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Old January 15 2013, 10:46 PM   #76
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Re: Eating with your dominate hand

What about people who are appalled at the idea of mixing food on their plate? What do they do?

I've known two kinds of people: people who say, "Eh, it all mixes in the stomach anyway," before mixing stuff up on their plate/fork (I do this). And then there are the people who say, "If food touches another food item on the plate I will. Not. Eat it!"

Being nauseated by the sight of food mixing on the plate is enough of a thing that I wonder how these people feel about mushing your vegetables/potatoes on the fork with the steak to hold it in place?
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Old January 15 2013, 11:03 PM   #77
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Re: Eating with your dominate hand

I'm like that in some ways.. I HATE it when cold food like salad, and hot foods mix.. I enjoy a small bite of potato with my meat, but get bugged if the salad and meat come in contact... I can't explain it and have worked to get over it with some success, but I would still much rather have two separate plates...
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Old January 16 2013, 01:35 AM   #78
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Re: Eating with your dominate hand

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I was taught that cutting pieces, putting down your knife and eating only with your fork is boorish and that only old rural people (and Americans) eat that way.
This is the first thing that popped into my head when I read the OP. My parents immigrated to Canada from the Netherlands in 1964, when they were in their late '30s. My mother loved Canada and picked up a lot of North American mannerisms, but what drove her up the wall was seeing her friends cutting their food with their right hands, putingt their knives down, and picking up their forks with their right hands. My mother always said her own mother would have smacked her senseless if she'd dared to eat like that.

Needless to say I grew up eating the European way, with the fork in the left hand and the knife in my right. I'm left-handed, but never had issues cutting my food with my right hand. When I'm doing food preparation and using sharp knives I use my left hand, though, and I always use my left hand for spoons. I was also taught not to scoop up food with my fork, but to move food onto the fork with the knife. Because of this I eat with a fork and knife whether or not I need to cut my food.
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Old January 16 2013, 10:32 AM   #79
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Re: Eating with your dominate hand

same here, but then NL and D are neighbours and so their eating habits wouldn't differ much, automatically.
Eating American-style would only abe acceptable for old and/or disabled people and for children up to an age of 4. At 5 you are expected to be able to use fork and knife with both hands. (ok, that might perhaps differ, depending on social status, like so many other educational principles. I am really horrified at how many of my colleagues are unable to hold their cutlery properly!)
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Old January 16 2013, 10:53 AM   #80
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I cut stuff with the side of the fork. Guess I don't eat steak much.
This is what I do because I'm a total slob and eat watching TV.
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