There is a thing about me that I’m not particularly proud of, and it is this: I cannot eat spaghetti without first cutting the noodles. Well, I guess I could, but let’s just say it wouldn’t be pretty. Which makes me a disgrace to pasta-lovers everywhere, I know.
Anyway, this fact about me has always seemed to amuse my Italian mother-in-law, who once unsuccessfully tried to teach me the twist-it-up-in-a-spoon method and quickly realised that I was a lost cause. I can only assume that’s why she sent me this video yesterday (without description or comment):
If nothing else, you have to admit: His confidence alone makes you want to give this a try. Kitchen shears are, after all, the unsung hero of kitchen utensils. You can use them to slice a pizza, to prep a salad, to chop whole canned tomatoes; truly, the list goes on and on.
But when I really thought through the logistics of this—the weirdness of having a fork and scissors instead of a fork and knife, the way the SNIP sound seems to hang in the air, the fact that I’m trying to detract from my shame, not draw more attention to it—I had to admit this felt more “wack” than “hack.”
However sad this method might be for an adult, though, I do think it may have a practical application if you have noodle-slurping kids. Want to dish up their spaghetti quickly but not interested in having your appetite ruined yet again? Simply scoop up a serving of spaghetti from the pot with tongs or a pasta fork and snip-snip-snip it directly onto their plate. It’s faster than cutting it with a fork and knife, especially if you’re serving multiple kids, and it’s less messy/gross for them to eat.
Verdict: Wack for adults (you’re already an embarrassment, don’t make it worse); but hack for kids.