Discussion in 'Miscellaneous' started by Grey, Jan 12, 2013.
If it's a good enough pie, can't you just bury your face in it?
^Get your mind out of the gutter, Robert.
Pretty much use the European method. Always cut meat and/or vegetables with my right hand, and eat with the left hand. Never switch from right to left to eat.
Ah crap, did I make that mistake? I didn't catch it!
Where does the Spork come into play?
Never, if I have anything to say about it. I hate those infernal hybrid utensils.
Mostly in prisons.
I thought this is the way everybody eats. I can't recall ever seeing somebody switch fork and knife like that, although I don't pay much attention to other people's eating habits. (a friend impressed me once by eating chicken wings with knife and fork)
I'm ambidextruous, too, but prefer the right hand for cutting since knives are usually sharpened on the left side of the blade, that is for right-hand-use.
Also, here in Europe, we use both hands. You are supposed to cut one piece and then eat it with the fork, without the knife leaving your hand. The American method is tolerated in small children and acceptable for old people. However, you are supposed to always keep both hands (to the wrist, no further) on the table.
As such customs usually have a historical background, I suppose that we eat this way because it guarantees a maximum security for the other eaters. Your hands are always in sight and you keep the knife where everyone can watch it and react to a possible attack.
I'd be very interested, though, in learning what caused the American method. Is it only spite (doing it as different as possible from the way it's done in the homecountry) or is there a practical reason (having a hand free to grab the revolver lying in your lap)?
edited to add:
Might I have that peach pie recipe, TSQ? It sounds interesting. I offer my mom's recipe for peach cake with aniseseed in return
I'm sure Bill Bryson explained it in one of his books (Made In America, possibly), but I can't remember what it was...
As mentioned, in Europe it's common to use both hands when eating.
The "correct" way to do it is fork in the left hand, and knife in the right hand.
I'm right handed, but the only way that feels right for me is having the knife in the left hand and fork in the right hand.
Maybe it's genetics? All my aunts also eat the same way
But the only way to figure out how one is supposed to do it -when in a sorta formal setting- is to observe how others around the table do!
I do that -maybe because I mostly eat those while sitting by a keyboard though
I read somewhere that it was a way to show defiance against the rule of the English...
tape a chopstick to each finger.
^Something like this perhaps?
I just have to share the words of the Chinese designer of those with you all:
I didn't realize how that sounded until you posted this. Oops.
I'm not always being a pervert, I swear.
Indeed. From what I remember, it's because an early eating implement had the fork and knife combined, with the useful bits at opposing ends of a single piece of wood.
^AH! -the Swiss army knork!?
I rarely have need for a knife. Most of what I eat is chopped during prep. Honestly, I think it's the most civilized way to go.
Why not just blend it and serve it in a beaker with a straw?
No really, who's in so much of a hurry that they need their food almost pre-chewed for them? -There is a difference between fast food and slow food: one is something you do when you're on your own and/or in a hurry and the other is something you do when the social gathering around a meal, not the actual nourishment of the meal, is the main event.
imho and all that...
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