Mandoline Playing Hands (and Soy-Glazed Salmon)

I got a new kitchen toy yesterday–a cheapo version of the mandoline food slicer.  I bought it at the grocery store (it was really cheap), because Wednesday’s dinner menu is zucchini lasagna.  I know myself well enough to know that I won’t be slicing perfectly thin layers of zucchini that will substitute smoothly for noodles.  I needed help with that.

photo from (mine came with a different top slide piece)

Enter said mandoline-ish item.  I was so excited about the new toy when I got home, that I decided to try it out right away. We had a cucumber that was past its prime, so I took a few swipes and created perfect cucumber slices.  It was awesome.

Five or six or seven slices in, I got a bit of a shock.  Turns out that the cheap mandoline slices fingers almost as smoothly as cucumbers.  I got a pretty considerable finger slice to go with my lovely, thin cucumber layers.  

I was relieved that I appeared to have just sliced a dead skin layer at first.  Then there was blood.  Yuck.  I don’t handle blood well.  And wouldn’t you know, bandaids didn’t make it into the corporate housing packed goods, so poor Scott had to buy them on his way home from a long day of work.

The good news?  Dinner (which didn’t require slices that thin) was delicious.  We had soy-glazed salmon that was quick to cook, tasty, and had a good veggie side of cucumber and avocado salad.  You’ll find the recipe at the Food Network site (and/or by clicking on the picture below).

photo by Antonis Achilleos

We threw in some spinach to round things out even more.  And some ice cream.  You can’t be good all the time.

2 Comments Add yours

  1. I’ve nicked my finger on a mandolin too, ouch. When I worked at a bakery we had to wear a cutting glove with a foodsafe glove over it before using the mandolin, I wish I knew where to get those disposable vinyl gloves now, they were a brilliant idea!

    1. Those gloves do sound brilliant. I’ll have to look into serious kitchen gloves. Thanks for sharing!

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