Milllions of people around the world use knives and forks multiple times a day, but do we really know the origin and how to use knives and forks correctly?
The fork first came into use during 14th century Italy, and up to the 17th century aristocrats carried their own cutlery in a box called a ‘cadena’ either over the shoulder or around the waist when attending a banquet.
The fish fork is a narrow fork with curved tines in the middle. The fish knife is somewhat wider than the meat knife and doesn’t have a cutting edge.
Always use the largest knife and fork for the main course.
The kings of yesteryear carried their swords and their knives on their right side. The confidantes of the king or queen always sat to their right.
To the left of the king or queen, sat strangers , or people not in the confidence of the throne, so as to enable royals to keep an eye on the weapons of these guests.
The custom of placing forks to the left of the plate was especially beneficial to left-handed guests.
How to hold a fork when eating:
Always hold the fork as close as possible to the end of the stem, but don’t cling to it. It’s not that difficult to use correctly! The fork should rest on the middle finger and be supported by the two adjoining fingers.
Hold the knife so that the handle presses against your palm. Your thumb rests on the side of the handle and your fore finger on the handle’s back. This finger should never come into contact with the cutting edge of the knife.
A cheese platter is served either before the dessert, as the French do, or else after the dessert together with port or other sweet wines.
How to eat it:
How to use a knife and fork together:
Word of advice:
If you have used the incorrect cutlery, continue eating and finish the course. Merely ask the waiter for a new set of the appropriate cutlery when the next dish is served.
Good manners add to the enjoyment of ife!
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