Peleg Design Jumbo Cutlery Drainer

jumbo cutlery drainerThis is a great looking Christmas gift. Peleg Design has this wonderful elephant cutlery drainer that is a treat for the eyes and very useful. It’s one of those things that when you see it you ask yourself “Why didn’t someone invent this before?”.

Their description of it really says everything: “Sometimes, a runny nose can be a big plus. Jumbo the elephant will be more than happy to drain all excess water from your wet cutlery straight into the sink.”.

Made of plastic and perfect for stuffing with all your dripping forks, knives and spoons. And it’s a multi-tasker as it could be used for toothbrushes in the children’s bathroom.

Peleg Design Jumbo Cutlery Drainer



Bucilla Santa & Mrs. Silverware Holders for Christmas

Bucilla Santa & Mrs. Silverware Holders



I’m sorry for posting this, but if you are going to be ready you should start your online shopping for Christmas now. I’m not saying it’s time to put out the decorations and setup the tree. But now is the time to prepare.

And if you want that Christmas dinner table to look festive then I would suggest these cute silverware holders. Be warned that these are not pre-assembled as they are a kit (isn’t that a Xmas tradition in the first place?).

Made of stamped felt each kit includes embroidery floss, beads and needles. Each piece in this set of 6 is sized 7.25-inches by 5.5-inches.

A nice Christmas Cutlery Craft for the holiday season.

 Bucilla Santa & Mrs. Silverware Holders Felt Applique Kit-5″X7″ Set Of 6


American vs European Cutlery Etiquette

american vs european cutlery etiquette

I’m left handed and in part that is the reason I eat with my cutlery in “European Style” or “Continental Style” as in the image above. I find it a much more efficient and precise manner for using for flatware.

According to the Wikipedia entry on Eating Utensil Etiquette:

“When used in conjunction with a knife to cut and consume food in Western social settings, two forms of fork etiquette are common. In the European style, the diner keeps the fork in his or her left hand, while in the American style the fork is shifted between the left and right hands. The American style is most common in the United States. But the European style is considered proper in other countries.

Originally, the traditional European method, once the fork was adopted as a utensil, was to transfer the fork to the right hand after cutting food, as it had been considered proper for all utensils to be used with the right hand only. This tradition was brought to America by British colonists and is still in use in the United States. Europe adopted the more rapid style of eating in relatively modern times.”

The reasons for the cultural difference has always alluded me. This article at AZ Central has many different theories about how this came to be.



Gourmet Settings Silver Tear 20-Piece Flatware Set – Twisted handle design

Gourmet Settings Silver Tear 20-Piece Flatware SetThe twisted handle is a design I’ve been looking at for a long while and I’ve never found the look or quality that made me happy. This cutlery from Gourmet settings with it’s twisted handle and interesting tip is what I think has been my goal.

Gourmet Settings 20-piece flatware set it called “Silver Tear” due to the interesting tear drop tip at the end of the handles.  The set has 4 place settings with: salad fork, dinner fork, knife, soup spoon, and teaspoon. It is dishwasher safe and made from 18/10 stainless steel with an amazing 50-year warranty!

It’s not often I quote advertising copy but I really like the wordsmithing in what they have written for this product: “With its distinctive styling, Silver Tear flatware from Gourmet Settings is both sophisticated and dynamic, great for entertaining on an intimate or large scale. Heat-forged for durability, the pattern features a cylindrical handle that twists smoothly in a tight, uniform spiral. This highly composed look is balanced by the handles’ finish in a fluid, drop-like shape. Comfortably proportioned working ends and a gleaming mirror finish complete the design.”

Gourmet Settings Silver Tear 20-Piece Flatware Set, Service for 4