Last night at dinner I was eating amongst my fellow iHouse Australians. I was eating beef and potatoes and suddenly realized that I was having difficulty stabbing my piece of beef on my fork. This was to much excitement, however, because as I looked down I saw that I was eating with my fork in my left hand and my knife in my right hand, meaning both utensils were in play during normal chewing processes!
I understand that this might not make any sense to most of you who haven't studied or travelled abroad. Let me explain. The way in general that Americans use their silverware is different from how many Europeans and Australians in general use their silverware. Americans tend to eat with their fork in the right hand (if they are right handed) and when cutting food is necessary they pick up their knife from the edge of their plate, switch their fork to the other hand, cut up the desired amount of food, set the knife on the edge of the plate, and resume eating with the fork in the right hand. Other cultures, such as Australians, eat their meals with their fork in their left hand and their knife in their right hand for the duration of the meal, without setting either down often. The latter is what I discovered myself doing last night, which I take as another step in my Australian assimilation. ☺