December 1, 2011
The multipurpose Dutch utensil
When I first saw this strange kitchen utensil I started to scratch my head and wonder what exactly it could be used for.
Is it to help you flip pancakes, or do you need it when there is some stiff dirt to be scraped off your baking tray? But when I bought some cake and wondered how to distribute the pieces on the plates, I found its ‘real' purpose: it is ideal when you have to scoop up cake and put it on plates. Later on, when a Dutch family visited me and saw what I was doing with this kaasschaaf, they started to laugh and make some funny comments about it. At first I was astonished and did not understand what was going on. And when they explained to me what the role of this utensil actually is, I started to laugh too. Now I use it almost every day when preparing my sandwiches and every time I remember how much fun it was with the cake. But I still have some doubts. I suspect that Dutch people also use it as a turner and a spatula. Sooner or later I am going to find out.
Stanislav Dimitrov, Bulgarian MSc student of Biotechnology