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Thursday, December 27, 2012

This morning I open the front door to put the rubbish out (too late as it turns out, the dustmen have already been) and there is the postie, with a parcel for me.

Me, in my nightshirt and dressing gown.

I gulp and clutch at said dressing gown and I hope say thank you nicely for the parcel.

The parcel, ah. It contains a new toy for me in my role as a kitchen denizen.



Let me explain. I spend a lot of holidays in France, and in France they eat a lot of grated carrot and celeriac. To make things easier, it is sold ready-shredded, much better than grated because the shreds are longer. In the UK you can buy the carrot in bags if you hunt for it, but I've never seen the shredded celeriac here. It's also a bit dry and flavourless if you buy it bagged.

Anyway, I've been looking for about five years for a gadget that would shred veg rather than grating it and I finally found one online. It's wonderful! I have just shredded four carrots and eaten them dressed with lemon juice. The gadget has a handle you turn so the veg is on a kind of spindle and the cutter cuts long curls off it, rather than straight strips. The texture is fabulous, and instead of all the irritating little bits you have from a grater you get something you can fork up easily.

You also don't get grated fingers.

I'm really looking forward to taking nice cheap nutritious raw salads to work for lunch in the future.

Just off out to the gym. After that, I'm going to buy a celeriac.

PS: The maker is called Lurch (it's German) and the gadget called a Spiralo. There are various different ones made by this company I think, and also other companies (I think a Japanese one) that make something similar. Mine was about 30 so not cheap but much cheaper than some of the others. Amazon sell them.
Hope I don't get into trouble with SP for promoting it emoticon

PPS Celeriac is a big round root thingy that looks a bit like knobbly beige turnip, and tastes slightly of celery. You can also use the gadget on courgettes (zucchini), raw beetroot, apples etc. The instructions say your veg or fruit has to be crisp, not squashy so no bananas.
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EFFRAYECHILDE 1/9/2013 8:05AM

    Sounds like a cool gadget.

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LOOKSLIKELILY 1/9/2013 4:40AM

    Wow - I have only just found your blogs (see sparkmail for details) but this is so weird. I bought that exact same Spiralo machine, and got it on that exact same day (the 27th is my birthday which is why I rememeber). I also bought it from amazon.

Spooky!

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SERASARA 1/2/2013 8:00PM

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PENOWOK 1/1/2013 12:05PM

    I sure love hearing about things you have and do...much different here in the lower 48. Your gadget looks great!! Happy lunches!!

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FROMNDTOGA 1/1/2013 9:07AM

    We lived in Turkey for many years. Their 'winter' salad was shredded carrots, celery root and red cabbage. A little olive oil and fresh lemon juice drizzled on top was great! Enjoy your new toy. Can't wait to read each of your blogs as they pop up on my Spark e-mails. clm
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LAURIETAIT 1/1/2013 4:04AM

    Cool gadget. I'll have to check that out. Thanks.

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HYATTI1 12/31/2012 11:30PM

    I need one of those. Wanna share.

Joanna

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EVER-HOPEFUL 12/31/2012 4:41PM

    yep i should imagine it is german as there are a lot of them over here lol.it is also nice for kohlrabi.happy new year love

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DOBSONSM 12/31/2012 9:17AM

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PROVERBS31JULIA 12/30/2012 10:28PM

    Ahhh thanks for reminding me to go get my own Spirelo - I need to lurch over to the computer and get it ordered!!

Enjoy!!

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CAMSEDGE 12/30/2012 9:37PM

    The concept kind of reminds me of somthing that peeled apples...interesting gadget.

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JUNEAU2010 12/30/2012 12:43AM

    Had you not explained what it was, I never would have known! Never had celeriac, but I have heard of it on cooking shows...hmmm.

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DMEYER4 12/29/2012 11:28PM

  have fun with your new gadget. The carrots look yummy

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RUTHDEN1 12/29/2012 10:34PM

    Interesting gadget, really like kitchen tools and gadgets. Thanks for info.

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AJB121299 12/29/2012 10:20PM

    Enjoy it

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EENLIGHTENING 12/29/2012 9:43PM

    Very interesting. I love kitchen gadgets that make life easier. Thank you for sharing! emoticon

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CHERYLSBUTT 12/29/2012 9:41PM

    Thanks for the intro! emoticon

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COPEMA 12/29/2012 8:05PM

    I love gadgets, especially when they help you eat healthier! Good for you!!


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PEGGYO 12/29/2012 6:07PM

    thanks for sharing I love gadgets too

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JUDYAMK 12/29/2012 4:47PM

    I bought the world cuisine vegetable slicer. I put an apple on it & it turns out so long & wavy I love mine, got it off Amazon.
Judy

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SRBSRB26 12/29/2012 2:45PM

    Happy New Year from across the Pond!

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LESSISMORE2010 12/29/2012 2:36PM

    That looks intersting! Thank you for sharing!

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LEXIE63 12/29/2012 2:31PM

    Love the look of that. Would make great courgette spaghetti I'm thinking. :-)

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SENIMMO 12/29/2012 2:17PM

    I love kitchen gadgets! Have fun with yours.

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AMSPARKER 12/29/2012 1:41PM

    sounds so awesome, I might have to get one!

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VOLLEYGIRL77 12/29/2012 12:54PM

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MARALEYNI 12/29/2012 12:16PM

    This sounds great and well worth the quest!

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BRASKIN 12/29/2012 12:08PM

  sounds like a neat way to eat some veggies!

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DR1939 12/29/2012 11:09AM

    I do love gadgets. This one sounds grand, just wish I had room on or under my counter for it.

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FIRECOM 12/29/2012 10:23AM

    I cant imagine getting into trouble with SP for mentioning this neat product. I am going to go to Amazon and look for it. Thanks.

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LAWANDMUSIC 12/29/2012 8:53AM

    Interesting toy. Looks like it will make a "slaw" sort of thing from various veggies.

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JANIGURL 12/29/2012 7:07AM

    That's terrific , thank you for sharing this !!

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TORTISE110 12/29/2012 6:45AM

    I love a new gadget for cooking! Enjoy every creative moment.

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BLUEJEAN99 12/29/2012 1:52AM

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DRB13_1 12/29/2012 1:49AM

    thanks for sharing you new toy! always looking for more ideas on adding veggies to the day

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ROCKYCPA 12/28/2012 11:01PM

    What a great new toy - enjoy!

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SUSIEMT 12/28/2012 11:00PM

    Good for you! Enjoy!

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HEARTS116 12/28/2012 8:39PM

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JAMER123 12/28/2012 8:25PM

    Sounds like you are really enjoying the Spiralo. Good!!
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KIPPER15 12/28/2012 8:24PM

    Neat new toy, I will have to investigate it. Looks like a much better way to do carrots. emoticon

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ONLYTEMPORARY 12/28/2012 8:14PM

    Nifty, thanks!

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ITISABOUTME 12/28/2012 6:38PM

    I googled this and found this url http://www.lurch-shop.com/D/Product
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for those that are interested. The wording is in German and it costs euro 29.90

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ALIDOSHA 12/28/2012 5:14PM

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NILLAPEPSI 12/28/2012 5:05PM

    Very nice gadget!! Enjoy!!

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JLLOVETT 12/28/2012 4:53PM

    I love carrot salad! emoticon Yum!!!



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KARRENLYNN 12/28/2012 4:43PM

    have fun with your new toy!

karen

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JUSGETTENBY42 12/28/2012 1:55PM

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LIVELYGIRL2 12/28/2012 1:35PM

  that looks like a wonderful addition to making great meals.

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PATRICIAANN46 12/28/2012 1:03PM

  I love the idea of the shredded carrots. I, too, hate grating for the same reasons. I have never heard of celeriac but will look it up. emoticon

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LELERS 12/28/2012 12:49PM

    Wow! Very interesting.... I've never heard of carrots being eaten that way, and I've absolutely never heard of celeric. Now I'm interested in bringing carrot salads to work.... Thanks for the new idea spark!

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