In some countries, chopsticks are more commonly used utensils for eating than a fork, knife, and spoon. Of course, people don’t just know how to do that out of the womb as it’s pretty difficult to learn. For little kids in those countries, there’s a game of learning to pick up plastic beans with chopsticks that is played at kindergarten age. If you’re traveling to Japan, China, or any other country where chopsticks are commonly used, it might be worth trying to get this game for yourself to lessen your appearance as a nit-wit tourist.
If you love having coffee or tea as much as I do, the thought of going without your favorite brew is a waking nightmare. Not only would you be deprived of caffeine and stuck with a headache, but it’s also a comfort blanket that’s part of a routine to give our brains a break from work. The only difficult part about getting to your brew is not having hot water readily available.
If you live in a teeny space, you know how hard it is to cook a full meal as there’s not much room to do food prep. You can always make it work if you really want to, but if you try to put a cutting board on any place that isn’t a flat surface, you’re asking for trouble. Since there’s normally only room for one cutting board and you have to use that space wisely, you might think it would be smart to cut foods in midair, and it might not be a bad idea.
If you’ve ever attended a college party, you know the joys of Jello shots. They’re tricky, slippery, and taste dangerously delicious. There’s an awkward aspect of getting the Jello out of the cup though, as not getting the whole shot out in one go has you attempting to get the rest out as gracefully as possible, which never has and never will happen.
If you haven’t figured out a trend with my articles, I really like coffee and tea. There are so many ways you can make a cup of either, and brewing times and temperatures can affect each cup to be slightly different than the last. As much as I love both, I normally end up drinking coffee, mainly because it’s a tad easier to clean up after, and even with a press I don’t get as much debris in the last few sips. However, tea is infinitely better for you, and the caffeine you get from it releases more evenly than coffee does, so that set me out to finding a better method of getting my fix.
Cooking up a storm in the kitchen is a rewarding experience, especially when you’re prepping a week’s worth of food in one go. Cleaning up afterward however, reminds you not only of your hard work from that day, but from eating munchies, meals, and other food prep from days past. If you want to keep on top of your crumb count in the kitchen but don’t want to constantly bend down and sweep dust and dirt into a dustpan, you’ll either have to look into a Roomba, or another suction-aid device.
Tea is a delicious and nutritious drink that can add a lot to your overall health, especially when you drink it hot. There are a million different types of tea from all over the world that are made from a range of plant life like leaves and flowers to bark and berries with everything in between. If you are well-versed enough in tea to know how delicious loose leaf can be, you’ve likely made the switch to either getting an infuser or some sort of press. While my personal favorite is the Ingenuitea because it’s so easy to use and doesn’t leave grimy bits behind, that doesn’t mean it’s the only one to use.
Coffee, coffee, everywhere, but no more counter space. We get a little overzealous with buying new toys for making coffee, and it simply can’t be helped as it’s an addiction, and we rationalize with ourselves that it’s better to be hooked on coffee than heroin. The only problem is that you only have so much room for coffee and related gizmos and gadgets. While most of us settle on one or two methods of brewing, others need more, but don’t have the space for it.
If you like cooking at home, then there’s a good chance you’ve dealt with trying to make a dough of some kind. While some aren’t terribly sticky, many are, and not having enough flour means you’re in for a not-so-pleasant experience. Not only is the dough going to stick to your rolling pin, but you’ll have to wash your hands of all the mess and dry them well just so you can put flour onto the dough again.