Me and my Mandolin

There is one tool that gives me the creeps every time I use it and that…. is my mandolin! My husband bought this for me as a gift and I know there are others out there with guards etc. but this is the one I have for now & it works beautifully. On cooking shows I literally cringe when the chef is in a race against time and grabs the mandolin with out a guard or glove and races to get some slices EEK!  Now all that being said I love this tool and I have a cutting glove I use. Like most people who use a mandolin at some point you are too confident in your abilities and I lost the right corner of my right thumb. It was a few years back and it feels like it was yesterday. So I use the glove to cut with, wash it ,dry it and put it back in the cardboard wrap every time so I never loose a digit or top of one again. Respect the Mandolin.
Inspired by Wendy at Chez Chloe (before she became a famous on Freshly Pressed) I had to try her zucchini but I had to put my twist on it. I can never leave “well enough alone”

2 medium zucchinis
1 lemon (1/2 sliced thin and juice remaining)
1 tbls olive oil (more if needed)
1 Tbls rice wine vinegar

sea salt
fresh cracked pepper
1 /4 tsp fresh minced garlic (not even 1 clove)
3 sprigs fresh thyme

Slice the zucchini lengthwise into thin strips, you want them to bend without breaking (best way is to test as you are cutting)
mix the lemon juice, olive oil, vinegar, salt, pepper and garlic in a small bowl (i did this to make sure I don’t over dress it)
put the zucchini slices in a jar or sealable container and add in the lemon slices in between ( 4 or 5)
then drizzle a few teaspoons of the dressing over them JUST TO COAT. you don’t want to add too much because the zucchini  is filled with water and starts to breakdown and you will have soaked veggies. roll the jar around to coat and put in fridge for an hour or so.
Serve on the side of a sandwich or meal.
Enjoy – T


6 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Desi Chick
    Apr 02, 2012 @ 15:57:30

    hmmmm. Delightful and fresh. I can almost taste the crunch and the flavors.


  2. Karen
    Apr 02, 2012 @ 16:41:02

    I make something similar but I really like that you added the lemon slices.


  3. Jasmine Pahl
    Apr 02, 2012 @ 17:35:23

    This looks delicious and SO pretty! What a wonderful thing this jarred salad would be to take to a potluck. I love my mandolin, I hinted for one for Christmas one year and my mom bought be a fancy French one from Williams-Sonoma( likely because it had a guard– she lives in constant expectation of a call from the emergency room!). I do love it for creating beautiful, delicate textures in my salads but…it’s way too bulky with stand and guard. I think your safety glove idea is genius. It would be great for grabbing hot pans and it would mean I could get a mandolin I could store in a drawer!


  4. triathlonobessed
    Apr 04, 2012 @ 13:08:55

    I love something delicious and simple—with a little bit of danger. 🙂 Thanks! Elizabeth


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