You do not dip your crudite into the guacamole, take a bite and re-dip it. One dip per item not per bite.
Sadly Ciaran hasn’t quite reached two years old yet and hasn’t developed dipping etiquette.
The other day I cooked up a lovely thai yellow curry, almost from scratch (a clever person from Rafi’s in York had mixed spices and coconut flour, packed it in a bag and given me foolproof instructions). As my other half tends to have a massive appetite, mirrored by the little men, I decided to serve half the curry today with some oriental snacks from Tesco, wontons, spring rolls, prawn toasts and a sweet chilli sauce.
Just as I served dinner DH announced he felt ill, took one bite of his curry and went to lie down. Even I couldn’t tackle all those wontons alone so I invited the kids to the table (they had already tucked into their tea). Initally Ciaran was happy to shove prawn toasts into his mouth until he realised I was dipping mine in the red sauce. He shouted more and pointed at the sauce..
I sighed and passed it over, urging him to dip his wonton in a little and then eat it. But no, my youngest son didn’t do a little dip. He dipped the wonton in, sucked the sauce off and then re-dipped repeatedly! I was encouraging him nicely to eat a little of the wonton with the sauce but as far as he was concerned the wonton was a device to get sweet chilli sauce to his mouth.
I think we have a long way to go on table manners before I start taking the kids to dinner parties!