Inspect my gadget!

May 1, 2010

I’m a bit of a Luddite when it comes to kitchen equipment. Give me a good sharp knife and a wooden spoon, and I’m happy. However, I have recently been introduced to the delights of the mandolin.

Now, all I previously knew of this gadget is that it regularly slices off the ends of chef’s fingers. But when the nice people at Oxo Good Grips sent me one and I tried it out once or twice, I did wonder what I’d been doing all these years without it.

This one has a very useful wedge-y bit at one end, which hooks over the edge of the bowl you’re slicing into, so it’s super-steady. Plus, my stress levels at using this dangerous kitchen weapon were somewhat reduced by the grip thing that sticks securely to whatever you’re slicing – so your fingers don’t have to go anywhere near that scary-looking blade.

And, most importantly – it’s really fun!

Last night, I used the mandolin to slice some marrow, which I sautéed with mint, lemon zest, pul biber (a Turkish red pepper spice) and lots of garlic.

Once soft and a little browned, I chucked in a grated carrot that needed using up, some leftover roast chicken I’d had in the freezer, plus a handful of parsley and a squeeze of lemon juice. A little salt and pepper was all that was needed to make a delicious, fresh, tangy supper, that conveniently used up some more of my freezer stocks.

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3 Responses to “Inspect my gadget!”

  1. Choclette Says:

    Agh, that mandolin sounds good. I had one as a present for Christmas, never having used one before. Like you I was a little nervous of using it which probably didn’t help, but I found it way too fiddly and scary and ended up taking it back! Yours looks neater and easier. Well done on using up more bits.

  2. MaryMoh Says:

    You must be having a lot of fun with your new kitchen toy 😀 Love your dishes.


  3. Thanks MaryMoh. Never thought I’d choose what to cook based on using a piece of kitchen equipment, rather than the ingredients, but that’s what I’m doing at the moment!


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