Knife

by Camellia Staab August. 14, 2019 245 views

Brussels Sprout cultivated in Belgium in the 16th century. They are high in vitamin A and C as well as a good source of iron.

It's one of those vegetables that hangs around for a long time, since their season starts in August and lasts until March.

Sadly it doesn't have a very good reputation and many people dislike it.

Me on the other hand thoroughly enjoy them especially if they are roasted and then served with some lemon butter.

Oh wait.....this post was suppose to showcase KNIFE.

What can I say?

Knives have been used as weapons, tools and eating utensils since prehistoric times.  However, it is only in fairly recent times that knives have been designed specifically for table use.  Hosts did not provide Cutlery for their guests in the Middle Ages in Europe.  Most people carried their own knives in sheaths attached to their belts.  These knives were narrow and their sharply pointed ends were used to spear food to raise it to their mouth to eat. 
Long after knives were adopted for table use, however, they continued to be used as weapons.  Thus, the multi-purpose nature of the knife continued to pose the threat of danger at the dinner table. 
In 1669 King Louis XIV of France decreed all pointed knives on the street or used at the dinner table 'illegal' and he ordered all knife points ground down, like those similarly used today...in order to reduce violence!
The birth of the 'blunt-ended' knife in Europe had a lasting effect on American dining etiquette.  At the beginning of the 18th Century, relatively few forks were imported to America.  However, Knives were still being imported with the ends becoming increasingly blunter.  Due to the Americans having very few forks to dine with and no pointed-tipped knives, they were forced to use spoons in lieu of forks.  Using the spoon to steady the food whilst cutting, then switching the spoon to the other hand in order to scoop up and eat.

http://www.knifecrimes.org/History-of-the-Knife.html

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Heidi Egerman 1 year, 2 months ago

I love Brussels sprouts. I've tried to grow them several times but the aphids get to them before I can harvest. We simply don't have the growing season for them. So, it's one of the veggies I buy in the fall and winter. 

...and a wonderful image. Very nice. 
~Heidi

1 year, 2 months ago Edited
Jay Boggess 1 year, 2 months ago

Love this shot! Kind of like a murder mystery, with the dark & shadowy backdrop. 
Maybe You should send this to the Chicago Cutlery folks for their promo! 
Maybe they would send you a set of their knives! 
Worth a try.....no???
+1grinning+1

1 year, 2 months ago Edited
Camellia Staab Replied to Jay Boggess 1 year, 2 months ago

I have a friend who does that. Every time he takes a picture of an activity that involves a company or store or .... I send a copy to them. Not every one responds but a few have. He usually gets some sort of money in return  (basically they purchase his photos for their own use).

1 year, 2 months ago Edited
Jay Boggess Replied to Camellia Staab 1 year, 2 months ago

Nothing wrong with a little $$$  for your work, right????+1smile+1

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Stefan Puffer 1 year, 2 months ago

Love the picture.....the vegetable not so much smile

1 year, 2 months ago Edited
Camellia Staab Replied to Stefan Puffer 1 year, 2 months ago

That's ok, this vegetable is definitely one that has people that either love it or hate it, no in between. I am glad you enjoyed the photo smile

1 year, 2 months ago Edited
Russell Smith 1 year, 2 months ago

I love this shot and I love Brussel Sprouts.

1 year, 2 months ago Edited
Camellia Staab Replied to Russell Smith 1 year, 2 months ago

Thanks smile

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Ram Ya 1 year, 2 months ago

Love your writing and beautiful capture! Love the moody edit too :)

1 year, 2 months ago Edited
Camellia Staab Replied to Ram Ya 1 year, 2 months ago

Thank you Ram smile

1 year, 2 months ago Edited
Lynn F Medley 1 year, 2 months ago

Interesting history of the knife,, I did not know this at all, beautiful image! I too love them roasted

1 year, 2 months ago Edited
Camellia Staab Replied to Lynn F Medley 1 year, 2 months ago

I think if someone did a survey on Brussels sprouts they would find that majority of people like them roasted.

1 year, 2 months ago Edited
Sherry Hill 1 year, 2 months ago

only you could make a knife and br. sprouts dramatic and artsy.. this is the kind of "edible stylings" i wish i could come up with.. 
and i love sprouts! mmmm

1 year, 2 months ago Edited
Camellia Staab Replied to Sherry Hill 1 year, 2 months ago

Thank you Sherry. This was not what I had planned on shooting originally but somehow this shot worked much better than the original. A lot of trial and error and then some.

1 year, 2 months ago Edited
Antonio Gil 1 year, 2 months ago

Love Brussels Sprout, and also love the way you've used your composition and lighting to make this picture

1 year, 2 months ago Edited
Camellia Staab Replied to Antonio Gil 1 year, 2 months ago

Thank you . Sometimes things work and others they don't. The original set up was a watermelon  with a knife, but the photo looked like I was ready to come and stab you all smile

1 year, 2 months ago Edited
Heike 1 year, 2 months ago

Very nice lighting ! I didn't know that they are called Brussels sprout in english. In german language they are not associated with Brussels, we say 'Rosenkohl'. (Combination of two words: Roses and cabbage.) Very yummy. smile

1 year, 2 months ago Edited
Camellia Staab Replied to Heike 1 year, 2 months ago

I think the German name is much more appropriate than the English one. According to Bjorn they are not even from Brussels.

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Björn Roose 1 year, 2 months ago

Sprouts are great. However, belgium did not exist in the 16th century. On the contrary, Brussels was then the capital of the Netherlands smile  And the vegetable was grown around the Mediterranean Sea ages before it came to Northern Europe smile  The "Brussels" in sprouts is something like the "French" in fries ...

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Camellia Staab Replied to Björn Roose 1 year, 2 months ago

Thanks for adding to the history.

1 year, 2 months ago Edited
Björn Roose Replied to Camellia Staab 1 year, 2 months ago

You're welcome smile

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