by Anna Sugden
Picture the scene ... a lovely sunny day in the centre of Cambridge ... a quaint tea shop set on a cobbled street, in the shadow of the majestic architecture of King's College. A traditional English tea is served - fruit scones, jam and clotted cream. [clotted cream, by the way, isn't something you put in your tea - it's a spread, made from cream, for your scone].
Then, the debate starts: which comes first? Cream before jam or jam before cream? [The correct answer is cream first *g*].
In true English style, there then has to be a debate about how you pour tea - milk first or tea first? [I don't mind which, as long as there is milk - none of this lemon or honey business!].
All of which got me thinking.
There are debates about several foods and how you eat them.
Boiled eggs, for example. Do you smash or slice?
Spaghetti/pasta - do you twirl or chop?
Bars of chocolate - one segment at a time, bite away or all at once?
Apples - do you peel and section or bite?
Pringles - one at a time or by the stack?
Ice lollies - do you lick or bite?
Boiled sweets/mints - do you suck or bite?
And, of course, the ever-popular ... how do you eat your Oreo? (or for those of us who live in countries without Oreos, Bourbons, Custard Creams or other 'cream sandwich' type cookies).
Do you split the cookie in half and lick out the cream? Do you eat one cookie bit first, then the cream, then the rest? Do you dunk and bite or shove it all in?
Come on, you can tell us. And to tempt you into sharing your habits, I'll even sweeten the pot with a prize of some Cadbury's chocolate ... the real stuff ... from England ... to eat any way you please [I haven't forgotten last month's prize winner for the best collective nouns - I'll announce the prizes together!]