Head to any housewares store and you’ll find aisles full of machines designed to easily bake up everything from cupcakes, to cake pops, to even home-made Twinkies. But none can compare to the life-changing potential of a machine that can quickly and easily bake up edible spoons.
Shrinking the size of plates, knives, forks and glasses could go some way towards tackling over-eating and obesity, a study suggests.
Smaller tableware was identified as having a positive effect on consumption habits, along with reductions in portion size and food packaging. Researchers found that reversing the current “super-size” trend could lower average calorie intake by up to 16% in the UK and 29% in the US – the land of huge helpings.
I’m sure that this will work for some, and when others get hungry because they’re eating less – going for seconds might prompt reflection. But it doesn’t for my cousin… Last time I visited, they served as much in a single sitting as I consume throughout the week.
If you’re worried about impressing someone with your cooking skills, or you’re trying a new recipe for the first time, there are some mental tricks you can use on others to make your meal seem better than it really is. Here are five of the most effective.
Knife, fork, spoon: This is the holy trinity of silverware and (while the occasional spork may jostle for inclusion), in general, these are all you’re likely to see. There is, however, another hybrid utensil you may not know: The Knork. And its creation owes as much to modern medicine as to dining habits.
When you’re eating at a restaurant, you’re putting a tremendous amount of faith in the kitchen and wait staff that your food will be kept as contaminant-free as possible. But if you’re really worried about an establishment’s hygiene, make sure you’re always carrying Object Solutions’ Magnifying Spoon that lets you inspect your meal up close beforehand.
Chances are, you’ve spent more time thinking about the specs on your smartphone than about the gadgets that you use to put food in your mouth. But the shape and material properties of forks, spoons, and knives turn out to matter—a lot. Changes in the design of cutlery have not only affected how and what we eat, but also what our food tastes like. There’s even evidence that the adoption of the table knife transformed the shape of European faces.