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Mar 2021: Fascinating cutlery stories

Updated: Apr 28, 2021

by Veronika Volfova, PenBuddies Project Volunteer

Our session for the month of March will be on Sunday 21st at 12 pm GMT.

We will talk about cutlery. You use it every day, it is one of the simplest but most useful things you have at home.

In this session, we will talk about cutlery from different countries. We will explore several interesting table manners, traditions, and history.

In the UK we use a fork, a spoon, and a knife unless we visit a restaurant or someone’s home where we are offered, for example, chopsticks. A spoon is one of the oldest eating essential on the planet. It is surprising that the first spoons were made of animal bones and wood. Silver and bronze spoons were invented later and they meant that the person who owes bronze or silver spoon in wealthy. The first time you could see a fork was over 4000 years ago in Egypt but they were only using them for serving or cooking not for eating. A knife was created as a weapon and eventually people started using a knife to cut their food in smaller pieces.

Join us on the 21st of March and let us know if there is anything you would like to hear in our session. Maybe the cutlery you use in your home country?

Would you like to learn more about this topic and have fun? Then join our virtual Pen Buddies sessions here.

And you can watch the recordings of the sessions here.


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