Cactus Flower, was a Spiral Slicer for garnishing vegetables - $2.95. I'm not much on fancy garnishing of vegetables...it is not all that easy in my limited experience...I can do a few things - green onion curls, radishes that look like flowers...but nothing fancy. I had seen an interesting sort-of accordion sliced potato on an Ina Garten special, Barefoot in London, and I thought this tool might help make the potatoes. Unfortunately, I can't seem to find the recipe yet...so you may have to stay tuned for an update on that recipe. But, I did use the spiral slicer on a potato, just to see if it worked "as advertised". In retrospect - I'm thinking the Barefoot Contessa recipe is likely fan slicing the potato...but I'll wait for the recipe to come out.
Onward to kitchen play time. The weather is nasty outside (unusual for the coast - but happens a bit in the Winter months) so a perfect day for experimenting in the kitchen.
So, I opened the little gadget and read the instructions on the back. They say:
1. Use a knife or a corrugated garnishing tool to cut the vegetable into a cylinder shape.
2. Insert the screw of the spiral slicer into the center of the top of the vegetable.
3. Place your finger into the hole and turn the tool clockwise.
4. Attach the ends of the spiral together with a toothpick.
The Potato spiral can be fried.
Potato chips, home fries, or cottage fries can be made from the spiral potato by cutting with a paring knife down the screw hole and making a single cut outward.
I saw Google search results, while searching for Ina's recipe, that somewhere in the northeast part of the US, spiral potatoes on a skewer are a boardwalk favorite. I didn't linger long enough to find out how that was done, but it kept cropping up when searching, so it must be true. Ha ha!