THAT is the lightest dish – so when it comes to bread and butter, even the simplest gourmet can’t go wrong, right?
Nor is it according to one etiquette expert who claims that we all ate our bread wrong.
While most of us would just reach for a slice of bread and spread butter, this can make you look pretty ordinary.
Dr. Clinton Lee has described the buttering method as “practical” but in terms of proper use of table manners, it is “inaccurate”.
“Many people will take a whole piece of bread and spread butter on their plate,” he explained in a viral TikTok video.
Instead, the culinary master – who’s also a certified wine expert – shared the right way, instructions for substituting butter on your plate.
“This is where the saying, ‘break bread’ comes from,” he said.
“You break the bread into bite-sized pieces, spread butter on it. Perfect.”
Dr. Lee’s informative video, which has been viewed more than 1.4 million times since it was shared on Saturday, has sent shockwaves through social media users.
Many people were quick to correct Dr. Lee on the origin of the phrase “bread-breaking”, arguing that his description of its origin was incorrect.
According to Dictionary.com, the term originally comes from the Bible, where it was used to describe sharing a meal or food with others.
Today, it can refer to more than just eating and drinking, often used to describe an important event that fosters some meaningful connection and cooperation.
However, Dr. Lee was not wrong to break bread into small pieces according to the “right” ritual – especially if at a dinner party.
Other rules widely recognized by etiquette experts regarding the eating of bread in a formal setting include eating regular carbs only when the item is on the table and not before it, and leaving the bread alone to the left of the main plate.
Many were horrified by the revelation, describing themselves as “monsters” and “savage”.
While others refuse to believe that additional steps are “necessary”.
“This doesn’t even make sense; looks like it made it more messy,” one person said.
“In the grand scheme of things, namely the gift of life, I see this as utter nonsense. I really can’t believe people do this,” another wrote.
As one man said, “If someone is going to embarrass me with the way I butter my bread, I don’t need them in my life.”
However, many people were so grateful for the tip, they said they would use it at their next get-together.
“Why do people hate it so much? He’s showing off what other people do and that’s great news,” one person wrote.
“Wow, that’s great,” agreed one woman, while another said she “always wondered which way was right.”
This article was originally published on News.com.au and has been republished here with permission.
https://www.thesun.co.uk/fabulous/food/17583814/eating-bread-wrong-correct-way/ You ate your bread by mistake