Friday, November 14, 2008

duet...crusher, single

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I am reminded of a discussion between web loggers Barrett Bonden and Lucy Kempton on the subject of garlic crushers, by a garlic crusher of what strikes me as sublime simplicity in one of those mail order catalogues that arrive through the post at this time of year. It is made of stainless steel and looks like a miniature rolling pin except that the central cylinder is deeply grooved so as to crush a clove of garlic over which it is rolled. The caption points out that the stainless steel has the effect, when rinsed with your hands under cold water, of removing garlic smells from your fingers.

People often remark on single shoes, which turn up by the side of the road or in hedgerows. So when I see a shoe, in good condition, as I do today on the corner of Little Mount Sion, I am not alone in wondering about its provenance and the reason for its solitary state.

5 comments:

marja-leena said...

I can no longer have any innocent curiosity about a lost shoe after several cases of found feet in shoes here in BC: http://www.cbc.ca/bc/features/found-feet/

Barrett Bonden said...

It's a shame Lucy is absorbed by more serious matters at the moment. To some extent I believe she thought the subject of garlic crushers had got out of hand when she realised her response had outdistanced my original post. And the world looked on bemused. Scratching round in my memory I think "sublime simplicity" doesn't often crop up in kitchens.

Zhoen said...

http://www.roadsideamerica.com/set/shoetrees.html

Plutarch said...

M-L: I shall never wonder about a single shoe again withoutthinking about about the gruesome fate which may have befallen its partner.

BB: I suppose nothing could be more simple than a basic frying pan or kitchen knife.

Plutarch said...

Thanks for the link, Zhoen. I don't know if they are called the same thing in America, but are there not devices called shoe trees which you insert into shoes to keep their shape. The photographs in the link give the a new dimension to the term.