Saturday, February 26, 2005

foods we love but dont know how to eat

cheers! :)

Valentine’s Day may be over but proper dinner etiquette is something we should always practice. Well this is another interesting yet often difficult situation we encounter at restaurants: Food we love but have no idea how to eat! Admit it or not, we’ve all had this experience at one time or another. Below is a list of the most common “difficult” foods to deal with. Remember though—as a general rule—when in doubt, use a fork.
Apples. When apples are cut and mixed in with a salad, eat it with a fork. If the apples are whole, cut them into quarters with a knife and fork and then eat them as you would other finger foods.

Artichokes. Artichokes are considered finger food. They should be cooked until tender. Pull off one leaf at a time and dip into the sauce, and then pull through your teeth to scrape off the fleshy part of the artichoke. Place the remainder of the leaf on the side of your plate.

Avocados. This fruit is usually served in dips or salads and eaten with a fork. When they are served in halves, they are eaten with a spoon.

Bananas. Only use a fork when bananas are cut up and served in a dish. If you peel them, go ahead and bite into the fruit, and place the peeling on the side of the plate.

Bouillabaisse. This is a soup dish that has chunks of fish and other seafood. It can be eaten with soupspoons, a fish knife or a regular knife, and crackers.

Caviar and other spreads. Caviar is a very expensive luxury food. It becomes finger food once spread on toast triangles using a butter knife, and is eaten with small bites. It may be garnished with hard-boiled eggs, chopped onion, capers and lemon wedges.

Clams. When served in a half shell, eat clams with a fish fork or a salad fork.

Corn. When on the cob, eat using both hands. Corn handles may be inserted in each end.

Desserts. If desserts are bite-size, they are considered finger foods. If they are cakes or pies, use a dessertspoon or fork, or both if necessary. Fried chicken. When you’re on a picnic, eat fried chicken with your fingers. On the table, use a knife and fork.

Lobster. Crack lobsters with a mallet. Pull the meat out with a seafood fork.

Melons. When melons are served in wedges, cut through with a knife and fork to eat. When served cut in half, eat using a spoon.

Nuts and after dinner mints. Even at the most formal of dinners, bowls of assorted nuts will always be on the table. Scoop them with a spoon and then eat using your fingers. Take dinner mints one at a time.

Pasta. Pasta is one of the most popular foods served at dinners. Do not twirl pasta on a spoon if you are eating in an authentic Italian restaurant (a tip from an Italian chef). This practice is acceptable if you eat in Italiannis or Friday’s. At other restaurants, start twirling from the outer part of the noodles, nearest to the plate. Attacking it from the middle will create a bulk on the fork and will be difficult to eat. Also, never cut noodles with a fork.

Shrimp cocktail. If the shrimp still has its tail or shell, it is considered finger food. Anything else requires a cocktail fork. Put the tail or shell on a plate. Soft shell crabs. Cut with a knife and fork into bite-sized sections and eat all of the crabmeat.

Belacan. No rules for this one. This my friends is one item you shouldnt miss while we are here in this place. Try it and you will like it. "Nyaman toh!"
Before we wrap this up, let’s quickly answer one more question, “What is a finger bowl?” A finger bowl signals the end of a meal. It is a small bowl of water with a slice of lemon or a flower floating in it. Dip your fingers in it one hand at a time. You are then usually given a fresh napkin to dry your hands. Please do not drink from it!

Mga kumpare and kumare we can actually do this at home. Ha-ha-ha!
But anyway surely there is no contest that for us "pinoys"the best way to enjoy home cooked meal is to take it manually... "kamayan". And then again, try not to make hot kalamansi juice from the finger bowl! Cheers !!!


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