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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.

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
CICELY360 12/28/2012 12:24PM

  Interesting tool

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WALLINMW 12/28/2012 12:14PM

  Keep Sparkin'!!

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LINDAKAY228 12/28/2012 12:09PM

    Oh looks like you will have lots of nice healthy salads to look forward to with that! Enjoy!

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JIBBIE49 12/28/2012 11:38AM

    You're a STAR again. What an honor.

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JOANNHUNT 12/28/2012 11:13AM

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MARYJEANSL 12/28/2012 11:10AM

  Sadly, the one sold by Amazon here (which doesn't look like yours, although I searched on Lurch Spiralo), seems to have some problems and is under review by Amazon).

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GOSPARK45 12/28/2012 11:07AM

    Enjoy your new toy!

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MARYJEANSL 12/28/2012 11:01AM

  I love the gadget! I used to really enjoy celeriac (also called celery root) when I lived in Boston, but it was at a sandwich restaurant. I don't believe I ever bought it then, and I don't think I will be able to find it here in even the specialty grocery stores - though I do plan to look! I think I may put the Spiralo on my Christmas list for next year. It reminds me a bit of an apple peeler-corer-slicer, which I haven't wanted because it's a unitasker, and because I don't make apple pie very often, maybe once every two or three years. :-) Lately I haven't even been slicing my carrots, let alone grating - just peeling and eating them whole - nice organic carrots from the farmer's market.

Comment edited on: 12/28/2012 11:11:51 AM

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CLAYARTIST 12/28/2012 10:47AM

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FIT4MEIN2013 12/28/2012 10:44AM

    Sounds like a great (grate?) toy! I will watch for one.

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LIS193 12/28/2012 10:42AM

    Happy new toy! Have fun playing with it :)

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NEWTINK 12/28/2012 10:27AM

    Sounds like a good gadget to have ... I will have to check into it ... have a great day at the gym well I am late but have a great day any way emoticon

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IAMAGEMLOVER 12/28/2012 10:17AM

    Enjoy your new toy. If you can't open the box and nuke it, then it's not for me. I hate to cook.

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SANDYCRANE 12/28/2012 10:14AM

    I learn something new from you with every blog.


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MOMMY445 12/28/2012 9:59AM

    enjoy your kitchen gadgets! have a great day!

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DJSHIP46 12/28/2012 9:05AM

    Thanks... Off to Amazon to check this out!!!

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MIMIDOT 12/28/2012 8:56AM

    Enjoy your new toy! It sounds great!

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TIPPY211 12/28/2012 8:51AM

    Very interesting gadget. Enjoy emoticon

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IAMWINNING 12/28/2012 8:09AM

    Oooooo! I like new toys, myself. Looks like you have a winner. Thank you for the picture and the many explanations (now I don't have to ASK what celeriac is). I'm sure you're going to have fun as you prepare many delicious (and nutricious) meals.

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TDEMAIO2 12/28/2012 7:16AM

    New kitchen toys are GREAT : )

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FARIS71 12/28/2012 7:10AM

    Very awesome. Might have to investigate.

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TRYINGHARD54 12/28/2012 7:00AM

    its fun using new kitchen toys isnt it?

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LRSILVER 12/28/2012 6:47AM

    Enjoy it. It sounds like fun

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CCASKEY37 12/28/2012 6:19AM

    Funny how something as simple as carrots becomes so much better just by shredding?

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NASFKAB 12/28/2012 5:53AM

  great gadget thanks

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NCSUE0514 12/28/2012 5:40AM

    Looks like great fun!

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SPEEDY143 12/28/2012 3:01AM

    c00l... if I had the room I'd own every kitchen tool known to man emoticon Enjoy!!!! emoticon

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HEALTHY-SPARK 12/28/2012 12:49AM

    What a nifty gadget! (and I'm a total sucker for new kitchen gadgets) Might have to check this one out on Amazon!

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ANDYLIN90 12/28/2012 12:06AM

    What fun to have a ton of carrot curls...I bet even if you didn't like carrots, one would love having carrot curls.

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LADY_MARIANA 12/27/2012 10:58PM

    That looks like a great thing to have. Very nice picture.

I hope that you enjoy it!

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COCK-ROBIN 12/27/2012 10:38PM

    Wow, that looks like a great kitchen toy!@

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ILIKETOZUMBA 12/27/2012 10:18PM

    Never seen something like that! Very cool - have fun with it! :)

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PHEBESS 12/27/2012 10:01PM

    Oooh, love new kitchen toys!!!!! (I miss my mandoline!)

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GOANNA2 12/27/2012 8:47PM

    Looks amazing and so do the carrots.

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POPSY190 12/27/2012 8:22PM

    Looks good!

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GOLDENRODGIRL 12/27/2012 7:10PM

    Ooh, that looks very neat.

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DOVESEYES 12/27/2012 7:08PM

    Cool gadget, you'll get big arm muscles too. emoticon

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LINDAK25 12/27/2012 6:55PM

    Cool new toy! What wonderful salads you can make with that.

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NELLIEH1 12/27/2012 6:38PM

    Thanks for this tip. We love the long shreds in salads, too.

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CATLADY52 12/27/2012 6:22PM

    Shredded banana is not all that appealing. emoticon

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GABY1948 12/27/2012 6:13PM

    That is cool...I learned something today! I think I would like that too! Have a great time with it!

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RAINBOWMF 12/27/2012 6:13PM

    Luv the sound of this.
I think you should make a video using it .


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DANAPRIME 12/27/2012 5:46PM

    Thanks for the definitions! I am enlightened.

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XTINA46 12/27/2012 5:38PM

    Looks like it came straight out of the medieval torture museum in Siena!
I have a gizmo called a Mandolin which also slices crisp things into long thin bits -- it's flat, rectangular and has very sharp blades! Can't play folk times on it though!
Must say, late afternoon I make some Earl Grey Tea and read what you have been up to -- it's like a little visit with one of my favourite people in the world!

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OBIESMOM2 12/27/2012 5:33PM

    I had a recipe that used vegetable ribbons (made using a cheese planer) instead of pasta. You could do the same with this.

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LOUISE3518 12/27/2012 5:18PM

  thanks for your P.S.

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TEDYBEAR2838 12/27/2012 5:18PM

    Sounds very interesting. I am glad you found something you like and will
use a lot.


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SLIMLEAF 12/27/2012 4:46PM

    That's interesting - I'd not come accross such a thing before.

Happy shredding!

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MICKEYH 12/27/2012 4:25PM

    For the healthy eating, this kitchen device is a must have in our kitchen. Glad you've got it.
Hopefully get me one too in the near future!! Thanks for the idea.

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