Wednesday, 18 January 2012 - 5 comments

USEFUL STUFF : The Julienne Peeler


Until last Summer, I didn't have a clue what a julienne peeler looked like! I always loved the look of tiny strands of vegetables if I ate out, or bought a posh stir-fry vegetable medley from Marks and Spencer, but I didn't realise how easy it would be for me to achieve this professional technique at home.

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 Last year, we went to Brighton for a few days and ate at a fabulous Vietnamese restaurant called PHO. (There are a few branches dotted around the country). We loved it there because all the food was freshly prepared and low fat AND it looked amazing, so pretty. I was really fired up to recreate some dishes inspired by the food I ate there, especially the noodle soup and some of the salads.....which I will share with you in due course.

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In the meantime, if you want to transform the look and texture of your salads, try and buy a julienne peeler. I wasn't sure what I was looking for when I went to buy one......I didn't know if it was going to be some expensive, complex electrical gadget with loads of fittings or not. It turned out to be exactly like my trusty potato peeler, only with a jagged blade!


You can see from this photo, that as you drag the peeler along a cucumber, courgette or carrot etc.,you will create beautiful spaghetti-like strands of raw vegetables. I've also found that by making salads in this way, your plate looks fuller and more attractive, plus it's so much easier and more enjoyable to eat large quantities of raw vegetables, instead of having to plough through chunk after chunk of cucumber.

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The peeler took a bit of practice- the first few times I used it, the palm of my hand looked like I'd been clawed by a small wild animal, but if you are persistent and careful, you will be really happy with the results.


Happy julienning!

5 comments:

Soo 18 January 2012 at 14:49

This look's great. Will put it on my list to get by the Summer. My kitchen utensil list is growing by the way!! lol

Janey 18 January 2012 at 17:51

That's great Soo ! You'll probably find one online or in a specialist kitchen shop. X

Hannah Cammock 18 January 2012 at 18:32

Yummy !

Steph UK 1 February 2012 at 22:25

I found one in the Lakeland on-line shop, haven't used it yet as my order only arrived today.... of course I didn't just buy the julienne peeler did I!! :-))

Janey 2 February 2012 at 21:04

Oops! Easily done! Pleased you found one though-I'm sure you'll love it! x

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