Who Gives a Fork? Try More Finger Food!

Put down your cutlery. The more social our dining experiences become - the more people are opting for share plates and finger food!

As society becomes busier and more mobile, an informal approach to dining is taking shape, explains author of 'It's All About The Fingers, Not The Fork', Peter Morgan-Jones.

While it may be seeing a resurgence in popularity, this style of eating is nothing new. For centuries, many cultures based their meals on dishes served as small portions to be eaten with your hands.

"Indian culture is one where meals, in some cases, are enjoyed entirely without cutlery," Peter adds.

"Even in more traditional European culture, there has long been individual meals or parts of meals where it is appropriate to eat by hand, such as the traditional high tea."

Peter believes finger food is not only on-trend, but is also very practical - especially for the elderly. 

Here, Peter explains why finger food is always a hit:

Why you should opt for finger food: 

  • Choice: Diners can choose from a variety of small portions rather than one big serving.
  • Relaxation: Finger food is far less formal than a five-course meal. Grazing at your own pace also reduces time constraints.
  • Less Time, More Taste: Finger food is quick to produce and can be packed with flavour and taste to enhance an appetite. 
  • Budget Bonus: Finger food and shared servings are a cost-effective way of feeding a large group of people, and also prove a more personalised approach to ensuring there is something for all diets and palates. 

How to serve finger food:

  • Make it Firm: Obviously, the food should be appropriate for eating by hand. This means it needs to be firm or solid enough to pick up. It also needs to be easy to place in the mouth.
  • Keep It Clean: Having a suitable way to clean easily or wipe your fingers is also a good idea.
  • Go Bigger: 'Manapes' - slightly larger canapes - ensure that all appetites are catered for, so don't feel restricted by traditional bite-sized chicken sandwich options! 

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