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Grating Chocolate After a Fairy Flutters By

The Fairy Hobmother has been flitting here and flitting there and turning up in all sorts of unexpected places, although it has to be said these are mostly (and maybe exclusively) food blogs. Following on from a comment I left on Nic’s blog Cherrapeno, this fairy, aka Ian of Appliances Online visited me recently. I had wished for a new nut or spice grinder. In the end I got something rather different from what I’d originally intended, but I’m really pleased with it.

It is a hand mill  for grinding, grating and slicing nuts, vegetables or chocolate. Guess what the first thing I used it for was? I really like the fact it is simple and easy to use and that I’m not reliant on electricity for everything. It’s particularly good for grating chocolate as I find trying to hold a piece if chocolate whilst grating it leads to lots of melted chocolate all over my hands – not necessarily a bad thing of course, but not the most efficient way of getting either melted chocolate or grated chocolate. My one complaint is catching the gratings; much of the chocolate spilled onto the work surface rather than the saucer I’d placed to collect them. Next time I shall try it with a bowl. You’ll find out what I wanted that grated chocolate for in a later post.

Do leave a comment here stating your wish and you never know, it just might be granted and the Fairy Hobmother could be visiting you. Good Luck.


  1. katescakesandbakes

    8th May 2011 at 9:05 am

    Do you think requesting next weekend’s Lottery Numbers are a little outside the Fairy Hobmother’s remit? Maybe I should set my sights lower and just wish for a wire cooling rack instead…

    Glad the handmill is working out really well though- it must be a very useful gadget to have!

  2. Dom at Belleau Kitchen

    8th May 2011 at 8:08 am

    ahh, bless the Fairy Hobmother, I have made a few wishes recently but none have been granted, I suppose the fact that i’ve been wishing for a Kenwood Mixer is a tad too much, maybe I should just wish for a set of new mixing bowls, which is something else I really need x

  3. Kath

    8th May 2011 at 1:19 pm

    A proper swiss roll tin would improve my life immeasurably this month 😉

  4. Mostly About Chocolate Blog

    8th May 2011 at 3:17 pm

    I have to admit that does look a lot messy 🙂 It looks like you caught most of it but it seems to need to be maybe on something that catched it then you just scoop/pour into the bowl or whatever.

    I too wish for a Kenwood mixer but mainly because the only mixer I have right now is a Morphy Richards hand blender I think my husband had when we married 14 years ago! He has the blender in the garage for some reason (also of a similar age) and it looks like he’s been making cinnamom in it or something!

  5. oxslip

    8th May 2011 at 5:02 pm

    That looks really good, do you think it would work to make breadcrumbs with?

    I can’t find a suitably sized, nice pot with a lid to be a saltcellar, open things get cat fur in them (I know, not nice) and everything I try and buy seems to be out of stock. I’d welcome any suggestions, I think a sugar bowl would do, but many are enormous…

  6. oxslip

    8th May 2011 at 5:04 pm

    Oh and if there is a Fairy then I’d like a new Swiss roll tin, one of those great Bundt tins or a really nice wooden spoon or a lovely balloon whisk for making zabaglione. In return I’ll believe in fairies and leave them some cakes out (fairy cakes natch)

  7. oxslip

    8th May 2011 at 5:08 pm

    or a brioche tin and a goose egg!

  8. Chocolate Here

    8th May 2011 at 7:26 pm

    Nice gift and bet you’ll get some use from it. Myself, I’d love an electric spice grinder so I could grind down nibs, add sugar and make some chocolate. I’ve already been warned off the coffee grinder!

  9. Janice

    8th May 2011 at 8:42 pm

    How fabulous, it looks like a really useful pice of equipment.

    My wish for the Fairy Hobmother is for a new food processor, as I got mine in 1980 and although it is still going strong, it only does one speed and the slicing, grating is pretty rubbish. I will give it a good home and look after it just as I have the one I have had for 30 years – can’t say better than that can you?

  10. Xinmei @ Pudding Pie Lane

    8th May 2011 at 9:25 pm

    That last time I grated chocolate, I used a cheese grater. This looks like a huge improvement to what I used! Yeah I agree it’s a big annoying if it gets on the surface..but usually I just eat those 😀

    Gosh… what would I wish for? A food processor probably, or a blender which has a lid (I blended my last one :S)

  11. Maggie@BritishBaking

    9th May 2011 at 6:17 am

    That spice mill looks awesome! I’m sure you can get some tilted jugs from somewhere to catch the bits that fall? Found one on Amazon.

    I just deleted my appliance wish after reading about Katie’s amazing Magimix! My blue eyes are tinged green with envy!!!

  12. Maggie@BritishBaking

    9th May 2011 at 5:58 am

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  13. Gill the Painter

    9th May 2011 at 7:25 am

    That’s a rather gentle gadget that is fit for the purpose.

    Grating is such a difficult thing to get right.
    I’ve got a box thing, but it loses too much of the product.
    The only thing it’s good for is parmesan.
    & I’ve got another plane grater, which creates such mess.

    I may have to buy a 3rd, Choclette.

  14. v82chris

    9th May 2011 at 7:43 am

    Wow what a lovely fairy and a lovely gift.
    Does he have anything like that but for blending baby food? My son wont eat jars no more and insists on having the same food as me which can be a real pain now as i have to spend ages mashing it with a fork lol. x

  15. meetjosmith

    9th May 2011 at 8:34 am

    Lovely fairy. Like v82chris I’m in desperate need of a hand blender for blending baby food. My last one died from overwork!

    Could you rig something up with a bag and an elastic band to catch everything? Just a thought.

  16. cupcakegirl

    9th May 2011 at 1:44 pm

    Im wishing for cake tins so i can make my first tiered cake

  17. The Caked Crusader

    9th May 2011 at 2:02 pm

    If the Fairy Hobmother could share the Euromillions lottery numbers for Tuesday I’d be most grateful. Otherwise, I’d pick a really good quality utility chef’s knife. I’ve never owned a good knife and need to sort that!

  18. Jill Colonna

    9th May 2011 at 3:41 pm

    What a great idea for shaving chocolate. OH, dear Fairy Hobmother (love it!) does it do husbands, too? No, I’ll cancel that. What about a rice maker? Oh, and now just seen the other comments, a better knife is on the list, too….

  19. Greedyrosie

    9th May 2011 at 5:38 pm

    I love the look of that mill. Kind of reminds me of when my mum used a hand mincer when I was little.

    Like Jill, I’d really like a rice cooker. I’d like an icecream maker too. Right now though, if a fairy just wanted to come round and wash up, i’d be pretty grateful ! :0)

  20. Kath

    9th May 2011 at 7:23 pm

    I love Oxslip’s several wishes… that made me giggle.

  21. cityhippyfarmgirl

    10th May 2011 at 3:03 am

    I have thought about one of those little gadgety things many a time and still not taken the plunge. I think they are wonderful and you can a lot done with it, but would I turn it into another of those gadgets that sits in the cupboard in a lonely untouched fashion…I just don’t know.
    ps. Fairy Hobmother I’d like my very own kitchen- with tall bench space please 🙂

  22. Baking Addict

    10th May 2011 at 4:22 pm

    Ah so many things I would wish for. A large kitchen with a new oven for a start. I can also settle for some new cake tins particularly unusual ones such as battenberg tin, swiss rolls, brioche.

  23. Louise

    10th May 2011 at 9:38 pm

    What a really useful bit of kit – the fairy hobmother really does know how to make people happy.

    I’ve heard she’s been very busy lately and hope she might find time to pay me a visit sometime soon. There are so many things I’d like – a mixer for my baking efforts, an oven for my cooking efforts or maybe even some new saucepans as mine are desperately in need of replacing.

    Time to close my eyes and blow out the candle and wish!

  24. SewHappy.Me

    11th May 2011 at 4:35 pm

    I see your problem with the chocolate shavings on the work surface. I guess a large lick of the tongue might sweep them up, but as that isn’t too elegant, it occurred to me that you might try to grate it directly into a small plastic bag, although I know plastic is not one of your favourite things. But you could keep re-cycling it.

  25. mangocheeks

    12th May 2011 at 3:42 pm

    Wow what a splendid gift from the fairy 🙂

    I’m due to be moving home and would like a number of white appliances, but its too early to ask for them. What I do know for sure though is that I’d love a food dehydrator.

    I’ve had a food dehydrator on my wish list for five years so that I can preserve some home grown goodies. The Birthday fairies and the Christmas angels didn’t visit me last year, so its still on the wish list. Wishing out loudly, who knows it may come true 🙂

  26. Maya Russell

    3rd May 2013 at 5:27 am

    Looks like another fiddly, pain-to-wash piece of equipment to me BUT grating cheese the normal way gets it on the table as well and this would save the fingers.


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