So here are my objects I encountered on arriving to the Netherlands
I had never encountered such a contraption before I came to the Netherlands, and it is a dangerous object. I have lost (or nearly lost) many fingers using this. It just isn't made for non Dutch people. Dutchie agrees apparently I murder a cheese block whenever I go near one. Grating the cheese or cutting slices off a block is not the way to do it at all. We have two types of cheese in our fridge one for Dutchie and his cheese slicer and a packet of ready sliced slices for me. Kills 2 birds with one stone, I don't murder the cheese and the cheese slicer doesn't murder me.
I wondered who invented such an object and it was a Norwegian man, Thor Bjorklund. He patented the object in 1925. Legend says that one hot summers day he couldn't get his cheese as thin as he would like, so as he was a carpenter he decided to make a object similar to the one he used for planing wood. I wonder why he just didn't open a pack of ready sliced cheese. (But then I suppose it was 1925)
I have one of these in my house, it makes coffee. I don't even like coffee, hate the stuff, so it gathers dust, until one of my dutch friends or family come round. I really don't know what was wrong with the good old jar of Nescafe that I used to pull out the cupboard, but whenever I would say Coffee? and then pull out the jar, I would get a response of ooooh no, actually I'll just have tea.
This also plays a big part in our especially for me, I am now converted to what is inside and would never think of serving this in any other way, Do you have one of these?
And lastly I wonder if you have one of these in your house, Next week Ill be posting more about what it is...
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