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Originally posted by pandamonium at 2007-3-5 13:09
even Chinese people seem to end up pecking at it like sea birds!
Panda, your description is so clear and amusing! Your language is often a pleasure to read.
For me, the most difficult thing is when a piece of food is an odd shape but facing the wrong way. It was nearly impossible one night for me to pick up a piece of fruit - it was cut in a sort of triangle shape, with the biggest part FLAT against the plate, almost stuck like a suction cup! There was nothing to grab, it would be like trying to pick up the Great Pyramid, that shape. Being a little slow in the brain activity about the use of chopsticks, it took me a bit to figure out maybe I could slide it to the edge of the plate, partway hanging off the edge, then I could get underneath it. I just HAD to get it, it was REALLY good!
BTW, the word 'salad' here can mean some interesting things. No one I've ever known in the US would have EVER put salad dressing on fruit. I was eating it thinking, "what is this? It's familiar but I can't quite place it.... I know what it is, but I can't think of it...." That's because my brain has a totally separate category for salad dressing, it's in the file with lettuce and veggies, which, in the US is in a separate file from fruit.
In the US, 'fruit salad' usually means a bunch of different kinds of fruit all cut up and mixed together, no dressing. When there is a dressing, it might be a slightly flavored yogurt or something.