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Re: Have you ever heard un épluche-légumes called.....

 Loiseau wrote:
Thank you for that explanation, ericd! I was wondering why Laguiole seemed to have suddenly gone in for making cheap, colourful versions. Somebody told me that the name is pronounced "la-yoll". Is this right? Angela PS i am with your husband, idun, in my choice of veg peeler, but am amazed that anything so simple could cost more than £4 on Amazon!

Spot on, Angela!  At least as spot on as one can be, writing it instead of saying it.

Of course, if you were from Alabama as a dear friend of mine is, you try not to say "ya'all" instead!  Of course, you wouldn't; I'm just having a bit of fun today, larking about because I have two rather sad letters to write later today.


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Re: Have you ever heard un épluche-légumes called.....

I am amazed that this thread is now on page 6 and it's all about vegetable peelers! Goodness the weather must be dire to keep everyone posting about this for long.Wink [;-)]

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Re: Have you ever heard un épluche-légumes called.....

 Cendrillon wrote:
I am amazed that this thread is now on page 6 and it's all about vegetable peelers! Goodness the weather must be dire to keep everyone posting about this for long.Wink [;-)]

 

Hi Cendrillon, I guess you have finished all your chores and your two ugly sisters have gone shopping leaving you alone in the house to do as you please ...... Worry not, your secret is safe with us.  Big Smile [:D]

Today people have learned how to pronounce "Laguiole", differentiate the various types of potatoe peelers and true French made knives "v" Far Eastern poor copies and also found out you also had spare time on your hands.


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Re: Have you ever heard un épluche-légumes called.....

Cendrillon, Cendrillon, of course it's not "all about vegetable peelers"!  Do you not hear the conversation cachée?

It's about, amongst other things, French culinary matters; its vocabulary and preferred practices (OK, how you peel your veg, if you must!)Smile [:)]

Then Wooly and Chancer describe, with some subtlety (or so they like to think) their own methods.

Then, there is the cultural and social significance of pocket knives in French male culture.

As Eric has pointed out, one learns how to BOTH spell and say "Laguiole" and, importantly, how to distinguish the real McCoy from a Far Eastern fake.

As Philippe Delerm might say, "Un épluche-légumes à la main, on se dit des choses plus profondes et naturelles".

There, never underestimate the IMPORTANCE of "vegetable peelers", as you so carelessly call them....sigh, giggle, I can't keep this going any longer, belly laugh!


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Re: Have you ever heard un épluche-légumes called.....

"I guess you have finished all your chores and your two ugly sisters have gone shopping leaving you alone in the house to do as you please ......"

Eric, you are wrong I have been out all day, no time to get back with a reply until now. T'ai-chi class this morning, chat with the friends from the class, home for a quick lunch then a two hour Nordic walk over a snowy landscape. Now I have dinner to cook and might just use my épluche-légumes. Cool [8-|]

Sweet 17 I like the musings of Philippe Delerm Smile [:)]

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Re: Have you ever heard un épluche-légumes called.....

 ericd wrote:
 sweet 17 wrote:

  This is a serious question as I always used to carry a penknife for peeling my lunch apple in the days when I was still working in the UK and my colleagues were horrified and said I could be arrested for carrying it.

Hi Sweet, Brits will be Brits ......

Eric, if you are still there, look at this:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2269341/Pimlico-stabbing-Teenager-16-heard-screaming-life-killed-sword-wielding-gang.html

Quelle horreur!  It's not enought to say "Brits will be Brits"Ick! [+o(]  As long as these stabbings amongst young people in the UK are common occurrences, something has to be done to stop the carrying around of knives!

As a matter of interest, what is the experience in France of killings by stabbing?

I just feel so awful for the parents of this poor boy and, if it means that nobody is allowed to carry even a canif, then so be it.


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Re: Have you ever heard un épluche-légumes called.....

Sweet. Very regretable in deed but banning even the smallest pocket knife will not stop "some" people carrying the real thing. In most cities, this is the gang culture, no barrier, no fear just respect.

Just look at the lack of respect shown to Policemen in the Metro in Paris. Kids as young as 16 have to be seen acting like big men by their peers and as such, show their worst side in front of the Police. Club them to a pulp is my say but some might not agree.

Weapons of war are forbidden in France but they still find their way in the streets of Marseilles to dire effect (although they only seem to be killing each other which is not a bad thing...)


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Re: Have you ever heard un épluche-légumes called.....

I have to say that I am really really fast with my chunky peeler, take off a minimum of skin and get through all the veg at a very very rapid rate. Whereas my husband with his straight long one takes twice as long as me, maybe longer. It isn't as if I we race and I do more, if he is peeling veg, then he is, but I know I am fast and he isn't.

I don't like using anything else, I like the job out of the way, quickly, it isn't the nicest of prep jobs is it?????

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