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Take a plate

August 6, 2012 | Filed under Eating as a social activity

This term has caused many an embarrassing moment for newcomers to New Zealand who literally ‘take a plate’ when asked to when they go out.  It can be  included on invitations to the puzzlement of those not brought up in New Zealand and who don’t realise that is means take a dish of food.  More recently it may have been superseded by ‘pot-luck’ which means the same – take a dish of food appropriate to the time of day.

I don’t know the origin of ‘take a plate’ but it has been defined as:

“New Zealand slang not meaning an actual plate but as in a dish of food. Used in social situations went organizing a dinner party or get together. Bring a plate with food on it, not and empty plate”. This definition is from Urban Dictionary

Edible Christmas gifts

December 17, 2009 | Filed under Eating as a social activity

If you’re stuck for gift ideas, then think food.

There are lots of things you can make that will give a lot of pleasure. These ideas might take a bit of your precious time but won’t cost much in dollars The time spent will be really appreciated by the person on the receiving end. …Read more

Good table manners

April 6, 2009 | Filed under Eating as a social activity

Keep your elbows to yourself! Don’t talk with your mouth full! Keep your mouth closed when eating!  How many …Read more

Dining at the table

March 11, 2009 | Filed under Eating as a social activity

When you go to the trouble of cooking a nice meal for your family or flatmates, it is only one extra small step for everyone to enjoy eating it together.

If there are children around, offer them the chance to set the table with place mats, cutlery, napkins (paper ones or even a segment …Read more

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