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Playing with my food

I am not sure when I got so scared of new things, but undoubtably at some point I did. One thing that always terrified me was Chopsticks- not the plinky plonky chopsticks, because somewhere along the line at school someone taught me to play that, but I forget now. No, I mean the eating kind- the no knife and fork kind. I never tried them so frightening were they, after all I manage to get food down my front all the time. Then in the Autumn when we were allowed I shared a Chinese take away with my family- humilation was mine- my 9 year old grandson can use chopsticks. So for Christmas Mr E kindly gave me some, and this week the time had come, after all how hard can they be, and I was still high on my ability to cut four strips of fabric, and I was searching for an “Artist’s Date” which is jolly hard during lockdown. No more excuses.

You tube to the rescue- chopsticks to the ready.

They make it look so easy!

Right start cooking.

Ready, steady, EAT.

Undoubtably easier with the spring loaded sticks, but I did use both.

One clean plate, and only one noodle down my front! No knives or forks either.

I almost feel I could challenge a monster to a fight! Getting braver..

Love to know if anyone else is trying new things this year, and being a little bit braver. Do tell. And can you use chopsticks?

Comments on: "Playing with my food" (47)

  1. I too am afraid of trying new things particularly when it comes to food haha. I sometimes use chopsticks at home but I don’t think I’d dare use them in public, I’d fear people would judge me because I’m doing it wrong or something haha. Anyway good on you for trying them out 😊

    • Thank you! I’m now of an age where I do things now or regret never trying. You are probably braver than you think- going on stage and making a You Tube video- that music made me jump for sure, but had me moving as I watched!

      • You’re right, it’s better to go for it and not regret taking opportunities. It’s weird, I can go on stage and play music and sing but eating in public is scary to me haha. Thank you for watching my video 😊

  2. Congratulations on conquering chopsticks! I used to fear them too but now I see them as a game/challenge. I even try to pick up tiny pieces of food (or a single grain of rice) when eating with them. I now find them entertaining!

  3. Well done, they are a skill to learn. I recognise that plate. I still love using my set too 🙂 x

  4. Good for you! Often times we psyche ourselves into being afraid to try things that turn out to be not hard and actually kind of fun 🙂

  5. Oh, look at you! I’m impressed that you ate noodles with chopsticks. I can eat sushi with chopsticks but only because it’s such a chunky roll of food wedged between. I can sometimes have rice and chicken if I can SCOOP the food with the chopsticks. But noodles?! Nope, not me. Amazing!

  6. Like Kate, I visited lots of Chinese restaurants in London in my late teens and twenties so I can use chopsticks quite well and, actually, it would seem weird to eat Chinese dishes with anything else now. Well, done you for giving it a go and I hope your local Chinese restaurant does home deliveries so you can practise more during the current lockdown.

  7. Oh, bravo! I learned to use chopsticks in my early 20s when I lived in London; in Chinatown at the time you had to embarrass yourself and ask for ‘English cutlery’ if you couldn’t use them. It staggers me how few Australians seem to be able to use them despite the huge, lively, diverse Asian food culture we have here. These days, I have to ask for chopsticks in our favourite Chinese restaurant, but I always do…. I even force myself to slurp my noodles in the approved manner!

  8. I’m not exactly nimble-fingered when it comes to using chopsticks, but if there’s food in front of me and no other utensil around, then use them I will 🙂

  9. I’m clumsy with them too but my daughter was delighted that I was at least willing to try. She had friends her age whine about trying so I had to step up and prove that an old lady can learn new things. Glad you stepped up and showed them you were at least willing. Go grandma’s. 😉

  10. I can use chopsticks but it is a clumsy effort. Job well done on your part.

  11. I can use chopsticks, but when I was in Tokyo, eating dinner with a Japanese friend, I asked her about my technique. She was complimentary, but said I used them in a Chinese type way. As I had recently been in Hong Kong I was delighted.

    • Don’t do that to me, I don’t need to know there is a Chinese and a Japanese way. I’ll settle for getting the food in my mouth way!

  12. Well done, and it gets easier with practice. 😉 My Japanese friends prefer steamed, sticky rice that is so much easier to pick up than individual grains.

  13. I can’t use chopsticks – I am puzzled – why is it that the technique eludes me!?!
    I am full of admiration, well done – I always ask for a fork.
    You have got me thinking about what new things I might like to try …… complete blank!
    I’ll let you know if anything springs to mind.

    • Well you could try chopsticks! Reading the Artists way in retirment had me answering questions like “If it weren’t too late I could…” That’s what threw up the chopsticks.

  14. There you go, scaring yourself again 🙂 Well done on the bravery plan. I think we all need to constantly keep an eye out for when we shy away through fear and work on dealing with those fears. And whilst chopsticks may seem like a small fear, beating the fear of them gives the message to you brain you can beat the bigger fears too. Best of all though in this post is that plate. LOVE IT!

  15. Congratulations!! I can imagine that this was a big step, being clumsy with food utensils is for some reason always embarassing, even if you ahven’t used them (often) before! All the better that you did so well, and it will get better with practice. I learned a few years ago, but my dad is a PRO with them!

    • I was surprised how well I got on, but then I did choose to cook food that I thought would be doable. Can’t imagine being able to eat rice with them.

  16. Well done! I learned to use chopsticks (in my teens it must have been) but it took me a few goes before I was any good.

  17. I went to a culinary school and one of my chef instructors wouldn’t let us eat family meal with utensils. I learned fast and I learned good that chopsticks are my friends!! There is always a pair in my lunch bag and desk.

  18. claire93 said:

    well done for facing your fears and winning – yay!
    We lived in Tokyo for 12 months, but went into training before that great adventure, with our 3 children, (aged 6, 10 and 12 at the time) so we wouldn’t let the side down! Have to say Japanese chopsticks are easier to use than Chinese ones, as they have several grooves carved around the tips which stop food from slipping once you’ve caught it lol.

    • Now grooves sound like a great idea. What an exciting time you must have had in Tokyo, and what an experience for the children.

  19. Well done! My college room mate was Chinese, and she told me that when she was little, her mom had them practice using their chopsticks by picking up peas and then rice grains! Blueberries would work too, and be a delicious, healthy snack. 😁

    • I’m a long way off rice and peas, but good to know that even the Chinese have to practice. I suppose in all fairness children find knives ad forks a struggle too.

  20. Hi, Cathy!
    Yes, I used to be able to use chopsticks. The ones we get over here have blunt, squared off ends and I always found that a hindrance, but never could find pointy ones, let alone spring-loaded! Jolly good you’ve been able to enjoy (?) using them!
    Was about to start using Mercedes’ posts this week on how to do foldover elastic on your knickers (https://ohsewthatmercedes.com/2021/01/08/fear-not-the-fold-over-elastic/). Then Wednesday’s disgraceful debacle put that on hold. It’s like everyone is waiting for the other shoe to drop, and praying it’ll be a good shoe and not a worse one. Humility. Perhaps it’s time has come.

    • Hope you find the mental space to do the elastic. I really do think the world has gone mad. Take care.

      • I like your phrase, “mental space.” That’s it exactly. In addition to the obvious over here, I’ve been trying to find out how things are going over your way, now that ties are officially cut. (Or are they? Does anybody know??)

        • I assume you mean Brexit- I don’t think most people have noticed anything changing- some businesses who made some false assumptions, and the odd tourist who didn’t check what paperwork they now needed. Most of us are focused on the current lockdown, which is different to the previous two- all very confusing.

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