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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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NOMORENOMORE 12/27/2012 4:07PM

    Nice! I must get one! I love raw shredded beats. emoticon

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ALDEBARANIAN 12/27/2012 4:00PM

    I saw a thingy on the food network some years ago that does something very similar. They were making potato strings that they formed into a basket shape, fried, and used as a salad bowl or something. They also wrapped something in it (probably a bacon bomb) and fried it. It's one of the reasons I stopped watching them. I saw a pic of one of their top chefs just the other day and he looked like a blimp, pasty-colored, and sooooo unhealthy. I'm glad to see the things have a better use.

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PATTISTAMPS 12/27/2012 3:11PM

    Oh NOOOOOOO.... I have never seen one of these, and now I "HAVE" to have it! LOL. Very cool!

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REGILIEH 12/27/2012 2:57PM

    I have never heard about or seen that kind of a gadget, what is it called? The carrots looked delicious and your salads sound delicious! I want one! emoticon

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BRENDAGAIL9 12/27/2012 2:46PM

    What a nifty gizmo but it would never fit in my tiny apartment. I have a 'gourmet kitchen' which means it is very small, more like a hallway and hardly any counter space. I love gadgets but stick to small sized.

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LEANMEAN2 12/27/2012 2:43PM

    I love gadgets also. I do worry about adding protein (not to mention blood) to carrot cake when I grate carrots. This contraption looks like so much fun.
Where did you buy it and how much is the cost? With so many wanting to know, perhaps you should think about commissions.

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LIVEDAILY 12/27/2012 2:37PM

    That is nifty!! So that lot on the table was 4 carrots all julienned/turned? That's a lot of carrot!! And if all you do is turn it on it's spindle thingy, and the blades do the rest, it sounds wonderful! Let us know how the celeric works on it, and what the name of this gizmo is!

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LOUISE3518 12/27/2012 2:32PM

  can't wait to hear the answer to everyone's big question..... is that celery?????

Love learning the Kings English :) or is that not correct?

You never disappoint me Chantal.... Thank you for you wit... your enormous curiosity... you love of walking ;)

Congratulations for going on the wagon.... and just being a walking visitor to that Winter Park.... Momma Mia... but you really are the wind beneath my wings.

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JANETTEB553 12/27/2012 2:20PM

    Celeric ?? Celery ?? gadget sounds good what site did you get it from... You may start a trend...

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MAMAOWLS 12/27/2012 2:05PM

    Kitchen gadgets are the best. Enjoy it.

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AUSFAM 12/27/2012 2:03PM

    Please share the name--I want one of these gadgets!!! Glad you found it--new kitchen toys are my favorite!!

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FORMERFATGUY777 12/27/2012 1:56PM

  It sounds like a neat toy. I have to confess, until I looked it up, I've never heard of celeriac. For the colonials among us, it's turnip rooted celery or knob celery.

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IMAGINE46 12/27/2012 1:48PM

  I'd love to try that! And what is celeriac? Is it like celery?

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OBIESMOM2 12/27/2012 1:42PM

    I had a Python moment when I read your opening paragraph. "Bring out your dead!"

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JANEMARIE77 12/27/2012 1:32PM

    just love new toys have fun

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    Nothing like a NEW toy to spark ones day.

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THESLIMMERME1 12/27/2012 1:20PM

    emoticon enjoy your new toy - yes, please post name, I haven't seen anything like it in Canada either. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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DALID414 12/27/2012 1:18PM

    Sounds like a New Years plan if I've ever heard one (salads for lunch at work). I love carrots too!

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LAHUDSONCHEF 12/27/2012 1:18PM

    okay...what's celeriac?

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BOBBIENORTHERN1 12/27/2012 1:15PM

  I'd like to have one of these....what is the name?

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ADARKARA 12/27/2012 1:12PM

    That thing looks awesome!

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FUSCHIA6 12/27/2012 1:12PM

    That sounds really cool. Good job on the nutrition & on hitting the gym.
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BEBOP4ME 12/27/2012 1:10PM

    Do tell the namebrand so we can check out if we can get it here in the US!

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