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Is Flatware an American word for cutlery?
I thought it meant Easy-iron clothes.
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Er, all the Americans I know use measuring spoons for cooking... NOT flatware!
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Bah, you beat me to it! Going back to the OP's question, one thing I couldn't find when I first moved here was a set of measuring spoons. I eventually brought a set back the next time I went home. Are measuring spoons not commonly used in European kitchens?
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Bah, you beat me to it! Going back to the OP's question, one thing I couldn't find when I first moved here was a set of measuring spoons. I eventually brought a set back the next time I went home. Are measuring spoons not commonly used in European kitchens?
They are in Really, really big Britain.
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everyone I knew tended to have long-handled tea spoons
That sounds like a knickerbocker glory spoon.

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Is Flatware an American word for cutlery?
In our continual effort to improve all things for all people, Americans have not neglected the English Language. Cutlery, in Improved English, refers to things that cut, for example knives.
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Are measuring spoons not commonly used in European kitchens?
No, because we have a system of units that is actually useful.
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Er, all the Americans I know use measuring spoons for cooking... NOT flatware!
Peg, of course I know those things. We have them in our kitchen here in Switzerland. Same in our kitchen in the USA. After all, my OH is American. But she never uses them. She says they are too awkward to wash. And she is overweight but loses weight every time she is in Switzerland. Hence my theory.
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And she is overweight but loses weight every time she is in Switzerland.
Does she use a "diet spoon" here?

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Old 04.04.2011, 16:31
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That sounds like a knickerbocker glory spoon.

Indeed, US "tea spoons" are useful for such delightful desserts but as we drink our tea in glasses about that size, they're also quite useful for stirring in some sugar (just in case said American is from "The North" and silly enough to neglect to put the sugar in BEFORE adding ice) and / or lemon juice.

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Bah, you beat me to it! Going back to the OP's question, one thing I couldn't find when I first moved here was a set of measuring spoons. I eventually brought a set back the next time I went home. Are measuring spoons not commonly used in European kitchens?
I too picked up some measuring spoons on a trip back to the US, I wish I'd picked up a set of flatware as well though. The "esselöffel" are too big and the smaller spoons are too small, I miss my mid-sized American short-handled "tea spoons".

(Ikea sells some measuring spoons, in case anyone is in need... only three sizes though that I recall.)
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(Ikea sells some measuring spoons, in case anyone is in need... only three sizes though that I recall.)
They are called "Messlöffel" and I am pretty sure that any half-decent kitcheware department should have them. Amazon offers different designs as well: http://www.amazon.de/s/ref=nb_sb_nos...s=messl%F6ffel
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Re: Soup Spoons [and other things "missing" in Switzerland]

La Cucina in Basel has quite a selection of measuring "spoons" IIRC


("Spoons" because some of them are cups)
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When I used to run residential English courses, I used to do a demo for my Swiss/Italian/German/French students on how to eat soup ā la English. They thought it was just hilarious- bowl tipped backwards and spoon sweeping backwards and soup just poured delicately from the side (very difficult when everybody is laughing!). They loved practising piling peas on top of fork too.

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Did you teach them to eat a banana with a knife and fork, too?
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No must say I just couldn't go THAT far. They loved making 'spotted dick' and 'toad in the whole' though. We made cucumber sandwiches, and they couldn't believe the Brits cut the crusts off and throw them away! I used to make very high and wobbly jelly with at least 3 different colours- they loved that. One student from Paris called it 'Witney Spears' and it is still called that in our family
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No, it's silverware for cutlery.

And what I really miss is brown sugar are dessert forks! You are supposed to eat your dessert with spoons here.
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A lidi broom.

Commonly used in most of South-East Asia and possibly parts of the Indian sub-continent where coconut trees grow (lidi are the stripped down small spines from the fronds) to clean up the yard and sweep floors. The other day, in fact, I thought I saw a giant version of a lidi broom with a short wooden handle somewhere in CH - or maybe I had one too many Schnapps.
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Re: Soup Spoons [and other things "missing" in Switzerland]

Interesting thread and nice to see that the English/American divide is still alive and well!

Spoons all originally had a bowl shape to them as they were traditionally carved from a single piece of wood or bone; so a simple bowl shape with a stick stuck into the side of it was the standard fare. The rather intricate English etiquette of soup eating is alleged - and I say alleged as I have no real foundation of fact for this - to have come from the Elizabethan court where the sliding of the spoon away from you across the bowl was done so you could actually see what you were about to slurp/slip over the top of the silly ruff that you were wearing around your neck so as to not accidentally ingest something undesireable! I should imagine it was also necessary to prevent you from spilling half of the stuff down the front of your beaded bodice too

As I say, I don't know if that is really true, but it was what I was told at school by my history teacher (one of those great teachers who would just present random, useless facts during any topic) and it has always amused me, so I like to think it is the case.
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No, it's silverware for cutlery.

And what I really miss is brown sugar are dessert forks! You are supposed to eat your dessert with spoons here.
Oh no you don't. We've always had dessert forks and spoons at home
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