Kitchen Tools: Rapé Tout

I am a pushover for freshly snipped herbs and freshly grated cheese or onion or nutmeg on whatever I am preparing.

There is a luxury to such things. And they are simple indulgences.

I was shopping in Cahors at a wonderful domicile shop called Choses et Autres, located at 77 Boulevard Leon Gambetta where I found this darling little dish-cum-grater called a rapé tout.

It does indeed grate just about everything, from onion to cheese to carrots.

When I use it, my kitchen is transported to the sunny southwest of France.

And that's a real luxury.


Farmgirl Cyn said…
So then, the little nubbies on the inside of the bowl do the actual grating? I had to double click the photo to get a better look-see!
I especially love grated nutmeg on cooked greens. I know "they" ALL say how good it is, but I had to see for myself...and "they" are right!
I know the feeling, Cyn. I tagged you a coupe of days ago, BTW.
Martha said…
What a clever thing! I may have to try to find one of these!
Kind of like the ceramic ginger graters I buy at the Chinese supermarket. I love finding little kitchen tools like this in France.
Thanks Martha and Lydia, for dropping by.

I took yesterday off to rearrange my kitchen drawers. The kitchen tool drawer is packed!
Mary said…
Mimi, I have seen these in our local outdoor markets. They are clever things. I stopped by just to say hello and stayed longer than I had intended. You have a lovely blog. I'll be back often.
Thanks, Mary. Your blog is wonderful, btw. I wish I had had more time to develop mine after I got it going, but life intervened.
Anonymous said…
Hi, this is my first time on your blog and I love it! What an ingenious little plate. It would be useful to me, because I am a grating fanatic! Thanks for sharing! Definitely will be following this blog, as I love anything having to do with France :-)
JSL, you have a lovely blog yourself.

Thanks for visiting!
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Christine said…
What a cool dish! I love it's use and I love it's color. No wonder it transports you to SW France.
Since I also collect redware, it fits right into my kitchen, Christine.
katiez said…
I have to have one of these. Never seen one - but then, I rarely am out shopping like that. I also want a proper salt celler, which were everywhere in my old village, nowhere here. This summer I'm going to take a couple of days, play tourist and do some shopping. Just because I live here doesn't mean I should stop enjoying it....
Katie, I love those old sundry shops in small villages that seem to have everything - they offer some surprising finds. We wanted some bright yellow "lya bon!" dishes and looked everywhere, finding them at a drougerie in a corner of Paris.
Jann said…
This is such a great dish.....we all need one of these!
Yes, I think it is so pretty, too!
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This is incredible. =) funny since this is the first time I was able to see it but admiring because the plate looks sophisticated. I must find one for myself.
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What a great food blog - I have put you in my links!
Marilyn said…
I bought this same little grater in France too.
Really its nice, i like knowing about various uses of nutmeg powder. I will surely try this.

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