Cutlery Horreur

The etiquette of the knife and fork is something to be relearned in France.  I’m starting to wonder if there are any finger foods other than bread and potato chips…even olives are stabbed with a pick!  Pizza doesn’t come in slices because you’re expected to cut it yourself into bite size pieces.  French fries are forked and Americans stand out more here than carrying a camera or wearing tennis shoes.  Salad lettuce is not torn AND not cut…the large pieces are supposed to be guided into gentle folds onto your fork tines using your knife.  It’s trickier than a magic act!  And for desserts that you’d think require a fork like cheesecake…you actually use a large spoon.  A typical place setting might include a soup spoon or small fish fork, a salad fork, a regular knife and fork, a dessert spoon, and a coffee spoon, which is really tiny.  There are at least two plates…one for the entrée and one for the main course, and any bread is placed directly on the linens to the left of your two glasses…one for water and one for wine.  Must share this funny story…serving corn on the cob to French guests.  The American hostess buttered her corn, inserted her picks, and started typewriting her cob.  All the French looked on in amazement and horror.  They couldn’t imagine it so they couldn’t do it and there was a lot of leftover corn!  Bon apétit but don’t get your fingers messy!

(u)   x(o)x


About julijoyeux

I am looking to find myself in France. When I do, I'll share my pictures and stories with you!
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