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I'm very much aware of the importance of suitable spoons. At my workplace I am the proud wielder of a small piece of Sheffield's finest known affectionately as the Spoon of Justice (TM). It's a bit tannin-stained, it's not imbued with any magical powers, nor will it banish demons (except the spoon-phobic ones) yet it is an utensil of which I am highly fond.
It's strange to think that one can be fond of a teaspoon, yet it does play an important part in the most crucial ritual of anyone's day - making a cup of tea. Maybe that's looking too deeply into the subject... I'd better go for a lie down!
Cheers and good health to you and the staff.
|Nicey replies: I always have a stick of justice for poking BBQs at NCOTAASD HQ, but I've never had a spoon of justice, I'm very envious.|
I have a much treasured and loved teaspoon which came free (after collecting tokens) from Tetley many many moons ago. It is possibly the most aesthetically pleasing spoon that has ever been and ideal for using as a measuring device when baking, in addition to stirring lovely cups of tea. As a person who frequently moves home I have taken to carrying it in my handbag during moves! I plan to commission a full canteen of cutlery to accompany it when I become a squillionaire. Incidentally, as a six year old, I found a teaspoon on a beach in Rimmini, Italy. I still have it and it is my second favourite spoon because of the fond memories attached to it. Is this a worrying personality defect?
|Nicey replies: Now we know why some ladies require such big handbags. I think your holiday spoon sounds even more lovely than your Tetley spoon so you shall have a bucket and spade icon too.|
With regards spoons, as I am one of those very annoying people who prefers to have a very small amount of sugar in their tea, I am often receiving gifts of very small spoons (e.g. those Italian ones for espresso) from those who find my description of 1/3 of a teaspoon or ¼ of a heaped teaspoon too complicated.
Small spoons are really good for avoiding too much sugar in the tea (yuck), but require a scientific ‘edge of chaos’ stirring technique in order to create enough turbulence to actually stir a nice large cuppa.
So my former colleague’s technique of dipping a tea-dampened ordinary teaspoon into the sugar halfway down its bowl and then stirring my tea with it has to win (as long as no dampness is left in the sugar of course).
|Nicey replies: Hoorah, thanks for getting us off to a good start by bringing in chaos theory in to the discussion.
Stephen our ISP has one of those annoying small teapoons for his sugar. He also compounds the problem by quite happily drinking his tea without sugar if there isn't any.