Scrudle, which rhymes with strudel and is a mixture of the words scraper and ladle, was the brainchild of Margaret O'Callaghan.
A mixture of the words scraper and ladle? Surely that would be 'scradle' (or 'scraple') rather than 'scrudle'? So was there a third word contributing to the name - and if so, what? 'Stew'? 'Ooh'?
Fortunately the Mail Online (also published by Associated Newspapers) had the answer:
Described as a cross between a scraper, a scoop and a ladle (hence its name, a hybrid of the three), the Scrudle was invented by middle class housewife Margaret O'Callaghan, 65, at her suburban home.
Incidentally, it's surprising just how much media attention the scrudle has received in the UK. A quick search uncovered the following (in order of Google ranking, from highest to lowest):
- Press Association: Award-winning scrudle just the job for casseroles
- The Independent: The scrudle we've been waiting for
- Mirror.co.uk: Scrudle scoops innovation prize
- Times Online: Cook scrapes the bottom for her latest kitchen gadget, the Scrudle
- Telegraph.co.uk: Is it a ladle? Is it a spatula? No, it's a scrudle
I love the way the Telegraph.co.uk threw in 'spatula'... as if three implements weren't enough.