Licking the spoon,who would´ve thought?

So much of the joy in the kitchen comes from tasting as you go. How else do you know if a stew needs more seasoning, if the balance of spices in a curry are correct? Cooking and baking require all of the senses; the feel of pastry as you roll it out, checking if the texture is just so. Inhaling the aroma of spices spiralling up in clouds of steam when you lift the lid of a pot. The sizzle as you add butter to a heated pan. The sight of the people gathered around the table, eyes lighting up as you place lovingly prepared dishes in front of them. And the taste, the nibble of the corner of crust that you’ve broken off from a freshly baked loaf. The small biscuit you eat straight from the oven ‘just to check’, regardless of the hot sponge that almost burns your tongue. The sip of soup to check the seasoning. The sensation of a freshly cooked, perfectly filled sausage skin popping in your mouth. Sucking the last sticky vestiges of icing from your fingers after the cakes have been decorated. The childlike pleasure that still comes from licking the remaining batter, or chocolate, or dough, off a wooden spoon.This all stems from a childhood whim of eating the lingering remnants of a particular mixture. It is a time machine, a way of transporting oneself back to specific times or places, in my case fond memories of standing beside my mother in her kitchen waiting for that spoon. Even the simplest ingredient can be transformative, a rollercoaster of sensations and memories, a tendril
of connection between you and your childhood.
Every so often a TV sensation comes along that reduces normally stable adults to their most hormonal 14-year-old selves.Who would have thought that licking a spoon would trigger G spots globally.

                          "to spoon" now takes on quite a different meaning indeed.

A new sexually-charged prop is causing a "swoonsation" in Netflix watchers. Enter The Duke’s Spoon – the utensil Simon Basset, the Duke of Hastings, uses to stir the passions of his accomplice-turned-lover, Daphne Bridgerton, in the Netflix drama, Bridgerton. While taking tea and hatching a plan to help one another navigate the marriage market, the Duke, played by Regé-Jean Page, gets intimate with his cutlery. Though only brief, the sultry moment has sparked social media hysteria, with viewers tweeting that the Shonda Rhimes-produced series was giving the long-suffering people of 2020 what they need. It’s as saucy as sandwiches and scones can possibly get and sums up the mood of the Regency-era romp through high society .Fortuitously, the creator of the viral Instagram fan account @connellschain, Billie Bhatia, has now created @thedukesspoon. With a bio that reads “My spoon, my eyebrow, my cravat and my 🍑,” it’s everything you’d expect from a social-media page dedicated to the world’s most tempting piece of cutlery. Featuring photos of Basset with one eyebrow raised and a twinkle in his eye, the Duke’s Spoon provides a devastatingly handsome distraction during a time when light relief is somewhat scarce .The introduction reads as follows...."Welcome to the Duke’s spoon, a space dedicated not only to tempting cutlery, but charming cravats (preferably loosened), sculpted abdomens and the raised eyebrow to end all raised eyebrows". And it’s not just the gratuitous sex scenes and string quartet covers of Celeste and Ariana Grande songs that have got people talking. its that inanimate object again, the spoon, in this case the Duke of Hastings’ spoon. In the words of Ariana Grande, whose songs are adapted to help modernise the 19th-century storyline, “Thank U, Next”. Connell, who? I don´t just lick it I love it.


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