Monday, November 19, 2007

Death of Forks

G-d created humans to use all their five senses to enjoy food. When you see the food you are eating (and it looks appetizing) you enjoy your food more. Which is why a salad is not brown slop, its got all sorts of pretty colors. When you taste it, its obvious that you enjoy it more, (show me a man who eats without using his tongue, and I'll show you a man who tried licking his lawnmower blade to clean it)Smelling food is also a big part of enjoying food, when you have a cold you will notice that you taste less. Hearing is also part of the enjoyment (the thought process of the manufacturers of Cap'n Crunch was probably something along these lines) Feeling is also important when it comes to eating. You will notice that food tastes so much better when its eaten using your fingers instead of cutlery. It adds the fifth dimension to your food and allows you to completely enjoy it, using all of your senses, and experiencing food the way Nature intended.

This is why I'm starting a movement to abolish all cutlery. Its high time people stopped using knives and forks at meals. The only reason I can think of to use a fork is because its not polite not to. However, being polite means having others at the table's sensitivities in mind, which after my movement sweeps the nation won't be a problem at all. Simply due to the fact that it will be socially acceptable. All I need is one person to start the trend, and when people realize what they're missing out they'll all jump on the bandwagon.(even the 400 pound guy who lives behind the supermarket. The bandwagon may break, but I'm sure its insured) I'm willing to be the first brave one who tries this out. I'm gonna have to make a shabbos meal without any cutlery, just a finger bowl by each setting,(maybe a two finger bowls, one soapy, for the really greasy food) and a few cloth napkins. Soup will be served in a big mug. People think that people in the olden days were barbaric or uncouth, but in reality they had the right idea about eating food. They could've invented silverware, but just didn't because it would be pointless.

16 comments:

Ben-Yehudah said...

B"H Instead of a mug for soup (which is a good idea for some soups), I vote for a Japanese soup bowl, which is usually drunk out of.

Indians, as you know, use bread and fingers. There's still an etiquette, though. You're not supposed to soil your fingers beow the first knuckle from the top, and you push the food into your mouth. You don't actually stick your fingers into your mouth.

Even in Israel, people use pita as their utensil in salatim, only pushing the shwarma into it with a fork if it makes it easier.

Who says this isn't civilized? Heck with 'em! Those western-centrics!

Personally, I like to use chop sticks.

I wouldn't miss forks in the least.

the sabra said...

TELL IT TO MY MUM!!

i agree with you completely. im already on the bandwagon (its NOT insured--just warnin you).

salad, ice cream, chicken, veg soup, rice, pasta--all taste MUCH MUCH better w/o metal fingers.

doodlehead said...

benyehuda- yeah, i believe the not past the knuckle thing is a rambam.
and chop sticks r cool, but you still dont get 2 feel the food with the sense of touch.
sabra- i've asked around quite a few ppl what they'd do if they came 2 a shabbos meal served w/o silverware, and so far all guys I asked said they would enjoy it and go with the flow, and i think you're the 1st female (assuming u r, sorry if im makin false assumptions) who agrees with me sos far.

Reb Y. said...

I just invested in a new set of silverware, so in the name of money i have to disagree. sorry.

doodlehead said...

sell it on ebay and use the money for a vacation to hawaii. you'll thank me when food starts being 5 dimensional.

the sabra said...

uh oh is that a good thing or a bad thing?

(how'd u decide im female?)

doodlehead said...

def a good thing.
(its a feeling i have)

RoryStew said...

I will try and eat with my hands to enjoy food, what idiot wouldn't!!! But, how do I eat ice cream, I know, an ice cream bar!!!!

doodlehead said...

and an ice cream cone, or ice cream sandwich

the sabra said...

i detect some cowardice here--what happened to eatin good ol ice cream with ur hands??

doodlehead said...

cone and sandwich is with ur hands. using ur hands from a bowl is also acceptable

Calvin and Hobbes said...

owwwwww...it's very painful to switch from the black of ur profile to the white of this page when the lights are off in your room...
anyhoos.
I think it's much easier sometimes to eat with your hands. Especially when the stupid noodles fall off your spoon every time you try to pick the food up. And chicken and steak (mmmmmm, steak!) are SO much easier to eat with your hands. And come on, let's face it...the food that you pick out of the bowl at the meal (like the pickles from the salad) are WAY better with your fingers then they were when you tried to eat them with your fork. The only thing I would want is a little bowl of water to wash my fingers with in between courses ocassionaly, I guess it would depend on what each course had served.

doodlehead said...

i wrote about the finger bowls also.

Calvin and Hobbes said...

Well then, I guess that covers everything. Just make sure not to drink that water.

karma dude and family said...

What the hell man. You smile and thank me for my generous gift and then this?
PS Give me back my hotplate too.

doodlehead said...

:) ur gift was truly appreciated. we all use it. (i still like using serving forks etc)dont forget, ur bro can def. benefit from it.