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The Food of WWII

Discussion in 'WWII Activities and Hobbies' started by Jack B, Jan 29, 2020.

  1. Carronade

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    That's true, we don't eat a lot of lamb, although I certainly enjoy it when I have/make it. And I never see anything labeled "mutton". We have beef and veal, but on the sheep side only lamb.
     
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  2. CAC

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    Yeah mutton went out in Australia after the depression…We just have lamb, no matter what age.
    A couple of Australian lamb ads…


     
  3. the_diego

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    I just hope that in the 10,000-year history of the spoon, WW2 will be the only time when spoons were manufactured TOO BIG for (some) human mouths. I mean, we used to have those GI utensils left over after VJ and I remember saying WTF!
     
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  4. CAC

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    Do Americans use knives when they eat? I see on tv and movies Americans eat and they use a fork to cut and pick up...Occasionally use a knife then put it down, swap hands and use a fork...?
    Brits and Australians have a different way of using our utensils...
     
  5. OpanaPointer

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    Never seen that.
     
  6. T. A. Gardner

    T. A. Gardner Genuine Chief

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    They were that big because they doubled as entrenching tools don't ya know?
     
  7. CAC

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    Just asked google the question:
    In the American Style of dining, the fork is held in the left hand and the knife in the right when cutting food. To cut food, make a gliding motion with the knife positioned behind the fork. Change the fork from your left hand to your right to bring the food to your mouth, fork prongs facing upwards.
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    In the United States, diners hold the fork in the left hand and the knife in the right. Once a bite is cut, you place the knife on the plate and switch the fork to the right hand. Essentially, American diners will never place food in their mouths while holding the knife.



    Australians always have the knife in the right hand and fork in the left...fork holds the food, knife cuts the food and then put the fork in your mouth. The fork and knife are held a certain way too...Prongs facing down.
     
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    Sounds British to me. Never encountered any cutlery nazis.
     
  9. Riter

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    Fork in left, tines down when cutting and fork kept in left hand while eating. That's natural for a southpaw.
     
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    OpanaPointer I Point at Opana Staff Member WW2|ORG Editor

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    I was eating a quick meal at the chow hall and the guy on the other side of the long table said "My mom calls that shoveling."

    "Is your Mom here?"

    "No, she's at home."

    "Good place for her."
     
  11. GRW

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    Same here.
     
  12. T. A. Gardner

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    While it was not exactly WW 2, this is probably the most hated military ration ever!

     
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    Helped to be very drunk.
     
  14. Riter

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    I tried ham & mo-fo's in the '70s. Do not want. Lima beans best eaten when dried and salted.
     
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    And by somebody else.
     
  16. Biak

    Biak Boy from Illinois Staff Member

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    Uh

    Depends on if I'm hungry or just having Dinner. If I'm hungry : knife right hand ( I'm right handed) fork in the left. One bite and proceed. If I'm being 'casual' - same thing but cut several pieces, switch hands and put knife down and attack everything on the plate with my right hand that's fork-able !!
    For some reason eating vegetables with my left hand seems awkward.
     
  17. CAC

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    Which is what I’m talking about…No one else in the world does this.
     
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    I'm a slow eater so by using a knife to sever several pieces of whatever needs to be cut then casually switching hands I can easier converse with my dining partner. Well sometimes. Usually we just sit here with our TV tray tables and watch asinine television in silence. Occasionally someone might mention a random thought from something that happened that day but on the whole just routine. I've notice (from television) those who never switch the fork to their dominate hand might nod in acknowledgement and keep on chowing down. Every Culture has it's own idiosyncrasies.
     
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    I find it interesting...In Australia & Europe the KNIFE always stays in the dominant hand...Thats from thousands of years back before forks even. Strength in the right, dexterity in the left.
    Sword and shield.
     
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    Biak Boy from Illinois Staff Member

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    I never could master eating peas with a knife. Not that I cared for peas anyway. And being a 'rightly' had trouble balancing a spoon left-handed. Of course we could all just blame our parents, they potty trained us too.
     
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