knife and fork

19 Oct

london 11.39pm monday

i have not noticed that americans do this, knife in the left hand, fork in the right. it is something that left handed people do, isn’t it? i do the other way round, because i am right handed and so it is easier for me to cut with the knife in the right hand. this article says it is the british way. hmm, i didnot know that. it seems to me the people who make the etiquette rules are right handed. 

but it seems americans do another weird thing, they cut with the knife in the right hand, then they shift the fork to the right hand to eat. that means they put the knife on the table, to free the right hand,  or do they move the knife to the left hand? what a cumbersome way of eating, but then maybe it appeals to someone who likes to fidget when they eat and want to keep the hands busy, rather than be still.

or perhaps they are rigidly right handed, and cannot do anything with their left hand.

but then i have come to expect weird things of americans. i have a american friend who cuts his spaghetti into small pieces with a knife , and does it very forcefully too, so that the knife makes a scraping sound on the plate. he is totally unaware of it, nor of the people sharply looking round to stare at him making this really scratchy sound like a finger nail on a blackboard.

i wonder if americans also say ‘fork and knife’,(sounds like forking knife) instead of ‘knife and fork’, ah well, it wont surprise me if they do.

i have been known to use a chopstick and spoon. will that catch on i wonder. haha.

so chopstick in the right hand, and it is a fact that u cannot shift the chopstick from one hand to the other , at least i find i cannot use it with my left hand. the chopstick takes the place of the fork, to pick up food, whilst the spoon is used for liquids. so i use this method when i am eating soup noodles. but i use it for other foods too. for eg with rice. you need a spoon for picking up rice.

if i eat steak with rice, (i bet the english must be puttingup their hands in horror, but i bet it will become the next craze.)i have to have all three instruments with me, knife, fork, spoon. and here i am like an american dancing with all three… 

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8 Responses to “knife and fork”

  1. Sarah M Tuesday October 20, 2015 at 12:13 pm #

    Maybe most food doesn’t require a knife these days? You can just shovel it in with forks and chopsticks, which you hold in whichever is your strongest hand.

    • alifesgayventure Tuesday October 20, 2015 at 12:32 pm #

      actually you remind me that in chinese eating, we never use a knife. so i wonder how we chinese coped. but i have never felt the need for a knife when i am eating chinese foods. its because the meats are always chopped into bite size pieces. or we used our fingers. i am thinking of chicken drumsticks or wings. it is only the western style steaks, pork chops, etc that require cutting.

  2. Garfield Hug Tuesday October 20, 2015 at 2:49 pm #

    Lol! Having lived and studied in USA I use fork to eat rice and most things. Since I am left handed I eat the way you describe for Americans ha ha! To me as long as I can shove food in my mouth any method will do. Except I will not use Indian style of eating with hands for steam boat…..boiling hot ha ha!

    • alifesgayventure Tuesday October 20, 2015 at 3:07 pm #

      being left handed u would blend in with their way of using the knife in the left hand. and you eat rice with a fork!! well at least one less item to wash up. haha.

      • Garfield Hug Tuesday October 20, 2015 at 3:09 pm #

        Lol! Yes!! One less item to wash as my fork was used to shovel everything on my plate except soup ..I drank it out of a mug 🙂

      • alifesgayventure Tuesday October 20, 2015 at 3:16 pm #

        makes me realise the old ways of eating with the hands makes things so simple and life so easy. it seems to me that cold countries are the ones that invent forks, and knives. it is the warm countries that use hands only. and just spoons for handling hot things. which cannot be often as hot is not something warm countries like too much of.

      • Garfield Hug Tuesday October 20, 2015 at 3:18 pm #

        Yes…eating nasi lemak with hands…yummy!!

      • alifesgayventure Tuesday October 20, 2015 at 3:21 pm #

        hmm, i still use a spoon for eating nasi lemak, though i would use my hands for eating chapati. and in those banana leaf indian restaurants. i have lived too long in the west and have adopted the western ways.

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