Top 3 julienne fruits you won’t suspect

Yes, you also can make julienne peelings from fruits.

A few moths ago a have written an article “Top 5 julienne vegetables you won’t suspect”. Now it’s time for some unlikely fruits that are perfect for making julienne.

Which fruits to recommend?

There are a few things to keep in mind. For example they have to be quite hard. You also better take the less juicy ones. And if you want skin peelings you need fruits with a thick skin.


You take a banana and hold it firmly in one hand, with the other hand …. No just joking, you can’t make julienne from a banana. But the following fruits are ideal for the job.

1 . . . Citrus fruits

All the fruits of the citrus family qualify. You can use Oranges, Citrons or Lemons. Of course we are talking about the skin and not the orange flesh.

Why should you make peelings form a citrus? Orange zest is common used as flavoring. But the thicker julienne could be tart. But what do you think about using the skin for decoration on top of a dish or cocktails.

We suggest the 1Easylife Stainless Steel Lemon Zester Grater. Picture bellow.

1Easylife Stainless Steel Lemon Zester Grater with Channel Knife and Hanging Loop

But my favorite way of using them is making candy. You can boil them in sugar water. Afterwards they have to dry and they ready to use. You can eat them like this or use the julienne candy stripes as decoration on tarts, cakes and other sweet dishes.

2 Apples are great for making julienne

When you are making julienne strips from apples always use firm apples. My first pick are the sour green variety. Because I love a little acidity in my salads. the green contrast make the other fruits pop. But they are also great in a vegetable salad.

The easiest way to make julienne of apples is to slice them in two and start making julienne. If you like you can leave the skin. This gives a nice sharp green contrast with the rest.


3 Mango’s – where is the party?

One of my favorite! Don’t go to soft, you need firm mango’s. You can use it almost every dish, especially in exotic dishes.

The yellow color brights up every meal. My favorite? A cold salad with cucumber julienne, red onion strips, Whole wheat pasta, white beans and raw organic cashews.

Just mix the ingredients up and drizzle some home made hummus over the top.

You can add carrot julienne but I’m allergic so no carrots for me.



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Top 10 Valentine’s Day kitchen gifts 2016

Every year the same old question “What to gif to your loved one”. Does he or she loves to cook? Why not a kitchen gift?

These are the top 10 kitchen gifts for 2016 for Valentine’s Day, enjoy!

Two small remarks,

  1. I made this list myself and is based upon the things I like and think are of real value, not another gadget that will be used ones and to store in your kitchen draw. But a simple and functional kitchen utensil that speeds up your food prepping.
  2. All links that you find are affiliation links, this means if you click on the link and you decide to buy the item, a very small portion is given to me. I use this small income to pay for the hosting for this website. If you don’t want to do this. Just go direct to Amazon and search for item and click buy.

So lets start to list my 10 favorite Valentine’s Day kitchen gifts.

#1 The Amazing Egg slicer

Kidding it’s not that amazing, but it does the job. This morning I had an hard boiled egg sandwich and normally (to save time) I just try to slice my egg with a sharp knife. Yes to save time, but it turns always into a messy fight between me a the egg. So I remembered that we had a Egg slicer.

The advantages are obvious. Nice equal slices that don’t fall apart. The egg-joke stays nice in the middle and doesn’t crumble and it’s easy to clean. But above all super fast. Also the slices are super thin.

egg slicer wedger piercer

The one that I have is the “Egg Slicer Wedger Piercer” three in one. First function is to pierce the egg before you boil it. This prevents your eggs to crack during cooking.

After you removed the shell you can utilize the second or the third function. I said OR because in life you have to make choices. 

In this case wedges or slices. Slices are ideal for making tasty sandwiches and the wedges are more decorative to put in salads.

To clean the egg slicer just hold it under streaming water.

Golden tip: What about mushrooms? Yes It works also and also for small tomato’s.

#2 The amazing 4-Sided Boxed Grater

Everyone has to have a box grater in his or here kitchen. Also known as the clock grater because it has a cow bell (clock) resembles. I use my for one thing only and that is Parmesan cheese grating. Your own fresh grated cheese is a million times better than the pre-grated kind. You know what cheese you get and that there no fillers like cellulose (yes this is WOOD PULP).

4-Sided Boxed Grater

Besides cheese, vegetables are also great to grate. Carrots, pumpkins, cucumbers, parsnips, turnips, … the list goes on and on.

There is one disadvantage and that’s the size. It takes up a fair amount of space. But the size is also an advantage when it comes to cleaning. You easily can reach inside to clean the box grater. But be careful not to harm yourself.

A second advantage is sturdiness. You can work fast and save

#3 Small Sharp knife

Sounds to easy for this list but it isn’t. You can have hundreds of knifes in your kitchen but a small super sharp knife is the workhorse of the kitchen. They say the sharper the knife the less accidents you will encounter. And that’s all true a blunt knife causes injuries. The reason is the multi cuts that you have to make instead of one. More cuts is equal to more chances you cut you self.

So now you know … A razor-sharp knife is a save knife

Ok we need a sharp knife that stays sharp. My first choice is a German made blade. Germans are known for there excellent craftsmanship. The knife is named Windmuehlenmesser (windmill blade).

I’ts not cheap but it’s handcrafted and hand-finished. The company makes carbon steal knifes since 1872.

Klassiker, groß Rotbuche








Handpalm peelers are super save, tree colors

I was doing some research about peelers on Amazon and I came across this Palm Peeler. Probably the most safe vegetable peeler in the world.

Why is it save

Easy does it, the peeler handles very easy. You slide your middle finger in the handle placed on top of the peeler. This way you never touch the blade. And your other hand is also save because of the border. The peeler blade is tucked in and you will never cut your fingers.

The soft rubber grip enhances the grip and avoids slipping accidents.



The Peeler is very intuitive, it is a neutral way of peeling, it’s like sanding wood with sandpaper, you have a firm grip on the peeler because it is inclosed in your handpalm.


On Amazon

You can find the Palm Peeler on Amazon but there are no reviews yet. Therefore this short review. The peeler comes in three wonderful colors: Green – Red – Purple.



Product Details

  • Shipping Weight: 0.6 ounces
  • Precision ground stainless steel blade
  • Soft rubber grip
  • Tree colors (Green, Red, Purple)
  • ASIN: B001W1ED8Q
  • Item model number: 102-041-037


Some nice reviews about this product

Positive reviews

I have no skill whatsoever with cutting ANYTHING. I literally take half an hour to peel two potatoes along with risk of cutting myself. With this product, I can peel potatoes(and other products) in under 5minutes. Also, the blade is pretty effective (or at least to me)

This is by far the best peeler I have ever used. I used it once and went out and bought 4 more so I’d have an extra one and for gifts. Since then it has just gotten better!

Once you get used to the way this peeler works, you will love it. It works exactly as described, and takes a lot of the strain out of peeling fruits and vegetables.

Negative reviews

This may peel all right, but you can’t really hold a potato in one hand and NOT peel off your finger tips with this gadget! It’s still sitting in my drawer, but I still reach for the old fashion one that dents my hand with it’s sharp handle. Still looking for the perfect peeler.

I don’t usually use a vegetable peeler and though I would try this one. I much prefer using a paring knife to peel my vegetables. It takes too long using peeler. I guess this one is as good as they get.

The wife wanted one, because her mother had one she liked. The issue? Ours came incredibly dull. You can see that the blade wasn’t ground all the way to the apex, and as a result you can just barely use it to peel very hard veggies only. Want to peel something a little softer, like say an apple? Good luck.



The peeler is indeed very save and easy and intuitive to use.






Fruit Platters that are Too Awesome to Eat

Your loved ones remembered your anniversary, and a fruit hamper delivery just arrived at your house. A big basket filled with healthy deliciousness is a thoughtful present, and with your guests on the way you still have some time to find the best way to serve the fruit. Roll up your sleeves because this post is about to get creative!

Fruity Critters


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This is a great way to trick your young ones to eat something healthy. A fruity hedgehog takes less time and skill than the viral Healthy McDonalds meal. All you need for your little prickly bundle of sweet is a pear, some grapes, two cloves and toothpicks. Peel the pear with your peeler, in order to get the smoothest shave, and riddle its chunkier half with grapes on toothpicks, and add the clove eyes – watch the kids fall in love with the cute animal that is actually a good, healthy meal full with vitamins. This is just one example; keep your ideas fresh as your fruits.

Served on a Stick



Slice and dice your fruits, and then skewer them on a wooden kebab stick. Play with colors and flavors – try to get an ombre look with berries of different shades. Fruit kebabs look classy on their own, but you can dip them in sangria for a real party trick. Plus, guests will enjoy their snack of sticky fruits AND keep their hands clean.

Adorable Shapes



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Simply use cookie cutters to create adorable snacks. Most fruit is firm enough to stay put under the cutter’s pressure, and soft enough for a clean shape. All you need to do is find your best cookie cutters and apply them to fruit that has been peeled and cut into thick slices.

Fruit salad


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This one is classic for a reason. Everybody loves a colorful fruit salad, and if you serve it in a tall champagne glass, you can take it from comfortable to luxurious. All you need are champagne flute glasses, and a mixture of seasonal fruit, such as the ones this Sydney-based fruit delivery is best known for – all washed, peeled, and sliced. Use a julienne peeler to keep the fruit intact, not mushy, as you peel and slice it. A fruit salad is always a great choice for a dessert, and it works as a light and healthy snack that you can refrigerate for a while.

Fruit pizza


If you have basic baking skills, this one will be a piece of pie – a pizza pie. You could use pre-made sugar cookie dough, but if you have the time, handmade cookie dough always tastes better. Cover the dough with a cream cheese topping, and cover it all up with fruit. It’s not really an alternative to real pizza, but it is a fantastic meal nonetheless. The same way regular pizza ham and cheese is best when shredded and blended into a smooth mix, try going through your fruit pizza toppings with a julienne peeler, and mix those up as well.

Fruits in disguise


If you are dealing with picky eaters (children, most often), you can still find clever ways to include these fresh sources of vitamins into their diet. Disguise your fruits, cover them in chocolate and/or cream and see if they go untouched. Chocolate-covered strawberries are maybe not the best way to consume your fruits, but nobody will turn them down, that’s for sure.

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Julienned pepper made with a julienne peeler, can it be done?

Is it possible? Making julienne from peppers with a julienne peeler?

I can tell you, it’s possible. Using a peeler instead of making julienne with a knife hase it’s advantages and also it’s disadvantages.

tri color pepers julienne


  • The julienne are finer than cut with a knife. Ideal for decorating appetizers or an entre. More about that in the next article.
  • They cook faster and dissolve al little in the dish.
  • They are better digested because they are so thin. Especially with peppers, they can weigh heavily on stomach because of the pepper peel.

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Vegetable Spaghetti rosti

Vegetable Spaghetti rosti, both raw and cooked, it is super tasty. Are you a wizard with a sharp knife to cut your cucumber, carrot and zucchini into thin slices cut, nowadays there are many tools on the market that can help do this faster and better.

vegetable julienne rosti

Take for example the OXO julienne peeler, a kind of potato peeler which allows you to cut very thin strips of vegetables. The name is not entirely justified: julienne namely indicates that the vegetable strips have a size of a matchstick, tw 0.3 x 0.3 x 2-5 cm. With the peeler the strips are often longer and thinner. This handy kitchen gadget lets you make with a simple move the best julienne ever.

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How to cook julienne vegetables

To Cook or not to cook. That’s the question. Most of the people eat there julienne vegetables raw but that is not the only way.

What about Sauté, boil, steam, deep-fried and also freeze. Lets get into the different technics.

how to cook julienne vegetables


First and for most raw. Greens are the most nutritious when consumed raw or steamed. When served raw you can taste the real flavor of the vegetables. But not all people love raw vegetables. Some say they are just dull, flavorless and watery. Yes they are and no they aren’t.

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How to make a vegetable rosti

How to make a vegetables rosti
Serves 3
Vegetable Spaghetti is super tasty both raw and cooked. In the past you had to be a magician with a sharp knife to cut your cucumber, carrot and zucchini into thin strips nowadays there are many tools on the market that can help you. For example the OXO julienne peeler , a kind potato peeler which you use to can cut thin strips of vegetables. The name is not entirely correct: julienne simply indicates that the vegetable strips have a size of a matchstick. With the peeler you can make longer and thinner noodles. This handy kitchen gadget will help you to make the best dishes, like vegetable rosti.
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
35 min
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
35 min
  1. 600 grams pattos
  2. 250 grams pumpkin
  3. parsnip or sweet potato (pumpkin I like best)
  4. 2 uien
  5. 1 / 2 bunch chopped cilantro
  6. plant vegetable oil
  7. salt and pepper
  1. Wash and peel the vegetables
  2. Cut the onion into very thin slices
  3. Cut the potatoes and pumpkin with julienne grater
  4. Mix all vegetables
  5. Spoon half the coriander
  6. Season to taste with salt and pepper
  7. Grab Some of the vegetable mixture and press it between your palms a cookie
  8. Meanwhile, heat oil in a wok
  9. Fry rostikoekjes (while rotating)
  10. Let them drain on kitchen paper and garnish with the remaining coriander
  1. You can mix up the ingredients with the other vegetables and herbs. However, the amount of potatoes in the recipe are needed to bind the mixier with the naturally occurring starch.
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Julienne soup fast and simple

Julienne soup fast and simple
Serves 4
A simple, healthy and fast soup to enjoy every day
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Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
30 min
Total Time
50 min
Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
30 min
Total Time
50 min
  1. 1 pack vermicelli
  2. 3 carrots
  3. 1 zucchini
  4. 1 leek
  5. 1 stalk celery
  6. 2 tomatoes
  7. 1 tbsp tarragon
  8. 1 tbsp chervil
  9. 1 tbsp parsley
  10. vegetable broth
  11. 1 onion
  12. 1 tsp tomato paste
  13. water
  1. Cut all the vegetables into very fine julienne (except the tomatoes), cook the vegetables in vegetable stock until tender. Add salt and pepper. Let it boil again and then simmer for 15 minutes. Add the vermicelli to the boiling water.
  2. Remove all seeds from the tomatoes and cut them into pieces. When the soup is ready, add the diced tomatoes and tomato paste. Serve and garnish with the tarragon and chervil.
  1. If you use a julienne peeler you can reduce the preparation time from 20 to 5 minutes.
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