When Proximity started working with Dolphin Entertainment, we began pitching the show What's Up Warthogs to Family Channel. Research had to be done so I spent a weekend (and a couple months following) watching Nickelodeon. I wanted to take a nail gun to my head while viewing Sponge Bob Square Pants and Big Time Rush. Shows like Victorious were slightly sufferable.
But iCarly struck a chord with me. It somewhat follows the disappointing model of tween shows that focus on fame as an important value, but these aren't kids who are going to a special high school to become the next big boy band or dancer. I mean, there is nothing Bieber about online segments like this:
It's just silly. If anything, iCarly, a show about three teenagers making a web show (with an amazing set, high-tech camera equipment, live special effects—all housed in Carly's 25-year-old artist brother's two story, Seattle apartment), encourages kids to display their unique abilities and perspectives. They even reward viewers' creativity by posting fan videos on iCarly.com and in the episodes, which I think is super cool and wish they'd show mine.
It wasn't long before I found other iCarly fans over the age of 13. Prodigy designer Julie Nagan caught a couple of my tweets about the show and soon a friendship was formed around making burritos and watching several episodes in one sitting. It took about nine months, but finally, we got up the nerve to make the favorite dish of Carly, Sam, Freddie and Spencer, Spaghetti Tacos:
Here it is:
Get taco shells.
Get spaghetti (with meat sauce).
Get a BIG spoon.
Use the BIG spoon to put spaghetti into taco shells.
Both Julie and I share a voluntary, ethics-based diet which does not call for an ingredient called-out in iCarly's recipe, so we replaced it with our favorite substitute for that said ingredient in everything: fresh vegetables.
Like iCarly, we had an audience watching our every move.
We call this appetite appeal in the industry.
I tried my hardest not to break a shell, yet as I tried to configure a prop for one glorious food money shot, it gave way.
Now I know what you're thinking, "Jordan, this is a food post, but where is the animated gif?" We took many of the first bites, but there is no classy way to eat a taco that will ensure future employment in a respectable industry. But how will you know that they were good? Julie and I went back for seconds AND thirds.
I would like to thank Julie Nagan for the photography and Forest Taylor for being a taste-tester (to ensure it wasn't our fanaticism that kept us crunching). Forest described them as:
When asked how they tasted, Forest said:
Like spaghetti in taco shells.
And if he liked them:
So there you have it, folks, and for your sake, we elaborated on the iCarly original recipe and defined the parameters of it. So prepare your family for a Mexican-Italian-American fusion feast in 5… 4… 3… 2…
altered from iCarly
Makes: 4 servings | Prep Time: 20 min | Total Time: 20 min
8 hard taco shells
2 cups uncooked spaghetti (about 4 cups cooked)
2 tbsp olive oil
2 cups spaghetti sauce
1/4 cup chopped zucchini
1/4 cup chopped red pepper
1/4 cup chopped red onion
1/4 cup chopped mushrooms
1 garlic clove
Shredded mozzarella and parmesan
- Preheat oven according to your taco shells' packaging instructions. Prepare spaghetti according to packaging instructions.
- In a sauce pan over a medium heat, heat olive oil. When oil is heated, add zucchini, red pepper and red onions. Add salt and pepper to taste. Sautee until onions become slightly transparent, add mushrooms and garlic. When mushrooms begin to soften, add spaghetti sauce. Heat until sauce begins to bubble.
- Bake your taco shells.
- Carefully add spaghetti to your taco shell using tongs. With spoon, top spaghetti with your sauce and vegetables. Top with mozzarella and parmesan cheese.