19th May 2022Minute read
When it comes to food we all have our preferences; some have a sweet tooth, others crave savoury goodness round the clock. On top of this, we also have our favourite dishes, but how many of us also have food which we love, but avoid because it's so hard to eat, or have never tried due to its tricky preparation rituals?
The rise of the food-selfie means that our once messy dinner times are now being documented from every angle and shared with the world. Food bloggers and Instagram stars think nothing of shaping their delicious avocado smash in to the shape of Totoro or showing off their artichoke party appetiser. But what about us mere mortals who can't simply crack open a fresh coconut for their morning shake?
There are so many mouth-watering dishes that we’d love to eat more, but avoid because they’re hard to eat.
We couldn't help but wonder why some of these delicious foods don't come with an instruction manual. I mean, how nice would it be to eat your taco without dropping 98% of it on yourself? That's when it struck us - we could create the instructions!
We compiled a series of basic yet helpful instructables to help you overcome those pesky avocados, tricky tacos and even the ultra-intimidating whole fish. So, crack open the fridge, grab your cutlery and face those foodie fears today!
How to Cut an Avocado
First of all, grab a sharp knife and a spoon. Cut your avocado in half by running the knife lengthways around the whole avocado. There's a hard stone in the middle, so just cut as deep as this will allow you. Giving the knife a little twist at the end will help separate the two halves. Place the half with the stone on a flat surface and, avoiding your fingers, pit the stone with the blade of the knife. The stone will get wedged on to the knife, allowing you to pull it out without having to dig it out with your fingers. Finally, run a spoon between the avocado flesh and skin; pop it out, slice, and serve.
How to Eat Lobster
You're going to need a pair of pliers, a lobster fork and a bib for this. First of all, twist off the claws and crack them in half with the pliers. Use your fork to scoop out the meat and enjoy. Then you need to pull the head and legs away from the tail (hold tightly to avoid flinging it across the room!) Pull the fins off the tail and then open up the piece you have remaining to enjoy all the delicious tail meat nestled within.
How to Eat Hard Tacos Without Making a Mess
Ah, the taco. Who hasn't thrown most of the contents down the front of their shirt at one time or another? When eating a taco, make sure that you only fill the centre - anything at the sides is an instant spill hazard. Secondly, always eat it upright, no matter how badly you want to eat it like a sandwich. Eat it over a plate and angle the taco away from you slightly. This way, any escaping filling goes on your plate, not your lap!
How to Eat a Whole Fish
Whole fish can be intimidating, but don't let them scare you! Grab a knife and spoon and you’re ready to go. First, cut off the fins and tail and put those in the bin. Next, cut in a straight line from just behind the gills all the way to the tail and peel the skin back using your spoon. You can then scrape the fish off the bones (keep an eye out for any that may have detached!) then pull out the spine and enjoy the fish underneath. Not so scary now, hey?
How to Eat a Coconut
This is a fun one - you're going to need a hammer and a nail - yep, hardware! Pop the nail in to one of the holes on the top of the coconut and hammer it in until you feel it go through into the coconut cavity. Pull the nail out and turn the coconut upside down over a measuring jug to get all that delicious coconut milk. Once all the milk has drained put your coconut on a towel on top of a hard surface and give it a couple of sharp taps to crack it open. You can now scoop out the flesh with a spoon.
How to Eat Sushi
There are a few rules to remember when it comes to sushi etiquette. First of all, never pour soy sauce on to your sushi; always dip. Secondly, if you're eating nigiri (a slice of fish with a ball of rice underneath) you should only ever dip the fish in the soy, and you should always put it in your mouth fish-side down. Thirdly, if you're dishing out sushi on to another person’s plate, flip your chopsticks around and serve with the thick end that hasn't been near your mouth - it's only polite!
How to Eat an Artichoke
The artichoke is a tricky vegetable that many of us are too intimidated to try. Not today! Start by pulling the outer petals of the artichoke. You can dip the base into sauce or melted butter for added flavour, then, holding the tip of the petal, put it in your mouth, close your teeth around it, and pull the petal out. You can also eat the base. To do this, spoon out the fuzzy centre, cut off the stalk, and divide the remainder in to four to consume.
How to Eat a Watermelon
The watermelon is the trickiest of all the melons to cut on account of its size. Start by cutting a slice off each end. Turn it on to its top or bottom so it’s standing upright. Now, slice straight down the middle. This will be much easier as there's a stable base. Cut the halves to your desired size, run the knife between the melon and the flesh and cut in to slices. Easy.
How to Eat a Cupcake like a Pro
Yep: you've been eating cupcakes wrong all your life. Wave goodbye to frosting on your nose and level up your cupcake eating game. Remove the cupcake from its wrapper, rip the base off, and stick it on top of the frosting. You can now eat your cupcake mess-free, like a super-sweet sandwich! Perfect.