japanese courgetti
Since the life-changing moment my tastebuds were introduced to sushi, I have been obsessed with Japanese food. My issue, of course, is a lack of training and familiarity when it comes to preparing my own Japanese-inspired dishes. Though I stock up on Japan Centre‘s finest and have even tried my hand at sushi masterclasses (quickly learning that I should leave said skills to the maestros of Sticks N Sushi and beyond), many of Japan’s most delectable dishes are a Lela-disabling art form of their own.

As far as Japanese food is concerned, my sole culinary success has taken the form of new-age hipster health food; Japanese Courgetti with Matcha Pesto. The low-carb courgette spaghetti (or courgetti) experiment has become my favourite (and an incredibly simple) comfort food substitute full of vitamins, protein, and incredibly fresh flavours. Paired with a cup of warm Rose Sencha, it makes for one very special detox meal.

Ingredients (serves one, double/triple quantities as needed)
Spiralizer (I use the Mueller Spiral-Pro)
1 chicken breast, sliced
1 bottle of Sake (I used Gekkeikan Sake)
1 cup of water
1 courgette

For the pesto:
1 tablespoon of matcha powder (I used Fukujuen Uji-No-Tsuyu Seicha)
1 bunch of parsley
1 bunch of basil
1 bunch of mint
3 cups of spinach
8 cloves of garlic
1/2 cup of olive oil
3 tablespoons of fresh lemon juice

1. Put the chicken in a pan or slow-cooker, cover with the water and a few splashes of sake, secure lid, and let cook for 1-2 hours. Set aside.
2. Blend pesto ingredients together. Set aside.
3. Cut the ends off of your courgette and secure it into place on the spiralizer. Using your preferred blade (I prefer a mix of blades to add texture to the dish, but the smallest blades are most spaghetti-like), spiralize!
4. Put the spiralized courgette into a pan with the pesto and stir over medium heat for 5-10 minutes (the longer, the smoother).
5. Remove from heat, place into a bowl and garnish with your sake-infused chicken.
6. Enjoy!

(Public service announcement: Visit Japan is currently running a competition to win a trip to Kyoto! Remember your favourite courgetti-loving blogger when you win…)

japanese courgetti
japanese courgetti
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Jean Paul Gaultier
My love for French deisgner Jean Paul Gaultier sparked as soon as a tiny, one-digit-aged version of Lela London found out he invented the cone bra. That love grew exponentially after I read the following interview with Opening Ceremony. It is a must read, my dear.

On his pop hit from the Eighties- “How To Do That” (don’t worry, I’ve attached the video at the end!):
“I sold around 30,000 records – almost made it to the Top 50, but I think that was my last foray into the music business as a musician. I prefer to dress the stars.”

On his first impression of Madonna:
“The first time I saw Madonna was on Top of the Pops. She was singing “Holiday,” and she had a fabulous look. (I actually thought that she was English because she was so stylish.) She was into the same things that I was doing at the time, like crosses, oversized jewelry, and fishnets. The second time I saw her live was at the first MTV awards in New York at Radio City Music Hall. It must have been 1984. She sang “Like A Virgin” in a wedding dress and was simulating “self contentment” or “self satisfaction,” to put it euphemistically. The audience was mostly business people, who were horrified. There were just a few young fans–and me, who absolutely loved it. That is when I realized that she couldn’t care less what others thought of her, and I also saw how powerful she was.”

On the young Jean Paul Gaultier:
“I used to buy all the magazines, look at the collections, and then do my own. And if Dior or Cardin had 300 outfits, I would have 310. I even wrote my own reviews.”

On being an 18-year-old apprentice for Pierre Cardin:
“I learned about freedom from Mr. Cardin. There was an absolute freedom in his studio… He had assistants from all over the world — it was the first time I tried Japanese food with my colleagues from work. It was a great time, and it taught me that you have to have a free spirit to succeed.”

On the source of inspiration:
“Inspiration is never a problem; I usually have too much of it. I sometimes want to say too many things at once. Everything I see can inspire me: the cinema, theater, music.”

Don’t worry, I didn’t forget the video: