utterly scrumptious! 🤤😍

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    1. Than k you, dear Janna, for your lovely comment!

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      1. Janna says:

        I wish I can have some of your dishes! They all look amazing. You have a good one! Take care!

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      2. You too, darling! I wish I could send you something yummy by e-mail LOL!

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    1. Thank you for reblogging.

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  5. Garfield Hug says:

    🤗🤗🤗on festival of love😚💕💕🐾🐾

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    1. Meows and purrs to you! 😸

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      1. Garfield Hug says:

        💕💕🐾🐾

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  6. CarolMaeWY says:

    Just what I needed, a recipe for all my zucchini. 💕😎

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    1. Thank you, dear, but wait! You ain’t seen nuthin’ yet – this is only Part 1, so save some of those zukes!

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  7. Osyth says:

    I often note in comments that all we need really IS Love. So I’ll be celebrating along with all my Jewish friends today. Any excuse 😉 I worked for a while in the only privately owned Palace in London. Lord Rothschild owns it and he borrows great modern works to exhibit from time to time in front of the house. Imagine my delight, the very day after I met my (now) husband when I turned the corner and I was faced with ‘Love’ … I have pictures somewhere. I didn’t know there was a Hebrew version. How absolutely appropriate and wonderful. And the Zoodles? Delicious. I have just got a tiny hand held spiralizer because my proper one is packed away with most of my other possessions awaiting a proper home and last night I made courgetti with some sort of tomato sauce. Yours looks SO much nicer (particularly the splash of wine 🙂 )

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    1. Robert Indiana made about a dozen of different versions, in different languages, installed in various places around the world. I can picture the moment of your encountering LOVE at that time, and I don’t believe in coincidences!
      I love the word “courgetti” much more than “zoodles,” but I’ve already planned the series, so it’ll stay americanized. I am glad you enjoyed yours, and there is more to come! 😼

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      1. Osyth says:

        I must research this … I feel sadly ignorant. It wasn’t a coincidence – I’ve always believed that and bring on those zoodles … I’m agog!

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      2. Coming up in the blog near you!

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  8. So simple and we can’t wait to make it. Dolly you’re the best.

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    1. Thank you so much – I am truly grateful for your comments!

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  9. Elizabeth says:

    I now desperately want a spiralizer! This looks so good!

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    1. Wait – you ain’t seen nuthin’ yet! This was only Part 1.

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      1. Elizabeth says:

        I’ve seen so many things about zoodles and been chicken to try them. I’m inspired now. Next I need to bat my eyes at my son and get a spiralizer!

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      2. They are pretty inexpensive at Amazon and lots of fun to play with – we all have our toys!

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      3. Elizabeth says:

        If I won a lottery I’d head straight to the kitchen store!

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      4. I do understand; that’s why I had to wait for a gift from my son.

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    1. Thank you so much, sweetheart, I am honored and humbled!

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  10. Balvinder says:

    I make all my dishes with love 😊😊 and this salad looks amazingly simple and tasty!

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    1. Thank you, dear Bal, I am so glad you like it! I am sure you make all you dishes with love – I can see it in your posts!

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  11. Great post! I love my spiraliser…endless hours of amusement! 😺💕xx

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    1. Thank you, Samantha! Yes, we all love our toys 😻

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  12. LB says:

    mmmm I love zoodles! Such a great healthy alternative to regular pasta!

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    1. Yes, and so versatile – you can do anything with them!

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  13. oldpoet56 says:

    Like always Dolly with your articles. Reading your material I get a great story that is usually on a subject matter that I knew nothing about, then you give a great meal recipe. I am going to reblog this article for you.

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    1. Thank you so much, Ted, you are too kind!
      I hope you are well.

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  14. What could show more love than a spiralizer, and zoodles??

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    1. I’ll tell you: get to Part 4, and you’ll see! 😼

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